PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - January 09, 2022  
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Story by John DiSanto
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. (Instagram: @darrylcobb)


Light heavyweight southpaw Atif Oberlton turned professional last January and zipped through his four 2021 opponents, scoring knockouts over all of them. In his debut, he KO'd Nathan Davis Sharp in three rounds. Larry Pryor was next in May (KO3), followed by Jasper McCargo in June (TKO5). Oberlton closed out his year in November with his first fight at home, stopping Brent Oren at the 2300 Arena in round two. "Lord Pretty Calvo" was an outstanding amateur (he won the Briscoe Award as the "2018 Amateur of the Year") and continued to impress with his showy first year in the professional ranks. Atif is trained by Shar'ron Baker and promoted by Marshall Kauffman's Kings Promotions. His boxing home is Lando Rosa's Pivott Boxing Academy.

Oberlton has already begun 2022 with a New Year's Day TKO over the very seasoned Ernest Amuzu (26-6, 22 KOs). Atif finished him off in two rounds. That win didn't count toward this award, but it was confirmation that Oberlton is on his way as a rising star. Congratulations to Atif and his entire team.

The runners up in this category were junior welterweights Quadir Albright and Isaiah Johnson. Both boxers had excellent rookie years in 2021. Albright went 4-0, with 4 KOs, while Johnson posted a record of 3-0, 3 KOs during his first year. We can't wait to see what Quadir and Isaiah do in 2022 and beyond. Both were solid rookies and both have bright futures.  

More Briscoe Award winners will be announced over the next several days. The Briscoe Awards event will be held in the Spring, location and date to be announced in the near future. 




John DiSanto - Philadelphia - January 09, 2022