At The Prudential Center
By Tim Donaldson
The majority of the undercard bouts Friday night were far from
exciting, one sided from the start. In fact, at times, I found
myself thinking that if it were not for the dancers of the local
indoor soccer team who came out between fights, there would be
no entertainment value. I have to ask the question, if you are
going to put on a championship fight, why canít you give the
fans a quality undercard to get them ready for the main event?
Still, there were a couple of decent match ups. The first
undercard of the evening featured Anthony Flores of Philadelphia
against Iken Oriji of Laurel, Maryland. Although the fight
started slow, neither really taking any chances in the first
round, the fighters picked up the pace in the following rounds.
In round three, they were having an old fashioned fight, at
times looking like they belonged on the street, rather than in
the ring. Flores won by unanimous decision. All three judges
scored the bout 58 to 56. Although Flores won, he never seemed
to really capitalize on his height advantage.
The other good match up of the evening was between Don Mouton
and Jerson Ravelo. Throughout the fight, Ravelo showed better
footwork, and he had the height advantage. Had it gone to the
score cards, these might have helped. But Mouton, just kept
pounding away at Ravelo, catching him on the ropes whenever he
could and delivering good power punches. In the sixth round,
Mouton hit Ravelo in the chin. Ravelo looked like he was going
down then, but Mouton broke his fall. In the eighth round,
Mouton was able to knock down Ravelo. The fight was stopped 49
seconds into the round. Mouton won by TKO.
Possibly the worst fight of the evening belonged to Jesse Lubash
and Charles Tschorniawsky. Lubash controlled the fight from the
beginning. And although Tschorniawsky was still standing, his
corner stopped the fight at 1:22 in the second round.
Tschorniawsky was still defending himself at the time and
protested the decision to his corner. It was the first time that
I have seen a fight stopped due to a bruised face.
The fight between Jeremy Bryan and Osvaldo Rivera ended in a
unanimous decision for Bryan. Bryan won all six rounds. It
wasnít hard to see why. Bryan easily out boxed Rivera. In fact,
Rivera seemed to have only one punch, most of the fight, a left
hook. It wasnít until the fourth round that I actually saw
Rivera throw a right. Bryan chased him around the ring until the
end of the sixth round. It was a fight that should have never
Much the same way was the fight between Henry Crawford and
Keenan Collins. From the beginning, Collins was on the
defensive, spending most of the fight with his hands up to
protect his head. He barely got a shot in until the fifth round.
Crawford won the unanimous decision, winning all six rounds.