ATLANTIC CITY — As a result of every knockout on Saturday night’s card at Boardwalk Hall, $3,000 would go to the Atlantic City-area boys and girls clubs damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
So after the first five bouts on the Broner-DeMarco/Mitchell-Banks undercard, all stoppages, the total was $15,000.
Golden Boy Promotions provided monetary relief by donating $2 for every ticket sold and $1,000 per knockout registered during the seven-fight event.
In addiition, Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya and Caesars Atlantic City matched, adding another $2,000 per knockout to the much-needed donation for the several ravaged boys and girls clubs which were forced to close, directly impacting under-served youth and their family members in the area.
“It’s beautiful. It’s a shame that a hurricane had to come over and devastate New Jersey like that, but it’s great that people have the heart to think about giving back money, and that’s where our money needs to go to. It needs to go to our children and programs like that,” said New Jersey Athletic Commission chairman Aaron Davis.
“Because it’s probably programs like that which have gotten some these guys in the ring into the position to be able to fight at Boardwalk Hall. I don’t want anybody to go to the hospital for a knockout, but if you’re going to get knocked out, it’s good that it’s for a good cause.”
In the night’s first bout, lightweight Terron Grant (5-0, 3 KOs), of White Plains, Md., scored three knockdowns against Abraham Esquivel (5-3, 3 KOs) before referee Earl Brown waved an end to the bout at 2:14 of the first round.
“I kept throwing the right hand to the temple, but the first punch to the body was a right hand,” said Grant, 22. “The next two were right hands to the temple. But I take my hat off to him, because he wasn’t somebody that you could just walk over. He left his heart in the ring.”
“I did not know about the $3,000 going to the boys and girls clubs. It makes me feel real good. For them to be blessed because I came out with the win. If I had $3,000, I would give it to them myself. I want people to see that there is another side of me.”
In the second bout, New York junior welterweight Zachary Ochoa (3-0, 3 KOs) did the same to rival Michael Salcido (1-5), of Casa Grande, Ariz., before Salcido’s corner threw in the towel at 2:09. Ochoa’s first knockdown was literally seconds into the round.
The third fight was a seventh-round stoppage by Philadelphia junior middleweight Julian Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs), who nailed Jonuel Tapia (8-3-1, 5 KOs) with a succession of left uppercuts which prompted referee Allan Huggins to step in and wave an end to the punishment at the 2:10 mark.
The fourth fight ended similarly, with Philadelphia junior middleweight Demetrius Hopkins (32-2-1, 12 KOs) scoring a fifth-round knockout over Joshua Snyder (9-8-1, 3 KOs), of York, Pa.
The nephew of Bernard Hopkins, Demetrius dropped Snyder with a right hand midway through the fifth, and then followed him to the ropes for more damage that forced referee Earl Morton to step in and protect Snyder at 1:26.
In the fifth fight, Canadian Phil LoGreco (25-0, 14 KOs) rose from a first-round knockdown to halt Daniel Sostre (11-8-1, 4 KOs) in the seventh, cornering and battering him to the point where Huggins stopped it 45 seconds in.
“I feel like a million bucks,” said Lo Greco. “He had never been stopped, and I stopped him.”
Photos by Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos, Golden Boy Promotions
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