In a fight that exceeded its high expectations, Tyrone Brunson came back from two 4th round knockdowns to send former two-time world champion Kermit Cintron to the canvas three times in the next round, winning the Pennsylvania State Junior Middleweight title at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.
This card was promoted by King’s Promotions.
“This was a tremendous fight, and all-around great card,” said King’s Promotions CEO Marshall Kauffman. “Some fights and cards don’t live up to the expectations, but the main was one of the great fights of this year. I am proud of all the fighters who competed tonight, as they all brought their best, and it showed in quality of the fights.”
The main event fight was nip and tuck for the first three-plus rounds, as Cintron looked very sharp early and landed some hard right hands in the opening frame. However, Brunson came back and had a strong 2nd round. The fight was fought on event terms until the 4th round, when Cintron dropped Brunson with a perfectly timed left hand. Later in the round, Brunson went down again from an accumulation of punches on the ropes.
Brunson miraculously came back in the 5th round and turned the tables on the former champion, as he landed a beautiful left that sent Cintron to the canvas. Cintron was hurt, and Brunson was ready to finish him off. Cintron never regained his legs and was sent to the canvas two more times, and referee Shawn Clark waved off the bout at 1:21.
Brunson is now 25-6-2 with 23 knockouts. Cintron of Reading, Penn. falls to 39-6-3.
In the co-Feature, Victor Vazquez won a six-round unanimous decision over Anthony Burgin in a super lightweight bout.
Vazquez dropped Burgin in the 2nd round from a body shot, and he took the hotly contested battle by scores of 58-55 (twice) and 57-56. Vazquez of Yonkers, N.Y. is now 8-3. Burgin of Philadelphia drops to 10-4.
Steven Ortiz registered two knockdowns en route to a thrilling 6th round unanimous decision over Tyrome Jones in a battle of previously undefeated lightweights. Ortiz scored knockdowns in rounds three and four in a bout where both guys landed some effective blows.
Ortiz of Philadelphia won by scores of 59-53 (twice) and 57-56 to remain perfect at 7-0. Jones of South Bend, Ind. is now 4-1.
Jerome Conquest won a six-round decision over Jae Ho Kim in a lightweight bout.
Conquest was dropped with a left hook at the end of the 3rd round, but he controlled the rest of the action and won by scores of 59-55, 58-55, and 57-56 to improve his professional record to 8-2. Kim of Philadelphia via South Korea falls to 6-4-1.
Brandon Robinson dominated and took out Rafael Valencia at 2:48 of the 2nd round of their scheduled four-round super middleweight bout.
Robinson landed a hard right that sent Valencia to the canvas in the 2nd round. Valencia got up, but deemed unable to continue at 2:48. Robinson of Philadelphia is 4-1 with three knockouts. Valencia of Medford, Ore. is 3-8-1.
Gregory Clark won a six-round unanimous decision over Daryl Bunting in a super middleweight bout.
Clark of Washington, D.C. won by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 58-56, and he is now 3-1-1. Bunting of Asbury Park, N.J. drops to 3-2-2.
Marcus Bates remained undefeated by winning a six-round unanimous decision over Roberto Pucheta in a bantamweight bout.
Bates of Washington, D.C. won by scores of 59-54, and 58-55 (twice) to improve his record to 7-0-1. Pucheta of Jalisco, Mexico falls to 10-12-1.
In a battle of undefeated heavyweights, Colby Madison and Joel Caudle battled to a majority draw.
Caudle took a card at 58-56, while two cards were even at 57-57. Madison of Baltimore, Md. is now 4-0-1, while Caudle of Raleigh, N.C. is 7-0-1.
Chaise Nelson won a four-round unanimous over Jordan Peters in a super bantamweight bout.
Nelson of Mansfield, Ohio won by scores of 39-37 on all cards to improve to 6-1. Peters of Washington, D.C. drops to 2-1-1.