By John DiSanto at ringside
In the main event at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, southpaw Ray Robinson, 21-2, 9 KOs, returned after an 18-month layoff to score a TKO over Santos Benavides, 25-11-2, 19 KOs, at the end of round four of a scheduled 8-round junior middleweight bout. Robinson battered his opponent to the head and body the entire fight before Benavides’ corner wisely stopped the fight between the fourth and fifth rounds. Robinson had him down in the first, but Benavides managed to absorb everything Robinson threw afterward. The official time was 3:00 of round four.
Bronx junior middleweight Steven Martinez, 17-3, 3 KOs, won an 8-round unanimous decisions over Jeremy Ramos of Colorado, 9-5, 4 KOs. The scores were 77-74, 76-74 and 76-75.
Philly junior welterweight Branden Pizarro, 1-0, 1 KO, demolished Ezequiel Ocasio, 1-3, with a right hand at 39 seconds of round one to make his professional debut. Occasionally was down for the full 10 count.
Bantamweight Christian Carto of Philadelphia, 4-0, 4 KOs, stopped Angel Carvajal, 2-5, in round two to keep his record perfect. The time was 1:42. There were no knockdowns.
Angel Pizarro, 2-0, 1 KO, the older brother of Branden, scored a second round TKO over Maurice Adams, 1-2. Pizarro dropped Adams with a right and referee Shawn Clark stopped the junior featherweight fight as soon as the DC fighter got up. The time was 2:40.
In the first bout of the night, Philadelphia junior welterweight Jeremy Cuevas, 1-0, 1 KO, made a successful debut against Luis Ramos, 0-3, with a second round TKO at 1:32.
The third fight promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions at Philadelphia’s Sugar House Casino will be December 16th.