By John DiSanto/Philly Boxing History
The first two bouts at the 2300 Arena in South Philly were absolute wars.
First, junior lightweights Tyrone Luckey, 6-4-2, 5 KOs, and Gang Yong Kim, 5-2, traded knockdowns. Luckey, Middletown, NJ, dropped Kim with a left hook in round one. Then Kim, Philadelphia, returned the favor in the second, courtesy of a hard right hand. In the final two rounds, the fighters battled back and forth. However Luckey held the edge and was awarded the unanimous decision after four rounds. All three official scores were 38-36.
In the second bout, Philadelphia’s Victor Vasquez, 19-9-1, 9 KOs, dropped Osnel Charles, 10-14-1, 1 KO, in round one of their scheduled 6-round lightweight bout. Charles, Atlantic City, fought back to win round two, but could not hold off Vasquez after that.
The pair brawled away, but Vasquez was landing the harder shots. In round four, Victor trapped Charles in a neutral corner and blasted him with a combination that had Osnel nearly out on his feet. Referee Benji Esteves called it a knockdown and then stopped the bout after taking a good look at the woozy Charles. The time was 44 seconds of round four.
The victory was sweet revenge for Vasquez, as Charles had won their two previous 6-rounders on points.
Junior lightweight Kevin Rivers Jr., Palmer Park, MD, remained undefeated, 12-0, 9 KOs, with an impressive TKO of Mexican Luis Lizarraga, 5-5-1, 2 KOs, in three rounds.
Rivers scored a knockdown in round two and finished the job at 24 seconds of the third. Referee Gary Rosato stepped in with Lizarraga helpless along the ropes.
(TV bouts to follow: Roach, Ballard, Shabranskyy, and possibly Damon Allen).
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