Donte Wright Victorious in Professional Debut

Donte Wright earned a majority decision over Lionel Charles in the main event.

Three Pro Fights Highlight Pro/Am Card at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia

Ringside Report by Resolution Sports

Joe Hand Boxing Promotions, along with D and D Management, put on another installment of Tuesday Night Fights this week, with three professional bouts being preceded by five amateur contests.

The main event of the evening featured a 154-pound scrap between winless Lionel Charles (0-4) and Philadelphia’s Donte Wright (1-0) in his professional debut. Well known Philadelphia trainer Bozy Ennis was in the corner of Wright, who found a rather sloppy and oftentimes dirty opponent on the other side of the ring from him. From the opening bell, Charles forced Wright to fight on the inside, but the young junior middleweight was able to stand his ground in the close knit affair.

Charles often resorted to dirty tactics on the inside, and it was a pretty rough scrap throughout the four-round encounter. While the entire bout was basically fought in a phone booth, the debuting Wright showed the better ring generalship and landed the cleaner of the punches. When all was said and done, Wright found himself in the win column via majority decision, countering an even 38-38 count with a pair of 39-37 tallies.

The co-main event of the night was a short and scary one, reminding all patrons in attendance once again of the constant risk that all fighters take. The bout was in the featherweight division, where Philadelphia native Avery Sparrow (2-0, 1 KO) met New York veteran Hassan Wasswau (5-15-3, 2 KOs). As soon as the bell rang to get this one underway, it was pretty clear that Sparrow completely out-matched Wasswau despite his major advantage in terms of professional experience. Sparrow immediately began setting up the one-two with a strong lead jab, and his follow-up right cross was repeatedly landing flush to snap back the neck of his opposition. After a series of those two-punch combinations landed cleanly, Sparrow then dramatically closed the show after he loaded up on a right cross that flattened Wasswau, and the veteran was out cold on impact.

The crowd in attendance held its breath after the highlight reel knockout, which came at the 2:22 mark. Wasswau remained on the canvas for minutes after the impact, and he was eventually removed from the arena on a stretcher. Early reports were that he was being taken to the hospital strictly for precautionary reasons.

The first professional fight on the Pro/Am card was a meeting between two pro debutants, as junior welterweights Jerome Conquest (1-0) and Sidney McCow (0-1) removed their headgear to enter the professional ranks. The southpaw Conquest had the hometown Philadelphia fans in his favor, but McCow also had a crop of supporters who made the trip down from New York.

After a bit of a feeling out in the opening frame, the two fighters began to open up the second round, where Conquest landed the best shot of the fight to that point by striking McCow with a sharp left hook late in the frame. Looking comfortable in the ring, the personable Conquest started issuing overt facial expressions in the direction of his opposition, using more movement and displaying better bounce in his step than McCow. Conquest worked a little more off the bend in the final round, frustrating McCow when he was unable to land with much precision. Eventually, the action concluded on the inside, but neither fighter was able to create enough separation to do much damage there.

After four frames of boxing, the ringside officials were needed for their opinions, and Conquest would be the man to get his hand raised via unanimous decision after solidifying scores of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice) in his favor.

125-Lb Division (Women’s): Jackie McTammey def. Dianna Cute
141-Lb Division: Mark Dawson def. Douglas Northern
125-Lb Division: Branden Pizaro def. Kashad Elliot
112-Lb Division: Dylan Price def. Dallas Holden
110-Lb Division: Christian Carto def. Eric Gordon

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