Dave Brunelli goes from the ring to the wing – takes 2nd place at Wing Bowl 25!

I’d like to come out of retirement for a minute to give a shout out to my man Dave Brunelli who recently outlasted some of the worlds best competitive eaters to earn an impressive second place finish at Wing Bowl 25. The popular retired heavyweight fighter knocked out a whopping 389 wings in one sitting and took home a brand new Harley Davidson Fat Boy for his efforts.  

Before the Big Ticket from Tacony went from “ring to the wing” – he was best known for filling local boxing venues around Philadelphia with a loud, rowdy crowd. Over the course of his five-year career, he won a couple good ones, lost a couple tough ones and always rolled with one of the most supportive teams in the last consistent era of local Philly boxing events. 

His best night as a pro came in June of 2007 at The Legendary Blue Horizon. Coming into the fight, he was tabbed a big underdog against then undefeated Arron Lyons of Mississippi, a fighter who was fresh off a big upset in the same building a couple of months prior to this bout. Many thought Brunelli was being served to the wolves. 

Dave Brunelli, the big underdog from the Mayfair section of Northeast Philly, fought the smartest fight of his career when beating Aron Lyons over 6 rounds at The Legendary Blue Horizon.
Dave Brunelli, the big underdog from Northeast Philly, fought the smartest fight of his career to beat Arron Lyons over 6 rounds at The Legendary Blue Horizon.

On an extraordinarily steaming summer fight night where workers on press row were sweating like roofers, Brunelli proved the talkers wrong – pitching a near shut-out over 6 rounds to take Lyons “0”. Nothing dramatic, nothing super flashy – he just came to the fight in great shape and put forth a strong workman like effort from bell-to-bell. 

I can’t imagine the hell it was like fighting under those bright lights and I don’t know how on Earth he ate all those wings.

Here’s to you DJ – keep on beating the odds! 

credit – Pete Terry 

Top Prospects David Benadvitez and Alejandro Luna come East, Tyrone Bruson puts in the fight of the night at the 2300 Arena

ringside recap by Ken Hissner

On August 4, 2016 – Kings Promotions and Premier Boxing Champions put on a good show at South Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena. This live ESPN telecast consisted of an interesting mix of fighters. The bout sheet including multiple Philly fighters but the card was built around a couple of West Coast prospects with true potential to make a run at the higher level.

Philly’s Naim Nelson from the Fast Lane Boxing Gym made the TV portion of the show, slidding in to the co-feature on less than 24 hours notice after Ireland’s Stephen Ormond failed to make-weight for his fight against Alejandro Luna. It can be argued that Luna received a much tougher fight from the late fill in.

Other action of local interest included North Philadelphian Tyrone Brunson in a knockdown, drag out affair with a tough Mexican fighter, fellow North Philly resident Jerome Conquest is a tight one against a New Yorker, and youngsters Kieran Hooks and Jeffrey Torres making their professional debuts.

In the Main Event 19 year-old David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez, 16-0 (15), Phoenix, AZ, stopped southpaw Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglan, 20-5 (13), formerly out of Marlboro, NJ, now residing in Las Vegas, NV, at 0:45 of the tenth and final round.

This was an interesting bout with Douglan taking the first two rounds using his jab well. Once Benavidez got warmed up he showed his power taking rounds three through round six. He hurt Douglan on several occasions with right upper cuts to the chin.

Continue reading Top Prospects David Benadvitez and Alejandro Luna come East, Tyrone Bruson puts in the fight of the night at the 2300 Arena

Q&A – Fred Jenkins Jr. – “It’s about smart work, not just hard work” – 2016

North Philly Junior Middleweight Fred Jenkins Jr. has led a complex boxing life that few will ever match. As a kid born into the sport, the son of PA Hall of Fame trainer Fred Jenkins Sr. grew up traveling the country to compete as an amateur and gained full access inside the camps of legitimate championship level boxers.

While he always had good connections – nothing has ever been handed to the young man who trains out of the ABC Recreation Center at 26th & Master streets. His five year professional career has had its share of good wins, surprise losses and other ups and downs.

Now at 29-years-old, Fred Jr (9-3, 3 ko’s) realizes that a lot of work remains to be completed if he is to one day become a world champion.  He is currently back in training mode after a layoff, focused on building a new winning streak.

We recently caught up with “Elite Herk” who took the time to talk about his life growing up in the boxing business, the benefits and burdens of being the son of a great trainer, carrying on the legacy, lessons learned in the ring and much more.

Take a minute to read the latest in PK Sports “Fierce Conversations” series.

Philly Keith: Fred, thanks for coming on. You have been killing it on the road lately. You had the most running miles on my Nike+ road work list in June. This month (July) you’re 70 miles in and blowing everyone else out. Tell the world why so much running these days?

Fred Jenkins Jr.: I learned from trial and error. In this boxing life you have to learn from your own mistakes. Even though I ran a lot before,  I wasn’t on my own. Now I run on my own, I get out there, I guess I just fell in love with it. I know if I put the road work in I can come out victorious in the fights. Not to say I haven’t put the road work in but now I’m doing it for me. I’ve been doing it for others before.

Now, this is what I want to do – get up out there and run. No matter where you’re at, no matter what the weather is – all it takes is 30 minutes , 45 minutes out of your day.

You have to out work yourself in order to outwork the work.  Also, it’s not just about running it’s about doing whatever needs to be done to get you mentally and physically prepared for war. Make all the necessary sacrifice.

And that’s it. That is the path I’ve been on lately.

Nike+ July 2016

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Tevin Farmer will move up in weight to fight Ivan Redkach at the Barclays Center – Who Wins?

On July 30, 2016, Tevin Sucessful Farmer(21-4-1, 5 ko’s) takes a big step in his journey towards a world title fight. The upcoming assignment has the 25-year-old Philadelphian moving up in weight to face Premier Boxing Champions backed lightweight Ivan El Terribel Redkach (19-1, 15 ko’s) over 10 rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NYC. Public opinion is split with some calling it easy work for the “American Idol” while others saying he is about to run into a Ukranian buzz saw. Vegas has yet to release odds.

This one is a tale of two fighters trending in different directions. Not long ago, many were calling Redkach a “can’t miss” prospect. The former Olympian (representing Ukraine) kicked off his pro career with an 18-0 record and looked good in the process. Today, not everyone is so sure of that label as the now Los Angeles based fighter has gone 1-1-1 in his last three fights, being stopped once and most recently boxing to a draw with the unknown Luis Cruz of Puerto Rico.

Sergei Kovalev warms up for Andre Ward with a Monday afternoon fight. Only in Russia!

In a couple hours – Sergey Kovalev and Isaac Chilemba face off in a rare Monday afternoon fight (1pm-ish EST) from Ekaterinburg, Russia. Vegas lists The Krusher as a whopping 85-to-1 favorite. The more interesting bet is the over / under on rounds.

Does the “Warm-up for Ward” go past the 8th? Check back for a live stream link with replay on HBO tonight at 10. 

with Isaac Chilemba,Sergey Kovalev and Oscar De La Hoya.

Ty Crawley and Christopher Brooker win in Trenton

article by Ken Hissner
photos by Daniel Cork @ https://latinboxsports.com/

On July 9, 2016, Kings Promotions (Marshall Kauffman & David Feldman) returned to Trenton,  New Jersey for their second show at the Sun National Bank Center. This card also marked a second appearance for the promotional duo on the ESPN airwaves with the main event and co-feature being televised to a live national audience.

The undercard was of most interest to the Philadelphia fight fans with local prospects Ty Crawley and Christopher Brooker competing in separate bouts.  Local vet Tyrone Brunson was also scheduled for action but his fight was canceled at the weigh-in. Sources say the opponent could not pass the pre-fight physical.

Philadelphia junior welterweight Tyrone Crawley, 6-0 (0), has the swing bout and he used that time to easily defeated southpaw Alexander Charneco, 4-3 (4), of San Juan, PR, over 6 entertaining rounds.  Continue reading Ty Crawley and Christopher Brooker win in Trenton

Tyrone Brunson Q&A “God don’t make no mistakes. Everything that happened in my career happened for a reason” – 2016

It is hard to believe that the year was 2007 when I first met with Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson, a then 22-year-old Jr. Middleweight from North Philly who was on a mission to break the world record for scoring most consecutive first round knockouts. Read the 2007 interview here http://phillykeith.com/?p=112 

A year later,  Brunson surpassed former world champion Edwin Valero on March 8, 2008 when he quickly dispatched Francis McKechnai in a Michigan ballroom to become the first fighter in boxing history to score 19 consecutive 1st round KO’s.

It can be said that breaking this mark brought more harm than good. Becoming the KO king did not bring in big time promotional offers or large figure sponsorship opportunities. Instead, Brunson was criticized for the quality of opponents after the his name was etched in to the record books.

After “the well went dry” people started to disappear and Brunson considered walking away from the sport he picked up as a 9-year-old at the ABC Gym on 26th & Master Streets,

In 2016, Brunson (22-6-1, 21 ko’s) says he is focused again and seems honest in his desire to become a world champion. This time around, he speaks of earning the money, power and respect that comes along with being a champion, and aims to do it the proper way.

It has been a long, interesting journey for the now 31-year-old Philly fighter. Take a couple of minutes to read and drop a comment when complete.

Philly Keith: Thanks for joining us Tyrone, let’s get into telling the people what you have coming up next.

Tyrone Brunson: I’m fighting this Saturday July 9th at the Sun Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. I’m fighting Joshua Okine who is 28 – 7 – 1 with 17 knockouts.

I’m ready to go put on a show for the fans, I’m in great shape, had a great camp and I am ready to go out and perform now. It’s an ESPN show.

[Editors Note: the fight was cancelled at the weigh-in.  Sources say Okine did not pass the physical.]

PK: What do you know about your opponent?

TB: Not too much, he is a last-minute replacement. I was supposed to fight someone else but he didn’t accept the fight so Joshua was up next. I know he has a pretty good record, he fought Christopher Pierson and a couple others with good records. This will be a good fight for me to step up to show that I can beat the guys on that level.

PK: Who does Team Brunson consist of these days? Where are you training, who is your trainer?

TB: Zahir Justice from Fast Lane, I’m with those guys. I have a good team around me, good conditioning coach, good everything now. I am more mentally focused again and got my hunger back for the game again. Continue reading Tyrone Brunson Q&A “God don’t make no mistakes. Everything that happened in my career happened for a reason” – 2016

Fred Jenkins and Tyrone Brunson win the June 2016 Nike+ roadwork challenge

Shout out to Fred Jenkins and TY Escobar Brunson as the two locals out distanced me in the June 2016 Nike+ road work challenge.

Young Herk literally ran away with the title this past month. Recent career events had Fred asking himself “how bad do I want it”? He responded with a record of 70.7 miles of roadwork over the last four weeks.

A late Brunson surge put him in the winners circle with a strong 41 miles. Keep up the great work!

Thanks to everyone who ran and motivated me to get off the couch. Lots of great names made this list. The Nike+ challenge is open to everyone. Beat me in any given month and get a feature story about you. Simple as that. Find me at Philly Keith or Keith Mc

Nike+ - July 2016 - Fred Jenkins and Tyrone Brunson

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