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JENNINGS READY TO GO TO WORK
VS. DIMITRENKO

A Philly-centric boxing card in Atlantic City is set to open the Ocean Resort Casino on Saturday night. Headlining the ESPN-broadcasted show is North Philadelphia heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings (23-2, 13 KOs) against Russian skyscraper Alexander Dimitrenko (41-3, 26 KOs) in a 12-round contest. Also in action will be Jesse Hart (24-1, 20 KOs) in a defense of his NABF super middleweight title, Camden-based former world champ Jason Sosa (20-3-4, 15 KOs), streaking prospect Christian Carto (15-0, 11 KOs), Millville’s Thomas LaManna (25-2-1, 9 KOs), Allentown’s Joseph Adorno (8-0, 8 KOs), Newark’s Shakur Stevenson... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

WEBSTER
SNORES;
SCORES  TKO

Hard Hitting Promotions capped off Philly’s busy, two-night, weekend boxing schedule with an eight-bout card at the 2300 Arena. After a delay of more than one hour, while the full house waited for the EMS crew to arrive, the show finally got started about 8:20 PM.   

In the main event, Glassboro, NJ super middleweight Derrick Webster, 27-1, 14 KOs, trotted out his usual somnambulistic style for the overheated packed house, and for seven rounds, produced not a single moment that made the crowd thankful to have come to see him fight. Activity in the bout was low and excitement was nil. As usual, Webster possessed all the advantages in the bout, but was... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

CRAWLEY-GARCIA RULED A DRAW

In the first half of a busy boxing weekend in Philadelphia, Kings Promotions served up a nine-bout boxing card at a packed Sugar House Casino Friday night (attendance 1,172) that featured upset-minded visitors in the two main bouts, a pair of newly minted local hopefuls, and an overall good night of fights.   

In the main event, Dominican Ricardo Garcia, 14-3-1, 9 KOs, and North Philly’s Tyrone Crawley Jr., 7-1-1, fought to an eight round draw in their junior welterweight contest for the WBF title belt. Although two of the three official cards had this one even (76-76), from my ringside perspective, I found it difficult to give Crawley a round. The action was consistent in... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

ROOKIE SEASON OPENS IN PHILLY

A pair of local boxing shows this weekend will provide a launching pad for three highly touted boxers making their professional debut. First on Friday night at the Sugar House Casino, welterweight Paul Kroll and junior featherweight Rasheen Brown bow in their first professional bouts in a card promoted by Kings Promotions. Then on Saturday night at the 2300 Arena, light heavyweight Benjamin Sinakin fights for the first time as a pro, on an event staged by Hard Hitting Promotions.  Next month, welterweight... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

FARMER HAS
A CHANCE TO
GET IT RIGHT

Philadelphian Tevin Farmer, 25-4-1, 5 KOs, 1 NC, has a chance to get it right this week when he faces Billy Dib, 43-4, 24 KOs, in a fight in Australia for the vacant IBF world junior lightweight championship. This will be Farmer’s second attempt at winning a world title after letting his first opportunity slip through his hands, thanks to a long layoff, bad scoring, two injuries, an opponent on performance enhancers, and his own entitled attitude that hampered his ability to get the job done last December.

That concoction of factors conspired to keep Farmer down among the pack of ordinary boxers, but on Saturday, he gets another chance to rise above the rest of the 130-pounders, and above all receive a rare second... (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

CARTAGENA UPSET; WISE & PRESCOTT DRAW

Los Angeles flyweight Carlos Maldonado came to town Friday night and ruined the homecoming of North Philly’s Miguel Cartagena, who had been on the road for nearly four years.  Maldonado won the dramatic eight-round main event at the Parx Casino Xcite Center in Bensalem, PA, with a rally down the stretch that secured the close split verdict.   

The bout was a hard-fought battle that saw the boxers trade the early rounds before Cartagena began taking control in the middle of the fight.  Perhaps the phrase “taking control” is a bit of an exaggeration.  Because although Cartagena began pulling away on my scorecard by round six, the action in the ring felt... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

PROMISING REMATCH HIGHLIGHTS
2ND PARX
CASINO SHOW

In boxing, nothing beats a rematch.  The pre-fight expectations are especially sky-high when two local fighters are nudged into a second go, because it usually means that their first meeting was either a terrific battle or an upset.  In the case of the first fight between Cherry Hill’s Anthony Prescott, 8-8-2, 2 KOs, and North Philly’s Isaiah Wise, 6-2, 3 KOs, their tussle, three months ago, was both. 

House fighter Wise, was on a three-fight winning streak that included a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate bout against Fred Jenkins Jr., and... (MORE)

   



 
                 
 
 
   

CLARY RETAINS NABA TITLE

On the eve of Evander Holyfield’s induction into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame, The Real Deal Boxing made it’s debut in AC with an exciting night of fights at the Adrian Phillips Theater inside Boardwalk Hall.  

In the main event, Toka Kahn Clary (25-1, 17 KO) looked sensational against the tough as nails Emmanuel Dominguez (22-7-2, 14 KO) in an exciting back and forth 10 round bout which saw Toka retain his NABA featherweight title by unanimous decision with scores of 96-93 and 98-92 twice.  

The Freddie Roach trained Clary, displayed... (MORE)

   















 
 
                 
       

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