Delawarean boxers win at the Chase

By Sean Greene 2:16am, February 9, 2013
VIDEO: Highlights and Interviews from 'Champs at the Chase'
"The New" Ray Robinson led a parade of Delaware-based fighters who earned victories at the "Champs at the Chase" boxing card on the Wilmington Riverfront Friday night.

Robinson (15-2-0) won the Interim North American Boxing Association Welterweight title by taking a convincing unanimous decision from Alberto Morales. The Philadelphia-native, who trains with Delaware-based Dave Tiberi, scored a knockdown in the final seconds of the opening round against a fighter who hadn't been in the ring since 2011.

Morales (11-2-1) eventually rallied on some of the scorecards, but lost decisions of 99-91, 100-89, and 98-91 in the 10-round contest.

"Rockin" Ryan Belasco from Wilmington earned revenge from one of his five career defeats by earning a hard-fought split decision over Vineland, New Jersey's Bryne Green. Bolasco took two of the judges 59-55 while Green won the third 58-56. The light welterweight fight had plenty of back and forth action despite no near-knockdowns.

"Jolt'N Joey Tiberi, Jr. returned to the ring after a year off with a very tight but unanimous decision over Moses Molina. With a boisterous crowd yelling "Jo-ey, Jo-ey" Tiberi used a barrage of punches late in the first round and the middle of the second round to do enough to earn his 8th career win.

Wilmington's Luis "Chuche" Hernandez" was victorious in his professional debut over Curtis Morton in controversial fashion, as Morton was more aggressive, but Hernandez did enough to take a split decision of 39-37 scorecards.

In the main event, Frankie "The Freight Train" Filippone, a Virginia Police Office from Norfolk who was a last-week replacement for the injured Dennis Hasson, used a southpaw style to completely befuddle Kevin Engel. There were no knockdowns in the Interim NABA Light Heavyweight contest, but the unanimous decision went 97-93, 98-90, and 99-93.

The fight of the night came in a women's bout as Melissa "Little Miss Tyson" St. Vil handed Natasha Spence her first career loss by using an aggressive style in earn a majority decision. Both fighters traded blows in several of the eight rounds, with St. Vil often getting the best of "The Nightmare".

Besides Robinson, the only fighter to score a knockdown was undefeated Dusty Hernandez-Harrison, who improved to 12-0 after a TKO victory over St. Louis' Kelly Wright. Hernandez-Harrison controlled the opening two rounds before knocking his opponent down in the third round, and then finishing him off with a flurry of punches at the 1:39 mark.

"Champs at the Chase" marked the first time Delaware hosted two championship fights on the first card, and was the first professional boxing card in Wilmington since 2005.

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