Santiago wins before sellout Sugarhouse crowd

By Togorashi

Ringside Results by John DiSanto –

Philadelphia junior welterweight Milton Santiago, 15-0, 3 KOs, defeated Ken Alvarez of Puerto Rico, 7-5-2, 3 KOs, by 8-round unanimous decision in the main event at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. This was the first-ever boxing event at the venue, and a standing room only crowd of about 1,300 came out to support the 10-bout show, which was promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions.

In the 6-round co-feature, Puerto Rican featherweight Luis Lebron, 7-0, 3 KOs, settled for a split decision draw against Tyrone Luckey of New Jersey, 8-7-2, 6 KOs.

South Philly native Christian Carto, 3-0, 3 KOs, continued his impressive rookie season with an easy TKO of Jonathan Hernandez, of Puerto Rico, 0-3. The bantamweight overpowered Hernandez and stopped him at 1:02 of round two of a scheduled 4-rounder.

In another scheduled 4-rounder, light heavyweight David Murray, 5-1, 4 KOs, Wilmington, scored a first round TKO of Philadelphian Maurice Amaro, 2-10-1, 1 KO. Murray dropped Amaro mid-way through the round and finished him moments later. The time was 2:35 of the first round.

Featherweight Ricky Lopez, 17-4, 6 KOs, Colorado Springs, won a 6-round unanimous decision over Nicaraguan Josue Bendana, 10-7-4, 6 KOs.

Philly junior featherweight Angel Pizarro, 1-0, made a successful pro debut by beating Newark, NJ southpaw Marquis Pierce, 1-10.

Lightweight John Joe Nevin, the 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist for Ireland, remained undefeated, 8-0, 4 KOs, with a 6-round unanimous decision over Floridian Jesus Lule, 8-19-1, 1 KO. Nevin won every round on all three official scorecards.

Edgar Cortes, 3-3, Vineland, NJ, upset Philly’s Alex Barbosa, 5-3-1, 1 KO, by unanimous decision after four rounds in a battle of featherweight southpaws.

Female flyweight Laurie Schiavo won her professional debut, 1-0, against fellow-first timer, Mary O’Leary, 0-1, of Springfield, MA. Schiavo took the split decision after four rounds.

In the show-opener, heavyweight Lamont Capers, 7-8-2, Hawley, PA, won a 6-round unanimous decision over Philadelphian Pedro Martinez, 7-10, 3 KOs.

Hard Hitting Promotions plans to return to the SugarHouse for another pro boxing show in October.

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