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

Omar Douglas scores a knockout, Milton Santiago wins a decision at Sands in Bethlehem – June 28 2016

by Ken Hissner

Kings Promotion (Marshall Kauffman & David Feldman) with Premier Boxing Championship returned to the Sands Casino & Hotel, in Bethlehem, PA on June 28, 2016 with a nine fight card. The top bouts were televised around the country as part of the Fox Sports One “Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays” series.

In the evening co-feature which also served as the TV opening bout – Super featherweight prospect Omar “Super O” Douglas, 17-0 (12), Wilmington, DE, scored a sensational knockout over Cuban Alexei “The Hurricane” Collado, 19-2 (17), Miami, FL, at 2:51 of the seventh round.

Continue reading Omar Douglas scores a knockout, Milton Santiago wins a decision at Sands in Bethlehem – June 28 2016

R.I.P. “KO-JO” Jack Obermayer

Before the weekend wraps up I’d like to say a final farewell to my old press row buddy Jack Obermayer, who passed away on June 25, 2016 at the age of 72 after a long bout with cancer. I liked KO-JO because he was an old school boxing writer with a passion for traveling to new and obscure places.

Unlike many boxing press who get “in” by kissing up to promoters and fluffing stories to get close to fighters – Jack was a true professional who was valued because he was not afraid to give an honest opinion. JO’s work was so well-regarded, he was honored with two Hall of Fame plaques (from New Jersey and Pennsylvania) over the course of his 50 year career, a rare feat for a writer.

I first met Jack in 2005 while ringside at the Blue Horizon. The old-timer was holding court at the press table between fights, telling us young bucks how Emile Griffith would beat anyone out there today.

Continue reading R.I.P. “KO-JO” Jack Obermayer

Keith Thurman wins a close decision over Shawn Porter in a Barclays Center “instant classic”

For once, a great fight delivers action as advertised. On June 25, 2016, an estimated 3.1 million viewers tuned into CBS in prime time to watch Florida’s Keith Thurman Jr take a narrow 12 round decision victory over a determined “Showtime” Shawn Porter of Akron, Ohio.

Labels of “instant classic”, “2016 Fight of the Year” and “robbery” are being hurled around to describe “One Time” Thurman’s close unanimous decision win. All three judges scored the fight 115-113.

The CBS network is issuing an immediate rebroadcast of Saturday night’s Welterweight title fight.  

What did you think of the fight and can you see an immediate rematch taking place?

— with Keith “One Time” Thurman, Keith Thurman Jr and Shawn Porter.

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