Rusty Ex-Champion Cintron Decisions Dirty Fighter Flores in Philadelphia
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (May 8th, 2016)– A ring rusty former WBO and IBF World Welterweight champion Kermit Cintron, making his first appearance in 25 months following a hand injury, won a unanimous decision over game but dirty journeyman Eduardo Flores, in the preliminary bout to the main event of a 10 bout card at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions, on Friday evening, May 6, 2016.
Cintron, now 36-5-2 with 28 knockouts, Reading, Pennsylvania, returning after 25 months due to an injured hand, settled for a coasting points win at middleweight over journeyman Flores, 32-21-3 with 15 knockouts, Quito, Ecuador. Shorter, and unable to get inside, Flores resorted to taking the fight dirty, wrestling and holding, and punching behind the head on the break, forcing Cintron to get down and dirty too. Cintron, in a postfight interview, stated he intended to go back to 147 pounds welterweight in the near future.
Flores went the six round distance and did not go down, doing his job, enabling Cintron to get out the ring rust and get some rounds in. Cintron landed crisp body and head shots throughout the contest, breaking Flores down. Flores, a tough rugged customer, landed a few punches of his own here and there, but mostly chose to hold instead, and simply would not go. Flores’ rabbit punches were an act of desperation. Other referees would have disqualified Flores or have taken points away. In that respect, Flores was lucky. His repeated intentional rabbit punches were flagrant fouls and should have been called. In any case, Cintron emerged without a mark on him, calm, cool and collected.
Result: Kermit Cintron Win 6 Eduardo Flores, Middleweights
Scoring: 60-54, 60-54, and 60-54 for Cintron. Referee: Blair Talmadge
In them main event, Philadelphia super middleweight Christopher Brooker won an eight round unanimous decision on Atlantic City, New Jersey opponent Antoyan Aikens. Brooker outboxed Aikens the whole way, and knocked him down in the third round. Aikens was never hurt but could not get into the bout. Brooker was cut over the left eye, Aikens over the right eye, after exchanging ‘accidental’ head butts in the first round. Brooker is 9-1 with five knockouts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Other Bouts on the Card in Philadelphia
Referees: Blair Talmadge, Shawn Clark
Naim Nelson Win 6 Carlos Velasquez, Super Lightweights
Erik Spring Win Split Decision 6 Justin Johnson, Super Welterweights
Emmanuel Folly TKO 1 Bryan Nevarez, Super Bantamweights (corner retirement 3:00)
Irish Scott Kelleher TKO 3 Terrell James, Super Lightweights
Thomas Velasquez KO 2 Grashino Yancy, Lightweights
Amir Shabazz Win 4 Tahlik Taylor, Light Heavyweights
Aaron Brooks (Debut) Win 4 Ryan Bivins, Super Middleweights
Tyrone Crawley Jr. Win 4 Korey Sloane, Lightweights