Whacky night at York V Event!
By Ken Hissner at ringside (Aug 4, 2010) Doghouse Boxing  
On most shows you can expect some unusual problems but not in four of seven fights. York V had them Saturday night in a TKO Boxing Promotion at Sovereign Bank Stadium, York, PA. It wasn’t something matchmaker Rene Aiken could have seen coming or any official prevented. There were some first time fighters on the promotion that just didn’t live up to the integrity of the sport in a good way.

In the main event local favorite Carney “Beeper” Bowman, 15-0 (7), came back from a year layoff and it showed against his opponent Robert Acevedo, 9-11-3 (1), of Union City, NJ, who came in for a pay day and should not receive it. He showed some of the continuous dirty tactics I have seen in over thirty years in this business. Bowman landed what seemed like an ordinary right hand and Acevedo fell down face first until the full count was rendered by referee Gary Rosato and got up immediately. Even his corner man went over and lifted Bowman into the air in victory. He was obviously embarrassed by the actions of Acevedo. It robbed all the fans of a true main event.

Southpaw Acevedo took the fight on possibly three days notice and was not doing bad at the start. Bowman’s timing was off. This writer actually would have given Acevedo the first round if not for a earned point deduction from the referee. You just knew that Bowman would retaliate in the second round for his fans and he did. He just did it in a slicker way that Acevedo in this scheduled six round lightweight match.

Acevedo complained to the referee for getting hit behind the head as he grabbed and hit Bowman inside and even after getting broken up by the referee. He couldn’t go ten seconds without fouling Bowman in some way. Bowman was deprived of showing his quick hands and boxing ability though the rust was there. I mentioned to his father before the fight that when he reaches thirty-five and his skills are completely gone he will probably wake up and want to be serious about his career. He was a standout amateur though granted without a big punch. Life is not a party and the sooner he realizes it the better off his career will go for him. He is a likeable performer but Saturday night was not one of them.

Cruiserweight Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor, 16-1-1 (7), of Johnstown, PA, had been rumored to be switched to the main event when the matchmaker was scrambling for a replacement opponent for Bowman. Taylor may have had Adam Harris, 10-4 (7), of Worcester, MA, beaten “before” the fight. Taylor was obviously too strong for Harris who seemed to be looking for a way out from the start. He turned his back on Taylor and got hit and was ready to quit as he took a knee on his own. Referee Vic deWysocki stepped in before Harris went down and had no choice but render a count. Harris made a feint effort to box and move on Taylor who was relentless mostly with body shots that ripped into Harris even when he turned southpaw.

In the second round it was more of the same as Taylor would double jab and go to the body. At the end of the round Harris quit in the corner complaining of a bad right arm. It certainly didn’t happen from hitting Taylor but his lack of defense in blocking or slipping punches. This was a schedule six.

Southpaw Terrance Crawford, 12-0 (9), of Omaha, an Olympic alternate in 2008, once again was fed an opponent with a losing record. Only one with a winning record in twelve fights and that was in his debut against a 2-0 opponent. His opponents are 64-122-4. Usually a writer shows just the opposite how good a fighters competition was but not in this case. His opponent southpaw Ron Boyd, 6-11-1 (2), of DC, has one win in his last twelve fights and at forty should think of calling it a career. At 2:48 of the first round Boyd told referee Gary Rosato his hand hurt too much to continue. Those at ringside were wondering how he hurt it since Crawford seemed to be doing all the punching. This was a scheduled six round junior welterweight match.

Another York boxer with a good amateur record, Eric Nemo, 9-1-1 (4), showed no ring rust being off a year and laid into Rasool Shakpoor, 3-8-1 (1), of Jackson, MI, with a three punch combination dropping him. Shakpoor beat the count but let referee deWysocki know he did not want to continue at 1:57 of the first round. This was scheduled for four in the junior lightweight division.

Doel Carrasquillo, 13-15-1 (11), of nearby Lancaster, was in the fight of the night against southpaw Maurice Chalmers, 8-11-1 (5), of Lynchburg, VA, scoring a stoppage at 0:49 of the third round in this scheduled welterweight six. Chalmers seemed to have the edge in the first round and Carrasquillo seemed frustrated he couldn’t land one of his knockout punches. It looked like he purposely landed one after the bell that had Chalmers staggering back to his corner. Referee Rosato gave Carrasquillo a stern warning but didn’t take away a point. Carrasquillo seemed more amused than bothered by the punches of Chalmers stepping back at one point and hitting himself on the chin with both hands.

In the second round Carrasquillo landed a combination that dropped Chalmers. By the end of the round there was a wild finish with both boxers whaling away at each other. In the third round a left hook from Carrasquillo dropped Chalmers. Upon rising in the judgement of referee Rosato Chalmers didn’t seem to have enough left to continue at 0:49 of the third round. This was a scheduled welterweight six.

York’s Stevie Weimer, 5-0 (2), had his hands full with Donte King, 2-8-2 (1), of Cambridge, MA, in a scheduled welterweight four. In the first round a right hand by King knocked Weimer back. If he was expecting an easy opponent in was in for a rude awakening. In the second round this writer counted eighteen unofficial punches thrown by Weimer of which half may have been blocked but without anything in return by King. Just prior to the bell it was King coming back with six unanswered punches.

The third round was close but King seemed to outwork Weimer who was also last seen a year ago in a bout. In the fourth round King started out strong but Weimer took over prior to the halfway point to catch the eye of John Radowski and Dave Greer, to gain a 39-37 edge. Jack Castellani had it 38-38 as did this writer giving Weimer a majority decision win. Weimer doesn’t have the skils that Bowman or Nemo have so if he’s going to take this serious he better get back into the gym and work on improvements. Weimer complained afterwards of injuring his hand in the first round.

While Bowman, Nemo and Weimer sat idle since the last outdoor show here in York for a year, Taylor had six fights in between and it showed. Rumor is TKO will return in the fall indoors at the Valencia Ballroom which is a very nice site.

In the opener recently TKO signed prospect Alantez Fox 1-0, of Forrestville, MD, 1-0 (0), showed basic skills but couldn’t come close to scoring a knockdown over the obvious inferior Kevn Kibler, 0-3-1, of Columbia, SC, who had more heart than skills. This was a scheduled four in the junior middleweight division with Rosato serving as the referee. Judge’s Greer and Radowski had it 40-36 while Castellani had it 40-35 all for Fox in his debut. His corner seemed disappointed he didn’t score a knockout.

Two amateur bouts out of a hopeful five were fought prior to the professional event. They were entertaining if one sided. Seems York and Harrisburg supplied the boxers. The crowd seemed larger than last year’s event here with an estimated several thousand or more.

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