PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - February 22, 2019  
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Story by Frank Bartolini
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / & David Flores


Lighting the fuse to what will be a dynamite schedule of fights in the Philly the next couple months, Michele Rosado’s Raging Babe Promotions sold out the 2300 Arena early in February. This was Raging Babe’s first promotion in Philadelphia. Working tirelessly in the weeks prior, Rosado was able to deliver a good undercard regardless of the Sonny Conto pro debut debacle and the travesty of hometown heavyweight Darmani Rock’s conditioning.

The main event made it a night to remember when “Can’t Miss” prospect Christian Carto was starched by faded Mexican has-been Victor Ruiz. Via social media, Rosado she had a paid attendance of 1,433 patrons. That figure tallies to approximately $100,000 in gate receipts, a respectable take for the upstart promoter in the City of Brotherly Love. 

After a refurbishing The Metropolitan Opera House and rechristening it as “The Met Philly”, the new owners are committed to an active entertainment schedule. Hard Hitting Promotions will host the first professional prize fight at the venue. Featured in the main go, Steven Ortiz squares off against Jeremy Cuevas in an all Philly showdown. These two undefeated battlers will be contesting for the Pennsylvania Lightweight Championship over eight rounds.

Most certainly this heated match-up will combust. Another fight worth mentioning is Samuel Teah of Philly pitted against Tre’sean Wiggins. The Pennsylvania Super lightweight belt will be on the line when Teah and Wiggins trade blows in a scheduled eight. Also, very talented undefeated welterweight Mailk Hawkins of Baltimore, Maryland is slated for eight rounds verses Gledwin Ortiz. The Met is located on North Broad Street and the doors open at 5:30 pm on Saturday night February 23rd.

On Friday March 1st, two different venues just miles apart will hold separate shows on a busy evening of professional pugilism.

In South Philly at the 2300 Arena, Marshall Kaufman’s Kings Promotions will deliver a nine bout night of fights. Pennsylvania State Super Welterweight laurels are on the line when two seasoned veterans and Philly natives Tyrone Brunson and Jamal Davis brawl. This donnybrook will be produce mayhem. The first fight starts at 7 pm.  

Just outside of the city limits, Joe Hands Promotions’ Xcite Night 3 takes place at the Parx Casino in Bensalem PA.  BAM Promotions is working with Hand, with Russell Peltz doing the matchmaking. Two of Philadelphia’s most beloved boxers Garrett Wilson and Jerome Conquest will combat in separate affairs. Heavyweight cruiserweight Wilson takes on Brian Howard over eight heats, while Jerome is set to eight sessions against Vinnie Denierio in the lightweight division.

It is a “Smokin” three weeks of action the city. Consider this. With Raging Babe’s receipts already recorded and no doubt with these other three events to be held in front of crowds of over one thousand fanatics, total gate receipts for these shows should be pushing nearly a half a million dollars. No other municipality in America can put up those digits. So it proves that Philadelphia is the ultimate club fight scene in the country.

To be continued… Next up global promoters Matchroom Boxing and Top Rank each bring world championship boxing into town from one end to another.




John DiSanto - Philadelphia - February 22, 2019