Atlantic City’s Aikens ready to rebound from first loss; set to meet Philly’s Brooker

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AC’s Aikens gets drilled by Bellows, suffers first career loss back in February (Photo courtesy of Fox Sports 1)

Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Ringside Preview – Atlantic City native and super middleweight Antowyan Aikens will meet Philadelphia’s Christopher Brooker in a slated eight-round main event at the 2300 Arena Friday, May 6th in South Philly.

Aikens (10-1-1, 1ko) suffered his first career loss when he absorbed a disappointing setback to Lanell Bellows back in February.

Bellows, a Las Vegas native, dominated the first four rounds, then sent Aikens to the canvas with a crushing right hook in the fifth round. Aiken was able to get to one knee, but remained there while referee Tony Weeks completed his 10-count at two minutes, eight seconds of the round to end his night.

There was talk leading up to the fight that Aikens was unprepared, and his camp was hesitant to take the fight, and it showed.

However, the 27-year-old can wash away that bitter taste with a win over the talented Brooker (8-1, 5ko’s), who is riding a five-fight winning streak.

Former world welterweight champion, Kermit Cintron (35-5-2, 28ko’s) will be back in action when he tangles with Eduardo Flores (23-20-3, 15ko’s) in a six-round clash in the co-main event, while Naim Nelson (12-1, 1 NC, 1 KO) faces Carlos Velasquez (24-23-2, 15ko’s) in a six-round tile.

In other action, super welterweight Erik Spring (6-1, 1KO) meets Justin Johnson (6-11-4) over six rounds, while there are several notable four-round affairs.

Scott Kelleher (4-0, 2ko’s) tangles with Robert Ramos (1-4, 1KO) in a super lightweight contest, while Tyrone Crawley Jr. (4-0) squares off against Korey Sloane (2-8-2) in a lightweight contest.

Rounding out the card, Amir Shabazz (3-0, 1 KO) fights Tahlik Taylor (1-3) in a light heavyweight affair, while a debuting Aaron Brooks takes on Ryan Bivins (0-1-1) in a super middleweight clash.

Thomas Velasquez (4-0, 3Ko’s) meets Grashino Yancy (1-0) in a super featherweight match, while Emmanuel Folly (6-0, 4ko’s) will take on an opponent to be named later in a bantamweight contest.

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