Vasquez and Ferrante Win at Harrah’s in Chester, PA
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (June 6, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
In an all Philadelphia lightweight match Victor Vasquez, 13-5-1 (7), scored an impressive stoppage of Gustavo Dailey, 4-12 (1) at 2:42 of the fourth round Friday night at Harrah’s, in Chester, PA! Light heavyweight Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante, 10-2 (5), of Philadelphia, got back in the win column, stopping Joe Park, 8-6 (6), of Florence, SC, in 2:47 of the fourth round of a 6 round main event.

Joey Eye and David Feldman presented this “Round 3” show at Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack with Nick Tiberi as matchmaker. It was their third promotion this year in the Casino outside of Philadelphia. All fights were competitive and Vasquez’s performance stood out.

This was a rematch from 2010 when Vasquez stopped Dailey in 5 rounds. “This time I have over a month to train and it’s going to be different,” said Dailey. That is what he said at his trainer Fred Jenkins ABC Gym. What he didn’t know was there was a new and improved Vasquez now trained by Billy Briscoe.

The popular Vasquez brought the house to their feet when he switched from a solid 3 rounds of body attack on the southpaw Dailey to go to the head dropping him in the fourth. When Dailey got to his feet he looked like a drunken sailor going from the middle of the ring to his corner and then to a neutral corner being followed by referee Blair Talmadge. When he finally caught up to Dailey he didn’t give him the “take a couple steps toward me” but waved it off. “He told me to go to the corner and when I got there he told me to go to a neutral corner,” said Dailey. Upset with the loss Dailey hadn’t won a round and would have needed a knockout to win. “I felt good tonight. I was very relaxed and my new trainer Billy Briscoe and I had a plan and it worked,” said Vasquez.

Ferrante had dropped his last 2 fights out of town and pummeled Park. He was much too strong for his opponent. After taking the first 2 rounds Ferrante hurt Park with a vicious body attack in the third. Park grabbed Ferrante by the waist pushing him across the ringto the neutral other and deposited him into the ropes and almost out of the ring. At that point referee Shawn Clark should have at least taken a point away from Park.

Ferrante came out for the fourth round determined to end this 6 rounder and did as referee Clark had seen enough and waved it off. “It was good to get a win. Now it’s time for (Chuckie) Mussachio II,” said Ferrante. He was referring to another popular Italian in Chuckie Mussachio, of Wildwood, NJ, whom he lost to last year in Atlantic City while though ahead on the cards got stopped. Mussachio happened to be there with his father/trainer Al Mussachio, to check out the fight. A rematch is well merited.

Popular lightweight Angel Ocasio, 5-0 (1), had some problems getting started until the second round against fellow Philadelphian Randolph Scott, 0-4 (0). In the third round a right hand made Scott’s knee buckle and touch the canvas making referee Talmadge administer a count. Ocasio would go onto win on all score cards. Bernard Bruni and Dave Greer, saw it 39-36 while Dewey LaRosa saw it 40-35. “His arms were so long it wasn’t easy getting to him,” said Ocasio.

Rashad “All Business” Brown, 4-0 (2), Philadelphia had an easy time of it stopping Phillip Burnette, 2-3 (1), of Myrtle Beach, SC, at 2:59 of the first round when referee Clark waved it off. Burnette complained of getting hit behind the head but never showed any offense in this one schedule for 4 rounds.

“Joltin” Joey Tiberi, 4-1 (3), of Newark, DE, defeated Jonathan Ocassio, 0-8 (0), of Philadelphia, in a 4 round lightweight match. Ocassio’s one weapon was a long right hand that put Tiberi on the defense whenever he landed it. In the meantime Tiberi outworked his opponent to get the nod by 40-36 from Greer and 39-37 from Bruni and LaRosa. The referee was Clark. Tiberi had a good size cheering section.

Naim “The Dream” Nelson, 1-0 (0), of Philadelphia won his debut defeating Kywame Hill, 1-8 (0), in an all Philadelphia junior lightweight 4. Nelson was the stronger of the two and kept his composure throughout. Nelson won on all scorecards 40-36.

Larry Tornambe did his usual excellent ring announcing before another packed house at Harrah’s.

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