PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                             November 18, 2009 - News & Notes


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On his last visit to the Blue, local star Teon Kennedy's favorite boxing trunks were nearly ruined by his own blood stains. In addition to having to deal with the nasty cut that caused all that blood, Kennedy also had haul himself off the canvas after Andre Wilson, his visiting foe, dumped him with a hard right hand. But Teon overcame all this adversity and still came away with a close victory. On this most difficult night of his young career, some felt he didn't look so good, and believed the decision should have gone the other way. But I don't see it that way. This was the fight that we'll all remember should Teon eventually become a champion. Because it was on this night that he showed how tough he was, and how calm he could stay, when things were going against him. And as if this ending wasn't fairytale enough for you, the dry cleaner saved Teon's trunks. That was two fights ago. Friday, Kennedy returns to the Blue to vie for the USBA against Mexican Francisco Rodriguez (14-2, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round contest. Francisco's record looks pretty good, but he was stopped in two rounds by the same Andre Wilson that gave Teon fits at the Blue.

Also on the very full and competitive card Friday night - West Philly's Jamaal Davis takes on tough Joshua Onyango in a 6-round jr. middleweight bout. Kensington super middleweight Dennis Hasson will try to put his recent management drama behind him when he faces Eric Pinarreta over six rounds. Upper Darby's Big John Poore trades heavyweight shots with Jason Barnett in a 6 round bout. In the four-round bouts, promising Ardrick Butler fights Mischa Christensen in a welterweight 4-rounder. Philly's Keenan Davis and Camden's Miguel Corsino square off in their pro debut. Norristown's Ryan Carson takes on debuting Jason Sosa of Camden. Philadelphian Angel Ocasio fights Marcus Smith of Glassboro, NJ.




John DiSanto - News & Notes - November 18, 2009