Philadelphia lightweight Tevin Farmer earned his seventh win of 2013 on Wednesday night.
Ringside Report by Resolution Sports
Boxing returned to Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday night, with six bouts occurring at the EconoLodge and Conference Center. Following is a recap of the action.
Tevin Farmer (14-4-1, 3 KOs) vs. Carlos Vinan (10-12-5, 2 KOs)
Philadelphia lightweight Tevin Farmer seems to have reignited his professional career in 2013, capping off the calendar year with his seventh consecutive victory on Wednesday night. His performance was one of dominance, completely overwhelming a game Carlos Vinan with speed and numbers. It did not take Farmer long to gain control of the fight and make his opponent appear uncomfortable, excessively firing off three-punch combinations that ended with the southpaw unloading a hard right hook. Once he realized that he would be unable to overtake his opposition, Vinan started going for broke at the beginning of each round, but Farmer responded by staying in the pocket and delivering a high-energy attack. By the time the sixth frame rolled around, Farmer was consistently landing with ease whether he chose to be the aggressor or the counter attacker. When that round concluded, Vinan and his corner had absorbed enough damage, choosing not to answer the seventh frame bell and giving Farmer the TKO victory.
Kassim Ouma (28-8-1, 17 KOs) vs. Rahman Mustafa Yusubov (9-13, 7 KOs)
Fighting for the first time in two-plus years, former IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Kassim Ouma shook off the rust in a six-round affair that resulted in a unanimous decision victory over veteran Rahman Yusubov. At the onset of this bout, Ouma looked to establish his jab while circling around his opponent, who was an awkward and fairly aggressive fighter. In the middle frames of this contest, Ouma started to become more comfortable, reading Yusubov well and really starting to break him down. Some good exchanges were traded throughout the six-round co-feature, but Ouma truly started to outclass his opposition down the stretch, displaying a good rhythm with his footwork and coming with more numbers. He finished off his night in complete control, steadily applying pressure and delivering decent combination work. While Yusubov was able to make it the distance in this encounter, Ouma easily won over the judges with flush tallies of 59-55 on all three cards.
John Lennox (13-2, 5 KOs) vs. Kevin Franklin (4-9, 1 KO)
With former world champion Buddy McGirt now working his corner, heavyweight John Lennox came into this bout with a patient approach, working behind the jab and having his best success when he could bully his opponent to the ropes. Franklin was able to sneak some punches through the guard of Lennox, but the New Jersey native commanded control of the ring for most of the contest. However, one judge saw it as a different fight than anyone else in the venue, somehow giving Franklin a 59-55 card. Despite that head scratcher, Lennox picked up his 13th win with 59-55 and 58-56 counts from the other two ringside officials.
Anthony Debose (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. Jesus Gonzalez (1-4, 1 KO)
Debose exploded from the opening bell in what resulted in a one-round destruction of Jesus Gonzalez. The Philadelphia featherweight quickly dropped his counterpart with a crushing right hand less than a minute into this bout, and he would never let his opposition off the hook. When Gonzalez got back to his feet, he was greeted with battering combinations from Debose, who landed a series of flush right hands before sending his opponent flying across the ring and back to the floor with a left hook. Gonzalez showed true grit in again choosing to continue, but the precision and speed of Debose quickly sent him back down to cause a referee stoppage. At 2:16 of the opening frame, it was a TKO victory for the undefeated Philadelphia native.
Tyrone McKenna (3-0) vs. Jeffrey Combs (1-7-1)
The action got started on Wednesday night with young Philadelphia junior welterweight Tyrone McKenna working behind the jab and throwing heavy numbers against a veteran of eight fights in Jeffrey Combs. McKenna displayed a good motor while working in constant rhythm, coming with combination work while bouncing in and out of confrontation. Maintaining that performance for the entire four frames of this bout would serve him well, eventually being rewarded with a unanimous decision. The official tallies were 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.