Friday night saw Parx Casino end January with a fantastic fight card. They alway do an excellent job at setting up the show in the Xcite Center, which doesn’t have a bad seat. Even from the cheapest seat, you’re in range to get hit by a stray mouth guard, or some blood, sweat, and tears. Bam Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions always arrange a great show and these are not to be missed. Xcite Fight Night 7 is due up in March, so be sure to follow them @Xcitefightnight on social media to find out when tickets go on sale. Now to the fights.
The main event of the evening pits Puerto Rico against Puerto Rico, as the Camden New Jersey resident and undefeated prospect Victor Padilla took on Israel Suarez. Padilla was far too fast for Suarez. His speed and power was knocking back Suarez from punch one. After a highlight reel knockdown, it only took another punch or two for the official to declare the fight over. Padilla earns his 8th victory, 7th by knockout and remains perfect.
Enver Halili came into the ring as the road fighter, taking on North Philadelphia’s own Isaiah Wise. The visitor didn’t get a warm reception in the ring from Wise. He was blasted in the first round and after a knee buckling shot was hit with a standing knockdown count. He would survive the first round, but narrowly. After trying to rebound in the 2nd Halili was in trouble on the ropes when Wise hit a closing right hand, sending him flopping forward onto his hands and knees. There would be no attempt to rise off of the canvas as the referee smartly stopped the fight at 1:27 in the 7th round. Wise improves his record to 8-2-2 and get his 5th KO.
Christopher Burgos and Sheldon Deverteuil met in another North Philadelphia matchup. The more experienced Burgos took on the yet unbeaten Devereuil in the fight on the night. From round 1 on it was a battle which saw them trade shots. The every advancing Burgos would seemingly be making headway, only to catch a vicious counter or absorb a flurry from Deverteuil. It was a fight not about movement, defense, or any particular form of ring generalship. It was a battle of wills and gas tanks. The wills were equal, but Burgos had more in the tank. The oft used zombie comparison would have been apt. Even when seeming off balance or dazed he advanced and continued to throw punches. His record improves to 3-4-1 with 1 KO, and Deverteuil takes his first career loss
There was two Williams, but on this night there could only be one winner. Tyhler Williams put his undefeated record on the line against Demetris Williams. Williams on Williams, and North Philadelphia on North Philadelphia. They even wore matching Everlast gloves. It was Tyhler though how quickly separated himself from the two. His speed and power left Demetris in trouble early. He was given every opportunity to rally but was unable to. When Tyhler seated him at 1:47 in the first round that would be the end of the fight. His record jumps to 4-0 with his 3rd knockout.
It was debut on debut action as Charles Brewer Jr. and Kyl Fritz both came in unblemished. It wouldn’t last long. After trading shots through the first round, the power of Brewer backed Fritz into a corner, where he unloaded an artillery strike of unanswered shots. At 1:17 into the 2nd round the referee called the fight and secured the opening stoppage win for Charles Brewer Jr. A Brewer with a KO victory is familiar for Philly boxing fans, as his father Charles Brewer is the former IBF Middleweight champion of the world, and has 28 KO’s to his own credit.
David Stevens made the trip from Reading PA, to meet Tahlik Taylor in a cruiserweight bout. It was a productive trip for Stevens, and a quick one as he ended the bout in the first round. His power overwhelmed Taylor and a devastating combination sent him to the canvas. Taylor got back to his feet but Stevens jumped on him immediately after the restart and dropped him again, and the official waived the fight from there. Stevens is now 3-0 with his 2nd career knockout.
Shakzod Atoev makes his pro debut against Juan Ibarra. The much taller and quicker Atoev moved around the ring at a brisk pace, routinely hitting uppercuts and counter hooks on Ibarra. The “Uzbek” enters the professional ranks with his first win as Atoev starts his career 1-0 in the lightweight division.