A Promoterís Nightmare:
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.

The first 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 it.

The third 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.

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.