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Carlos Rosario ready for 1st headlining appearance against Josh Davis this Friday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia 1st bout 6:30 PM

Amir Shabazz takes on Antowyan Aikens in a light heavyweight bout

Plus undefeated Tyrone Crawley, Jr., Steven Ortiz and Thomas Velasquez

David Gonzales battles Darius Ervin Weigh In This Thursday at 5:30 PM at The Stadium Holiday Inn



Philadelphia, PA (May 17, 2017) – Lightweight Carlos Rosario is ready for his headlining appearance this Friday night when he takes on Josh Davis in a bout scheduled for eight-rounds at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

The show is promoted by King’s Promotions. (1st bout 6:30 PM; Doors 6 PM)

Rosario of Pennsauken, New Jersey, has a record of 7-1 with four knockouts, and has won seven consecutive since dropping his pro debut.

“Everything is going great.  I am just winding down, losing the last couple of pounds , and I will be ready on Friday, said Rosario on Tuesday night.

In Davis, he is fighting his toughest opponent, but 26 year-old Rosario is ready for for whatever the Washington, DC native will bring.

“Even though he has an impressive record (10-1, 4 KO’s), I do not know a lot about him.  His record is actually better then mine.  I am fighting at home but I still feel that I am the underdog.  I think this is a fight that could go all eight-rounds, and I am looking forward to that as I have never gone that distance.”

Rosario, who has won seven consecutive fights has been slowly moving up the card and now finds himself in the main event.

“That has not hit me yet that I am the main event fighter.  I just continue to fight and my team has done a good job of finding me the right fights.  I am gaining more confidence with each fight and my opponents continue to get better.”

Rosario has been in the gym since age 10 but did not start to competing until he was 18.  He then embarked on a 28 fight amateur career.

The full-time corrections officer is taking his boxing career one step at a time, but he is seeing improvement in every fight.

“As long as I keep winning, and stay consistent, I can maybe fight for a minor title this year.”

“I hope the fans come out.  I have never been in a bad fight.  Sometimes it’s not about winning.  I want the fans to say that I am one of their favorite fighters to watch.”

In the co-feature, Amir Shabazz (4-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will take on Antowyan Aikens (10-3-1, 1 KO) of Atlantic City, NJ in a six-round light heavyweight bout.

Also in six-round bouts:

Tyrone Crawley, Jr (6-0) of Philadelphia will take on Juan Rodriguez (7-6, 5 KO’s) of Manasa, Virginia in a lightweight fight.



David Gonzales (8-2, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia will look to get back in the win column when he battles Darius Ervin (4-1) of Los Angeles, California in a junior welterweight bout. Steven Ortiz (5-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia takes on Hector Rivera (3-1, 2 KO’s) of San Juan, Puerto Rico in a lightweight bout.

Anthony Burgin (10-3, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia will take on an opponent to be named in a lightweight bout Thomas Velasquez (8-0, 5 KO’s) of Philadelphia will battle Brandon Sanudo (5-3, 2 KO’s) of Baja California, Mexico in a lightweight bout.
In four-round Bouts:

Vincent Floyd (2-2-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will square off with Rafael Montalvo (3-3, 3 KO’s) of St. Clair, PA.



Christopher Brooker to take on Oscar Riojas in featured bout on Friday, May 12th at the SugarHouse Casino

Jerome Conquest battles Daniel Perales in co-feature bout

Also seeing action will be undefeated fighters Blake Mansfield, Sam Orapeza, Jeffrey Torres, Isaelin Florian and Harold Lopez


Philadelphia, PA. (May 5, 2017) -THIS TUESDAY at The SugarHouse Casino, King’s Promotions will present a press conference in conjunction with a terrific night of boxing that will take place on Friday, May 12th at The SugarHouse Casino.

In the eight-round super middleweight main event, Christopher Brooker (11-3, 5 KO’s)will take on Oscar Riojas (14-7-1, 4 KO’s)

WHO: Christopher Brooker (11-3, 5 KO’s)–Super Middleweight, Philadelphia
Jerome Conquest (6-2, 1KO)–Lightweight, Philadelphia
Sam Orapeza (1-0)–Cruiserweight, Philadelphia
Jeffrey Torres (2-0, 1 KO)–Lightweight, Philadelphia
Marshall Kauffman, CEO of King’s Promotions

WHAT: Press Conference for May 12th Boxing card at The SugarHouse Casino

WHEN: Tuesday, May 9th at 5 PM

WHERE: SugarHouse Casino
1001 N Delaware Ave,
Philadelphia, PA 19125

In the co-feature, Jerome Conquest (6-2, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will take on Daniel Perales (10-9-1, 5 KO’s) of Monterrey, Mexico in a six-round lightweight bout.

Also in a six-round bout:

Blake Mansfield (5-0-1, 2 KO’s) of Burlington, NC will fight Henry Beckford (4-6, 1 KO) of Coram, NY in a super middleweight bout.

In four-round bouts:

Chaise Nelson (4-1, 3 KO’s) of Dayton, Ohio will take on Bryan Perez Nevarez (2-5-1, 1 KO) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a featherweight bout.

Sam Orapeza (1-0) of Philadelphia battles Kyle McNutt (1-2, 1 KO) of Battle Creek, MI in a cruiserweight affair.

Jeffrey Torres (2-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will fight Kashon Hutchinson (2-2, 1 KO) in a battle of Keystone State based lightweights.

Isaelin Florian (6-0, 3 KO’s) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic will take on an opponent to be named in a bantamweight bout.

Harold Lopez (1-0, 1 KO) of Bethlehem, PA will square off with an opponent to be named in a bantamweight fight.

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Smith stops Gabejan in 7  Wins by Sims, Price, Bauza & Rodriguez

Wright and Pasciolla battle to draw Watch all the fights on Youtube 



ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (APRIL 25, 2017)–This Past Saturday, Keenan Smith stopped Edgar Gabejan in round seven of their scheduled eight round super lightweight bout that headlined a six bout card at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.

The show was promoted by GH3 Promotions and D and D Management.

Smith dominated the action, as Gabejan was reduced to lunging holding and even went to the canvas several times for slips. Smith was able to score a knockdown in round seven from a flurry of punches. Smith was fully in control and stepped on the gas in the seventh, as he dropped Gabejan for a second time from a flurry of body punches. Gabejan got to his feet, but he had taken enough punishment and the fight was stopped at 1:43.

Smith of Philadelphia is now 11-0 with five knockouts. Gabejan of the Philippines is 27-34-7.

Keenan Smith

Kenneth Sims, Jr. remained undefeated by stopping Israel Villela in round three of their scheduled six-round super lightweight bout.

Sims battered a tough Villela, and then in round two cut him around the right eye. In round three, Sims landed three flush blows, and the bout was stopped at 1:03.

Sims of Chicago is 12-0 with 4 knocouts. Villela of Cancun, MX is 6-5-2.

Heavyweight’s Tyrell Wright and Dan Pasciolla fought to a 6-round draw.

Both fighter’s took a card 58-56, and a third card read even at 57-57.

Wright of Jersey City, NJ is 9-0-2. Pasciolla of Brick, NJ is 9-2-2.

John Bauza needed just 17 seconds to destroy Francis Gakpetor in the scheduled six-round super lightweight bout.

Bauza decked Gakpetor with a hard 1-2 and and the fight was over soon as he hit the gorund.

Bauza of North Bergen, NJ is 6-0 with three knockouts. Gakpetor of Ghana is 2-4-1.

Dylan Price stopped Chris Nelson in round three of their scheduled four round super flyweight bout.

Price started to beat-down Nelson in round two, and in round three battered Nelson until putting him down with a body shot, and the fight was stopped at 2:37.

Price of Sicklerville, NJ is 2-0 with two knockouts. Nelson of Kentucky is 1-4.

Emmanuel Rodriguez made a successful pro debut with a four-round split decision over Jaxel Marrero in a bantamweight bout.

Rodriguez of Newark, NJ took two cards by 39-37 tallies, while Marrero took a card 39-37.

Marrero of Puerto Rico falls to 1-8-2.

Keenan Smith vs Edgar Gabejan


Kenneth Sims vs Israel Villela


Tyrell Wright vs Dan Pasciolla


John Bauza vs Francis Gakpetor


Dylan Price vs Chris Nelson


Emmanuel Rodriguez vs Jaxel Marrero


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Carlos Rosario takes on Josh Davis in headline bout on Friday, May 19th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia

Amir Shabazz takes on Antowyan Aikens in a light heavyweight bout

Plus undefeated Tyrone Crawley, Jr.
David Gonzales battles Darius Ervin


Philadelphia, PA (April 20, 2017)On Friday night, May 19th, Carlos Rosario will take on Josh Davis in a scheduled eight-round lightweight bout that will headline a terrific night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

The show is promoted by King’s Promotions.

Rosario of Pennsauken, New Jersey, has a record of 7-1 with four knockouts, and has won seven consecutive since dropping his pro debut.

The 26 year-old is a three-year professional, and has wins over Victor Vasquez (4-1), Bobby Hornsby (8-1), and his last outing when he stopped Lance Williams on March 11 in Philadelphia.

Davis, also 26, fights out of Washington, D.C., and brings in a respectable record of 10-1 with four knockouts.

The six-year professional will be making his first start in 18 months.  Davis, who has won six straight is coming off a four round unanimous decision over Justin Lopez on November 12, 2015.

In the six-round co-feature, it will be a battle of  light heavyweight’s as Amir Shabazz (4-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will take on Antowyan Aikens (10-3-1, 1 KO) of Atlantic City.


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Stacked card features Anthony “Juice” Young  Also undefeated Kenneth Sims, Jr., Elijah Vines, Tyrell Wright, John Bauza, Donald Smith & Dylan Price



Atlantic City, NJ (April 12, 2017)- Undefeated super lightweight Keenan Smith will take on 67 fight veteran Edgar Gabejan in a bout scheduled for eight-rounds that will headline a 10-bout card at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.


The show is promoted by GH3 Promotions and D and D Promotions.


The card will also feature many up and coming stars from the Philadelphia/New Jersey region.


Smith of Philadelphia has a record of 10-0 with 4 knockouts.


Smith, the 2008 National Golden Gloves Featherweight Champion and a 2007 Junior Olympic National Champion, turned pro in April 2010-at 130 pounds.  Smith went 72-4 in the amateurs. Two of the victories came against current world-ranked contender Amir Imam.


He turned professional in 2010, and his wins over two undefeated fighters Alex Montes (1-0) and Lavelle Hadley (2-0).  Smith also has a win over Bemjamin Whitaker (10-1) in a bout that was nationally televised on Showtime’s ShoBox series.  In his last bout, Smith defeated Marquis Hawthorne on January 20th in Atlantic City.


The will be Smith’s 6 fight Atlantic City.


Gabejan of Binanginan, Philippines is a 14 year professional who sports a record of 27-33-7 with nine knockouts.


The 35 year-old Gabejan has some quality results on his resume with wins over Marbon Bodiongan (11-2-2), Balweg Bangonyan (16-4), Ernie Sanchez (11-0), Lloyd Francisco (9-1), Ronald Pontillas (7-1-1), Jason Egera (9-1), Jun Talape (11-2), Gary Bagsaio (2-0) & Rager Balonggod (1-0).  In his last bout, Gabejan had a draw with undefeated Pedro Durran (14-0) on July 9, 2016 in San Mateo, California.



Appearing in six-round bouts will be:


Kenneth Sims, Jr. (11-0, 3 KO’s) of Chicago will take on Israel Villela (6-4, 2 KO’s) of Cancun. Mexico in a super lightweight bout. Anthony Young (15-2, 6 KO’s) of Atlantic City will take on an opponent to be named in a welterweight bout.


Tyrell Wright (9-0-1, 6 KO’s) of Jersey City, NJ will face Dan Pasciolla (9-2-1) of Brick, New Jersey in a heavyweight bout.


In a battle of undefeated super lightweights, John Bauza (5-0, 2 KO’s) of North Bergen, NJ will fight Tyrome Jones (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Chicago.


In four-round bouts:

Elijah Vines (3-0, 3 KO’s) of Philadelphia will take on James Robinson (4-7-4, 1 KO) of York, PA in a super welterweight bout.  Donald Smith (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Philadelphia will square off with Vincent Jennings (5-3, 4 KO’s) of Grand Rapids, MI in a super featherweight tussle.


Dylan Price (1-0, 1 KO) of Sicklerville, NJ will fight Chris Nelson (1-3) of Kentucky in a super flyweight bout.


Emmanuel Rodriguez of Newark, NJ will make his pro debut against Jaxel Marrero (1-7-2) of Puerto Rico in a bantamweight bout.

Tickets range from $50 – $150 and can be purchased by calling 856-842-7577

The Mouthpiece

Shotgun!!—Ennis Decisions Winchester
Folly Stops Hinojosa

By: George H. Hanson Jr., Esq.

Date: Friday, March 31, 2017
Venue: 2300 Arena – Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Victory Boxing Promotions
Ring Announcer: Henry “Dis-com-bob-u-lating” Jones
Referee: Shawn Clark & Eric Dali


Thirty-eight year-old James “Shotgun” Winchester (20 wins – 12 losses – 0 draws – 8 kos) rode into Philly from his hometown of Reidsville, North Carolina with much bravado and chutzpah determined not to get gunned down by 19 year-old Philly Phenom Jaron “Boots” Ennis (9 wins – 0 losses – 0 draws – 8 kos) becoming the ninth victim to be rescued by the referee! Thus, when Ennis opened up with the two Gatlin guns hidden in his gloves at the start of the first stanza of their six-round main event bout—Winchester ducked, took cover, came up with a head-butt simultaneously landing a right to his opponent’s groin letting the audience know “I ain’t going to take this ass-kicking silently!” Despite the rough-house tactics Ennis worked behind a stiff jab landing combinations to the body – changing directions to befuddle Winchester – perpetual motion firing from all angles.



Ennis (R.) blasting Winchester.


In the second round a frustrated Winchester tackled Ennis like an NFL linebacker sacking a quarterback and then proceeded to land a straight right while standing over his fallen foe. Immediately, Ennis’ father/trainer Derek “Bozy” Ennis was on the ring apron apparently ready to enter the ring, Fortunately referee Shawn Clark was able to diffuse the social dynamite that was about to create an explosion by waving the trainer back to the corner. He then proceeded to issue a stern warning reminding Winchester that he was tethering on the brink of disqualification. Ennis kept his composure boxing brilliantly round after round dominating the action – controlling the pace – having Winchester in dire straits in the final round – barely surviving to the final bell. No surprise that all three judges had it 60-53 for Ennis who won by unanimous decision.


To say that Winchester used every dirty trick in the book is the understatement of the year! He “got down and dirty” like a well-fed pig on a mud slide! However, the elder statesman provided Ennis with an invaluable lesson that will serve him well as he continues his march to a world title.


I am never one to follow tradition for tradition’s sake. I am always ready to climb out on the limb whenever popular belief appears to be based on the road most traveled and the fear of being wrong. Thus, I am alone on an island by stating that it is a waste of time and talent for undefeated junior-featherweight Manny “Major Pain” Folly (9 wins – 0 losses – 0 draws – 7 kos) to continue along the same path – at least twelve or more fights before fighting for a world title. Folly is ready now and I see absolutely no reason why he couldn’t be a world champion before the close of 2017.



Folly (R.) lands the straight right.


Tonight in the six-round co-main event Folly – a full-time Philadelphia police officer – needed a mere two minutes and eighteen seconds to dismantle and dispose of Luis Hinojosa (30 wins – 10 losses – 0 draws – 17 kos) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Folly strolled out of his corner in the first round and connected with a hard left hook that rocked Hinojosa – setting the tone. A few seconds thereafter, a body shot deposited the Dominican to the canvas—referee Dali reaching the count of five before he was upright and ready to continue. The action resumed with Folly working behind a stiff jab keeping Hinojosa—who was trying but never succeeded in landing anything of consequence—off balance. With a little over a minute remaining in the round, Folly connected with a vicious right that sent his opponent to the canvas for the second time. Again, the game but overmatched boxer was up as the referee tolled the count of five, wiped his gloves and signaled for the fight to resume. Wasting no time, Folly walked straight to Hinojosa and blasted him with a stiff jab followed by a laser straight right placing him back in a familiar spot on the canvas— referee Dali immediately calling an end to bout.


I just don’t see the practicality of Folly laboring for the next two years or twelve more bouts before a title fight. He is simply too talented to follow the road most traveled by the “can’t miss” prospects. Basketball superstar LeBron James went straight to the NBA by skipping college. Folly is similarly talented and doesn’t need twenty or more fights to prepare for a world title. He will be more than ready in three more fights.


In a scheduled four-round lightweight bout undefeated Philly prospect Joshua “Hands of Stone” Jones (3 wins – 0 losses – 1 draw – 2 kos) boxed brilliantly resembling a gloved sniper—picking his shots—out-boxing tough Dustin Arnold (1 win – 0 losses – 0 draws – 0 ko) of Coral Springs, Florida almost pitching a shut-out—winning a unanimous decision 40-36 twice and 39-37. The southpaw Jones stalked Arnold at the opening bell connecting with his laser-like straight left hurting his opponent midway through the round. Arnold was able to weather the storm and connected with a right to Jones’ body. However, the Philadelphian controlled the action and won the round handily. And, he put on a boxing clinic for the next three rounds—precision punching—landing with relative ease— appearing as though he was using the rounds to perfect his craft.



Jones (L.) lands the straight left.


Seventeen year-old welterweight prospect Brandun Lee (1 win – 0 losses – 0 draws – 1 ko) of Coachella, California who made his debut here in the same ring on January 28th returned in similar fashion stopping over-matched debuting Seth Basler of Marion, Illinois 2:12 of the opening round of their scheduled four-rounder – winning by technical knockout. (more…)




Philadelphia – March 30, 2017 – Tomorrow night at 2300 Arena, two of Philadelphia’s most promising prospects top “Philly Strong,” a nine-bout card, and both are expecting their toughest fights to date.


In the main event, Jaron “Boots” Ennis (9-0, 8KO) will seek his tenth victory when he faces veteran James “Shotgun” Winchester (20-12, 8KO) of Reidsville, North Carolina.  The six round, welterweight matchup will be Ennis’ toughest to date.  Winchester is coming off three consecutive wins, and steps into the ring having faced world class competition throughout his career.   Winchester went the distance with Matt Korobov (27-1, 14KO), Glen Tapia (23-4, 15KO), Eddie Gomez (19-2, 11KO), and Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9KO) and others. Ennis was victorious in his last outing at 2300 Arena, knocking out Elvin Perez in under a minute.


In the co-main event, Manny “Major Pain” Folly (9-0, 7KO) takes on Dominican Republic’s Luis Hinijosa (30-10, 17KO) in a six round bout at super bantamweight.  Hinijosa enters the ring the more experienced fighter, and fought Claudio Marrero (21-1, 15KO) prior to his last two fights, which were both decision wins.  Folly had an impressive showing in his last fight, knocking out Mexico’s Carlos Morgan (13-5, 6KO) in the first round in January.


Local Philadelphia fighters Keenan Smith (10-0, 4KO) and Joshua Jones (3-0-1, 2KO) will be featured in separate bouts on Friday, along with New Jersey’s Darren Goodall (4-0, 3KO) and Coachella welterweight sensation Brandun Lee (1-0, 1KO), who made his debut at Victory Boxing’s January card in Philadelphia.


Tickets for Philly Strong start at $40, and are available at or by calling (267) 273-0945. Doors at 2300 Arena open at 6:00 p.m. and first bell is at 7:00.



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By: George H. Hanson Jr., Esq.

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Date: Friday, March 10 2017
Venue: 2300 Arena – Philadelphia, PA
Promoters: Peltz Boxing, BAM Boxing, Raging Babe & Joe Hand

Commentators: Marc Abrams & Mike Mittman
Ring Announcer: Steve Mittman
Referees: Gary Rosato, Blair Talmadge & Ronald Ali Bashir
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr.

Listen folks, it was Pelé—the greatest football player of all time— who as a seventeen year-old led Brazil to its first FIFA World Cup in 1958 showing the world that the Brazilian ginga style could dominate and defeat the European powerhouse in soccer – “the beautiful game.” I couldn’t help reflecting on the artistry of Pelé and his total command of the soccer ball as Anthony Burgin (10 wins – 2 losses – 0 draws – 2 kos) pursued Avery Sparrow (5 wins – 1 loss – 0 draw – 3 kos) in the opening round of their scheduled eight-round main event. Hands held high, the taller Burgin—built like a racehorse—tall and lean—attacked like a miniature Tommy “Hitman” Hearns unloading while stalking. Sparrow eyes on his nemesis sidestepped, dipped and changed directions like he was auditioning for a fight scene in a remake of “The Matrix.” The audience swept up in the titillating scenery—the beautiful game of boxing—would realize after thirty-two minutes that they had just witnessed the front-runner for the Briscoe Award “2017 Fight of the Year.”

Sparrow (L.) connects with the left hook

It is as unusual to have two fighters with a combined experience of eighteen fights to headline a show as it was to have a 17 year-old in the World Cup back in 1958. But, Brazil had Pelé and Philadelphia has “Uncle Russell” Hall of Fame Promoter – J. Russell Peltz and his two cohorts/ protégés Brittany Rogers and “The Raging Babe” – Michelle Rosado. Unlike so many of his contemporaries who have fallen by the wayside and into the promotional graveyard – Peltz – the greatest chameleon of the sweet science has been able to change with the landscape – using traditional tools and social media to fill venues. Thus, it was no surprise when two North Philly kids – Burgin and Sparrow were pitted against each other in the main event. Philadelphia vs. Philadelphia has always been a recipe for success and when boxing is on the menu Peltz is a master chef. “Bad” Bennie Briscoe vs. Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, Troy “Forty” Fletcher vs. Bryan “Boogaloo” Jones and Derek “Pooh” Ennis vs. “King” Gabriel Rosado are a few examples of the mystique and intrigue of intra-city competition and rivalries.

The mercurial Sparrow – whose sole setback was due to disqualification—secured the services of trainer Greg Hackett in preparation for Burgin. On October 2, 2015 – two fights aback in the same ring—Sparrow’s propensity for hitting Jerome Rodriguez in the lower quadrant caused referee Hurley McCall to call a halt in the last round of the scheduled six-rounder. Hackett the iconoclast and kindred spirit would prove to be the perfect fit for the fighter who many believe couldn’t keep his emotions in check and follow instructions.

Burgin (R.) connects with the straight right.

The opening round was close with Burgin working the body nicely and Sparrow boxing from a distance using his jab and the occasional straight right. Burgin settled into the role of the aggressor as they went back and forth in an action-packed fight round after round much to the delight of the fans. The action reached a boiling point in the sixth round as Burgin engaged Sparrow at close quarters and was driving solid shots to his opponent’s body. Sparrow returned fire and threw an uppercut that is proof that he has a micro-chip for a brain and is always thinking at warp speed. While covering up on the inside, Sparrow instead of bending his legs to split Burgin’s guard, simply rotated his shoulders and brought the right uppercut forward while raising his legs – an awkward looking delivery – but the right one given the circumstances. The punch landed on the tip of Burgin’s chin sending him to the canvas.

Burgin was up before referee Rosato could toll the count of three and dusted his gloves. There was one minute and thirteen seconds remaining in the round and Sparrow seized the opportunity and attacked attempting to end the fight. Burgin the consummate professional, never panicked – kept his composure under adverse circumstances and was able to navigate around the ring – defense intact – fired back while clearing his head and making it to the bell.

The fight continued at the same frenetic pace in the next two rounds with the seventh being close and Burgin claiming the final round showing a sense of urgency. Press-row was split with the fight being scored 76-75 either way. No surprise that one judge had it 76-75 for Burgin, the second judge having the same score for Sparrow with the final judge soring it 77-74 for Sparrow who was awarded a split-decision.

In his last bout, December 2, 2106 at this venue, Roque Zapata (2 wins – 1 loss – 3 draws – 0 kos) from Panama now fighting out of Culpepper, Virginia – handed junior-middleweight Isaiah Wise his first loss in four fights – winning a four-round majority decision in what many called an upset. Tonight, the twenty-one year-old Zapata would prove that his win over Wise was no fluke and out-boxed local fan-favorite Fred Jenkins Jr. (10 wins – 3 losses – 0 draw – 3 kos) dropping him in the opening stanza – winning a unanimous six-round decision 59-54 twice and 57-56.

Zapata (L.) lands the left hook.

Jenkins took command at the opening bell working behind a stiff jab backing up his shorter adversary. Zapata stayed in a low crouch and was unable to neutralize his opponent’s jab which dictated the pace and kept him at bay. But, with barely ten seconds remaining in the round Zapata countered with a short right hand that connected on Jenkin’s chin sending him to the canvas. Jenkins was up immediately and before the action could resume the bell sounded ending the round.

With stablemate, heavyweight contender— Bryant “By By” Jennings yelling instructions, behind press-row the action resumed in the second stanza with Jenkins again setting the pace. Working behind a stiff jab he landed a few combinations to the body as Zapata circled returning fire. The rest of the fight was close with Zapata being the busier combatant by simply out-working Jenkins who didn’t appear to be at this best. The unorthodox Zapata, fighting from a crouch, is difficult to hit and is effective primarily because he fights with much confidence. Maybe, it isn’t a case of him upsetting Philadelphia fighters but one of him being underestimated.

In a scheduled six-round heavyweight bout, former University of New Haven basketball star Cassius Chaney (8 wins – 0 losses – 0 draws –5 kos) of Philadelphia who holds a degree in Sports Management – squared off against Tom Washington (6 wins – 9 losses – 1 draw – 2 kos) of Lansing, Michigan. Despite a six-inch height advantage, the 6 feet 6 inch Chaney was outweighed by his opponent who tipped the scales at 278 lbs. – a thirty pound disparity. With new trainer – former two-division world champion John David Jackson in his corner, Chaney took the opening stanza with his jab and a few hard rights thrown with a curve around his opponent’s gloves protecting the side of his face. The rather rotund Washington came forward and walked into an uppercut in the second round that discombobulated his equilibrium but didn’t send him to the canvas.

Chaney (R.) lands the right.

There wasn’t much action in the third stanza as Chaney kept his distance jabbing with Washington plodding forward throwing a few punches. However, Washington pinned Chaney on the ropes for part of the fourth round and was able to land to the body with a few good shots. His success was short-lived as the last two rounds settled to a pedestrian pace with Chaney jabbing to the head and body hurting Washington with a straight right with thirty seconds remaining in the fight. The fight lived up to the age-old adage that an ugly win is better than a pretty loss. Chaney won a majority decision as two judges scored it 59-55 with the third recording it 57-57 – a draw.

In his first fight since losing to Roque Zapata last December, Philly junior-middleweight Isaiah Wise (3 wins – 1 loss – 0 draws – 2 kos) returned to action in fantastic fashion stopping Jeffrey Wright (4 wins – 5 losses – 1 draw – 4 kos) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin winning by technical knockout thirty-two seconds of the fourth round of the scheduled six-round bout. The slick-boxing Wright fought on even terms with Wise in the opening stanza – slipping and sliding punches while hurting Wise with a right hand. However, Wise was able to counter with good body punching. The Philly fighter came out bombing in the second round and had his opponent on the ropes where he was falling through and had to be rescued by referee Rosato. Wright was losing the round but was able to capture the stanza with a blistering right toward the end sending Wise to the canvas the referee reaching the count of four before he was able to reach a standing position and finish the round.

Wise was able to even the score in the third round when he hurt Wright with an overhand right, followed him to the ropes wailing away with shots to the head and body sending him to the canvas with a right hook to the ribcage. Wright was up immediately and the action resumed with both competitors slugging to the bell. The fourth round was in its embryonic stages when Wise bounced a blistering right off Wright’s dome sending him crashing to the canvas the referee tolling five before he was able to reach a standing position. The referee motioned for the action to resume but Wright still dazed and stumbled forward and Rosato called a halt declaring Wise the victor by technical knockout in an exciting bout.

Wise (R.) lands the right hook.

In the opening bout of the night North Philadelphia flyweight Tyrone Arzeno lost his professional debut losing a close four-round split decision to Basyzbek Baratov (1 win – 1 loss – 1 draw – 0 ko) of Kyrgyzstan now fighting out of Philadelphia. Arzeno boxed brilliantly in the opening stanza working behind his jab as Baratov threw the overhand right with bad intentions, eventually connected with the left hook. Baratov outworked his adversary in the second round by pressing the action with quick combinations to the body. However, Arzeno was able to hurt him in the third round with a hard right. Arzeno landed the more telling blows in the final two rounds while Baratov connected with quick-scoring combinations that are commonplace in the amateur ranks. Thus, I had it 39-37 for Arzeno similar to one judge. However, the other two judges scored it 39-37 for Baratov.

Arzeno (L) mixing it up with Baratov

Eighteen year-old super-middleweight Chris “Sand Man” Thomas (4 wins – 0 losses – 0 draws – 2 kos) of Beachwood, New Jersey won a unanimous four-round decision 40-35 twice and 39-36 over thirty-three year-old Mike Rodriguez (0 wins – 3 losses – 0 draws) of Springfield, Massachusetts. Thomas pressed the action at the opening bell and throughout the bout but had a difficult time because the 6 feet 3 inch Rodriguez grabbed and clutched thwarting the onslaught. Referee Bashir penalized Rodriguez deducting a point for excessive holding in the second round. It was an ugly affair round after round.

Thomas (R) on the attack

With Daddy Yankee blaring over the house speakers on the track Gasolina, a supremely confident Marco Ocano (1 win – 0 losses – 0 draws – 1 ko) of Aqua Prieta, Mexico made it from the dressing room to the squared circle where he waited patiently for several minutes for the arrival of his opponent. With an entourage befitting a world champion, Junior-lightweight Joseph Adorno (2 wins – 0 losses – 0 draws – 2 kos) of Allentown, Pennsylvania—decked out in an exquisite white outfit— strolled to the ring, his fans standing and cheering raucously—one of his handlers carrying a large Puerto Rican flag. If the judges awarded points for the ring walk and pageantry – Adorno had already won by a wide margin. The gong sounded to commence the scheduled four-rounder featuring two seventeen year-old pugilists.

Adorno, who is promoted by Top Rank, didn’t waste much time in getting down to business. In the time it takes to complete the first verse and hook to Gasolina – Adorno had dismissed and disposed his opponent—landing a left to the body then going up top with a straight right that froze Ocano in his tracks as though he had stepped into a bear trap. Seizing the moment Adorno unloaded a three punch combination before referee Bashir rescued Ocano from further punishment calling a halt 45 seconds into the bout – declaring Adorno the winner by technical knockout.

Adorno (R.) unleashing on Ocano

Adorno was a hard act to follow. But, undefeated eighteen year-old lightweight Victor Padilla (2 wins – 0 loss – 0 draws – 2 kos) of Vieques, Puerto Rico now residing in Berlin, New Jersey was equally impressive in his bout which followed Adorno’s domination and destruction of Ocano. In a scheduled four-rounder the southpaw Padilla dropped twenty-eight year-old Carlos Castillo (4 wins – 4 losses – 0 draws – 3 kos) of Tucson, Arizona with a left uppercut a few second in the opening round. Castillo who attacked at the bell with reckless abandon was countered with the perfectly placed punch that sent him to the canvas. More surprised than shaken, Castillo was up immediately and referee Talmadge wiped his gloves and signaled for the action to resume. Unabashed, Castillo attacked and was met with an overhand left that ricocheted off his chin re-introducing him to the canvas. Again he was up quickly and appeared willing and able to continue. But, referee Talmadge ended the festivities awarding Padilla the victory by technical knockout at 48 seconds of the opening round.

Padilla (R) sends Castillo to the canvas

In a bout featuring debuting Philadelphia fighters, eighteen year-old junior-featherweight Crystian Pequero was impressive winning by technical knockout 2:12 of the third round of a scheduled four-rounder against twenty-nine year-old Alonzo Davis. Both fighters rushed to the center of the ring at the opening bell and stood toe-to-toe unleashing bombs some landing most missing. After the initial fireworks, Pequero settled down and started going downstairs with hard shots to Davis’ body resembling a mini version of Hall of Famer Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum. Davis fought valiantly returning fire but Pequero was winning the war of attrition out landing and hurting him to the body. The bout continued at the same pace into the third round. Pequero continued his assault to the body with Davis fading but still fighting back. Davis was tough but was unable to withstand a well-placed right uppercut to the solar plexus that sent him to the canvas on one knee where he stayed unable to rise before referee Talmadge tolled the ten-count.

Pequero (R.) going to the body

In another all-Philly match-up featuring debuting flyweights, Ernesto “Pete” Almodovar was much too polished for southpaw Steve Lopez—dropping him in the opening round winning a four-round unanimous decision by scores of 40-35 and 39-36 twice. Unlike many fighters in their first professional bout, Almodovar seemed relaxed and was able to land with pinpoint accuracy. Toward the end of the opening round he dropped Lopez with a well-timed right as the southpaw tried to corner him on the ropes. Lopez was more surprised than hurt and was up instantly as referee Rosato began the count. The fight followed a similar pattern with Lopez coming forward and Almodovar using the shoulder roll to evade punishment while countering with straight rights that found their mark. It was an impressive debut for Almodovar who is trained and managed by his cousin Octavio Pineda.

Almodovar (L.) on the attack. (more…)


Philadelphia – March 16, 2017 – Victory Boxing Promotions returns to the City of Brotherly Love March 31st with a professional boxing card stacked with top Philadelphia prospects, and elite talent from across the country. 


In the main event, Jaron “Boots” Ennis (9-0, 8KO) seeks to secure his 10th straight win since his professional debut just ten months ago. One of boxing’s busiest and most highly-touted prospects, Ennis knocked out the more experienced Elvin Perez (28-17-4, 19KO) inside of a minute in his January outing, also at 2300 Arena.

In the co-main event, boxer and Philadelphia Police Officer Manny Folly (9-0, 7KO) will return in the featherweight division. Folly, who was seemingly in tough when he faced Mexico’s Carlos Morgan (13-5, 6KO), made quick work of his opponent in January, stopping Morgan with a sensational knockout punch in the first round.

Also on the card, Philadelphia super bantamweight Angel Pizarro (2-0, 1KO) looks for his third win. Pizarro, who has a large following in Philadelphia, is stepping into the ring for the first time this year. He last fought in October, scoring a technical knockout win over Maurice Adams, Jr.

Junior Welterweight Keenan “Killer” Smith (10-0, 4KO) will fight on the card, along with his cousin, Donald Smith (4-0, 3KO) in separate bouts. Donald Smith’s last outing, on Victory Boxing’s January card at 2300 Arena, ended with a fourth round TKO knockout over Christopher Nelson.

Joshua Jones ( 3-0-1, 2KO) returns at lightweight, along with super welterweight Elijah Vines (3-0, 3KO), also of Philadelphia. Fan favorite, light heavyweight Darren Goodall, whose New Jersey crowd had the walls of 2300 arena shaking in January, will join the Philadelphia contingent on the card, and Baltimore’s Mack Allison (7-0, 7KO) will look to keep his perfect record intact.

Victory Boxing Promotions super-prospect Adam Daranyi (10-0, 10KO), of Canada, made quick work of Lenwood Dozier in January, and he returns at welterweight on the 31st. Fellow Victory Boxing prospect Brandun Lee will also see welterweight action in his second professional bout.

Top amateur Christian Montano, who made headlines earlier this month when he signed with top manager Cameron Dunkin, will make his anticipated professional debut at light heavyweight. The young fighter is expected to stay busy in the coming months.

Tickets for Philly Strong begin at $40 and are available at or by calling 602-540-5075. Doors to 2300 Arena open at 6:00 and first bell is at 7:00 p.m.

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