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Story & Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / Instagram: @darrylcobb


[EDITOR'S NOTE: Joey Dawejko held an open media day workout at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Bensalem, PA, on Wednesday afternoon in advance of his return to the ring at Parx Casino on Thursday, September 1st. Photographer Darryl Cobb Jr. interviewed the popular local heavyweight and captured his open workout with his award-winning camera.]

DARRYL COBB JR: Why did you decide to fight again after announcing your retirement earlier this year?   

I donít need to fight anymore, but I want to fight. Itís in my blood. Russell Peltz called me and said, 'Why donít you fight in Philly?' It felt like a good idea, and that's why I did it." 

COBB: You recently took on Russell Peltz as your advisor. How did that conversation go?

It was a good conversation. Russellís the best mind in boxing. So it was a no-brainer for me when he contacted me. We worked a deal out and here we are."

COBB:  It seems like the landscape of the heavyweight division is wide open. Do you have bigger plans (beyond this fight)? 

I need to put a couple of wins together and then hopefully get a bigger name and get a bigger fight for some money. Weíll see what happens. (I have to) put wins back to back and then figure all that out." 

COBB: What is your opinion of the current heavyweight division?

"My opinion of the heavyweight division has always been the same. I feel itís exciting. Youíve got different kinds of guys. Who would have though Usyk would have been able to defeat Anthony Joshua twice the way he did? Youíve got good upcoming guys, guys that have been there for a while that are still holding weight. Itís exciting to me." 

COBB:  Who are the new faces in your corner?

"My trainer, Mikey Weaver, we go way back. Since I was a little kid Ė heís older than me Ė so he was always in the gym and I always looked up to him. We were at the same gym, Harrogate (Boxing Club), back in the day. We traveled a lot together to different gyms for sparring. Actually before I had the talk with Russell Peltz, me and Mike talked. He said (I should) just come into the gym and just work out. I thought, Ďyou know what?, thatís a good idea.í So, thatís what I did." 

COBB:  You look in great shape. How has camp been? 

Campís been good. Iíve been working hard and sparring. Mike knows my style. We pretty much grew up together in the gym. So, it was an easy fit between us. Campís been great with us." 

COBB:  Where have you been training? 

DAWEJKO:  "Iím training at Team Chaos Boxing Gym off Woodhaven Road (in Northeast Philly). Thatís where Iíve been training."

Dawejko (21-10-4, 12 KOs) meets Mike Marshall (6-3-1, 4 KOs) of  Danbury, CT, in the eight-round heavyweight main event at Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA, Thursday, September 1, 2022. This will be Dawejko's first appearance in the Philadelphia area in seventeen months. The eight-bout card is promoted by Joe Hand Promotions and BAM Boxing. 

In other bouts: junior lightweight Daiyaan Butt (10-2, 5 KOs), Philadelphia, fights Tyrone Luckey (15-17-4, 11 KOs) of Galloway, NJ. in a six-rounder.

The winner of last year's Briscoe Award for "Philly Fight of the Year", Christopher Burgos (3-5-2, 1 KO), Philadelphia, takes on Scranton's Nelson Morales (2-1) in a six-round junior welterweight bout.

Bryce Mills (8-1, 4 KOs), a visitor from Liverpool, NY, battles Carlos Moreno (3-7-3) of Bridgeport, CT. Mills made an impression last November in South Philly when he gave Daiyann Butt a tough fight at Live! Casino. Mills vs. Moreno is slated for four rounds.

Philly's Brendan O'Callaghan (2-1, 1 KO), faces Philly-based Russian Sislan Alborov (0-1) in a four-round middleweight fight.

Philadelphia super middleweight Derrick Vann (2-4) meets Everlon Still (1-2, 1 KO) of Voorhees, NJ in a four-rounder.

Sicklerville, NJ southpaw Devin Gantt squares off against New York based Taijro Arakwa of Japan, in a four-round match of debuting  junior lightweights.

Philadelphia middleweight Tyler Zwicharowski debuts against fellow-Philadelphian Andre Hinmon (0-1) in a four round bout.

This is the promoter's eighth show at this venue. The first fight begins at 7:00 PM.




Darryl Cobb Jr. - Bensalem, PA - August 24, 2022