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HARRISON
OUT MUSCLES LAMANNA

Welterweights Dusty Harrison and Thomas LaManna waged an entertaining battle for the vacant USBA title, Thursday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. After ten grueling rounds, Harrison took the unanimous decision to improve his professional record to 30-0-1, 16 KOs, and claimed the red and gold regional belt that will insert him in the Top-15 world ranking of the IBF.

The contest was a steady action fight, with both fighters landing many shots. However, it was Harrison's greater physical strength that seemed to be the difference in the bout.

The first two rounds were close with LaManna jabbing well and... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

CARABALLO SET FOR RING RETURN
AFTER NEARLY THREE YEARS

Ricardo Caraballo steps back into the ring Friday night for the first time in two and a half years. But the Philly native won’t be fighting at the 2300 Arena, or the Armory, or anywhere else in the City of Brotherly Love. Caraballo, a vet of two professional bouts, relocated to Tampa a while back, and will fight for the third time in his adopted city at the Tampa Convention Center. Caraballo will likely open the show in a scheduled four-rounder against Malcom Speight of Wilson, NC.

Caraballo, 1-1, made his professional debut in 2012... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

LAMANNA KNOWS HARRISON FIGHT
IS A MUST WIN

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 21-1, 9 KOs, on the verge of his meeting with DC’s Dusty Hernandez Harrison, 29-0-1, 16 KOs, knows he’s in a must-win situation. The two will square off Thursday night in the 10-round main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. The vacant USBA welterweight title will be on the line and the fight will be nationally televised by the CBS Sports Network.

Although he’s just a 24 year old, 22-bout prospect, LaManna says that failure against Harrison would be quite damaging at this point in his career. (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

CORNFLAKE HOLDS
OPEN MEDIA WORKOUT

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 21-1, 9 KOs, held an open workout for the media today at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. LaManna meets Dusty Hernandez Harrison, 29-0-1, 16 KOs, in the main event of an eight-bout card at South Philly’s 2300 Arena on Thursday night. Their bout, and three others, will also be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.

Although Thursday’s 10-round bout for the vacant USBA welterweight title will be the first time the two have officially faced off, LaManna and Harrison sparred together about three years ago in Washington, DC.      (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

SANTIAGO WINS
AT SOLD OUT SUGAR HOUSE

Hard Hitting Promotions brought the very first boxing show to the Sugar House, after the Philadelphia casino's nearly six years of existence.  And Friday night's event was an all-around success, with a standing room only crowd and a slate of ten strong professional bouts.

In the main event, Philadelphia junior welterweight Milton Santiago, 15-0, 3 KOs, defeated Ken Alvarez of Puerto Rico, 7-5-2, 3 KOs, by 8-round unanimous decision.  The victory was just Santiago's second of 2016, but he hit the milestone of fifteen straight wins in his young pro career.  (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

SWEET HANDS DEFEATS DE ANGEL
by Ken Hissner

Tuesday night, King’s Boxing Promotions and PBC put on a seven-bout card at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA. The four top bouts were nationally televised over Fox Sports 1. 

In the main event, super middleweight Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant, 14-0 (11 KO), of Nashville, TN, scored a knockdown and shut out Juan “La Amenaza” De Angel, 18-5-1 (17 KO), of Barranquilla, COL, over 10 rounds.

In the first two rounds, it was all Plant who used a fast jab to set up De Angel for the right hand. De Angel had little to offer in return. In the third round, Plant landed a hard right to the chin of De Angel, who shook... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

VICTOR PAPPA PASSES
by J Russell Peltz

Sad to report that Victor Carmen Pappa, who boxed exclusively for me from 1977 to 1982, passed away yesterday at the young age of 59. Victor, a junior welterweight, was one of a trio of three tough kids who trained under Marty Feldman at the gym over the Upper Darby Firehouse on West Chester Pike near 69th & Market. 

It was Mic (Micky Diflo), Pic (Mike Picciotti) and Vic (Victor Pappa), They boxed regularly at the 69th Street Forum, a converted movie house (69th Street Theatre) which held more than 2,000 seats and we... (MORE)

   






 

 
                 
 
 
   

WITHERSPOON WALLOPS MARRONE

Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon, 35-3, 27 KOs, crushed Michael Marrone, 21-6, 15 KOs, in round two of a scheduled 6-rounder Saturday night in Bristol, PA. The bout was the main event of an eight bout card promoted by D and D Promotions and Silver Spoon Promotions, at the Grundy Arena, a local hockey venue in the historic little Bucks County town.  This was the second-ever boxing event at the site.

Witherspoon, fighting for the first time in a year, wasted no time is securing his 35th professional victory. He moved out toward Marrone at the sound of the bell and began testing the former cruiserweight title challenger immediately. (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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