ATLANTIC CITY — Millville featherweight Joshua Caban-Reyes laughed when the ringside physician came to examine him after his fight Friday night at Tropicana Casino Resort.
That’s because his opponent, David Rodriguez of Philadelphia, didn’t throw a punch.
Caban-Reyes (3-0, 1 KO) needed just 25 seconds to register a TKO victory in front of a sparse crowd of about 500 at Tropicana’s Main Ballroom.
“That was a lot easier than I expected,” Caban-Reyes, 23, said. “But this is kind of like my hometown. I had a lot of family and friends here and I wanted to put on a show.”
The start of the card was delayed 90 minutes while officials waited for a second ambulance to arrive. But the delay had no effect on Caban-Reyes.
The former Millville High School wrestler — the 2007 graduate competed in the Region 8 tournament as a junior and senior — charged out of his corner at the opening bell and immediately stunned Rodriguez (0-2) with a straight right.
When Rodriguez staggered into a corner, Caban-Reyes followed him and connected with four powerful overhand rights. Referee Ricky Vera began to issue a standing eight-count, but Rodriguez’s trainer climbed to the ropes and waved a white towel to halt the scheduled four-round bout.
“I’m a pressure fighter, so I didn’t want to waste any time,” Caban-Reyes said “I didn’t care how long I had to wait (for the fight to start). I wanted to take care of business.”
Atlantic City welterweight Antowyan Aikens also earned an impressive victory Friday.
Aikens (5-0, 1 KO), 23, dominated Kenneth Schmitz (2-2, 1 KO), of Saint Joseph, Mo., en route to a four-round unanimous decision.
Judges Joe Pasquale (40-36), Barbara Perez (40-36) and Joe Perez (40-35) had Aikens winning every round, as did The Press.
“After seeing the first two fights on the card end in the first round, I wanted to do it, too,” Aikens said.
An exciting main event saw Philadelphia light-heavyweight Dennis Hasson (14-0, 5 KOs) stay unbeaten with an eight-round, unanimous decision over George Armenta (14-9, 11 KOs), of Silver Spring, Md.
In other fights Friday, Norfolk, Va. middleweight Frankie Filippone (9-2-1, 2 KOs) and Keandre Leatherwood (9-1-1, 6 KOs), of Birmingham, Ala., fought to a six-round majority draw. Philadelphia heavyweight Joey Dawejko (7-0-1, 3 KOs) notched a fourth-round TKO over Edwin Ranquillo (2-2, 1 KO), of West New York. Philadelphia welterweight Saud Clark (1-0, 1 KO) won his pro debut with a 46-second TKO over Augusto Reyes (0-1), of Silver Spring, Md.
Punchlines: Boxing manager/promoter Jackie Kallen, who was the subject of the movie “Against the Ropes,” was in the stands Friday, along with former fighters Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Bruce Seldon, Bobby “Boogaloo” Watts, Pernell Whitaker and others. They are attending tonight’s All-Star Legends Boxing Gala at Resorts Casino Hotel. ... Medical issues forced Vineland promoter Diane Lee Fischer Cristiano to cancel Friday’s women’s welterweight title fight between Lisa Garland and Kita Watkins.
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