Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – The “New” Ray Robinson made quick work of Nicaragua’’s Edwin Palacios, scoring a second TKO win in their slated eight-round welterweight affair Friday night at Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, PA.
The card was promoted by Hard-Hitting Promotions and only one of the seven bouts on the card went the distance, but once again the venue was a sell out.
Robinson (22-2, 11ko’s), who is a world-ranked welterweight, has now reeled off 11 straight since suffering the only two loses of his career back-to-back in 2009 then 2010.
The recently turned 31-year-old, looked a tad rusty and disinterested early on against the upset-minded Palacios, who fell to 12-5-1, and has now dropped four of six.
Robinson was able to catch Palacios late in the opening stanza with a solid two-punch combination that scored with ease, and in the process sent the reeling Palacios into a neutral corner pad. However, referee Gary Rosata correctly called the blow a knockdown.
“I knew he was tough and he had been stopped only one other time,” Robinson told JMB.
“This was my first time ever fighting someone taller than me and with a longer reach so the first round, I felt a little off, then I got back to my corner and they gave me great information, and we were early in the fight.”
Palacios, though, was able to get to his feet before Robinson was able to smother him some more. Things changed in the second round when the favorite came out swinging as Robinson scored on a brilliant left cross that put Palacios down for the second time in the contest.
“They were telling me, when I throw, don’t stay in front, start to the body and then go to the head,” Robinson added.
Showing heart and guts, Palacious rose to his feet, only to have Robinson score with another vicious left hand, dropping him for a third time in the bout. This time, though, he was unable to beat the count as Robinson scored his 11 knockout of his career.
It was only the second time in Palacious career that he had been stopped.
Robinson is already making plans to get back in the gym as soon as possible.
“I want to get back in there as soon as possible and if you know any world champs out there not scared of me, let me know,” he concluded.
Christian Carto scored the seven straight KO win to start his career, as the bantamweight produced a third-round stoppage of veteran Sergio Najera in the co-main event.
Carto proved to be up to the task against a boxer with well over 40 pro fights.
The talented Carto, never let Najera use veteran tactics to disrupt him early on.
Carto was able to get that stick out, use his jab with consistency as it allowed him to open up more on Najera with hard right hands. After two tough rounds, Carto unleashed a flurry of hard shots to the body and head, as referee Blair Talmadge had seen enough, halting the action.
Official time of the stoppage was 2:06 of the third round.
Najera fell to 12-30-2.
In other action, 17-year-old lightweight Branden Pizzaro (3-0, 2 KO’s) made quick work of Abdiel Padilla (1-1, 1KO) scoring a first-round KO during their slated four-round affair, while rising Cuban prospect and junior lightweight Hairon Socarras moved to 15-0-2, earning a six-round decision over 97-fight veteran German Meraz, who fell to 55-44-1. JMB scored it 60-53 across the board for the 24-year-old native of Miami, Florida.
Joseph Adorno won his junior lightweight contest with a nasty one-punch KO over Jonathan Hernadez, who dropped to 0-4. Adorno connected on a right hand just :18 seconds into the opening round to move to 2-0.
In a scheduled 4-round junior welterweight bout, Victor Padilla, 2-0, 2 KOs, remained undefeated with a quick :30 second KO over of Tony Wilson, who remained winless in his young career at 0-2. Rounding out the card, bantamweight Harold Lopez won his pro debut as he scored a late first-round KO over another debuting fighter in Lugo Perez.
Note: A scheduled 6-round female contest between Kali Reis and Kita Wilson was scratched at the last minute when Wilson failed to show up to the venue. No other explanation was given. Another fight featuring young hot prospect Jeremy Cuevas was scratched Thursday.