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PROMOTER
MIKE ACRI PASSES

We received a call from J Russell Peltz on Tuesday with the sad news that Erie, PA promoter Mike Acri had passed away in his sleep on Sunday, January 10th, after an extended illness. His death was not Covid-related. Acri was 63.

Acri promoted his first boxing show in 1982, and promoted or co-promoted approximately 162 shows in his career. Many of these were nationally televised on Pay-Per-View, HBO... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

PRICE STRIVES TO PUT HOMETOWN ON THE MAP

Despite being only twenty two years old, Dylan Price has had a ton of success in the fight game. As an amateur, he was a PAL national champion,  Junior Golden Gloves champion, USA youth champion, and in 2012 was voted as the most outstanding boxer at Junior Olympic Nationals. Floyd Mayweather Sr. took notice of Price's natural abilities and worked with him as a young fighter.

“It was a privilege to learn from Floyd Sr.," Price said. "He taught me a lot of things. I also got a chance to spend some time with Floyd Jr., who taught me a lot in and out of the ring”.   (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

CHARLES LOOKS TO STRIKE
FEAR IN LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION

Philadelphia is a fighting town, and a city whose inhabitants must display toughness and grit to survive. Boxers who possess these traits are beloved in the City of Brotherly Love. Twenty year old Philly lightweight prospect Nafear “No Fear” Charles is currently undefeated at 5-0, with 5 TKO stoppage victories, all within the first two rounds. He is one of the lightweight division’s future stars. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Nafear Charles had no choice but to be fearless. 

“My mother named me Nafear,” Charles said. “She named me that because she wanted me to have no fear. My entire... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

LAMANNA STOPS GONZALEZ IN FIVE
 
Press Release by Rising Star Promotions

World rated contender Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (30-4-1 12 KO) scored a 5th round stoppage over very tough Juan González (22-15 14 KO) in a scheduled 10-round middleweight contest for the vacant WBA Federcentro Championship. The fight card was live from La Terraza Sports Bar in Agua Prieta, Sonora Mexico. 
 
LaManna dropped Gonzalez a total of three times in the fight when finally referee Sergio Arreola halted the bout at 1:12 of the fifth. The bout was scheduled originally in the junior middleweight division (154 pounds), but with last minute struggle of LaManna to make the weight, the bout was approved and made for the WBA middleweight Federcentro title.  (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

COVID CLAIMS
BILLY WAREHAM

Former Philly middleweight and longtime VBA member, Billy Wareham passed away from COVID-19 on December 21, 2020. He was 64. Wareham, nicknamed "Snow White", fought professionally during the 1970s, four times at the Spectrum and once at the 69th Street Forum. In all his had fourteen bouts, posting a career record of 12-2 with 9 knockouts. Although his career was firmly in the club fighter realm, he did appear in undercard bouts of both Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard. Wareham  turned professional on December 17, 1976 with a third round knockout over charismatic boxer Nikita Tar Hocker at Liberty Caterers in Northeast Philadelphia. The pair would clash again three months later with Wareham scoring another third round stoppage. The start of his career was a whirlwind. In his sophomore year in the ring, he fought seven times, including five starts at the Goodwill House Fire Hall in Bristol, PA. During this stretch, Wareham added another five... (MORE)

   
 
                 
       

HEAD BUTT DENIES ENNIS

Jaron Ennis appeared to be on the brink of winning his 27th straight win, scoring his 17th straight KO, and collecting the IBO welterweight title belt, in his scheduled 12-rounder with Chris van Heerden, Saturday night in the Mohegan Sun bubble in Uncasville, CT. Even though only about two thirds of the first round had elapsed, it was clear that this was going to be another good night for one of Philly's brightest young stars.

 

However as the final minute of the first round began, the boxers clashed heads along the ropes and van Heerden came away with a nasty gash on his forehead. The fighters separated. Ennis reeled back... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

SPENCE DEFEATS GARCIA

Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. defended his WBC & IBF title belts by unanimous decision over former two-division champ Danny Garcia, Saturday, December 5, 2020 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. In the lead up to the bout, the biggest question surrounding the fight was if Spence would be himself after the long layoff following the terrible car crash that miraculously did not take his life. After a few rounds of action on Saturday night, it was clear that Spence was indeed back in form, and that the likelihood of a Garcia win was suddenly reduced to a "puncher's chance" that never came during the course of the full twelve rounds.    

Spence started slowly, but as the fight progressed he shook... (MORE)

   



 
                 
 
 
   

JACOBS EDGES ROSADO

Leading up to Friday night's 12-round super middleweight bout between Daniel Jacobs and Gabriel Rosado, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL, no one gave Rosado much of a chance to win, or even make it to the final bell. Opinions were that the talent, mileage and momentum gaps between the pair of boxers was just too great for Rosado to span. However, the battle-tested, LA-based, Philly-born, veteran nearly went home with a massive upset after twelve tactical rounds of boxing.

Jacobs managed to escape defeat with the slimmest of decision victories. But the lingering question surrounding the match clearly is - Did the right guy get the decision?    (MORE)

   





 
                 
       

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