Photos courtesy of PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Ennis KOs Walker in less than a minute
It was a swampy night in the Blue Horizon, but even with the Flyers across town battling the Blackhawks, lots of Philadelphia fans in the orange and black showed up to enjoy a solid night of boxing.
The high point of the night came at the hands of the undefeated Farah Ennis, who delivered a spectacular KO only 56 seconds into the first round. Farah entered the ring in excellent physical shape, and faced off against Missouri’s Steve Walker (24-24) in a scheduled six round contest. For the half-minute that he was in the ring, Ennis flashed his signature patience and body control, and picked the perfect moment to land the uppercut and over-hand right combination that floored Walker for the first time. The Missourian staggered to his feet, but was put back down immediately. For those keeping track, that makes 3 KOs in a row for the intimidating Farah Ennis.
Coy Evans battles to Unanimous Decision over Zepeda
In the co-main event, “Pretty Boy” Coy Evans extended his undefeated streak (9-0) against a lesser, but more experienced opponent in hard-nosed Mexican Barbaro Zepeda (9-22). Zepeda fought aggressive for six full rounds, and spent most of the fight with his head down throwing loose combinations into the defenses of the quicker Evans. Evans dealt with the pressure by throwing stiff counter-punches and managing to land the stronger, cleaner power shots in the exchanges.
In the sixth round, Evans caught Zepeda off-balance and landed a straight right-hand that sent the Mexican stumbling backwards across the ring and down to the mat for the only knockdown of the fight. Evans turned on the pressure, and would easily win a unanimous decision in six. The young featherweight is looking ready to advance to the next level of his promising career.
Olivia Fonseca Shows Heart, but Falls Short
Philadelphia’s Olivia Fonseca (3-3-2) took on Newark’s Akima Stocks (4-0) in the only woman’s bout of the night. Stocks came barreling out of her corner at the bell and, even though Fonseca looked like the superior boxer, the smothering style of Akima Stocks would prove to be too much. Olivia lost a majority decision, but managed to be the only fighter that Stocks did not defeat by knockout.
“Killa” Keenan wins battle with Alex Monte
Keenan Smith (2-0), the youngest member of the Battlestrong Team, racked up his second impressive victory against a very tough Alex Monte (1-1) from Massachusetts. Smith and Monte had an awkward first round, but by round 2, Smith started to land his damaging left hand at will and would continue to out-box Monte throughout the fight. Smith wins by unanimous decision.