In five fights, the locals won three and lost two on an 11-bout card that drew 500 spectators. The card was sanctioned by the Mid-Atlantic USA Boxing Association.

In the main event, at 119 pounds, Phoenixville's Ryan Carson dropped a three-round decision to short and stocky Darrell Hammie, an aggressive fighter from Atlantic City PAL.

"I should have done better," said the 16-year-old Carson, who leaves for the National Golden Gloves Tournament in Tennessee next week. "He (Hammie) was a good little boxer. By no means was it a walkover.

"His height messed up my distance. I threw punches and they ended up 2 inches away. I have to keep working. It is a little disappointing."

Carson's record slipped to 13-9 while Hammie raised his mark to 5-4.

"I wasn't really letting my hands go," Carson said. "I am usually more fluid with more juice. It won't be the last time and it wasn't the first time. I wanted to put on a little better show. I will probably see him 10 more times. It was a learning experience. I am not that upset about it. Despite his record, he's been around. He has fought a lot of the same guys I have and they were tough fights."

At 130 pounds, in another headline bout, Phoenixville's Jules Blackwell won a three-round decision over Howard Stockley of the Upper Darby PAL.

Blackwell started fast with left-right hand combinations to the body in the first round that backed Stockley to the ropes. Blackwell kept up the onslaught the rest of the way.

"That was the plan," said Blackwell, a southpaw with a 5-4 record. "My trainer John (Mulvenna) had me work on that the past couple weeks to do it today, and it paid off."

Blackwell utilized his quick feet and hands to win the fight.

"I use my speed before they have a chance to hit me," he said. "Speed is my asset. I move in and out. He (Stockley) had a quick jab combination. I hadn't seen that kind of speed and it threw me off a bit. I was just a better fighter tonight."

Blackwell said since he is a left-hander, his jab is his biggest weapon in offsetting the jab of opponents.

At 154 pounds, Phoenixville's 15-year-old Michael Molina won a three-round decision over Jorge Avila of Wanner Boxing Club in Lebanon for his first career victory after two setbacks. Molina led with his left hand in the first round and landed body punches in the second round to score heavily. Avila finished strong with several shots to the head, but it was too little too late.

At 145 pounds, Phoenixville's Nick Hendricks scored a technical knockout at 1:22 of the third round against Rafael Irizarry of Wanner Boxing Club. Hendricks, 19, won his first bout after five losses.

After landing combinations in the first round, Hendricks scored with a hard right to the face in the second round that led to a standing eight count against Irizarry. In the third round, Hendricks scored with body shots and drew another standing eight count.

At 175 pounds, Phoenixville's Kadeem Brown, 14, fell to Camden Boxing Club's Jamal Cooper in a three-round decision. Cooper, a lefty, scored big with a standing eight count against Brown in the second round.

In other bouts, Rishard Muhammad of Atlantic City PAL decisioned Herbito Rodriguez of Kings Gym at 75 pounds; Greg Myers of Big Heart BC beat Wyatt Saint of Kings Gym in a 201-plus super heavyweight bout; Jonathan Perez of BO's BC topped Marvin Johnson of Vineland PAL at 100; Lavarn Harvell of Atlantic City PAL beat Scott Brunner of Wanner BC at 185; Marcus Smith of Cheeks BC in New Jersey won by TKO at 1:12 of third round against Steve Chism of Bozy's Gym; and Tyrone Miles of Camden BC decisioned Tom Craig of Lef Jab BC in Avondale at 150.

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