PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - September 15, 2022  
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Story by A. Luis Cortes III
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / Instagram: @darrylcobb


On Friday night October 7th, several staples in Philadelphia boxing return to the Xcite Event Center at Parx Casino in Bensalem. Joe Hand Promotions and Joey “Tank” Dawejko (22-10-4, 13 KOs) will team up with Hall-of-Fame promoter Russell Peltz for a second night of action featuring some of the best local talent. Dawejko, a long-time fringe contender from the Tacony section of the city fought off any talk of retirement on September 1st when he scored an impressive fourth round stoppage over Mike Marshall (6-3-1, 4 KOs). Dawejko returned to the ring for the first time in seven months after deciding to make one final push towards heavyweight glory.

This time on the seventh of October, Dawejko takes on veteran Terrell Jamal Woods (28-53-9, 20 KOs) of Forrest City, AK, in a scheduled eight round bout. Prior to his victory against Marshall, Dawejko contemplated hanging up his gloves in favor of his new successful roofing business that he established this year. It was a nod to a factor in fighter’s careers that many fighters have a difficult time facing. The realization that providing for his family solely as a fighter might just be in the rearview mirror of his roofing truck. However, after a lengthy conversation with promoter Russell Peltz, the two agreed to team up again for one last run in the sport. At just 32-years old, Dawejko has experienced a fruitful career and not just from a financial standpoint. He has competed all over the world and has never turned down an opportunity at a big fight, or to join top contenders and champions in their training camps.

For as long as he continues to fight and is successful in the victory column, this last push by Dawejko is about finally reaching for the one thing missing from his professional career. A gold belt that he can display that signifies that indeed he was at one point the best heavyweight on the planet. Against Woods, he takes a second step towards that goal. Many of Dawejko’s major career opportunities were taken at the last minute. After looking solid and displaying his fast hands and pin-point accuracy, Dawejko proved that this comeback is real, to the benefit of the fans in attendance. October 7th and his fight against Woods should be no different in terms of action and his progression.

Also on the card that night, Daiyaan Butt (11-2, 5 KOs) returns to the ring after his victory on September 1st. After a spirited six-round decision victory over the always tough Tyrone Luckey (15-18-4), Butt hopes to keep his promising career on the rise by continuing to stay active as he gains critical experience. Butt returned to his wining ways after suffering a close loss to the uber-talented Bryce Mills (9-1, 4 KOs). Mills was also victorious on September 1st, but it is Butt that has set himself up to not let the small blemish against Mills stand in his way. These two might just meet again later in their careers, again, to the benefit of all boxing fans.

Brendan O’Callaghan (2-1-1, 1 KOs) and Soslan Alborov (0-1-1) both of Philadelphia, return to the ring after their exciting fight on September 1st. O’Callaghan and Alborov fought to a majority draw over four rounds of action. While one judge scored the fight in favor of O’Callaghan, the other two judges felt that the fight was even at 38-38, securing the majority draw. Regardless of who these two fighters are paired with on the seventh, one thing was clear from their fight against each other. Although they may not be world beaters and at their advanced ages may not see the bright lights of Las Vegas. Fans should be keen on the fact that these two men are fighters at their cores, which makes for excitement when the bell rings and the leather starts to fly.

Tickets for the show start at $50, but there are also great seats at the $75 and $125 range. With no bad seat in the arena, action is all but guaranteed.




Luis A. Cortes III - Philadelphia - September 15, 2022