PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - April 28, 2023  
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Story by John DiSanto


On Tuesday night, May 2, Philadelphia heavyweight Joey Dawejko (23-10-4, 13 KOs) returns to the ring after a seven-month hiatus to headline a six-bout card at Live! Casino in South Philly. This will be the fourth boxing show at the relatively new fight venue, and the first of them promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions.

Dawejko takes on Baltimore’s Colby Madison (11-4-2, 7 KOs) in the eight-round main event. Madison is familiar to local fight fans. A King’s Promotions regular, Madison makes his tenth appearance in Pennsylvania in Tuesday’s bout. He won his last start by first round TKO against Darryl Clark in Maryland but lost by TKO to Junior Wright in his most recent visit to Philly in October.

Dawejko has been around the block a few times in his nearly 14 years as a pro. He scored excellent wins against Natu Visinia, Derric Rossy, Mark Rideout, and had an early draw against Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller. However, “The Tank” fell short in his biggest meetings, including decision losses to Bryant Jennings, Andrey Fedosov, and Amir Mansour.

Dawejko appeared to retire after back-to-back stoppage defeats to undefeated risers Zhan Kossobutskiy and Stephan Shaw. However, instead of hanging up his gloves for good, Joey decided to launch one last chapter to his career.

In 2022, Dawejko won two fights: TKO4 Mike Marshall and W6 Terrell Woods, both at the Parx Casino. He takes his next step on Tuesday against Madison. Colby is much taller than Dawejko, but Joey has a far better resume and is the obvious choice in the fight – as well as the hometown favorite. Another win for Dawejko will keep him in the game and searching for another big fight.

There are five additional matches scheduled for Tuesday night.

Philly junior middleweight Brendan O’Callaghan (5-1-1, 2 KOs) meets PA-based Haitian Roudly Lolo (5-1-2, 3 KOs) in a six-rounder. Lolo looks to rebound from his only loss (L6 James Martin) while O’Callaghan attempts to win his fourth in a row.

In a four-round middleweight fight, Tyler Zwicharowski (1-0, 1 KO) takes on William Briscoe (1-1-1, 1 KO). This fight looks like a friendly hometown grudge match, and it is the bout I look forward to most on this card. Zwicharowski looked strong in his debut last September, while Briscoe makes his hometown debut after three fights on the road. Briscoe is the son of local trainer Billy Briscoe, while Zwicharowski is trained by VBA Vice President Joe Mathis, also the head trainer at Harold Johnson Boxing Gym. May the best man win.

Exciting brawler Christopher Burgos (3-6-2, 1 KO, 1 NC, 1 ND) battles Tyree Arnold (1-5) in a four-round junior welterweight rematch. The two fought at the 2300 Arena in 2019, with Burgos winning a unanimous decision over four rounds. Both fighters need a win, so this should be a good one.

Philly bantamweight southpaw Darin Holliday Jr. makes his professional debut against Texan Emanuel Moreno (2-0) in a four-rounder. Moreno fights outside of Oklahoma City for the first time. 

One of the scheduled matches, a six-round fight featuring Darby, PA junior welterweight Najeem Johns (3-0, 3 KOs) is still unmatched.

Coverage of the Live! Casino card will appear on afterward.




John DiSanto - Philadelphia - April 28, 2023