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J-ROCK FOCUSED ON TASK AT HAND

IBF & WBA junior middleweight champion Julian “J-Rock” Williams, 27-1-1, 16 KOs, 1 NC, defends his world titles Saturday night in a homecoming bout against Jeison Rosario, 19-1-1, 13 KOs, at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. The twelve-bout mega show, promoted by a conglomeration (King’s Promotions, Sampson Boxing, and TGB Promotions) for Premiere Boxing Champions will be broadcast live on Fox, with much of the undercard aired live on Fox Sports 1.

As the fight neared, Williams held an open media workout for the press, but as usual, was rather secretive about the true nature of his preparation for the very first defense of the title. The media was allowed... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

SMITH DOMINATES
HART
 
by Matt Ward / The Weigh In

Top Rank Boxing returned to Atlantic City this evening with a night full of fisticuffs action, headlined by an entertaining fight between Philly’s Jesse Hart (24-3, 20 KOs) and Long Island’s Joe Smith Jr. (27-2, 21 KOs) for the NABO Light Heavyweight Title. The eight-fight card was featured before a near capacity filled Etess Arena at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The card was televised on ESPN and streamed on the ESPN+ App.

Tonight’s action was the second straight night of boxing in a city that appears to be in the early stages of a boxing renaissance. Last night, Claressa Shields (10-0, 2 KOs) captured her third world title... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

CAN'T MISS ENNIS STOPS EYUBOV
 
by Ken Hissner

Unbeaten, can’t miss, Philly welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 25-0, 23 KOs, 145.75 pounds, ranked No. 13 WBO & No. 15 IBF stopped Bakhtiyar Eyubov, 14-2-1, 12 KOs, 146.25 pounds, KAZ, out of Houston, TX, at 0:34 of the fourth round of a scheduled  ten. In the first round it was all Ennis, 145.75 pounds. He dropped Eyubov twice with shots to the body and head. Eyubov was so busted up, he was fortunate to get through the round.

In the second round, the rugged Eyubov came out throwing bombs, but they rarely hit their target. He had guts but couldn't match... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

FORMER PHILLY WELTERWEIGHT
DICK TURNER PASSES

On Sunday (January 5, 2020) the sad news came that former Philly welterweight Dick Turner passed away after a few years of declining health. He was just shy of his 83rd birthday. Turner had an eventful boxing career that ended prematurely in 1963 due to an eye injury. After retirement from the ring, he stayed away from the sport for a period, disappointed that the pursuit of his dream had been cut short. However, he later returned to boxing to help guide his talented nephews, the fighting Fletcher brothers (Frank, Anthony and Troy). Turner then became a trainer and worked with numerous Philly kids with the same dream that he once had.   (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

HART SEEKS REVENGE
FOR B-HOP

North Philly’s Jesse Hart, 26-2, 21 KOs, takes the next step in his quest for a world championship Saturday night when he faces Joe Smith Jr. of Long Island, NY, 24-3, 20 KOs, at Atlantic City’s Mark G. Etess Arena in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The five-bout card is promoted by Top Rank and will be televised live on ESPN (and ESPN+).

Hart’s quest for a belt began at the super middleweight limit, where he campaigned for seven years. However, after two title bout decision losses to WBO champ Gilberto Ramirez, and despite never having the slightest issue making 168 pounds, the charismatic contender decided that... (MORE)

   
 
                 
       

PHILLY
YEAR IN REVIEW
 
By Frank Bartolini

A tremendous year of boxing in the “City of Brotherly Love” came to an end on Friday December 6th at the 2300 Arena. When Washington DC native, junior welterweight, Mykel Fox's hand was raised after winning a ten round unanimous decision over John Arrellano of Texas, it signaled the end of a fabulous year of pro prizefighting. Fittingly, the area’s most prolific promoter Marshall Kaufman’s Kings Promotions delivered the action that night. Kaufman once again was the busiest local promoter. In October, Kaufman, in conjunction with Premier Boxing Champions,   brought world class talent to the area showcasing Robert Easter Jr.'s win... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

DUBOSE SCORES TKO IN AC

Marty Shuler launched his promotional company (Marvin Shuler Promotions LLC)Saturday night at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City. The five-bout card featured Shuler Gym junior lightweight Antonio DuBose in the main event against Julio Buitrago of Nicaragua. The scheduled eight rounder ended at 51 seconds into round five. This was Tony's third fight of 2019 and his first since May. The TKO victory improved DuBose's record to 12-2-1, 3 KOs. Journeyman Buitrago lost for the third straight time and slid to 13-21, 3 KOs.

Bronx, NY welterweight Dezmond Lucas, 1-0, made a successful pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Detroit's Kaywann Sistrunk, 0-3-1.  (MORE)

   



 
                 
 
 
   

TERRIBLE DECISION MARS PHILLY SHOW

by J.R. Jowett

Promoting his brains out, Marshall Kauffman ran yet another show, this time at Philadelphia’s premiere club location, the 2300 Arena on Friday night. Lacking a local attraction on top, the show drew only a small crowd, maybe 300. But Russell Peltz was there! So were members of the rising rock band Low Cut Connie, fight fans performing locally the next night. The action didn’t sparkle, and neither did the performances of the young hopefuls. There was one upset, a failed audition, two notably lackluster efforts, and one outright gift. But these kinds of contests separate the chaff while helping the prospects develop against difficult assignments.   (MORE)

   






 

 
                 
       

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