Last Saturday night, Hard Hitting Promotions kicked off its 12 series of fights at the Showboat Hotel with a bang when Christian Tapia won the NABA Super Featherweight title with a 2nd round destruction over Mason Menard.
The match was crowned by an excellent seven-match show in front of a sold-out audience on the famous promenade.
In lap two, Tapia Menard injured one right hand. Tapia went in and landed a right uppercut followed by a thundering left to the body that sent Menard to the canvas and he refused to get up and the fight stopped at 2:34.
Tapia from Coamo, PR is 12-0 with 11 knockouts. Menard from Rayne, LA is 36-6.
Dylan Price remained undefeated in a bantamweight bout with an eight round unanimous decision over Edwin Rodriguez.
Price of Sicklerville, NJ won 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75 to remain unbeaten with a 14-0 record. Rodriguez of Juana Diaz, PR is 11-6-2.
Hometown favorite Anthony “Juice” Young made a unanimous decision over Todd Manuel in eight rounds in a welterweight bout.
Young scored a knockdown on the final lap, but Manuel managed to hit the final bell.
Young of Atlantic City, NJ won twice 79-72 and 78-73 to bring his score to 22-2. Manuel from Rayne, LA is 19-18-1,
Ricardo Caraballo (6-1) and Harold Lopez (6-0-1) fought to a no-contest due to a cut that opened a cut above Caraballo’s left eye, and the fight had to be abandoned four rounds ago by her planned six-round flyweight fight.
Jerome Conquest made a six-round split decision over Wilfredo Garriga in a junior welterweight bout.
The conquest of Philadelphia won 59-55 and 58-56, while a third judge ruled 58-56 in Garriga’s favor.
Conquest is now 11-5. Garriga from Juana Diaz, PR is 4-8-1.
Brendon O’Callaghan made a successful professional debut with a break in the opening round from Anthony Young in a planned four-round middleweight bout.
O’Callaghan dropped Young on the ropes with a tough combination. O’Callaghan jumped on an injured Young, and another series of punches forced the referee to abandon at 2:39.
O’Callaghan of Philadelphia is 1-0 with a knockout. Young, also from Philadelphia, falls to 0-2.
Isaiah Wise won a six round split decision against Luis Solis in a middleweight bout.
Wise of Philadelphia won 59-55 and 58-56; while the 3rd judge gave it 59-55 points for Solis.
Way is now 9-2-2. Solis is 25-13-4.