Thurman vs. Porter fight for the top Welterweight spot on June 25

People say that boxing is the sport of ultimate sacrifice. On June 25, two of boxings brightest young stars put aside a long standing friendship for the chance to be recognized as top dog in the sports deepest division. The winner of the highly anticipated fight between Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 ko’s) and Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 ko’s) will likely gain national prestige and a consistent stream of seven figure paydays. The loser heads to the back of a line that consists of killers such as Danny “Swift” Garcia, Timothy Bradley, Errol Spence, Jesse Vargas and Andre Berto to name a few. High stakes boxing at its finest at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with Thurman’s WBA portion of the Welterweight crown on the line.

The CBS network will broadcast this Premier Boxing Champions special event live in prime time. The will mark to first time CBS will air boxing in prime time since 1978 when Leon Spinks won the Heavyweight title from Muhammed Ali in a massive upset.

Many boxing fans and insiders are calling this contest the best bout of a stacked summer lineup. If the media suggestions are sincere, the love build between the two pals who often trained together in their amateur days is out the window. Both fighters are talking like they want to knock the others head off to secure their spot in the sports upper echelon. If all goes according to the script, we could be in for a classic.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor – B.S. promoter talk or a real possibility?

I’m hearing more than usual chatter about a potential Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight. It would certainly be a blockbuster event if both sides could come to an agreement. But with the cross over between a Boxer vs. MMA guy, do you really see it happening?

Floyd was on TV last weekend saying it is a 50/50 chance. McGregor seems to think he will win easily.

I’m extremely doubtful – but with all of that bread on the table – who knows. What do you think? 

Jonathan Maicelo and Jaron “Boots” Ennis Win in Philly on Saturday night

By Ken Hissner

Hard Hitting Promotions Presented “Live Boxing” Saturday night at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall in South Philadelphia. It was an outstanding show! Promoters Manny Rivera and Will Ruiz (also matchmaker) did a great job with such a solid night of boxing.

In the main event Peruvian lightweight Jonathan “The Last Incan” Maicelo, 24-2 (12), of N. Bergin, NJ, scored a knockdown and defeated Ramesis Gil, 10-15-5 (7), of Santo Domingo, DR, over 8 rounds.

Maicelo countered the oncoming Gil throughout the fight, finally dropping him in the seventh round. Gil could not deal with the hand and foot speed of Maicelo.

Judges Steve Weisfeld and Gail Jasper had it 79-72 while Judge Alan Rubenstein and this writer had it 80-71.

Philadelphia amateur sensation 18 year-old welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 2-0 (2), wowed the fans stopping Louis Ramos, 0-2, PR, at 0:23 of the first round. The fans went crazy!

“Boots” rocked him with a right hand making Ramos grab him until Ennis got loose turning southpaw and breaking the nose of Ramos with a wicked right hook forcing Ramos to turn his back heading back to his corner.

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Wilder vs. Povetkin is postponed due to traces of a banned substance

Per ESPN – “Alexander Povetkin has tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, putting his mandatory shot at world title holder Deontay Wilder in jeopardy.”

Do you still think this fight still happens in Russia on May 21st? I was really interested in seeing how Wilder does defending the WBC portion of the title in Moscow against a hostile crowd.

UPDATE: The May 21, 2016 date in Moscow is officially off but hte fight itself has not been completely ruled out for a later date. Wilder side saying it is canceled, Povetkin saying it is merely postponed and that his drug test came in under the allowed amount of “meldonium“.

$7.5 Million dollars is left on the table. Lawsuits are brewing. The WBC is investigating before making their ruling which could lead to a Povetkin suspension if found guilty. Only in boxing….

Hard Hitting Promotions Returns to the Sheet Metal Union Hall featuring Jaron Ennis Philly Debut March 14, 2016

by Ken Hissner

Hard Hitting Promotions returns to the Sheet Metal Workers Hall on Saturday March 14, 2016 with a 9 bout show. The main event features Peruvian lightweight Jonathan “The Last Incan” Maicelo, 23-2 (12), out of Bergen, NJ, facing upset minded Ramesis Gil, 10-14-5 (7), of PR, over 8 rounds. The co-feature will put the spotlight on Philly’s welterweight and national amateur champion Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 1-0 (1). Both his brothers Farah “Quiet Storm” and Derek “Pooh” held the NABF and USBA titles.

A press conference for the event was recently held at the Laborers Local 57 Union Hall in the outskirts of Chinatown. On the microphone was the return of Pat Michael Fattore who will be the evenings ring announcer. Normally Alex Barbosa, 4-2-1 (1) does that job but he is on the card returning after 18 months and will face Marquise Pierce, 1-8 (0), of Wheeling, W.V. who in his debut defeated the grandson of Larry “the Easton Assassin” Holmes in Easton.

Joining the festivities was 2-division world champion and Philly legend Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins who all referred to him as “B-Hop”! At 50 he looks like he’s in his 20’s. He stayed around afterwards talking and answering questions.

Ennis made his debut a couple of weeks ago in Utah scoring a first round knockout in 0:42. He was asked by this writer “how does it feel to just be 48 fights away from Marciano and Mayweather’s record 49-0! He laughed along with most of those in attendance. Then the writer added “you are the best prospect in Philly since Meldrick Taylor (former Olympic Gold Medalist and world champion). Ennis is fighting Luis Ramos, 0-1, from PR. “I want to get in and get out like a robbery,” said Ennis. His father/trainer “Bozy” Ennis chipped in with a comment. In front of him was one of the top amateur trainers Brandon Pizzaro who has a pair of son’s boxing in the amateurs who are very good.

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Christopher Brooker and Kermit Cintron Score Wins at the 2300 Arena

By Ken Hissner

On Friday, May 6, 2016 – it was the Kings Promotions team of Marshall Kauffman and David Feldman putting on a 10 fight card at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. It was a well-attended night of fights, and with the exception of a delay that ran a little over one hour due to the ambulance being late, it was a good show.

In the main event, Super Middleweight Christopher “Ice Cold” Brooker, 9-1 (5), of Philadelphia scored a knockdown and won a hard-fought 8-round unanimous decision over Atlantic City’s  Antowyan “Ice Man” Aikens, 10-2-1 (1).

For the first two rounds it went back and forth with Aikens boxing and Brooker coming forward receiving a cut in the second round by his left eye. Cut-man Moe Morales would keep it in tact the remainder of the bout. In the third round Brooker was finally getting through the defense of Aikens and dropped him with a right to the chin. In the fourth round Aikens continued to box Brooker not allowing him to get the big punch in again.

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Canelo vs. Khan on HBO PPV – Follow the action here

On May 7, 2016 – HBO Boxing PPV is offering four fights in exchange for $65 of your hard-earned dollars. A lot of star power at the top of the bill with a couple competitive under card bouts.

Vegas lists Canelo Alvarez in the neighborhood of a 5-to-1 favorite over London’s Amir Khan. I see this as a competitive mismatch  (if there ever was such a thing)in favor of the red-headed Mexican fighter though some out there insist Khan has a legit shot to win.

In an interesting side note – known spoiler Mauricio Herrera is listed as a 2.5-to-1 underdog to prospect Frankie Gomez.

Power punching Curtis Stevens of Brooklyn is also listed in the neighborhood of a 2-to-1 underdog against undefeated prospect Patrick Teixeira of Brazil.

Are you buying  or passing on this Golden Boy Boxing card? Share your thoughts on the show.

Sixteen Boxers Inducted into the PA Hall of Fame on May 15th, 2016

By Ken Hissner

The 2016 Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will honor 16 people (8 living and 8 deceased) at Romano’s Caterer’s on Castor and Wingohocking Streets in Philadelphia. There are a record number of inductees this year with some very deserving names from the past. As a member of the VBA Ring One and the PABHOF committee it was great to see these boxing people get inducted this year.

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A quick flashback to Ivan Robinson vs. Arturo Gatti

Take 3 minutes to watch a clip of my man “Mighty” Ivan Robinson pulling off the ultra rare boxing trifecta in his second fight with Arturo Gatti.

This bout cleaned out the national boxing awards in 1998. Round 3 which is shown below was voted 1998 Ring Magazine Round of the Year, the battle itself was voted Ring Magazine Fight of the Year and Robinson’s split decision victory was called the Ring Magazine Upset of the Year!

Talk about getting the job done on the big stage. These days you can catch Mighty training and managing fighters in Philadelphia. Great stuff…

Jaron Ennis wins his pro debut in Utah

Photos by Chris Farina

It seems like the local fight fans and insiders have been raving about the skills and potential of Jaron Ennis for years. Many around town feel that he will be the next big thing to come out of the Philly boxing circuit.

On April 30, 2016, the 18-year-old boxing phenom from the Germantown section of Philadelphia officially joined the punch-for-pay ranks, making his pro debut in the remote town of St. George, Utah.

In this fight, Ennis easily dispatched Arizona’s Cory Mildrew (1-10) a mere :45 seconds into the first round. Easy work for the kid who grew up in Bozy’s Dungeon.

Watch the finishing blows below.

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