CINCINNATI (Dec. 4, 2013) – Another fun-filled night of boxing was presented by R&R Promotions Saturday night at the Duke Energy Center with three fighters part of their stable — Brandon Bennett, Aaron Pryor Jr., and William Jackson — collecting WBC USA championship titles. The Thanksgiving weekend event was a sold out one packed to standing room only. In the main event, Bennett, one of Cincinnati’s top contenders, picked up his 17th victory against undefeated Canadian Roody Pierre-Paul.
The 10-round win was a statement for Bennett who was looking to add another quality win on his road to a world title opportunity. The 25-year-old southpaw trains alongside three-time world champion Adrien Broner and serves as his chief sparring partner for all of his fights. The 130-pounder is now 17-1 (7 KOs). Pierre-Paul received his first defeat and is now 7-1 (4 KOs).
Pryor Jr., son of former junior welterweight champion Aaron Pryor, appeared in the co-feature bout and was awarded an eight-round split decision victory over Kurtiss Colvin of Austin, Texas. Pryor Jr., 35, is riding a three fight win streak and this latest victory over Colvin is the best of the trio. The 6-foot-4 super middleweight also owns quality wins over Dyah Davis and Librado Andrade. His record now stands at 19-7 (12 KOs). Colvin is now 9-2 (8 KOs).
Jackson, 24, is anther contender from the Queen City who came away with a victory. In a closely contested light welterweight bout against Chris Rudd of Tennessee, he was awarded the eight-round majority decision by the judges. Rudd gave Jackson all he could handle, but still suffered the first loss of his career and is now 12-1 (8 KOs). Jackson, 24, is now 11-2-1.
In heavyweight action, Cincinnati’s David Long was on the losing end of a six-round majority decision against Washington D.C.’s Danny Kelly. Long is now 12-3-2 while Kelly is 5-0-1 (4 KOs).
Cincinnati super featherweight DeVonte Allen scored a first round knockout over Jamie Hernandez of Texas. The win was a strong return for Allen who has not fought in over a year. Allen improved his record to 6-1-1 (4 KOs) while Hernandez is now 1-1.
Welterweight Tommy Ayers, also of Cincinnati, scored a second round knockout over Hilliard, Ohio’s Domonique Foster. Ayers’ record is now 2-2 (2 KOs) while Foster is 1-4-1.
In the opening bout, former University of Cincinnati football player Danny Calhoun earned his third victory with a second round stoppage of James Howard (debut). Calhoun, 30, is a promising heavyweight who also owns local boxing and fitness gym The Punch House.
This event would not be possible without the sponsorship of CBTS, LaRosa’s Pizzeria, and Radio One, Inc. R&R Promotions would like to thank them for their help in continuing the city of Cincinnati’s great boxing legacy.