As the year in boxing comes to a close, there have been some very good young boxers along the East Coast that have turned some heads.
One of those boxers is Frankie Santos De Alba, who is not only a quiet young man, but he is humble and hungry and his last time out in the ring was a thing of beauty.
He demonstrated a gorgeous display of boxing that made many around the Pennsylvania boxing scene smile and look forward to seeing what he has in store for everyone in 2014.
In a scheduled six-round co-main bout on the undercard of “Ready to Rumble” event at the Santander Arena, De Alba destroyed a game Osnel Charles inside of four rounds.
The local kid out of Reading, PA, De Alba was able to dictate the action in round one, by keeping Charles at bay with short jabs thanks to his southpaw stance that caused Charles fits.
A game Charles attempted to throw back, but that played right into De Alba’s hands as he was able to counter with gorgeous rights to the head of Charles over and over in the round. The shots started to do some damage and frustrated Charles, who was content on moving forward.
De Alba continued to tee off and pick up the pace and was able to land a sweet one-two combination that dropped Charles to the canvas.
Charles showed heart and rose to his feet at the count of eight but a straight right wobbled him again in the final 15 seconds or so of the second round
It continued in the third as De Alba dropped him to the canvas for the second time with a straight right. Charles at that point started to run out of gas, but to his credit he continued to fight, but the damage was being done.
With every punch landed by De Alba the crowd rose to it’s feet, screaming and cheering for a knockout.
Charles stunned and dazed was able to make it through the round.
“I knew I could get to him and use my jab and my ability to counter, “De Alba said afterwards as he sat ringside.
No matter what Charles had inside of himself, De Alba just imposed his will and his counter punching was just too much that night.
Every time it looked like Charles had a breathe of life left, De Alba took it from him, imposing his will with vicious body shots and more shots to the head.
“I just knew I had him, I think he is a tough boxer and I just did what I had to do to win the fight,” he added.
As Charles found himself trapped in the corner, referee Shawn Clark had seen enough and stepped in, calling a halt to the contest at twenty seven seconds of the fourth round.
“I was a little surprised they stepped in that late, I was, I knew he was taking a lot of my shots, but he was tough men,” the 26-year-old De Alba concluded.
With the win, De Alba continues his hot streak, winning his eighth straight victory to improve to 10-1-2 after started his career 2-1-2.
“He just keeps getting better with each fight,” said Marshall Kauffman, De Alba’s trainer and owner of King’s Boxing.
A gritty Charles fell to 9-8-1.