But other topics included why he took himself off a Feb. 27 card in New York to headline his own card in Philly – “I did what I wanted to do,” Hart said – and the realization that he’ll likely be the mandatory challenger for the World Boxing Organization’s super-middleweight title, which is being defended in an April 9 bout by champion Arthur Abraham against No. 1 challenger, Gilberto Ramirez.
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Philly Fight Night – BURGIN-SPARROW LOCAL SHOWDOWN TOPS MARCH 10 BOXING CARD AT 2300 ARENA IN PHILLY
Philadelphia, PA—It will be another old fashioned all-Philly rumble when lightweights Anthony Burgin and Avery Sparrow collide over eight rounds or less on Friday evening, March 10, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. First fight is 7.30 p.m.
“It may not be Bennie Briscoe vs. Cyclone Hart or Joey Giardello vs. George Benton, but it’s a start and Philly vs. Philly is what put our city on the boxing map years and years ago,” said promoter J Russell Peltz. “If more of the local guys square off against each other, it will make Philly better. The International Boxing Hall of Fame is filled with guys who lost. Fighters get better by fighting better fighters. That’s something I learned years ago.”
Burgin, 24, a pro for more than four years, is 10-2, 2 K0s, and comes into this fight after having beaten another Philadelphian, Gerald Smith, in his last fight Oct. 14 in the same ring. He also has beaten Philadelphians Frankie Trader, Ramon Ellis (twice) and Kenneth Brown.
In his only other fight in 2016, Burgin lost a four-round split decision to unbeaten DiVante Jones, of Augusta, GA, in a fight most of the crowd at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT, thought he won clearly. Jones, now 9-0, has not boxed since.
“I am ecstatic to be headlining the fight card on March 10 and excited to be fighting Avery Sparrow,” Burgin said. “When two Philly guys face each other, a spectacular show is guaranteed and this fight will be no exception. I am going to make a statement.
“I’m only getting started and what you’re going to see from me in the future starts March 10. I haven’t been as active as I would like to be but I have fought great fights and tough opponents and it has only made me better. It’s only the beginning and 2017 is my year and nothing is going to stop me from grabbing what is already mine.”
Burgin is managed and trained by Raul “Chino” Rivas, whose excellent stable of fighters includes WBA junior lightweight champ Jason Sosa, junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer, undefeated lightweight Stevie Ortiz and promising lightweight newcomer Victor Padilla.
Sparrow, 23, has had a rough career marked by long periods of inactivity. He will have been a pro for 32 months by fight time, but has only a 5-1 record (3 K0s) to show for it.
His only loss came late in 2015 in the same ring when he was disqualified after five rounds for low blows against lefty Jerome Rodriguez, of Allentown, PA. Sparrow was getting the better of it during the fight, but too many punches strayed low and referee Hurley McCall waved it off after numerous warnings and point deductions.
Sparrow has not boxed since March 26 when he knocked out hometowner Brandon Ruffin in one round in Charlotte, NC. Sparrow also has beaten Jesus Lule, a frequent rival of Philadelphia fighters.
“I’m down now, but after I win this fight, I should be on my way up,” Sparrow said. “I am grateful for this fight and a wonderful opportunity to showcase my talent. No one knows what this chance means to me. It’s much appreciated and it’s a blessing. This will help me get my career back on track. I want good fights to happen. It’s what Philly and boxing needs. I understand completely.”
Eight additional fights complete the card.
ABOUT MARCH 10
The Burgin-Sparrow fight tops a nine-bout card at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. First fight is 7.30 pm. Tickets are priced at $40, $50 and $75 and they are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and at www.peltzboxing.com or www.2300Arena.com. The card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., BAM Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions. It will be streamed live by www.glf.com and televised on delay by Comcast Sports Net.
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Philadelphia, PA—The popular Philly Fight Night boxing series will move forward with its second season in 2017, promoter J Russell Peltz announced today.
“We have a minimum of four fight cards scheduled—one each quarter—with the first one set for Friday, March 10, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia., “Peltz said. “Last year was a good one with four solid main events: Jesse Hart vs. Dashon Johnson; Johnson vs. DeCarlo Perez; Tyrone Brunson vs. Ismael Garcia; Tevin Farmer vs. Dardan Zenunaj.
“Our plans are to make 2017 even better, but if we cannot make the main events we want to make, then we will alter our strategy and present the best of the up-and-coming fighters in competitive matchups. We are not in the business of building fighters’ records at the expense of the paying customers. When you shell out anywhere from $40 to $75 for a ticket, you are entitled to watch competitive fights. That remains our business model.”
The March 10 card will be announced shortly.
ABOUT MARCH 10
The March 10 card will consist of a minimum of eight fights with the first one beginning at 7.30 pm, one half hour later than last year. The cards are promoted by Peltz Boxing, BAM Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions. Tickets priced at $40, $50 and $75 are on sale at Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and also online at 2300Arena.com.
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FULL CARD RESULTS
Tevin “American Idol” Farmer UD10 (99-91 2x, 98-92) Dardan Zenunaj – super featherweight
Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson MD6 (58-56 2x, 57-57) Lamont “Too Smooth” Capers – cruiserweight
Joseph Adorno KO1 (1:32) Guy Newman – super featherweight
Marcel Rivers KO1 (0:41) Tony Kim – 4 rds, super welterweight
Roque “Rock Star” Zapata MD4 (40-36, 39-37, 38-38) Isaiah Wise – super welterweight
Victor Padilla KO2 (0:59) Kimmy St Pierre – lightweight
Egomir Plevako KO2 (0:31) Montrell Castro – heavyweight
Jose “Chocolatito” Gonzalez UD4 (40-36 2x, 39-37) Tim Ibarra – super bantamweight
FINAL PELTZ BOXING CARD OF 2016 ON DEC. 2 FALLS ON 38TH ANNIVERSARY OF COMPANY’S FIRST WORLD CHAMPION
FINAL PELTZ BOXING CARD OF 2016 ON DEC. 2 FALLS ON 38TH ANNIVERSARY
OF COMPANY’S FIRST WORLD CHAMPION!!!
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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.
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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.
Hard-luck middleweight Dashon Johnson, of Escondido, CA, who came within seconds of upsetting Jesse Hart recently at the 2300 Arena, returns to the same ring when he takes on DeCarlo Perez , of Atlantic City, NJ, in the scheduled eight-round main event Friday evening, June 3. First of seven fights is at 7 p.m.
Johnson (left), 28, who floored the unbeaten Hart in the sixth (waived off by the referee Ernie Sharif) and in the closing seconds of the 10th round, lost a unanimous decision March 18 by scores of 95-94, 97-92, and 98-91, but later filed a protest over the work of Sharif.
A pro since 2008, Johnson has made a career out of fighting some of the best junior middleweights, middleweights and super middleweights, going 19-19-4, 6 K0s against the kind of schedule you rarely see any longer in boxing.
Twelve of Johnson’s opponents were unbeaten when he fought them and his list of opposition includes: Julian Williams, Glen Tapia, Luis Arias, Jermell Charlo, Dominic Wade, Sergio Mora, Craig McEwan, Louis Rose, Adam Trupish, Daquan Arnett and Yudell Johnson.
Only Williams has managed to stop him in 42 fights. Johnson had won four in a row, including a revenge win over Mike Gravonski, before losing to Hart.
“I’m excited to be coming back to Philly, a place where the fans appreciate me for my fighting style and my grind rather than looking at my record,” Johnson said. “I’m grateful to Peltz Boxing for bringing me back and I am looking to pick up right where I left off and put up a great show for the fans.”
Perez (right), 25, knows a victory over Johnson will get his career back on track after suffering a setback Jan. 22 when he was stopped by Rob Brant, of St. Paul, MN, in the fourth round of their Jan. 22 fight in Tucson, AZ, for the vacant NABA middleweight title.
Drained by making 160 for that match, Perez has decided to put on a few pounds and grow into the super middleweight division. The fight with Johnson will be contested at 164 pounds.
“I know people will criticize me about my last fight but that is behind me,” Perez said. “My focus is on my future and destroying everything and everyone who steps into the ring with me. That was a different fighter (against Brant). I wasn’t myself throughout camp but as a fighter I’m not going to run away from a fight. All I can do is fix my mistakes and what was wrong and come back better than ever.
“I have refocused myself purely on my boxing career—and nothing else. Come June 3, everyone will see a completely different fighter.
“I feel this fight against Dashon Johnson is going to be a great competitive fight. He has been in there with good fighters but I believe on June 3 he will be facing his toughest challenge. I know he will be ready and I will make sure I am above and beyond prepared.”
A pro since 2010, Perez is 15-4-1, 5 K0s, and he is 3-0 at the 2300 Arena, where he outpointed Jesse Nicklow and scored knockouts over Tyrone Brunson and Tolan Tascoe.
Prior to the Brant fight, Perez had won nine out of 10, including an impressive win on ShoBox last summer against Juan Ubaldo Cabrera, of the Dominican Republic, who was 23-0 at fight time.
Ismael is an undefeated (9-0, 4 KOs) up and coming jr middleweight boxer. Ismael is Junior middleweight Garcia who has scored a first-round knockout over Tommy Ayers, of Cincinnati, OH, on May 8 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Previously, he had out-pointed Jersey rival Alex Sanchez over six rounds at Bally’s Atlantic City. Earlier in 2014, Garcia (8-0-1, 4 K0s) scored his biggest win at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, a six-round decision over previously unbeaten lefty DuShane Crooks, of Brooklyn, NY. The 28-year-old Garcia was born in Pahokee, FL, and he moved to Sacramento, CA; Springfield, MA, and Rock Hill, SC, before returning to Springfield and settling in Vineland, NJ, in 2009. The majority of his amateur career (21-4 record) was in South Carolina. Garcia turned pro in 2010 and he is managed and trained by Hassan Hameed-El. He returns Friday, Oct. 2, at the 2300 Arena against Yusmani Abreu, of Cuba.
Jesse Hart (19-0, 16 KOs) 26 yrs Comes Back Home to Philly, on Road to Title – Watch Him Fight Tonight Live on GFL.tv
Hart, “Its may duty to fight in Philadelphia … the mecca of boxing.” WATCH HIM FIGHT BY CLICKING HERE
Hart, 26, talked mostly about the subject of the workout: his March 18 fight at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia against Dashon Johnson of Escondido, Calif.
Hart said Carl Moretti, vice president of boxing operations for Hart’s promoter, Top Rank, came into Hart’s dressing room before Wednesday’s workout and said a title fight could be looming next.
Behind closed doors, free of cameras and microphones, Hart, his management team and his father/trainer, former fighter Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, will talk about what’s next after Hart’s likely defeat of Johnson, who is on a four-fight winning streak after earlier dropping 14 of 16 decisions.
“I don’t care who wins, they gotta see me,” Jesse Hart said of the April 9 title fight.
Opinions differ, however, between father and son, as to how soon Jesse should fight for one of boxing’s four “major” belts.
Hart (19-0, 16 KOs), the current USBA and WBO NABO titleholder at 168 pounds, who says he hasn’t lost a round in professional boxing, wants to bring a championship back to Philadelphia as soon as possible. Hart, who fought on the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao undercard, spoke with pride about fighting within the city limits for only the third time in his professional career.
But moments after his son climbed into the ring to start working out, Eugene said there wasn’t a rush.
“I know that once we get him seven more fights, get his feet right and hands right, we’re ready for anybody,” Cyclone Hart said. “I want him to get it and hold it, not get it and give it up the next year.”
Seven more fights?
In the ring, meanwhile, Jesse – nicknamed “Hard Work” – was putting on a show for the cameras around the ring, throwing powerful combinations at the mitts on Danny Davis’ hands in preparation for next week’s card, which is being co-promoted by Top Rank, J Russell Peltz, Bam Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions.
Hart said he plans on bringing championship professional boxing back to his city, a task that’s easier said than done. He said he took a pay cut by taking himself off the Feb. 27 card in New York to fight at home.
What separates him from other Philly champions, such as Danny Garcia and Bernard Hopkins, is that he’s “here to make a Philly stand.” He also doesn’t quite have a world title yet, and fighting at home for a world championship in the current boxing economical landscape isn’t the easiest thing.
Behind a training table where Hart sat were posters of George Benton and “Gypsy” Joe Harris, a reminder of a Philadelphia boxing era that’s gone long by the wayside.
Hart, a throwback of sorts, wants to join that list of Philadelphia legends, just like his father. How soon is up to a lot of factors.
But first comes the bout against Johnson (19-18-3, 6 KOs).
“My dad always said, ‘You can’t look ahead. You gotta look at what’s in front of you,’ ” Hart said. “That’s where guys lose. They start looking ahead of themselves, they start getting ahead of themselves and not looking at what’s directly in front of them.”
Jesse Hart takes on Dashon Johnson for the NABO/USBA Super Middleweight titles
Plus undefeated Mike Reed, Ismael Garcia, Gledwin Ortiz, Scott Kelleher & Jose Cortes.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (MARCH 18, 2016)–TONIGHT from a sold-out 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, undefeated super middleweight contender Jesse Hart will take on upset specialist Dashon Johnson in a bout that will be for the NABO & USBA Super Middleweight titles.
With a win, Hart will be in line for a world title shot against the winner of the April 9 fight between WBO champion Arthur Abraham and Gilberto Ramirez.
BOUT CARD WITH FULL WEIGHTS
Jesse Hart 167 – Dashon Johnson 166.7
Mike Reed 140.8 – Samuel Amoako 139.8
Carlos Garcia 154.3 – Ismael Garcia 153.8
Victor Vasquez 135.6 – Ramesis Gil 135.3
Jules Blackwell 132.2 – Jerome Conquest 132
Scott Kelleher 139.3 – Josue Rivera 139.9
Gledwin Ortiz 146.5 – Greg Jackson 145.7
LeShawn Rodriguez 156.9 – Jose Cortes 156.1
Kareem Gladney 154.1 – Isaiah Wise 156.9