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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.
Philadelphia, PA—Streaking junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer, of North Philadelphia, and Orlando Rizo, of Managua, Nicaragua, will meet in a scheduled eight-round contest Friday evening, Oct. 14, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. First of eight fights is at 7 p.m.
The Farmer-Rizo bout is a major added attraction to the card which already features junior middleweight Tyrone Brunson, of North Philadelphia, against Ismael “Tito” Garcia, of Vineland, NJ, in an eight-round match.
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.
Farmer is ranked No. 6 in the world by the World Boxing Council (WBC), No. 14 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF). “It feels great to be back here in Philly,” Farmer said. “I haven’t fought here in almost three years. I get a chance to let my city see my growth as a boxer. It really means a lot to me because I have been itching to fight here. I have friends and family who have never seen me fight in person. Now they have that chance. “October 14 is another day toward my goal of becoming a world champion. I am not taking Rizo lightly; I must be at my best. It’s time to continue my winning streak. Philly stand up!”
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.
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.