Weimer and Guerrero win at Harrington Casino in DE
By Ken Hissner and David Ruff at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (March 21, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
In an abbreviated show Saturday night at the Harrington Raceway and Casino in Harrington, DE, A & D Promotions made their area debut. It has been 4 years since the initial show ran there and that was in the fairgrounds not the Exhibit Hall where the near packed house were treated to 4 professional fights, 2 exhibitions and 2 amateur fights. The fan’s seemed to be hungry for a boxing event.

The main attraction was to be Maryland’s top prospect in unbeaten Emmanuel Taylor whose opponent pulled out 2 days before the event per Maxell Taylor, the father and trainer of his son.

York, PA, light welterweight “Stone Cold” Stevie Weimer, 7-0 (2), was moved from a 4 to a 6 in the co-main event. His opponent welterweight Gabriel Morris, 3-9-2 (0), out of Toledo, OH, was made to order it seemed after the first round. Morris had a draw with Tim Witherspoon, Jr., earlier in his career and defeated John Lewus, 24-4, last year, but is not much of a puncher though having a 6 pound advantage never hurt Weimer.

The 21 year old Weimer was coming off a split and majority decision in his last 2 fights. He controlled every round in this one and almost had Morris out in the 3rd round blasting him against the ropes. All 3 judges had Weimer winning by scores of 60-54 by top judge Steve Weisfeld while 2 judges from MD, John Gradowski had it 59-55 and Don Risher 58-56 all for Weimer. It’s been 7 opponents without a winning record and time to step up for Weimer. Benji Esteves, Jr. served as the referee in this 6 round bout

In the other co-main event the older brother of NABF middleweight champion Fernando Guerrero, Alex, 6-0 (1), of Salisbury, MD, had an easy night of it stopping Harley Kilifan, 8-7 (7), Menominee, WI, at 1:36 of the 3rd round in this cruiserweight 4 of this co-feature bout. Kilifan was coming off 3 straight stoppage losses and found himself on the canvas 3 times. Top referee Steve “Double SS” Smoger looked sharp like he just came out of the 82nd Airborne jump school and did his usual great job.

Light heavyweight prospect Lionell Thompson, 5-0 (3), out of Bufalo, NY, won a lopsided decision over William Gill, 9-27- (7), Toms River, NJ, now loser in 10 of his last 11 fights who seemed lost for the entire 4 rounds trying to catch the fleet footed winner. Smoger was the referee. It was Thompson’s first fight in 8 months.

In the best fight of the night Jesus Saucedo, 2-0-1 (1), of York, PA, and Rashad Boger, 3-2-1 (2) out of Newark, NJ, fought to a majority draw in a 4 round light welterweight match. Judge Risher had it 39-37 for Saucedo while Weisfeld and Gradowski had it 38-38. Boger was upset with the decision and left the ring with his gloves on but Executive Director Greg Sirb would have none of that as he brought him back to the ring. Saucedo who just turned pro 6 months ago did look the worse for wear of the two. Esteves, Jr. was the referee in this one.

In a pair of exhibitions light welterweight Mike “Strictly Business” Denby, 3-8-3, of Felton, DE, and featherweight southpaw Thomas Snow, 13-1, out of Capitol Heights, MD, put on a good show. Lamonte “The Problem Solver” Singletary was to make his cruiser debut when his opponent fell out but did an exhibition with light heavyweight Dale Robenson El, 6-0, out of Randallstown, MD. The allusive Singletary seemed to have an easy time in this one.

In an exciting amateur match John “Church Boy” Bowman, of Dover, DE, defeated Ryan Watson. In a short circuited super middleweight amateur match Melinda “The Gem” Levasseur, of Dover, DE, defeated the shorter Tisha Hines of York, PA, who rightfully complained as referee of both bouts Ron Horn took some heat from the fans for a quick stoppage as they wanted to see more. Levasseur said later she wished the fight could have continued.

A student at Delaware State, the highly attractive Levasseur was nice enough to talk to dhb writer Dave Ruff about her future. “I have only had 8 fights so far and feel I need some more experience before turning professional. I usually don’t start that fast but haven’t fought for a year so I was eager to show the fans some action,” said Levasseur. She lived in the Frankford section of Philadelphia when she was younger and trains out of the KOK gym in Bridgeville, DE. She was also kind enough to autograph one of her pictures for the beaming Ruff.

KOK Boxing’s Wayne Hibbs was a big help to the A & D promotions pair of Jim DeLisio, Jr., and Julio Alvarez with the event. A & D have run in Hanover, PA, and plan to do something in York before returning to Harrington. Renee Aikens was the matchmaker.

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