Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Kermit Cintron ended a two-year layoff Friday night as he defeated Eduardo Flores in a six-round junior middleweight affair at the 2300 Arena in South Philly.
Cintron (35-5-2, 28ko’s) had not fought since he won a 10-round decision against Ronald Cruz back in March of 2014, was very smart and methodically in his approach against the gritty Flores, working the body for much of the night.
He controlled the pace from the get go, and never let Flores get comfortable or fight in the pocket.
Late in the fight, Cintron found a home for some head shots and was able to make it easy on the judges, as he won on all three scorecards by 60-54 scores. He was able to knock some rust off and get some much-needed rounds in against Flores, who fell to 23-21-3 with 15ko’s.
Since losing to Canelo Alvarez, Cintron is unbeaten in his last three fights.
In the main event, Christopher Brooker dominated Atlantic City native Antowyan Aikens in an eight-round contest. Brooker improved to a solid 9-1 with 5 ko’s), while Aikens has now dropped his last two courtesy of the unanimous decision.
After both men sustained cuts from an accidental headbutt, Brooker scored a knockdown in the third round when he delivered a gorgeous left hook that sent Aikens to the canvas.
The AC native, jumped back to his feet and contested that it should have been ruled a slip not a knockdown. But referee Shawn Clark ignored the pleas as the bout continued, as Brooker pushed the pace the rest of the way en route to an easy win. The judges saw it 80-71 and 79-72 twice as Brooker won his six straight bout following the lone loss of his career.
In other action, Naim Nelson (13-1-1) won a 6-round unanimous decision over Carlos Velasquez (24-24-2) in a junior welterweight bout. The judges saw it 60-54.
Philly’s Scott Kelleher improved to 5-0 with a third round TKO win and thrashing over Terrell James in a slated four-round junior welterweight contest. Kelleher landed some serious power shots over the first two rounds as he mixed in body shots with heads shots until the action was halted at 2:23 of the third round.
Reading, PA native, Erik Spring won a six-round split decision over Justin Johnson in a junior middleweight bout. Spring dominated the fight, but somehow Johnson took a card 59-55. That was overruled by 60-54 and 59-55 scores in favor of Spring, who moved to 7-1.
Johnson fell to 6-12-4.
Aaron Brooks had a relatively easy time with Ryan Bivins in a four-round super middleweight tilt. Brooks, who was making his pro debut rocked Bivins several times early on.
In the third round, Brooks (1-0) landed several right hands that hurt Bivins, who saw his glove touch the canvas for a correct call of a knockdown. In the fourth round, Bivins absorbed another vicious right hand as he went down again.
Brooks won by scores of 40-34 twice and 39-36.
The 29-year-old Bivins falls to 0-2-1 as he was simply outclassed against the debuting Brooks.
Tyrone Crawley Jr. earned a four-round unanimous decision over Korey Sloane in a lightweight bout, while Emmanuel Folly scored a stoppage after round one of his scheduled four-round featherweight contest against Bryan Perez.
Perez injured his hand, prompting his corner to halt the bout.
Perez injured his hand and the bout was stopped in the corner.
Thomas Velasquez scored a nasty second round stoppage over Grashino Yancy in a scheduled four round junior lightweight bout.
Velasquez landed a perfect left hook to the head that sent Yancy down in the corner. The Staten Island native, could not beat the count by referee Shawn Clark. Official stoppage was 1:39 of round two, as Velasquez moved to 5-0 with four knockouts, while Yancy dropped to 1-1.
Rounding out the card, Amir Shabazz won a four-round unanimous decision over Tahlik Taylor in a lightweight affair.
The card was promoted by King’s Promotions.