Philly Fight Night – Friday, 3/10/2017 – LIVE on GFL

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Philly Fight Night – BURGIN-SPARROW LOCAL SHOWDOWN TOPS MARCH 10 BOXING CARD AT 2300 ARENA IN PHILLY

January 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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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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PELTZ BOXING ANNOUNCES 2017 PLANS TO CONTINUE PHILLY FIGHT NIGHT SERIES

January 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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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.

Philly Fight Night Results – Farmer Dominates Zenunaj, earns Unanimous Decision – Watch NOW on GFL.TV

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An AMAZING night of Boxing at Philly Fight Night!!! CLICK HERE to watch the HARD HITTING ACTION now on GFL!!!

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

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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.

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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TEVIN FARMER-ORLANDO RIZO BOUT ADDED TO OCT. 14 FIGHT CARD AT 2300 ARENA IN PHILLY – LIVE ON GFL.TV

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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.

DECARLO PEREZ QUITS JOB TO FOCUS ON BOXING AND UPCOMING BOUT – MEDIA WORKOUT SET FOR THURSDAY, MAY 26, AT JOE HAND BOXING GYM

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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WATCH THE EVENT ON JUNE 3rd – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

In preparation for his Fight on June 3rd, fan favorite Super Middleweight DeCarlo Perez (15-4-1, 5K0s), of Atlantic City, NJ.  Undercard fighters on the June 3 ‘He’s Backkkkk’ card will also be there.

What:  Media workout for Perez’ June 3 fight against Dashon Johnson (20-19-4, 6 K0s), of Escondido, CA, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

Where:  Joe Hand Gym 3d Street above Spring Garden. (547 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123)

When:  1 PM, Thursday May 26, 2016

Middleweight standout DeCarlo Perez, in an effort to get back into position on the world boxing scene, has left his job at Atlantic City (NJ) Hospital to concentrate full-time on his June 3 main event contest against Dashon Johnson, of Escondido, CA, at the 2300 Arena.

It makes sense.  Johnson is the 42-fight veteran who came within one second in the 10th and final round of stopping unbeaten Jesse Hart in the same ring March 18.  Hart was knocked down with 17 seconds to go and barely beat the count.

Perez, 25, of Atlantic City, has worked for the last six years as a Pharmacy Tech at Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center, putting in 40-50 hour weeks while also training as a professional boxer.

After winning nine out of 10 fights–against solid opposition–to place him on the doorstep of the world ratings, Perez was stopped by unbeaten Rob Brant, of St. Pau, MN, in the fourth round of their Jan. 22 fight in Tucson, AZ, for the vacant NABA middleweight title.

“Right now, I have to devote full-time to my boxing career when I’m still young enough to do it,” said Perez.  “The hospital job will always be available to me because I’ve been there for some time and I’ve made a lot of connections there.  The people at my job understand where I’m coming from and they completely support my decision.”

Drained by making 160 for the fight with Brant, 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.

Perez had a troubled childhood, going from one rescue mission to another before moving in with his grandparents when he was 6 years old.  He grandfather used to work out with Robert Duran and that piqued Perez’ interest in boxing.   When he was 10, Perez began going to the Pleasantville (NJ) Rec Center, where he met his current trainer, Wilberto Alejandro.  They now train at the Bullpen Gym in Egg Harbor (NJ) Township.

“Moving in with my grandparents was the best thing that ever happened to me,” Perez said.  My grandfather told me there will be ups and downs but if you keep at it you will be a champion.

“Next comes my relationship with Will—it’s like father and son.  There isn’t any other person I would want to go into battle with than Will.  He’s taught me and he’s groomed me and vice versa.  We know what we both are capable of and we truly believe there is no enemy in front of us that can beat us.  It’s taken time for me to see that he is right.”

Perez started at Atlantic City High School, then he switched to Egg Harbor HS where he graduated.

As an amateur, Perez says he was 85-15 but without any regional or national titles.  He turned pro, he said, after losing what he thought was a bad decision in a Golden Gloves tournament.

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.

“I feel this fight against Dashon Johnson is going to be a great competitive fight,” Perez said. “Johnson 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.”

The Bout Card includes:

Dashon Johnson v DeCarlo Perez June 3rd in Philly

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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.

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