BY: Richard Quiñones, Journeymen Boxing (Ringside Recap)
In just his second fight back from his comeback, Chazz Witherspoon showed his power is still with him as he dropped Cory Phelps twice in round two before en route to a quick TKO win Saturday night at the GPG Event Center in Pennsauken, New Jersey.
Witherspoon (32-3, 24ko’s) came out strong in the opening round as he used his left jab to set the tone. As he started to stalk Phelps in the round, he was able to land some solid body shot, pushing back his opponent. The native of Paulsboro, NJ, then connected with a sound right hand and late in the round connected with another gorgeous right hand that just caught Phelps on the top of the head, buckling him.
Witherspoon closed out the round with a flurry of body shots as Phelps slowly walked back to his corner.
Round two saw more of the same from Witherspoon, as he landed five straight left jabs that seemed to stun and frustrate Phelps (16-8-1, 8ko’s).
Moments later, Witherspoon dropped the 30-year-old Phelps with a slick right upper cut. Phelps was able to get back on his feet and keep his composure, but Witherspoon went right after him again. After a couple of jabs kept Phelps off balance, Witherspoon managed to get inside and at close range delivered a sneaky right upper cut under the guard of Phelps, dropping him quickly.
Referee Benjy Esteves Jr. saw enough and waived off the fight. The vicious uppercut landed right was set up because Witherspoon was able to close the gap, land some combinations and then the final shot landed flush as it sneaked down the middle dropping Phelps, who has now lost seven of his last eight due to stoppages.
Teen prospect Nick Valliere easily handled a debuting Francisco Cruz 40-36 across the board. The 18-year-old improved to 4-0 in his young career.
Full recap of the night’s action during JMB Podcast show.