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WILLIAMS WINS WORLD TITLE

West Philly's Julian "J-Rock" Williams turned in a brilliant and determined performance in his second try at a world title Saturday night. The 5-1 underdog was magnificent in a dominant victory against the rugged and streaking WBA & IBF champion  Jarrett Hurd. Many thought Hurd would be too strong for the talented Williams, but J-Rock left no room for doubt in this one. He out-boxed, out-muscled, and out-punched the betting favorite with a fight plan designed by trainer Stephen "Breadman" Edwards that was as impressive as J-Rock's performance. Williams won the fight to become boxing's newest star and Philly's latest champion. Boxing scribe Frank Bartolini was at ringside for the big night in Fairfax, VA when Julian Williams and Philadelphia's Stephen Fulton both struck gold. He posted the following report... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

HENDERSON HALTS AIKENS

Kalvin Henderson returned to Philly on Friday night and for the second time in a row registered an impressive TKO victory. Last December, he derailed Upper Darby’s Brandon Robinson in the “2018 Philly Fight of the Year”. This time, the Arkansas-based super middleweight dominated and stopped Antowyan Aikens of Mays Landing in three assertive rounds.

Aikens began the first round well, lashing Henderson with his long jab. However after about one minute, Kalvin snapped Aikens with a good right hand, and never looked back. In the second round, Henderson put Akiens on the floor with a blunt jab. Aikens got up but a Henderson left hook sent him down again.   (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

HURD VS. WILLIAMS PREVIEW
by Frank Bartolini

This Saturday night at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA, DC-area boxer, Jarrett “Swift” Hurd, Accokeek, VA, returns home to defend his WBA, IBF & IBO junior middleweight belts against Julian “J-Rock” Williams, of Philadelphia. Although he’ll be fighting in the tiger’s lair of frenzied DMV (DC, MD, VA) fight fans, Williams still appears to be Hurd’s toughest opponent to date.

It has been two and a half years since Williams, 26-1-1, 16 KOs, suffered the lone loss of his twenty eight fight career. That defeat came at the hands of then IBF junior middleweight king Jermall Charlo, via... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

SALEM WINS IN MORRISVILLE, PA

J. R. Jowett reporting from ringside:

The Pennsbury Racquet Club in Morrisville, PA, across the Delaware from Trenton, hosted the auspicious return of one of the most active club promoters in the NJ-PA area for many years, Nedal Abuhumoud (Nedal Prom’ns) on 4/27/19. Nedal hadn’t promoted in some eight years, since the end of his prime attraction, Omar Sheika.

Now backing a new middle eastern star, Omar Salem, son of “The Egyptian Magician” Kabary Salem, who once fought for the middleweight title, brought Nedal back, a welcome addition to the already active local scene. Nedal co-promoted with “Cornflake” LaManna’s Rising Star Prom’ns, with Renee Aiken matchmaker. Some 400 – 500 fans turned out for a lively club show. Mark Fratto was ring announcer, Mike Arnese kept time, and Kurt Wolfheimer did PR.

In the main event eight, Omar Salem, 168 ¼, NYC, 9-0 (4), met Antonio Ocles, 166, Quito, Ecuador, 10-7-1 (3). The fight started as... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

HAWKINS WINS
AT MET

In the main event at the Met in North Philly, Malik Hawkins, Baltimore, 15-0, 9 KOs, defeated Andre Byrd, Jacksonville, FL, 7-7-2, 1 KO, by unanimous decision, in a slow-paced welterweight eight rounder. After an entertaining night of seven other fights, closing the show with this snoozer was a let down. And the crowd of about 2,500 let everyone know how they felt, booing loudly midway through the fight.

That Byrd was a late substitute may have thrown Hawkins - as well as the matchmaker - but none the less, the bout has already been forgotten by all who witnessed it. Hawkins easily handled the challenge, dominating the...   (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

CONFIDENT PIZARRO
READY FOR WIGGINS

Hard Hitting Promotions’ franchise player, Branden Pizarro, 14-1, 7 KOs, takes on perhaps his toughest opponent to date, Friday night at The Met, on North Broad Street. Pizarro, a 19-year old junior welterweight faces spoiler Tre’Sean Wiggins, 11-4-1, 6 KOs, in the 8-round co-feature bout, with the PA state 140-pound title on the line. Seven other fights are scheduled on this, the second boxing show at the newly refurbished and re-opened former Metropolitan Opera House.

The promotional firm has an excellent roster of boxers, but Pizarro is the cornerstone of their operation. His future is a major part of their future.  (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

GARCIA DUSTS OFF PUNCHING POWER

Former two-time world champion Danny "Swift" Garcia dusted off his power punching style and scored an impressive seventh round TKO victory over Adrian Granados, at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA, Saturday night. The scheduled 12-rounder was televised live on Fox. Coming off the second loss of his career (L12 Shawn Porter), the victory improved Garcia's pro record to 35-2, 21 KOs. The game but over-matched Granados slide to 20-7-2, 14 KOs.

It was great to see Garcia in the hunt for the knockout once again. His power was always a big part of his game, but in many of his biggest bouts of late, he's relied more on his boxing skills and let his power fade into... (MORE)

   



 
                 
 
 
   

THE 12TH ANNUAL BRISCOE AWARDS

Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr.

Philly Boxing History presented the 12th Annual Briscoe Awards Sunday, April 14th, at Xfinity Live! in South Philly. Check out the photos taken by photographer Darryl Cobb. This year, special awards went to legends Stanley "Kitten" Hayward and J Russell Peltz, while the top local boxers of the day took home awards in a variety of categories including Fighter of the Year, Fight of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Amateur of the Year, and several others. Also in attendance were Tim Witherspoon, Marvis Frazier, Bert Cooper, Charles Brewer, Nate Miller, Garrett Wilson, Sidney "Sweet Pea" Adams, Marvin Mack, Lionel Byarm, Rodney Frazier, Buster Custus, Damon Feldman, and many others.  (MORE)

   











 

 
                 
       

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