By Ken Hissner: Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions returned to Philadelphia, PA, for the first time since February of 2020 with a double header. In the night event’s Main Event he featured Brandon “Brob” Robinson, of Upper Darby, PA, stopped in the eighth and final round by Kosovo’s Genc Pllana, of Hagerstown, MD, in the Main Event of a 7 bout card before a large crowd at the 2300 Arena. This was the first PA fight the writers were permitted to attend since the Pandemic.
In the Main Event Brandon “Brob” Robinson, 15-3 (10), #166.9, of Upper Darby, PA, was stopped by Genc Pllana, 9-3-1 (5), #168, of Kosovo and Hagerstown, MD, at 0:33 of the 8th and final round.
In the third round Pllana was cut on the left eyebrow. In the fourth round Pllana had Robinson hurt but landed a low punch giving Robinson a needed time out. In the fifth round Robinson came back well to take a close round. In the sixth round Pllana continues using a jab from the floor having his arm to his side while Robinson used an effective left hook on the chin.
In the seventh round a right from Pllana on the side of Robinson’s head and down he went for an 8 count from referee Shawn Clark just before the bell. In the eighth and final round Pllana came out fast landing a right to the chin driving Robinson down into a corner forcing the referee to call a halt. This writer had it even at the time of stoppage.
Bantamweight Jonathan Rodriguez 9-1 (3), #119.7, of Bethlehem, PA, defeated Sebastian “Dinamita” Baltazar, 1-5 (0), #117.5, of Guatemala and Tacoma, WA, 4 action packed rounds.
Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 twice as did this writer. Referee was Benjy Esteves, Jr.
Super Middleweight Khainell Wheeler, 5-1 (5), #168.7, of Bethlehem, PA, stopped Vincent “Cato” Baccus, 4-3-1 (3), #167.8 of Okmulgee, OK, at 2:46 of the first of a scheduled 6 rounds.
In the first round Baccus had Wheeler against the ropes with body work until Wheeler got away and landed a left uppercut on the chin dropping Baddus for an 8 count by referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. Upon rising, Wheeler jumped on Baddus landing a vicious right cross on the chin knocking his mouthpiece out and down causing the referee to halt the fight.
Lightweight James Bernadin, 4-0-1 (2), #134, of Lancaster, PA, defeated southpaw “Mayhem” Morales, 4-1 (2), #133.7, of Harrisburg, PA, over 6 rounds.
In the first four rounds Bernadin used a lead right against the southpaw jabbing Morales to take all four rounds. In the fifth round Morales got more active using an effective jab. In the sixth and final round Bernadin had Morales in trouble in a corner at the bell.
Scores were 58-56, 59-55 and 60-54 as did this writer. Referee was Benjy Esteves, Jr.
Welterweight Rasheed “Super Sheed” Johnson, 7-4 (3), #148, of Philadelphia, PA, was stopped by Rafiq “Superman” Muhammad, 5-0 (3), #149, of Richmond, VA, at 2:36 of the fourth in a scheduled 6 rounds.
In the first three rounds both fighters had their moments with Johnson up 2-1. In the fourth round an overhand right from Muhammad on the chin and down went Johnson for an 8 count from referee Shawn Clark. Upon rising Muhammad had Johnson in a corner throwing with nothing in return causing he referee to call a halt.
Middleweight Eric Monroe, 0-1 (0), #159.6, of North Philadelphia, PA, stopped by Roudley Lolo, 1-0-1 (1), #158.6, of Haiti and Harrisburg, PA, at 1:43 of the first round of a scheduled 4 rounds.
In the first round both fighters were battling until a right from Lolo on the chin of Monroe and down he went. He was up at the 8 count from referee Shawn Clark. Both fighters were throwing punches when another right from Lolo and down he went causing the referee to call a halt.
Welterweight Elijah “Enam the Chemist” Morales, 8-0 (4), #146.5, of Trenton, NJ, easily defeated Andres Abarca, 2-5 (0), #145, of Seattle, WA, over 4 rounds.
In the first round three rounds Morales got the best of the taller Abarca who had been warned several times for low blows and holding. In the fourth and final round Morales had Abarca holding on in the final minute of the round.
Scores were Referee was Shawn Clark. Morales is trained by “Chino” Rivas.