Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon will tangle with Mike Marrone Saturday, August 6th at the “Rumble at the Rink II” at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, Pennsylvania.
Witherspoon (33-4, 26KO’s), a native of Paulsboro, New Jersey, has won four straight — all knockouts — since suffering a devastating 3rd TKO loss to Seth Mitchell for the vacant WBO NABO heavyweight title back in April of 2012. The fight was held at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
Witherspoon started out strong in the fight, moving around well in the opening round. He was able to work well behind his jab and hurt Mitchell midway through the round with a solid right hand. He connected with a few more but a wobbling Mitchell was able to hold on and make it through the round.
Witherspoon recalls that opening round vividly and the aftermath of it as well.
“Actually, that was a tough loss, I got him hurt in the first round. Any body who knows me or watched my career knows that one of my best attributes is my conditioning. So the fact that I got tired after the first round was all new to me. The bell rung after the first round and my legs and arms were burning and I was like what the heck was going on, this is not the 10th-round, this is after the first round. That never happened to me before and when it happened I was annoyed that I got tired.”
In the second, Mitchell was more aggressive and the toll of tiring out so early took effect on Witherspoon as he moved less and was more willing to exchange. Mitchell, though, did not mind exchanging as he caught Witherspoon with some nasty power shots and then sealed the deal in round three.
As he tries to climb back into the heavyweight mix, the 30-year-old Marrone stands in his way.
The native of Vero Beach, Florida has compiled a 21-5 record with 15KO’s since turning pro back in 2004. He ripped off 18 straight wins to start his career, including a nationally televised win over Malachy Farrell (15-0).
His first setback came at the hands of future world title challenger Francisco Pianeta. Marrone also lost to world title challenger DaVarryl Williamson, but then challenged for the WBA Cruiserweight title.
However, he was defeated by Guillermo Jones.
In an eight-round co-feature, junior welterweight Emanuel “The Tranzforma” Taylor (19-4, 13 KO’s) battles Carlos Aguilera (10-16, 4 KO’s) of Chiapas, Mexico
Taylor battled former world champions Adrien Broner and Chris Algieri to competitive decision defeats.
The Taylor – Aguilera bout is promoted in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
Rounding out the card will be, cruiserweight Mike Hilton (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Trenton, NJ and he will take on an opponent to be named.
Middleweight Elijah Vines (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia will battle Julian Valerio (3-3, 2 KO’s) of Atlanta, GA
Junior welterweight Sam Teah (7-1-1, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia will all see action against Samuel Amoako (21-12, 15 KO’s) of Silver Spring, MD.
LaShawn Rodriguez (3-0, 2 KO’s) of Shirley, NY will fight Jason Wahr (4-12-3, 1 KO) of Virginia Beach, VA. in a middleweight bout.
Jaron Ennis (4-0, 4 KO’s) of Philadelphia will take on an opponent to be named in a junior welterweight bout.
Luis Perozo (1-1, 1 KO) of New York will battle Alberto Martinez (0-1) of Tifton, GA to kick things off.