PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - March 06, 2021  
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Story by John DiSanto
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Trenton junior welterweight Shinard Bunch won an 8-round unanimous decision over Cameron Krael of Las Vegas in the main event at the Sportsplex in Feasterville, PA, on Saturday night. The fight topped a five-bout card promoted by Rodney Rice's RDR Promotions.

The tough two-way battle was full of action with Bunch edging enough of the many of the close rounds to secure victory. However, Krael, kept the fight close, landing punches and marking Bunch's face.

According to correspondent Marc Abrams, Bunch's work in the middle rounds provided the margin needed for his victory. Another report said that the fight was so competitive that it could have gone either way. Two of the three official scores were close. Rob Rubinitz scored it 77-75, and Steve Weisfeld saw it 78-74, both for Bunch. Judge Adam Friscia also saw it for Bunch, but his score was fairly one-sided, 79-73.

This was Bunch's fourth bout in 2021 already, and his eleventh straight win since his 2019 No Decision against Vincent Floyd. The decision win over Krael, 17-18-3, 4 KOs, snapped an eight-bout knockout streak for Bunch, 14-1, 12 KOs. Per, Bunch is already slated for his next bout, April 10 in Vero Beach, FL.


Sophomore southpaw Rashiem Jefferson won his fifth straight fight, and first as a junior lightweight, when he stopped Darel Harris in round two of their scheduled six rounder. Jefferson mounted a wilting body attack on his most experienced foe to date. Harris, a 24-bout vet from Florida, offered little - if anything - in return, opting instead to cover up and try to survive. Jefferson kept the pressure on high and mixed in several shots to the head. However, it was the constant flow of body blows that brought the fight to a close.

Toward the end, Harris slipped to the canvas. He got up and immediately went back into his shell. Jefferson whacked away at the Floridian's torso, while Harris failed to throw a punch. Finally, referee Eric Dali stepped in and stopped the one-sided fight at 1:56 of round two. This was Jefferson's first knockout as a pro. He improved to 5-0, 1 KO. Harris fell to 3-20-2, 1 KO. This was the fourth time he was stopped.


Nahir Albright won his tenth straight bout (after losing his 2016 debut) with a second round TKO of William Parra Smith in another scheduled six rounder. The Sicklerville, NJ fighter blasted away at Smith, Anchorage, AK from the opening bell. Albright scored a knockdown in round two. When Smith regained his feet, Nahir trapped him in the corner and landed two right uppercuts followed by a pair of left uppercuts that prompted referee Eric Dali to halt the fight at the 1:51 mark.


Millville's Edgar Joe Cortes scored a fifth round TKO over Michael Stoute of Long Island, NY, in a 6-round bantamweight bout. Coming off two consecutive losses and a draw, Cortes, dropped Stoute twice in round five en route to referee Eric Dali's stoppage at 1:21 of the round. The technical knockout victory, his first, gave Cortes, 7-6-1, a winning record. Stoute slid to an even 3-3-1.


Philly junior lightweight Nasir Mickens won for the second time as a pro with a 4-round unanimous decision over Mexican-based Frenchman Nathan Benichou. Benichou hit the deck once in round two, and later was penalized twice by referee Eric Dali for the stalling tactic of spitting out his mouthpiece. Despite the deductions, the official scores were close. Adam Friscia scored the fight 37-36; Steve Weisfeld had it 38-36. Only Rob Rubinitz turned in wide score of 39-35. Mickens improved to 2-0, 1 KO. Benichou lost for the third straight time and fell to 2-3, 2 KOs.

Rodney Rice's RDR Promotions celebrated it first anniversary as a professional promotional company, having staged its first show last March 7th (2020). This was Rice's fifth show. Once again, Covid-19 restrictions limited the amount of tickets permitted to be sold. A live crowd of 450 attended the show at the Sportsplex, a multi-sport facility designed primarily for indoor soccer and roller hockey, located just outside the Philadelphia city limits. The show was also streamed live by FloCombat. RDR returns to the same venue on April 3, with a show featuring heavyweight Joey Dawejko.

Note: did not attend this show. This report was assembled based on posted videos of the various bouts, BoxRec.




John DiSanto - Feasterville, PA - March 06, 2021