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Prospects put on a show

Special correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:20 PM
TAMPA -

The crowd wasn't what they hoped for, but the fights were.

Pro boxing made another stop at the DoubleTree in Tampa on Friday night as Alessi Promotions put on its third show in 12 weeks featuring some of Tampa Bay's top prospects.

Friday's show included eight fights and 42 rounds of boxing, but the crowd was down from past fights.

"I'm a little disappointed in the crowd," said promoter Phil Alessi, who wants to offer a card every six weeks. "But we want to stay consistent. We're going to go every six weeks. We're not going to back off."

Alessi's son, Phil Jr., said they are going to take their time and continue bringing fights to the Tampa Bay area. The next card is scheduled for Aug. 3.

In Friday's co-main event, Tampa junior-middleweight Wilky Campfort defeated a tough Djolevi Ballogou of Lome, Togo by decision in a scheduled six-rounder, Campfort scoring with hooks to the body through most of the fight. Campfort improved to 11-1 with 5 KOs.

Tampa super-middleweight Marquis Davis didn't have much of a problem against Joseph Benjamin of Atlanta in a scheduled four-rounder. Benjamin, who has three wins in 26 fights, spent most of the fight with his back against the ropes trying to slip Davis' punches. The decision win by Davis improved his record to 6-0-2 with 3 KOs.

"I had to pace myself against him because he was moving strange and he was real awkward to fight," Davis said. "I kept touching him and touching him, waiting to land a big shot, but I think I was too patient."

In a four-round welterweight fight, southpaw Tommy Bryant of Naples and Jairo Martinez of San Antonio, Texas fought to a draw.

Groveland lightweight Amos Cowart Jr., improved to 5-0 with 4 KOs when he stopped Richard Pitt of the Bahamas (4-10) at 2:28 of the second round.

Welterweight Clarence Booth of St. Petersburg stopped Davarise Crayton of Orlando at 1:12 of the first round, improving to 5-0 with 4 KOs.

"I expected a little more of a fight," said Booth. "But I'll take it."

In one of the better fights of the night, junior-middleweights Marcus Willis of Fort Myers and Ashantie Hendrickson of Orlando exchanged hard shots for all eight-rounds, with Willis winning by unanimous decision based on his strong counter-punching.

Willis improved to 12-2-2 with 3 KOs and Hendrickson is 5-11-1 with 3 KOs.

In the opening bout, featherweight Celina Salazar of San Antonio, Texas (4-0-2) used a strong body attack to stop Desire Augusto of San Juan, Puerto Rico 48 seconds into the first round, Augusto losing her pro debut.

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