Philadelphia, Pa- The dreary, dismal and relentless all-night rain couldn't keep the loyal Philly fight fans from filling the Legendary Blue Horizon to it's rafters Friday night, and promoter Greg Robinson of Power Productions rewarded the dedicated "sold-out" crowd with his "Philly Barn Burner" fightcard. The Power Productions' show thrilled and excited all in attendance - from the first bout's opening bell, til' the final punch of the main event.
Luis Alberto Santiago, now 18-4-1 (11 KO's), gave Aaron Torres all he could handle before finally disposing of the rugged, yet less experienced, challenger in the main event. Santiago took control of the action packed contest midway through the fight. Hurting Torres in round 4, Santiago also cut Torres over the right eye in round 7. Midway through round 9 Santiago had Torres hurt (blood gushed from Torres' nose and eye) when the Torres corner wisely threw in the towel, alerting veteran referee Steve Smoger their fighter had had enough.
With his well-earned, hard fought technical knockout victory Luis Alberto, Santiago retained both his IBF Latino and Pa. State Jr. Welterweight Championship belts, while Torres's record slipped to a still respectful 14-2 with 6 KO's.
On the undercard.....Brooklyn middleweight Giavannie Lorenzo improved to 12-0 (5 KO's) with a unanimous decision 6 round victory over gutsy Isreal Garcia (5-9, 4 KO's). Darling Jimenez, now 17-1-2 (7 KO's) and fighting out of the Bronx, looked good with his dominating technical knockout victory over Jose Ramon Disla (5-16, 3 KO's). Jimenez knocked his outgunned opponent to the canvas in each of the first two rounds. Disla was unable to continue after round two.
Three unanimous decision 4 round victories were gained by Leroy Fountain (now 7-0 with 3 KO's) over Keith Canton; Lt. Heavyweight Bobby Rooney, now 2-0, against Richard Moore (0-2); and Philly's Lenny DeVictorio (2-0) breezing by Earnest Scott (0-2) from Norfolk, Va.
The most entertaining fight of the night saw middleweight prospect Dennis Sharpe, now 16-0-1, pound out an 8 round unanimous decision victory over a game and unyielding Ron Boddie. Sharpe - a native of Chuck Wepner's Bayonne, NJ - showed much improvement with his disciplined body attack. Sharpe's aggressive pressure enabled him to take control of the bout from the onset. Boddie, now 14-21, fought with an injured hand and showed true heart in going the distance.
Greg Robinson and his Power Productions demonstrated why he was recently voted "Philly's # 1 Boxing Promoter". A full fightcard with seven competitive and exciting bouts, the professional services of Larry Tornambe as ring announcer and the Legendary Blue Horizon, as always, the ultimate Philly boxing venue added up to a great night of boxing.
Power Productions will be back at the Blue Horizon on June 4th. Scheduled for action are Philly favorites Prince Badi and Ivan "Mighty" Robinson in separate bouts.
Tickets are available by calling TicketMaster (215) 336-2000, Power Productions (215) 508-2810 or The Blue Horizon (215) 763-0500.
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