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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.
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.
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 (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 (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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UNBEATEN TODD UNTHANK-MAY IN TOUGHEST TEST AGAINST MATEEEN ON FEB. 23 AT BALLY’S ATLANTIC CITY Atlantic City, NJ—Light-heavyweight Todd Unthank-May, of Philadelphia, PA, goes for his seventh win in seven pro fights when he boxes Hamid Abdul-Mateen, of Brooklyn, NY, in a scheduled six-round contest on Saturday evening, Feb. 23, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. Topping the seven-bout card is a scheduled 10-round middleweight contest between Patrick Majewski, of Somers Point, NJ, and Jamaal Davis, of Philadelphia, PA. The show will be streamed live by www.gofightlive.tv. Light-heavyweight Chuck Mussachio, of Wildwood, NJ, opposes Lionel Thompson, of Buffalo, NY, in the eight-round semifinal. Unthank-May (right), 24, turned pro 17 months ago and is 6-0, 2 K0s. He was busy in 2012, winning all five fights, including his last one Dec. 8 in Philadelphia when he got off the floor in the first round to earn a four-round decision over fellow-Philadelphian Taneal Goyco. As an amateur, Unthank-May won the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves light-heavyweight championship three times en route to a 22-8 record. He is a graduate of Academy Park High School in Sharon Hill, PA. Mateen, 34, sports only a 3-3-2 mark, but he has fought much better opposition, including Atlantic City prospect Lavarn Harvell, who eked out a six-round split decision over Mateen in 2011 in Atlantic City. Four four-round fights complete the Feb. 23 Bally’s card: Anthony Burgin, of Philadelphia, vs. Elvis Rodriguez, of Manchester, CT, 4 rounds, featherweights; Saud Clark, Philadelphia, vs. Anthony Prescott, Cherry Hill, NJ, 4 rounds, welterweights; Alex Sanchez, Camden, NJ, vs. Greg Jackson, Philadelphia, 4 rounds, junior middleweights; Joshua Reyes, Vineland, NJ, vs. Tommy Garcia, Hartford, CT, 4 rounds, featherweights. This event will be LIVE on GFL.tv!!!
USBA Jr. Middleweight champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis and “King” Gabriel Rosado meet at Chaamps in in Philadelphia for the final press conference in advance of the “ALL PHILLY WAR” this Friday night on GFL
USBA Jr. Middleweight champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis talks about his July 30 showdown with Gabriel Rosado in what is one of the hottest Philly fights in a long time and the bout can be seen live on GFL
By Marc Abrams (ringside)
Despite the main event of Mike Jones and Larry Mosley falling out just a week before the show, it was a packed house at The Ballroom in Bally’s in Atlantic City as Teon Kennedy remained undefeated as he pounded out a unanimous decision over Lucian Gonzalez in an eight round Super Bantamweight fight that highlighted a seven bout card which promoted by Peltz Boxing.
The fight started off with both fighters trading on the inside which was to the delight of the capacity crowd. Kennedy was getting the better of the exchanges as he was blistering with the right hand. In round three, Kennedy, began to live up to his “Technician” moniker as he began to divvy up his attack to the body. Gonzalez tried to equal Kennedy in round four as he too started to work the midsection of Kennedy.
Kennedy went back to the body in round five as he was efficient with both hands. Kennedy was solid down the stretch as he started to get some distance and showed his arsenal as one-two combinations came out of his bags of tricks as Kennedy was never threatened by the tough Gonazlez.
Kennedy, 122 ½ lbs of Philadelphia won by scores of 80-72, 78-74, and 77-75 to remain undefeated at 13-0. Gonzalez, 123 lbs of Reading, PA is now 9-6-1.
In the fight of the night, Patrick Majewski scored a rough unanimous decision over Latif Mundy in a eight round battle of undefeated Middleweights.
This was an action filled fight as Majewski tried and successfully used his distinct size advantage early as Mundy was moving up from his more natural Jr. Middleweight class. In the second round, Mundy used his speed to land some quick shots inside. Mundy punctuated a nice round by landing a nice counter right from distance. The fight seemed to turn in round three as Majewski landed a huge right hand that dropped Mundy. Majewski could not finish the job but backed up Mundy with a big left on the ropes. That round seemed to rattle Mundy as he was a little more reluctant to engage at close quarters as he may thought boxing would be his best way back in the fight.
In round seven, Mundy had the door slightly opened as a he staggered Majewski with a big right hand. Blood began to pour from Majewski’s forehead and left eye. Majewski came back strong to have a olid final round as he countered with the right and landed a big left that sent Mundy into the ropes.
Majewski, 160 lbs of Atlantic City won by scores of 80-71, 77-74 and 78-73 to remain undefeated at 11-0. Mundy, 159 ½ lbs of Philadelphia is now 8-1-1.
Ardick Butler needed a third round knockdown to eek out a four round unanimous decision over Rashad Bogar in a Welterweight fight.
Bogar took the first two rounds as he seemed to be the busier fighter. Then out of nowhere, Butler rocked Bogar with a huge right that he followed with a booming left that since Bogar to the canvas. That seemed to change the whole fight because Butler had a good fourth round to win by scores of 39-36, 38-37 and 38-37.
Butler, 149 lbs of Philadelphia is now 3-1. Bogar, 147 ½ lbs of Newark, NJ is now 2-2.
Osnel Charles made a successful pro debut in front of the hometown fans with a unanimous decision over Luquan Lewis in a four round Light affair.
The fight had a lot of action as Charles led and countered nicely especially for his maiden voyage.
Charles, 136 lbs of Atlantic City, NJ is now 1-0. Lewis, 134 lbs of Wyandanch, NY is now 0-2-1.
Garrett Wilson scored a one-punch devastating knockout over Louis Robinson at 2:06 of round three of a scheduled four round Light Heavyweight bout.
Wilson won the first two frames with hard shots to the body as he got inside as he was the shorter of the two fighters. In round three, Wilson landed a booming right that sent Robinson down and out as the referee stopped the count as there was no way Robinson would beat the ten count.
Wilson, 178 lbs of Philadelphia is now 4-2 with two knockouts. Robinson, 179 lbs of Philadelphia is now 2-3-1.
Jose Guzman took a four round split decision over Eliud Torres in a Lightweight affair.
Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 for Guzman while a third card read 39-37 for Torres.
Guzman, 135 lbs of Bronx, NY is now 5-4-1. Torres, 133 ½ lbs of Allentown, PA is now 2-1-1.
John Poore scored a six round unanimous decision over Jermell Barnes in a Heavyweight bout that most ringside observers thought should have been a draw.
The two seemed to alternate rounds with Barnes landing some flush shots to the head of Poore. Because of Barnes lack of power, he wasn’t able to expose the “suspect” whiskers of Poore. Poore’s best offense came when he worked the body and in an “un-Poorelike” manner piled up the points get the 58-56 nod on all cards.
Poore, 215 ½ lbs of Upper Darby, PA is now 21-3. Barnes, 222 ½ lbs of Rochester, NY is now 18-21-2