No Main Event At The Brawl At The Hall
By Tim Donaldson
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey
There are days when things donít work out the way that we
expect. Diane Lee Fischer, President of Dee Lee Promotions, had
one of those days. When it came time for the weigh-in on Friday,
Derrick Ennis came in overweight. At that point, Ennis lost his
USBA Light Middleweight title. A new contract was drawn up
between Ennis and Ishmail Arvin, allowing each to fight at three
pounds over weight. The belief was that Ennis would lose the few
pounds he needed, and Arvin would probably gain from the day
before. However, Ennis lost no weight by Saturday, and since
Arvin was guaranteed a pay day, he took his money and refused to
fight, even with the offer of an added bonus for fighting. At
that point, Fischer lost her main event. But we all know the
saying: the show must go Fischer presented her undercard
fighters and treated them all as the main event.
It made for an interesting night of boxing. Most of these
fighters had very little experience, so it became a night of
trying to see which fighters would be around in the long run.
And some of these fighters showed some real promise.
fight was between Lightweights Luquan Lewis and Jayme Resnick.
Each fighter only had one professional fight to their credit
going in and neither had a win, Lewis had a no contest. The
fight almost seemed comical at first. Both seemed to be throwing
a lot of punches and hitting nothing but air. But after they
calmed down some, you could see their training come through.
Lewis was lighter on his feet; whereas, Resnick was more of a
slugger. But Lewis made some serious mistakes. He did not
protect himself. His left arm was often down at his side
throughout the fight, leaving him open to Resnick. He also would
overreach, trying to hit Resnick when he was not close enough to
land a shot with any power. Resnick stayed aggressive and
focused throughout the fight and won the unanimous decision.
The second fight was between Lightweights Edward Valdez
and Bryne Green. The fight was over in less time than it
will take me to write this paragraph: stopped by the
referee at 1 minute and 39 seconds in the first round.
Green was the aggressor from the start, faster and
landing more punches. Valdez went down, hitting the
ropes and then falling to the canvas. It was one of
those things you would expect to see in a movie about
boxing, drawn out for the dramatic effect. The fight was
allowed to proceed for seconds before the ref stopped
fight featured Welterweights William Porter and Marcus Hall. The
fight was Porterís pro debut. Porter, being a local Atlantic
City fighter, was definitely the crowd favorite. Both were
aggressive from the start, but Hallís style looked better.
Porter would charge in with head low, which left his head an
easy target for Hall. In the second round, Hall caught Porter
with a hard shot to the head, knocking him down. Hall began to
celebrate, but Porter was not getting up. Hall came over,
showing his concern for Porter.
was carried out by the paramedics but waved to the crowd
as they carried him, and he made an appearance later in
the fight to show that he was not seriously injured.
The fourth fight was between Welterweights Sidel Blocker
in his pro debut and Eluid Torres, who only had one
fight under his belt. Although Blocker had the definite
height advantage, he would give it up by leaning in too
far. This would also cause him to compromise his
balance. For the first two rounds, neither seemed to be
really landing clean punches, but Torres did have a
little more power behind his punches. In the fourth
round, Blocker and Torres butt heads. The fight was
paused and eventually stopped for the doctor to check
out Torres. Since it was only a four rounder, it went to
the judges score cards. Torres won the unanimous
decision. All three judges scored the fight 30-27.
The fifth fight featured local fighter Eugene Soto
against Vernon Richardson in the Super Middleweight
division. Richardson seemed to be able to move Soto to
wherever he wanted, putting him up against the ropes
quite often. But Soto was always able to get out of that
position easily. And Soto was landing hard shots
throughout the fight. All three judges scored the fight
40-36 in favor of Soto. But the fight was not as one
sided as the score leads one to believe. In fact,
Richardson fought hard throughout the fight, and Soto
failed to close the deal when he had the chance in the
fourth round, moving away after a couple hits even
though he had Richardson on the defensive.
The sixth fight between Cruiserweights Chuck Berry and
Kamarah Pasley was the slowest of the evening. Neither
fighter produced must excitement for those in
attendance. Pasley spent a good deal of the fight
dancing around the ring. Now I like to see some good
foot work, but it really needs to be accompanied with
some good punches. Even the crowd was getting tired of
this fight. A few boos could be heard from different
areas in the ballroom. But Pasley was able to do what
needed to be done to win. Maybe he sensed that it wasnít
his best performance. Maybe he didnít want it to go to
the judges. Maybe he just got lucky. He landed a shot to
the chin of Berry that put him down. The ref stopped the
fight in the sixth round at 1 minute and 28 seconds.
The seventh fight was also in the Cruiserweight division
and featured Lavarn Harvell and Michael Todd in his pro
debut. Harvell looked much better than Todd throughout
the first two rounds, landing close to three times as
many punches to Toddís. Even with only two professional
fights under his belt, his experience showed. Todd was
reaching with his punches, rather than getting in close
enough to land a solid punch. However, Todd seemed to be
learning as he went. He looked much better in the third,
at one point landing a good combination to the head of
Harvell. But it wasnít enough. Harvell was in control
again by the fourth round. Harvell won the unanimous
decision, all three judges scoring the fight 40-36.
If you are expecting me to make any predictions about
these fighters, you will be disappointed. It is hard to
tell how far a fighter will go when they only have a
couple fights under their belt. But they did offer some
excitement for the audience. And I noticed that there
were a lot of kids in the audience. Maybe they will be
future boxers. At the very least, I hope they will
continue to be fans of the sport.