Tapia Outlasts Lebron In 10-Round War
Christian Tapia outlasted Luis Lebron via 10-round unanimous
decision to capture the WBC Continental Super Featherweight
title in a bout the exceeded the pre-fight hype that took
place in front of a capacity crowd at Live! Event Center at
Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia.
The fight topped a terrific card that was promoted by Hard
Early on, it looked like it was going to be Lebron's night
as he hurt Tapia badly as he landed a flush left hook to the
side of the head. Tapia was rocked and held on for the
balance of the frame. Tapia regained his composure, and was
able to start landing some nice overhand rights. Tapia
started to get into a rhythm, and was able to land left
hooks to the body that started to slow Lebron down. Lebron
would not go quietly into the night as he was able to force
Tapia into some furious exchanges, which thrilled the
sold-out crowd. Many of the rounds were close, and it was
the accuracy and harder punch of Tapia that opened up a cut
under the left eye of Lebron, which proved to be the
difference of the fight as the Coamo, Puerto Rico native won
by scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93.
Tapia wins the WBC Continental Super Featherweight title,
and raises his record to 14-0. Lebron of San Juan, Puerto
Rico is 18-3.
In the co-feature, Brandon Pizarro landed a hard left hook
to the head of Vitor Jones Freitas that sent the Brazilian
visitor down and out at 1:18 of round four of their
scheduled eight-round welterweight bout.
Pizarro of Philadelphia is 17-1 with 10 knockouts. Jones is
Ryan Pino took a six-round majority decision over previously
undefeated Dezmond Lucas in a welterweight bout.
Pino of San Juan Puerto Rico won by scores of 59-55, 58-56
and 57-57 to raise his mark to 11-7-2. Lucas of Bronx, New
York is 5-1.
Jan Carlos Rivera put on a solid boxing performance to win a
six-round unanimous decision over Michael Ogundo in a
Rivera of Philadelphia won by shutout tallies of 60-54 on
all cards and is now 5-1. Ogundo of Quincy, Massachusetts is
Good looking Jeffrey Villanueva made a successful pro debut
with a four-round unanimous decision over Juan Gutierrez in
super flyweight bout.
Villanueva drove Gutierrez into the ropes for a knockdown in
the opening frame. Gutierrez fought back hard and the two
had several good exchanges throughout the fight, but
Villanueva was able to drop Gutierrez down in the final
frame, and won by scores of 40-34 on all cards.
Villanueva of Allentown, PA is 1-0. Gutierrez of Emiale,
Nicaragua is 0-1.
Derrick Vann was able to use an unorthodox style to register
two knockdowns and take a four-round unanimous decision over
previously undefeated Brendan O'Callaghan in a battle of
Philadelphia based middleweights.
Vann scored knockdowns in rounds one and four and was able
to win by scores of 39-36 and 38-36 and is now 1-0.
O'Callaghan is 2-1.
Cesar Espinel Maldonado landed a booming left hook that sent
Anthony Ramirez down and out at 2:52 of round one of their
scheduled four-round welterweight bout.
The left hook sent Ramirez down face-first thudding off the
canvas. Somehow Ramirez got to his feet, but he was wobbling
all over the place and the bout was stopped.
Espinel of Arecibo, Puerto Rico is 1-2 with one knockout.
Ramirez of Philadelphia is 0-2.
The card was fought in front of boxing royalty as former
two-division world champion Danny Garcia, Jaron Ennis, Chris
Colbert, Ray Robinson, Christian Carto, Sonny Conto and more
were in attendance.