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Last night at BB King Blues Club in Times Square a special “Pink Night” boxing card was held in support of breast cancer awareness month, with all of the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All fighters who participated wore pink gloves and the ring canvas was also pink in support of the nights cause.
The action was crisp all night long in the main event former WBO Junior welterweight champion Randall Bailey faced off against another former champ DeMarcus “Chop-Chop” Corley. Bailey was looking to avenge an earlier 2003 lose to Corley. Both fighters came to win, delivering solid shots on a consistent basis throughout the eight round bout. It was Bailey who got the best of Corley in the third, Bailey connected with one of his bullets that landed Corley to the canvas. Corley was able to get back to his feet, once back on his feet Corley shook his head at Bailey to acknowledge the Bailey blow which caught him. After the third round knockdown Corley was able to hold his ground the rest of the way and often produced staggering shots of his own. The fight ended with Bailey getting the unanimous decision from the judges who scored the bout all for Bailey 78-73, 79-72 and 79-72.With the victory Bailey improves to 38-6, 34KOs while Corley drops to 31-10,17KOs.
In the other featured bout local Staten Island favorite Gary Stark Jr. (22-2, 8 KOs) took on Leivi Brea (16-8-3, 8 KOs) in a six round junior featherweight clash. It took Stark’s a few rounds to find his groove and he found it big time in the third. Stark’s with his fans cheering him on took Brea to the canvas in the third with a series of body blows. The quicker Starks was at it again in the sixth decking Brea for the second time to make matters worst for Brea the referee dedicated a point from him for holding during he round as well. At the end two of the three judges gave all the rounds to Stark with scores of 60-51 while the third judge scored the bout 59-52 for Stark. After the fight the humble Stark thought he was still not at his best feeling he was a little sluggish, especially in the first few rounds. Super Bowl Champion NY Giant Brandon Jacobs helped Stark celebrate the victory in the middle of the ring.
Two-time NY Golden Gloves champion and 2008 National Golden Gloves champion Tor Hamer, a recent Penn State graduate, made his pro debut at heavyweight taking on Joe Rabotte (2-4, 1 KO) in a four rounder . The 225 pound Hamer who had a 34-1 record as an amateur, lived up to expectations by taking out Rabotte in the second round to record a TKO victory.
Brooklyn’s Philip Jackson Benson making his pro debut as a middleweight knocked out Robert Harris in the first round.
In an entertaining opening bout Hajro Sujak (3-0, 1 KO) from the Bronx, NY scored a majority decision victory over Richmond Dalphone (0-4-2).
The card was cut short when two bouts had to be cancelled, fan favorite Edgar Santana’s bout against Luis Rodriguez from Mexico was called off due to visa issues for Rodriguez and Wil Rosinsky had his bout cancelled due to a injury suffered by his opponent.
Ringside Bling – Many great local sports and boxing stars were hand to take in the action including super bowl champion NY Giant running backs Brandon Jacob, Armad Bradshaw and former NY Knick Charles Smith. Fresh off his first round knockout victory on the Hopkins – Pavlik undercard Danny Jacobs was at ringside along with his gym mate and 2008 Olympian Sadam Ali. Former champions Iran Barkley, Emile Griffin and Junior Jones were also in attendance.
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