“Skill vs. Will” – Roy Jones, Jr. to take on Bobby Gunn on February 17th – Press Conference on December 6th at the Chase Center in Wilmington

December 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Wilmington, DE (December 2, 2016) David Feldman Promotions will announce that former four-division champ and Boxing Legend Roy Jones, Jr. will square off against former world title challenger, and Bare-Knuckle Legend Bobby Gunn on Friday, February 17th 2017 for the Vacant WBF World Cruiserweight Championship.

The fight will be announced at the official press conference on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 2 PM at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801.

In attendance will be Roy Jones, Jr., Bobby Gunn, Promoter David Feldman, WBF Representative James Gibbs, undercard fighters Joe Tiberi, Henry Stewart, and more.

During his twenty-six year professional career, Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) has secured world titles in four different weight categories – Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight – and is the only boxer in history to start his career as a Light Middleweight and then go on to win a Heavyweight Championship.

In winning the WBA Heavyweight title by beating John Ruiz by unanimous decision in March 2003, Jones Jr. made history by becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years.

Jones Jr. has victories over former world champions Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver, Vinny Panzienza, James Toney, Mike McCallum, Virgil Hill, Felix Trinidad and John Ruiz.

Jones Jr. said of the bout, “I know Bobby Gunn is coming to bring it. He’s a hard-nose, tough fighter that comes right at you, but I’m going to show him why I’m one of the best that ever did it and he doesn’t belong in the ring with me.“

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On February 17, Jones Jr’s opponent will be the former IBA Cruiserweight World Champion and the current Bare Knuckle Heavyweight Champion, Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn.

Gunn, internationally known for being a Bare-Knuckle legend, will put the gloves back on to battle ring legend Roy Jones, Jr.

Like Jones Jr, Gunn has a fearsome record in gloved boxing – 21 wins (18 KO) 6 losses, one draw, and one no-contest – and an even more impressive undefeated Bare Knuckle record of 72-0 with 72 KO).

Gunn has been in the ring with top fighters Enzo Maccarinelli, Glen Johnson, Tomasz Adamek, and James Toney, so he is no stranger to sharing the ring with boxing’s elite. Gunn said of his upcoming clash with Jones Jr, “It’s an honor to share the ring with a legend like Roy Jones. I’ve been chasing him for a few years now, and on February 17, I will catch him.”

World Boxing Foundation’s North American Vice President James Gibbs said of the upcoming championship bout, “Roy Jones, Jr is a living legend and we are honored to have him fighting for our Cruiserweight Title against a warrior like Bobby Gunn. We are looking forward to this bout.”

The undercard for this championship match will feature popular Delawarean Joe Tiberi (13-2, 6KO), Canada’s Henry Stewart (1-0, 1KO), as well as more to be announced.

Roy Jones, Jr. vs Bobby Gunn, for the WBF World Cruiserweight Championship, on Friday, February 17, 2017 and will be aired live on PPV.

Tickets will range from $75 – $300 and can be purchased by calling (484) 935-3378.

For More information  Contact:

Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com

FINAL PELTZ BOXING CARD OF 2016 ON DEC. 2 FALLS ON 38TH ANNIVERSARY OF COMPANY’S FIRST WORLD CHAMPION

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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FINAL PELTZ BOXING CARD OF 2016 ON DEC. 2 FALLS ON 38TH ANNIVERSARY
OF COMPANY’S FIRST WORLD CHAMPION!!!

Philly Fight Night – Watch LIVE on GFL – http://www.gfl.tv/event/gofightlive/Fight/Boxing/Philly-Fight-Night-Tevin-Farmer-vs-Dardan-Zenunaj/3530

Philadelphia, PA—When Tevin Farmer and Dardan Zenunaj square off Friday, Dec. 2, at the 2300 Arena, it will mark the 38th anniversary of Peltz Boxing’s first world champion.
The title was brought home by Marvin Johnson, of Indianapolis, IN, who knocked out Mate Parlov, of Yugoslavia, to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) light-heavyweight title in Marsala, Sicily.
Johnson went on to become the first three-time world light-heavyweight champion, winning the World Boxing Association (WBA) belt in 1979 by knocking out Victor Galindez, of Argentina, in New Orleans, and finally the WBA crown again in 1986 when he stopped Leslie Stewart, of Trinidad, in Indianapolis.
“Marvin Johnson had a simple philosophy about boxing,” Peltz recalled Keith Jackson, of ABC-TV, once saying on a broadcast:  “When the bell rings, you start fighting.”
Peltz believes Johnson deserves to be on the ballot for the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY.
“It’s a travesty that he’s not even on the ballot,” Peltz said.  “He was 43-6, 35 K0s, and his two fights with Saad Muhammad are all-time classics.  Five of his six losses were to world champions (Saad twice, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Michael Spinks and Stewart in a rematch) and the decision loss in Serbia to contender Lottie Mwale, of Zambia, was questionable.”
Though he is not Tevin Farmer’s promoter, Peltz also sees a bright future for the junior lightweight from Philadelphia.
“I spent some time recently with Tevin in Monte Carlo when Jason Sosa was defending his WBA junior lightweight title,” Peltz said.  “Tevin is confident of his ability without being cocky.  He believes there is no one in the world at 130 pounds, including Vasyl Lomachenko, who can beat him and that’s a good way for any fighter to feel.  Lou DiBella (promoter) has a real solid fighter on his hands.  The problem will be getting one of the champs to fight him.”
First Farmer has to defeat Zenunaj, who is 12-2, 9 K0s, and comes here with a nice win over previously unbeaten Bryant Cruz, of New York, who was 16-0 at the time.
Zenunaj is a tough, walk-in styled fighter who can get rough on the inside.  He may not be able to match Farmer’s quickness, so he will have to attack the body and rough things up on the inside.
Farmer cannot afford to look past Friday if he wants to be another world champion from Philadelphia in 2017.

ABOUT  DECEMBER 2

The Farmer-Zenunaj match tops the Philly Fight Night card at the 2300 Arena, located at 2300 South Swanson Street in South Philadelphia (between Ritner & Porter, Front and 2nd Streets).  The Dec. 2 card is sponsored by Parx Casino and Coors Light.  Doors open at 6 pm; first of eight fights at 7pm.  Tickets are $40, $50 and $75 and can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and 2300 Arena (267-273-0945).  Tickets also can be purchased online at www.2300arena.com.  The Dec. 2 card is promoted by Peltz Boxing, DiBella Entertainment, BAM Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions.

Philly Fight Night: Tevin Farmer vs Dardan Zenunaj – DEC 2 – LIVE on GFL.TV

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Peltz, Joe Hand & B.A.M. Boxing present… Philly Fight Night: Tevin Farmer vs Dardan Zenunaj for the NABF Championship. Philly Boxing at it’s finest!!!

DEC 2 – LIVE on GFL.TV – CLICK HERE FOR EVENT INFORMATION

10 Rounds- Tevin Farmer (23-4-1) VS Dardan Zenunaj (12-2) NABF super featherweight title

6 Rounds- Cruiserweight – Lamont Capers (7-8-2) VS Garrett Wilson (16-11-1)

6 Rounds- Lightweight Steven Ortiz (5-0) VS Avery Sparrow (5-1)

4 Rounds- Super Welterweight Rafael Machado (0-3) VS Isaiah Wise (3-0)

4 Rounds- Super Welterweight Hasan Young (6-1-1) VS TBA

4 Rounds- Flyweight Basyzbek Baratov (1-1-1) VS TBA

4 Rounds- Lightweight Victor Padilla debut VS TBA

4 Rounds- Super Welterweight Marcel Rivers debut VS Tony Kim

Junior lightweight Tevin Farmer, considered by many to be among the best in the world at 130 pounds, makes the first defense of his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) title when he faces Dardan Zenunaj on Friday evening, Dec. 2, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

The Farmer-Zenunaj 10-rounder tops another Philly Fight Night eight-bout card which begins at 7pm.

Farmer, 26, of North Philadelphia, is unbeaten in his last 16 fights and looking to get a shot at a world title in 2017. He is ranked as high as No. 5 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and he is fresh off an eight-round decision against Orlando Rizo, of Managua, Nicaragua, last month in the same ring.

Earlier this year, Farmer (left) captured the vacant NABF 130-pound title with a 10-round decision over Mexico’s Gamaliel Diaz. He followed that this summer with the biggest win of his six-year career when he thoroughly trounced Ivan Redkach, of Los Angeles, CA, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, registering a near shutout over 10 rounds.

“This is another fight to put me closer to a world title shot,” Farmer said. “A win should set me up for a title opportunity early in 2017. After December 2, I’m looking to face even bigger names. I don’t care who they put in front of me, but first I have to get past my opponent at the 2300 Arena.”

“Tevin Farmer has rebuilt himself into a legit world title contender and is on the verge of a major fight in 2017,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “However, on December 2, he will have his hands full against the aggressive brawler Dardan Zenunaj in a bout that promises to deliver fireworks. I’m happy to be co-promoting this terrific bout with my old friend, Hall-of-Famer and promotional mentor J Russell Peltz.”

Zenunaj (right), 29, is originally from Albania. He turned pro in Belgium and now fights out of Oxnard, CA. A pro for five years, he has a 12-2 record (9 KOs) since turning pro in 2011. Zenunaj won the Belgian featherweight title in his seventh fight and two years ago he captured the World Boxing Association (WBA) International junior lightweight title when he knocked out Karim Chakim, of France, in nine rounds.

The seven-bout undercard includes a terrific pair of six-round fights.

Former cruiserweight world-title challenger Garrett Wilson, of South Philadelphia, goes against stylish Lamont Capers, of Hawley, PA, in one six-rounder. The other features a pair of rising Philadelphia lightweight prospects, Avery Sparrow and Steven Ortiz–in the kind of old-fashioned early career showdowns that made Philly a great fight town.

Also returning are junior middleweight Isaiah Wise, welterweight Hasan Young and the local debut of Russian flyweight Basyzbek Barartov.

Dibella Ent – Broadway Boxing Results: Pennington KO’S Melson in upset – Now on GFL.TV

November 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Another great night of Boxing from Dibella Entertainment. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE ACTION ON GFL!!!

In the main event of Broadway Boxing at Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Alexis Santos (17-1, 14 KOs) out-punched Jesse Barboza (11-3-1, 7 KOs) over 8 rounds in an exciting heavyweight slugfest. Portions of the fight could have been fought in a phone booth with both fighters landing heavy shots. Santos moves well for a heavyweight and scored on powerful combinations which Barboza absorbed in spurts. His overhand right winced Barboza on the ropes on several occasions but he was not able to drop his opponent to the canvas at any point throughout the fight.

Santos has a strong chin as he was on the receiving end of Barboza’s counter punches to the head and body. Barboza towered Santos by several inches and at least 25 pounds as he moved slower and threw less punches. Nonetheless, this is good news for heavyweight boxing as it has seemed to vanish from New England boxing cards for the past few years. Steve Farhood and Lou DiBella said afterwards that the bout was the best heavyweight bout on the Broadway Boxing Series in 11 years, which has temporarily moved to Connecticut. The final scores were 78-74 (twice) and 79-73 with the crowd standing on its feet through most of the fight.

Courtney Pennington (9-3-1, 5 KO’s) scored an upset knockout over Army Reserve Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson (15-2-1, 4 KO’s) in the 7th round with a body shot. Pennington wore down Melson and scored in spurts sometimes in close quarters. Melson who was retiring after the fight, moved up in weight and looked sluggish from the beginning of the bout. Pennington took advantage of his own conditioning and dropped Melson in the 3rd and then for good at 2:40 in the 7th.

Melson donated his purse to Big Vision, a non-profit charity to promote awareness to narcotics addiction. After the bout, and a tearful speech from Lou Dibella, Melson announced he was running for Congress in 2018. “I have promoted better boxers, but never a better man than Boyd Melson who has donated every single one of his boxing purses to charity.”, said DiBella

Russian amateur sensation Radzhab “The Python” Butaev (4-0, 3 KO’s) punished Gabor “Squirrel” Goerbics (22-4, 13 KO’s) with 1-2 combinations for 8 straight rounds in a bout at junior middleweight. Gorbics, severely outmatched, was somehow able to survive the bout without falling to the canvas. He was on the dangerous end of many exchanges in the corner, but would pivot and race around the ring to get out of trouble. Butaev was not aggressive enough and frustrated at times, with Gorbics unwillingness to exchange. Butaev has a stinging jab which heavily marked the face of his opponent. The judges agreed on 80-72 for the ‘Python’ Butaev who wins the vacant NABF Jr. Middleweight title with his victory.

Mykquan Williams (5-0, 3 KO’s) couldn’t get the knockout, but thoroughly destroyed Jimmy Rosario (2-4, 1 KO) through 4 rounds of boxing. “Marvelous Mikey’ is not overly active, but throws punches with bad intentions, particularly to the body. Rosario was chased around the ring and landed few shots which left Williams unfazed. Judges scores were 40-36 (twice) and 39-37 for the young 18 year old from East Hartford, CT. He is undefeated at Foxwoods where he has fought all of his bouts.

Ireland’s Noel Murphy (7-0, 2 KO’s) put on a boxing clinic in his unanimous decision victory over tough-as-nails ohamed Allam (3-2, 1 KO) over 6 rounds at welterweight. Murphy’s quick hands and combinations were too accurate and wore down the forward-coming Allam for the entire fight. Allam hit the canvas in the third round by Murphy’s left hook which scored early, then turned to his straight left hand as Allam tired later in the bout. Final scores were 60-53 on all three judges scorecards.

In the opening fight of Broadway Boxing at Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Christopher Davis Fogg (2-0, 1 KO) defeated Quincy Brown (1-4) in a 4 rounder at middleweight. Both fighters had their moments, scoring huge blows to the head at times, however, the southpaw Davis-Fogg stalked his opponent enough to meek out a 39-37 victory on all the judges scorecards.

Story by: Jason Marchetti at ringside via fightnews.com

 

Dibella Entertainment – Luis Rosa vs Ryosuke Iwasa – LIVE on GFL.TV

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Dibella Entertainment Presents – Luis Rosa vs Ryosuke Iwasa – CLICK HERE to watch the action LIVE on GFL!!!

DiBella Entertainment will return to the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, for the latest installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, presented by Cedars Mediterranean Foods, Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House. New Haven’s undefeated Luis Rosa Jr. (22-0, 10 KOs) will headline the card facing Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14 KOs), in an IBF junior featherweight world title eliminator scheduled for 12 rounds.

This event will also feature amateur bouts with boxers representing West Point, the United States Coast Guard Academy, UMass, UConn, and Trinity College.

“Fans will not want to miss Broadway Boxing at Foxwoods Resort Casino on November 19,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “New Haven’s Luis Rosa Jr. is set for the toughest and most important challenge of his career against Iwasa. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for the IBF junior featherweight world championship. The stacked undercard will also include local New England favorites Alexis Santos, Mykquan Williams, and Christopher Davis-Fogg, the popular Irish Noel Murphy, West Point graduate Boyd Melson and Russian future world champion Radzhab Butaev.”

Trained by his father Luis Sr. and managed by his mother Marilyn and Mike Criscio, 25-year-old Puerto Rican Luis Rosa Jr. was an accomplished amateur who quickly built a local fan base upon turning pro. After establishing himself as a formidable prospect, Rosa burst onto the national scene in 2014 with signature victories over the highly regarded Jorge Diaz on ESPN and the top-rated Orlando Del Valle on HBO Latino. A perfect 4-0 last year, including a fifth-round stoppage over Jonathan Perez on ESPN, Rosa, now ranked no. 7 by the IBF, is determined to prove against Iwasa that he is ready to win a world title and conquer the junior featherweight division.

“I know Iwasa has faced some good competition, but I’m looking to do damage quick and end the fight early,” said Rosa. “I’m going for the knockout, but I’m going to be smart about it. I know he’s a southpaw and he’s a little tall, he’s slick and fast, but he throws basic combinations and we’re going to work around that. The world title is within my reach and there’s nothing that’s going to stop me from going out there and grabbing it. On November 19, I’m going to show the world that I’m coming to take over the junior featherweight division.”

Japanese southpaw Ryosuke Iwasa, from Kashiwa, Chiba, rated no. 3 by the IBF, turned pro in 2008 at age 18 following a successful 60-6 amateur career that included winning the High School, Interscholastic and National Festival titles. As a pro, he has won the Japanese and OPBF bantamweight belts. After losing to Englishman Lee Haskins for the interim IBF world bantamweight championship in his only fight outside of Japan, Iwasa moved up to junior featherweight. He has earned three impressive wins since then and will be making his US debut against Rosa.

“I would like to thank DiBella Entertainment and Teiken Promotions for making this fight happen,” said Iwasa. “This is a great opportunity to put me back in line for an IBF championship. This will be my first fight in the United States and I know that I will be in Rosa’s backyard, but that will not bother me. Rosa is skilled with good power, but I will prove that I am the better fighter.”

Middleweight Boyd Melson (15-1-1, 4 KOs), of White Plains, NY, is an alumnus of West Point, graduating as a Lieutenant. He made it to the Olympic trials in 2004 and 2008, and won the 2004 World Military Boxing Championships as well. Turning pro in 2010, Melson’s only loss came in a 2012 war against the unbeaten Delen Parsley, in which both boxers hit the canvas. In his last bout, Melson won the WBC USNBC junior middleweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Mike Ruiz. Currently an Army Reserve Captain, Melson, who regularly donates his fight purses to stem cell research.

LAMONT CAPERS HEADING TO PHILLY TO UPSET GARRETT WILSON DEC. 2 AT 2300 ARENA

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Philadelphia, PA—A pair of cruiserweights hoping to make some noise in the division—Lamont Capers and Garrett Wilson—collide in a six-round fight Friday evening, Dec. 2, at the 2300 Arena in South Philly.
Topping the eight-fight card is a 10-round junior lightweight fight with Tevin Farmer, of North Philadelphia, defending his NABF junior lightweight title against Dardan Zenunaj, of Albania.       First fight is 7 pm.
capers Capers (left), 25, of Hawley, PA, turned more than a few heads earlier this year when he upset Nick Kisner, of Baltimore, MD, over eight rounds in Atlantic City, NJ.   Kisner’s record was 16-2-1 at the time, Capers was 5-8.
After following the win over Kisner with another victory, this time in Philadelphia against Pedro Martinez, Hawley goes after the big one when he takes on Wilson, a former top contender and a man considered to be the “policeman” of the cruiserweight division.
“Fighting a big name (like Wilson) is exciting” Capers said.  “I am looking forward to testing my skills against someone who has been through it already.  I am ready and there is nothing to be afraid of, whether it’s in my backyard, his backyard or anyone else’s backyard.  It’s all a mind game to me and if I can overcome it then I will be comfortable.
“A win over Garrett Wilson will boost my career and lead to greater fights.  I am not intimidated.  I have God on my side and I have not been intimidated by any fighter.  Most of the guys I fought had winning records.  Those I lost to wouldn’t fight me a second time now that my mindset has changed for the better.  I’m getting hyped for this fight just by talking about it.  We’ll see who is better, me or him.  Not taking anything away from anyone but we will see who has been training the hardest.”
wilson Wilson (right), 34, of South Philadelphia, is an eight-year pro with a 16-11-1 record, 9 K0s.  He is a former USBA and NABF cruiserweight champion and is known for fighting the best cruiserweights and, on occasion, heavyweights in the world.  Only twice in his 28-fight career has he faced an opponent with a losing record.
Among his victims are Omar Sheika, Andres Taylor and Chuck Mussachio and he gave heavyweight  title challenger Czar Glazkov all he could handle in 2013, losing a 10-round decision in a fight Wilson took on 72 hours’ notice.
The only foe common to Capers and Wilson is Pedro Martinez, whom Wilson twice beat, once by decision, once by knockout.
Capers could be catching Wilson at the right time since the Philadelphian is coming off a pair of losses to Keith Tapia and Guillermo Jones.
“Not sure I really lost to Keith Tapia,” Wilson said.  “It could have been a draw.  I definitely beat Guillermo Jones.  Everyone there (Pittsburgh, PA) knew I won the fight and they booed the decision but Jones was with Don King so what can you do.
“That’s all behind me.  My goal now is to simply hurt people.  I have nothing left to prove; I just want to hurt people.  That’s my goal!”

ABOUT  DECEMBER 2

The Capers-Wilson fight is part of the big Tevin Farmer vs. Dardan Zenunaj Philly Fight Night at the 2300 Arena, located at 2300 South Swanson Street in South Philadelphia (between Ritner & Porter, Front and 2nd Streets).  The Dec. 2 card is sponsored by Parx Casino and Coors Light.  Doors open at 6 pm; first of eight fights at 7pm.  Tickets are $40, $50 and $75 and can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and 2300 Arena (267-273-0945).  Tickets also can be purchased online at www.2300arena.com.  The Dec. 2 card is promoted by Peltz Boxing, DiBella Entertainment, BAM Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions.

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For press credentials, contact Bam Rogers:  (215-280-6709)
Press request deadline is Friday, November 25, 2016

MALVERN MAYHEM BOXING – Live on GFL.TV

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MALVERN MAYHEM BOXING – Click Here to Watch Live!

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Main Event: Randy “Razor” Petalcorin vs. TBD TBD

Co-main: Shannon “The Man” McMahon vs. Marco Tuhumury

Undercard:

Pania “Porsche” Marshall vs. Petchsaifah Sor Sommai

Hussein “Skinny” Dehaini vs. Mike Fisher

Dale Ludolff vs. Nicholas Scerri

Corey Allen vs. Meauli Blacks “The Samoan Savage” Fakaua

Jimmy James vs. Chatri Charoensin

Paul Gould vs. Rhys Evans

Tim Hunt vs. Eddy Comoro

 

TEVIN FARMER MAKES FIRST DEFENSE OF NABF JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE ON DEC. 2 AT 2300 ARENA IN PHILLY – Live on GFL.Tv

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Philadelphia, PA—Junior lightweight Tevin Farmer, considered by many to be among the best in the world at 130 pounds, makes the first defense of his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) title when he faces Dardan Zenunaj on Friday evening, Dec. 2, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.  The Farmer-Zenunaj 10-rounder tops another Philly Fight Night eight-bout card which begins at 7pm.

Farmer, 26, of North Philadelphia, is unbeaten in his last 16 fights and looking to get a shot at a world title in 2017.  He is ranked as high as No. 5 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and he is fresh off an eight-round decision against Orlando Rizo, of Managua, Nicaragua, last month in the same ring.

Earlier this year, Farmer (left) captured the vacant NABF 130-pound title with a 10-round decision over Mexico’s Gamaliel Diaz.  He followed that this summer with the biggest win of his six-year career when he thoroughly trounced Ivan Redkach, of Los Angeles, CA, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, registering a near shutout over 10 rounds.

“This is another fight to put me closer to a world title shot,” Farmer said.  “A win should set me up for a title opportunity early in 2017.  After December 2, I’m looking to face even bigger names.  I don’t care who they put in front of me, but first I have to get past my opponent at the 2300 Arena.”

“Tevin Farmer has rebuilt himself into a legit world title contender and is on the verge of a major fight in 2017,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “However, on December 2, he will have his hands full against the aggressive brawler Dardan Zenunaj in a bout that promises to deliver fireworks. I’m happy to be co-promoting this terrific bout with my old friend, Hall-of-Famer and promotional mentor J Russell Peltz.”

Zenunaj (right), 29, is originally from Albania.  He turned pro in Belgium and now fights out of Oxnard, CA.  A pro for five years, he has a 12-2 record (9 KOs) since turning pro in 2011.  Zenunaj won the Belgian featherweight title in his seventh fight and two years ago he captured the World Boxing Association (WBA) International junior lightweight title when he knocked out Karim Chakim, of France, in nine rounds.

The seven-bout undercard includes a terrific pair of six-round fights.

Former cruiserweight world-title challenger Garrett Wilson, of South Philadelphia, goes against stylish Lamont Capers, of Hawley, PA, in one six-rounder.  The other features a pair of rising Philadelphia lightweight prospects—Avery Sparrow and Steven Ortiz–in the kind of old-fashioned early career showdowns that made Philly a great fight town.

Also returning are junior middleweight Isaiah Wise, welterweight Hasan Young and the local debut of Russian flyweight Basyzbek Barartov.

Philly Fight Night Tomorrow Oct. 14 Features Brunson, Farmer, Garcia, Vasquez and Charles – Watch Live on GFL.Tv

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ImagePhilly Fight Night Tomorrow Oct. 14 features top Philadelphia prospects including Brunson, Farmer, Garcia, Vasquez and Charles – Watch Live CLICK HERE!

Brunson, 31, of North Philadelphia, set a record when he turned pro in 2005 and knocked out each of his first 19 opponents in one round. The streak ended in 2008 when Brunson was held to a six-round draw by Mexican Antonio Soriano in Canada. In his last fight Aug. 5 at the 2300 Arena, Brunson got off the floor twice in the second round to score a spectacular one-punch knockout in the fifth round over Carlos Garcia, of Puerto Rico. That win brought Brunson’s 10-year pro record to 23-6-1, 22 K0s. More important, it gave him the boost he needed to refocus on his once-promising career.

Ismael Garcia, 29, of Vineland, NJ, also comes into the fight with a win over Carlos Garcia, but it was a much tougher evening. A pro since 2014, Ismael is 10-0-1, 4K0s, but his career has been hampered by injury and long layoffs. He also has beaten Fred Jenkins, Jr., of Philadelphia, and previously unbeaten lefty Dushane Crooks, of New York.

Philadelphia’s streaking junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer, of North Philadelphia, and Orlando Rizo, of Managua, Nicaragua, will meet in a scheduled eight-round co-main fight. Farmer is ranked No. 6 in the world by the World Boxing Council (WBC), No. 14 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

Farmer (right), 26, is riding a 15-fight win streak and he is the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) champ at 130 pounds. He is coming off the best performance of his career, a 10-round whitewashing of highly touted lightweight Ivan Redkach, of Los Angeles, CA, on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

A pro since 2011, Farmer is 22-5-1, 5 K0s. He won the vacant NABF title earlier this year with a 10-round decision over Mexico’s Gamaliel Diaz at the B. B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City.

Rizo, 31, a southpaw like Farmer, is 19-7, 11 K0s. Now living in Puerto Rico, Rizo is the former Nicaraguan super bantamweight champ. He has been stopped only once in 26 pro fights.

A slew of local favorites make up the undercard, highlighted by the fourth meeting between lightweights Victor Vasquez; of Philadelphia, and Osnel Charles, of Atlantic City, NJ. Charles leads the series, 2-1, but Vasquez won the last time by knockout.

Another six-round all-Philly lightweight contest pits Anthony Burgin against Gerald Smith.

Local junior middleweight Isaiah Wise faces James Robinson, of York, PA, over four rounds.

Also on the card: Lightweight Steven Ortiz plus the return of welterweight Hasan Young and middleweight Fred Jenkins, Jr.

Osnel Charles v Victor Vasquez Set for OR Oct. 14 at the 2300 Arena in Philly – Live on GFL.Tv

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Philadelphia, PA—Away from the spotlight and the glamour and in a move as rare as a 15-round fight, area lightweight favorites Osnel Charles and Victor Vasquez will meet for the fourth time in less than six years when they square off Friday evening Oct. 14 at the 2300 Arena. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON WHERE TO WATCH.

Topping the nine-fight card is an eight-round junior middleweight showdown between Tyrone Brunson, of North Philadelphia, and Ismael “Tito” Garcia, of Vineland, NJ.

Two additional eight-round matches feature world-rated junior lightweight Tevin Farmer, of North Philadelphia, vs. Orlando Rizo, of Managua, Nicaragua, and unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Mike Reed, of Baltimore, MD, vs. Jose Aaron Herrera, of Valladolid, Mexico.

In an era when fighters rarely fight each other more than once, especially in prelim fights, Charles and Vasquez eagerly await their fourth encounter.

Old-timers in Philadelphia may recall another local four-fight rivalry, also between lightweights.  That was the series between Roger Evans, of South Philadelphia, and Eddie “Flash” Tomlin, of North Philadelphia.   They boxed each other four times between 1967 and 1969 and, incredibly, all four fights (two 6-round fights, two 8-round fights) ended in draws.  You could look it up!

“I can’t really say anything negative about Victor,” said the 32-year-old Charles (right), who has won two of their previous three fights.  “He’s a barber and I’m a barber and he’s a family man and I’m a family man, but when we get together in the ring I’m a better fighter.

“Victor never should have beaten me the last time we fought (June 30, 2015).  We both love to fight so why not fight each other a fourth time just like back in the old days.  Some people don’t understand this kind of thinking but we both fight with our heart and we put everything on the line so let’s do it one more time.”

A pro since 2009, Charles is 10-15-1, 1 K0.  He currently works as a cook at the Cedar Food Market in Atlantic City.

Vasquez, 33, of North Philadelphia, had been doing well on his recent comeback before losing his last two bouts.  He cuts hair at Consider It Done in North Philadelphia.   A pro since 2006, Vasquez is 19-11-1, 9 K0s.

“It’s always a great fight when Charles and me get it on,” Vasquez said.  “We know each other’s moves so sometimes it’s like playing chess and we try to out-smart each other.  We both come to fight and the fans like that and if the fans like it then why shouldn’t we fight again?   I’m getting older now and I want to finish my career on a good note and fighting Charles a fourth time is a good way to start.”

Also on the Oct. 14 card is a pair of six-round lightweight contests featuring Anthony Burgin against Gerald Smith in an all-Philly showdown plus Steven Ortiz, of Philadelphia, against Daniel Tran, of Oklahoma City, OK.

In four-round bouts: junior middleweight Isaiah Wise, of Philadelphia, vs. James Robinson, of York, PA; middleweight Fred Jenkins, Jr., of Philadelphia, vs. Ibrihim Shabazz, of Newark, NJ; welterweight Hasan Young, of Philadelphia, vs. Kevin Womack, of Baltimore, MD.

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