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Rosado rolls over Medina, Jennings says bye-bye to Smith in the 2nd round Newark!

SELECTBoxing returned to the home of the Devil – The Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on December 9th, 2010. While the event was focused on Polish ticket seller Tomasz Adamek who was competing in the main event, there were a few local Philly fighters doing their thing in the lead-up’s to the featured attraction.

The evening’s matchmaker J. Russell Peltz threw “King” Gabriel Rosado (15-5, 8ko’s) a bone – giving local Jr. Middleweight a tune up bout against Massachusetts based tough guy Jose Medina (12-9, 5ko’s) on the under card. Rosado came into this bout fresh off a razor thin 12 round majority decision loss to USBA champion Derek “Pooh”Ennis in a match that is sure to go down into the history books as the 2010 Philly Fight of the Year.

During this fight in Newark, the 154 lber from the Badlands section of North Philadelphia was effective over the 8 round duration, using his time wisely and fine tuning certain aspects of his game though it certainly looked at time that he could take Medina out.

Overall it was a good showing for Rosado who put together some crisp combinations throughout the evening, scoring a knockdown in round 3 and having a few other close calls before taking his foot off the gas a bit. He seemed to follow trainer Billie Briscoe’s orders for sequences code named “The Mickey”, “The Mayweather” and something that sounded like “The Danny Bonaducci”. Medina was game and did take some big shots throughout the fight.

Word around the ring is that Rosado has an open date in Atlantic City early next year with offers on the table to Harry Yorgey and Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis. Many believe that Davis is the leading choice to take the fight. More to come soon…

Hard hitting North Philly Heavyweight Bryant “Bye-Bye” Jennings (5-0, 3ko’s) blasted out his opponent in round 2 of a scheduled 4 rounder. Smith didn’t have a prayer in this one.

There were some good fights in front of a gate that is estimated to be  around 3,500. Patrick Majewski scored a big time 8th round KO to cap off a two way war. Sadam Ali was given a nice test by Manuel Guzman. Tarvis Simms handled Willis Lockett like no one else has.

In the evenings main event, Polish Heavyweight Tomasz Adamek stopped Vinny Maddalone in the 5th round. Maddalone was throwing some heavy-handed meatballs but Adamek’s hand speed was too much to handle.

Mike Jones injured after 10 rounds of target practice. Jamaal Davis gets a hard earned win @ Bally’s

photos by Mike “Teek” McGuigan

In a bout that was billed at ringside as “Jones versus The Volcano” MJ wasn’t faced with a bubbly fire of molten lava, instead he was the one who ruptured as he exploded on a severely outgunned Lenin “The Volcano” Arroyo with rights and lefts over the 10 round distance en route to a unanimous decision win at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City.

Mike Jones vs Lenin Arroyo 2009 (202)

It wasn’t Jones (18-0, 15ko’s) best performance, there were times where he looked bored and others times where he played to the crowd. On the plus side, he displayed patience, when he jabbed it was sharp and put his combinations together very well. Make no mistake, he dominated this fight from start to finish. Jones energy level was still high even at the end of the fight so the gas tank definitely was fueled with diesel. He also used the opportunity to shake off some rust as he has only fought 5 complete rounds in the past year coming into this match-up. Continue reading Mike Jones injured after 10 rounds of target practice. Jamaal Davis gets a hard earned win @ Bally’s

Strike 3 Larry Mosley, ur out! Ben Tackie steps in to fight Mike Jones @ Bally’s August 8th

Stick a fork in LA’s Larry Mosley, he is done…again! For the third time this year, Mosley vs. Mike Jones (17-0, 15ko’s) has been cancelled, this time for good. The main event has been salvaged though and the new B side will be former world title challenger Ben Tackie (29-11-1, 17ko’s) of the Bronx via Ghana in the 12 round headline attraction on August 8th at Bally’s casino in Atlantic City for Jones NABA title.

Jones, considered by many to be the #1 prospect in Philly by many is rated #10 by the WBA, #12 by the IBF, #12 by the WBO & #26 by the WBC, all in the Welterweight division. This will mark Jones second defense of the NABA Welterweight title that he won in Philly back in November of 08. In his first defense, Jones blitzkrieg’d Columbia’s Dario Esalas who lasted a mere 2 rounds at The Blue Horizon. Overall Jones has steadily captured the imagination of Philadelphia boxing fans with his vicious knockout power, becoming one of the top draws in recent memory. Almost everyone is in agreement that he has the offensive tools to make a run at the divisions elite, but the question still lingers – can he take as good of a shot as he can give? He was slightly tug with little effect in each of his last two fights as the match regressed from boxing to bar room brawling, Jones winning each with dynamic KO results. We have still yet to see any opponent present any significant trouble to Jones in any of his 17 pro bouts. Take it as you please but the bottom line is that MJ is hands down the most exciting fighter from Philly at this present time. If he comes correct by using his jab and fighting a smart fight against Tackie he should have no problem. If he tries to blow him out of the water, he could be in for a rude awakening. Continue reading Strike 3 Larry Mosley, ur out! Ben Tackie steps in to fight Mike Jones @ Bally’s August 8th

Dave Tiberi TNT Productions at Delaware Park 09-26-07

The First State brought the fights outdoors to Delaware Park along the race track and and Dave Tiberi of TNT Productions turned in a card filled with competitive fights, accurate scoring as advertised and a huge upset. There was a light mist in the air to go along with the perfect temperature and while causing a bit of a damp canvas, it was a great experience. Boxing outdoors, you just gotta love it!

The majority of the crowd came to see local fighters Larry “Laser” Marks, Ryan Belasco and Richard Stewart. When it was all said and done, a couple of thoroughbreds pulled up lame on the track and it was the experienced war horses Dhafir Smith, Damon Antoine & Shannon Miller who ended up stealing the show.

Prior to the fights, there were tributes to members of Delawares boxing past, all branches of the US Military and also a $10,000 donation to the Delaware Police Athletic League. If you are the type who likes to do a little gambling on the slots, horses or just looking to do some golfing check out Delaware Park. It looks like it could be a nice surprise.

Chucky Cavallo…vs…Shannon Miller
Trenton, NJ………..Mississippi
16 – 0, 6ko’s………22 – 37, 16ko’s

In the Main Event, “The Italian Assassin” Chucky Cavallo came in for what was thought to be a tune up to prepare for his PA State Title fight against Richard Stewart.

His opponent for the night Shannon “Trouble” Miller should now go the the nickname of the “Bad Mechanic” because this fight went terribly wrong. Miller scored 3 knockdowns in the first, all with two punch combinations upstairs as Cavallo did not use his far superior reach. In between knockdowns Cavallo did manage to land a good straight right which Miller shook off and went back to business.

New cornerman “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon was screaming at ringside for Cavallo to at first get his hands up and then later in the roundto tie up Miller and buy himself some time. Cavallo was foggy but heeded the last bit of advice and managed to survive the round. Not even the great Teddy Atlas could said anything between rounds to delay the eventual outcome.

Miller just seemed to have his number on this night and wasted no time finishing the job :23 into the second round. The Cavallo team was shocked. In what was supposed to be easy work against an opponent with 37 losses turns out to be a disaster.

Now, the big money title fight against Richard Stewart along with his undefeated record are gone. Will the 21 year old Italian Assassin bounce back from his first career loss? Time will tell, stay tuned.

Give props to Shannon Miller too for knowing he was up against an up and coming prospect and not backing down one bit. This was a true boxing surprise.

Chuckie Cavallo vs Shannon Miller 2007 (2)

Richard Stewart…vs….Jake Rodriguez
Delaware…………….North Philly

In the co-feature, Richard Stewart, also getting ready for the title fight against Cavallo, got a good nights work and won a unanimous decision over a game Jake Rodriguez.

It was a little slow in the beginning but soon broke down into a steady, bang it out kind of fight with Stewart always seeming to do a little more in the trenches. That’s no knock on Rodriguez who would sit in the pocket, take Stewarts best punch and yell at him to “come on!” before delivering some blows of his own. It was a tough, slippery affair as both guys threw some heavy bombs.

Richard Stewart vs Jake Rodriguez 2007 (1)

In the first, Jake the Snake moved around the ring and Stewart tried to stalk him down where both guys seemed to feel each other out. The Snake tied to open it up in the second throwing hard right hands but missing the mark. Stewart happily obliged and threw hard rights of his own, landing a little more.

Things started to get busy in the third when the mist got heavy. Rodriquez trainer Billy Briscoe was spirited in the red corner screaming for “The Stick” & “The Sleeper”. The fight soon ended up in the corner where they fought it out highlighted by an excellent straight left that intercepted a Stewart bomb and knocking him off balance.

Richard Stewart vs Jake Rodriguez 2007

Things stayed the same in the 4th & 5th where Stewart seemed to land the cleaner punches as both fighters stayed in close. In the final round, things went from a tough boxing match to a good tussle though both fighters kept it clean and no fouls were called. It went to the cards and all 3 judges saw it in favor of Stewart 60 – 54 x2 and 58 – 56. I also agree with the 58 – 56 judge.

 

Dhafir Smith…..vs….Larry Marks
Upper Darby…………Delaware
18-16-5, 4ko’s………29-9-1, 16ko’s

This one was a nice battle of two experienced pros as the WBF Super Middleweight champ Dhafir “No Fear” Smith took on former world title contender Larry “Laser” Marks in the Laser’s own backyard. The early portion of the fight was a jab fest with the first three rounds being ones which could go either way.

Dhafir showed a good, straight jab while Marks was doubling it lightly and throwing it from a lot of different angels. The jabs got harder come the 3rd round and in the 4th, both men started putting some steam behind it. That is when the mouthpieces started to fly out and noses started to drip blood.

Dhafir Smith vs Larry Marks 2007

Dhafir scored a knockdown with a quick left hook in the 4th but Marks didn’t seem too hurt by it. Marks bounced back to win the 5th as he stayed busy and finished the round with three hard straight rights.

The 6th was a slow one butNo Fear started off the 6th strong with a crisp right that landed right on the button. Marks was hurt and the wily veteran knew it would be in his best interest to take a knee. This move paid even more dividends as Dhafir’s aggression got the best of him because he kept punching after the kneel down, thus causing referee Steve Smoger to deduct a point from Smith.

Dhafir Smith vs Larry Marks 2007 (1)

This extra lumping might have hurt Marks momentarily but in the scope of things, it actually saved him from taking a loss in the fight as the point proved to be pivitol in the final score. After taking a thumping early in the round, Marks regrouped and actually started to take back control towards the end.

It was close down the stretch and both guys went head hunting to try to finish it to no avail. Overall it was a good, solid back and forth fight which went to the cards and they read 76 – 73 Dhafir, 77-73 Marks and 75-75 for the draw. I saw it 75 -74 for Dhafir.
Ryan Belasco….vs….Damon Antoine
Delaware…………..Akron, Ohio

“The Mailman” Damon Antoine has appeared in our area plenty of times in the past, usually taking the job against an up and comer with a promotional backing. On this night, he had an in ring metamorphosis and fought with a fire under his ass after Ryan Belasco gave his eye a good swelling in the first round.

Ryan Belasco vs Damon Antoine 2007 (1)

Belasco looked to be en route to an easy win after one, but once Antoine realized the severity of the injury, The Mailman manned up and fought like a true warrior for the remainder to get a very impressive win. This turned out to be the fight of the night as both fighters were willing to exchange but Antoine gave out the better leather.

Ryan Belasco vs Damon Antoine 2007 (2)

I hope to see Antone fight like this more often when he is matched up against another prospect with a flossy record. Belasco also seems to have the potential to make some exciting fights if the gas tank is fueled up beforehand.

Ryan Belasco vs Damon Antoine 2007 (4)

Darrell Martin….vs…..Elias Castillo
Baltimore,MD………….Brooklyn, NY
PRO DEBUT…………….0-1

Former Eastern Regional amateur champion Darrell Martin was successful in his pro debut taking a unanimous decision over a willing Elias Castillo.

Martin started out throwing some very wide punches early as Castillo hung around inside and threw bombs that barely missed their mark. Late in the 1st, Martin caught Castillo with a short left which sent Castillo on his backside.

Darrel Martin vs Elias Castillo 2007

Around the third round, Martin began to settle down, straightened out his punches and used the ring put his punches together much better than he was earlier in the fight.

Darrel Martin vs Elias Castillo 2007 (2)

Congrats to Darrell Martin on getting that first win by scores of 40 – 35, 39 – 36 x2

Darrel Martin vs Elias Castillo 2007 (1)

Manuel Guzman….vs….Gerald Jordan
Lancaster, PA……….New York
3-4, 2ko’s………….3-1. 3ko’s

In a solid four rounder to open the night, Manuel Guzman and Gerald Jordan fought to a majority draw. Jordan was on top of things early as he slipped a lot of Guzman’s punches ala his trainer Pernell Whitaker did back in the day. In the second, it was evident Sweat Pea hasn’t shown him all the moves yet because Guzman was able to bare down and put the pressure on Jordan, landing some of his trademark big right hands.

Manuel Guzman vs Gerald Jordan 2007 (2)

Guzman had a strong third round as well and Jordan looked like he might be wearing out. The fight hung in the balance in the 4th and Guzman’s trainer Terry Nye told his guy “it is time to go be a man, go out there and get the win”. Sweat Pea was heard in the opposite corner screaming “It’s our time, you take control of this fight!” In the end it was a close round that could have gone either way.

Manuel Guzman vs Gerald Jordan 2007

The cards read 39 – 37 Jordan but the other two judges over ruled with scores of 38 – 38 for the majority draw.

Manuel Guzman vs Gerald Jordan 2007 (3)

 

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Yorgey ready to show the world that he is “No Joke” after dishing a rude awaykaning in Phoenixville

On March 30, 2007 – Journeyman fighter James Wayka (14 –  6) traveled just short of 1,000 miles from his native Bowler, Wisconsin to challenge rising prospect Harry Joe Yorgey in Yorgey’s backyard of Phoenixville, PA. Best case scenario for the fighter who lost three of his last four fights was to pull off a possible upset of the year. Worst case was to make a few bucks and get back to the land of cheese. Truth be told – he had a better chance at hitting the Powerball than he did of winning this fight.

I hope the purse was  a good one because two and a half minutes after stepping through the ropes, Wayka found himself being helped too a stool.

Yorgey pounced early, dropping his opponent three times en route to a 1st round knockout loss to the Pride of Bridgeport in front of a vocal crowd that packed the Phoenixville High School auditorium.

Now, there is a loud buzz that Yorgey wants a crack at Mike “No Joke” Stewart in a fight where I will be the first to say Yorgey is a strong favorite. I don’t care who Stewart has fought in the past or how much fame he has.

On the flip side, this proposed junior middleweight contest is one that Philly boxing needs right now and could be a very entertaining rumble. In all fairness, the weight may be a little heavy for Stewart.

Yorgey, fresh off of two wars came into this fight prepared to give it his all and come out a winner.

Before the fight, announcer Larry Tornambe dug into his trick book and asked the crowd “Who is here to see James Wayka?” and he was answered with a funeral like silence. He followed that by asking who was here to see Harry Joe Yorgey, the crowd popped like it was Hogan in his prime coming down the aisle.

Once the shenanigans were over and the two fighters got down to business, Yorgey quickly showed Wayka who’s boss with a left – right combo to the face causing Mr. Yorgey to scream out “that was beeeuuuuuuuteyful”, his son followed it with a right hook that put his opponent down on his knees.

Wayka was able to get to his feet and swiftly threw a right hand into Yorgey’s jock strap; a punch he says was unintentional. Harry shook it off and went right back to work, pressing the action and connecting with another left – right combo that knocked Wayka on his side and swelled up his left eye in the process.

Once again, the Minnesota roughneck beat the 10 count at a time where no one would have though less of him if he just stayed on his back. Seconds later, Yorgey put the nail in the coffin with a serious right hand that left referee Gary Rosado no option but to call a halt to the bout.

The crowd roared, Wankster boomed out of the speakers and Yorgey jumped on all 4 turnbuckles to give a shout out to his fans. Have a nice flight home James Wayka, nice to know you.

After the quick knockout and retaining his slot as the number one pound for pound fighter in the area, where does he go from here? There has to be offers on the table and you know Don Elbaum always has something up his sleeve.

Does the battle tested Mike Stewart take the risk of fighting this up and comer in a fight that if he loses knocks him out of the picture for another high profile fight? Would it be better for Yorgey to look further ahead and try to knock off a fellow undefeated junior middleweight coming up the ranks to speed up his ride to a title shot?

Does he stay local, giving the same all out effort that we are accustomed to and force the big networks to recognize that he is a made for TV fighter? Time will tell but I have the feeling that his next fight will be big news around town.

With the win – Harry Joe Yorgey improves to 18 – 0 9 ko’s. It is time to start stepping up the competition.

On the undercard

The night started off with a woman’s fight but this wasn’t the time to grab a beer and hot dog because Olivia Fonseca and Melissa St. Vil put on the most spirited fight of the year battling to a four round draw.

Those of you at the golden gloves asking if it was a home cooked decision, let me tell you, this was legit; these two ladies battled it out from start to finish. St. Vil won the first two rounds as she slugged it out with the Front Street Gym member. Leather was flying and both were connecting. In the second half of the fight it was all Fonseca who started to throw a left – right combo that is better than most of the men around town.

Fonseca has a huge 4th round as she peppered St. Vil with the left jab and picked her spots to crack her with a straight right which landed flush. St Vil was staggered near the end of the round but was able to stay on her feet. When the fight went to the cards, all three judges saw it 38 – 38.

A rematch is a must!

Baltimore’s Tim Coleman (8 – 0) came into the fight with a lot of hype but in this one he was hot and cold. His opponent John Lipscomb (3 – 9) landed a lot of left hooks flush and if he has any power, Coleman might have been in a lot of trouble.

Coleman did show some spark in spots, in the second round he out boxed Lipscomb landing his jab and doing some work to the ribs. Coleman’s best spurt came with about :30 left in the fight where he picked up the pace working the body and also landing some good shots to the face.

The fight went to the cards and they read 40- 36 x2 and 39 – 37 in favor of Coleman.

Latif Mundy (5 – 0) and Manuel Guzman (2 – 3) from Terry Nye’s gym had a nice four round scuffle that I felt was much closer than the score cards indicated. Mundy showed versatility, at times he would load up on his punches which landed with a thud, at other times he would show his speed popping off 4 and 5 punch combos to the body.

While his hands were nice downstairs, Guzman constantly caught him with hard rights and lefts to the head and at times seemed to stun the undefeated fighter. Mundy would also mix in an uppercut while working the ribs and it would snap Guzman’s head back. The second round was the best as Mundy started off fast but Guzman decided to bang inside with him. Soon after Guzman started to throw the hook up top and landed at a good rate, a few of which made the crowd go oooooh.

After an uneventful 3rd, Guzman starts the 4th strong landing once again upstairs. Mundy was able to regroup and started using that speed again although it wasn’t as effective as it was earlier in the fight.

Both try to bang inside towards the end but nothing significant lands. The fight ended up in the hands of the judges and all 3 saw it 40 – 36. I beg to differ.

Reading Heavyweight Travis Kauffman (9 – 0 7ko’s) dropped Kevin Hood (4 – 6) three times en route to a 2nd round knockout and overall made easy work of a guy who has never been stopped before.

Team Kauffman vows to run roughshot over anyone and everyone out East and soon after the world! Hey Mendy, have you considered the Great White Hope vs. The West Philly bad boy Levon Warner on April 26th? Could be a good one!

Jules Blackwell was scheduled to fight but his opponent had to pull out at the last minute. Not wanting to disappoint his hometown crowd, he strapped on the helmet and put in the fluffy gloves for an exhibition against Front Street Gym representative Bryheim Douglas showcasing what could be a very entertaining fight sometime in the future.

In the opener, Manayunker Joey DeMalavez starched Phil Hinklin early in the fight round. DeMalavez jumped on Hinklin early and rocked him with a three punch combo that left Hinklin wanting no more.

The card was brought to you by Jimmy Deoria Jr. and proceeds went to benefit the Phoenixville PAL.

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Cameron Bright gets that elusive first win at Fernwood Resort Bushkill PA 01-20-07

Photos by Mike McGuigan

On January 20, 2007, boxing returned to the Fernwood Resorts in Bushkill, PA. The temperatures were well below freezing in the PA Pocono Mountains and despite rumors of the show falling apart – the final product produced by Promoter Mike Fingerman, Bob Rossi & matchmaker Sonny Mistretta turned in some very good in-ring fights.

Kevin Boswell vs Rafael Jastrzebski 2007 (75)

Fighters seemed to be falling off the card at record speed for various reasons. When the smoke cleared, it was St. Pete native Mario Hayes who was bumped up to headliner going in tough against knockout artist Julio Dejesus. They aren’t household names but I’ll give credit where it is due, these two put on a very good performance.

In the supporting bouts, Long Island native Tommy “Razor” Rainone hoped to give local fighter Jerry Kelly “The Outsiders Edge” and score the win.

The 0 had to go when Cameron Bright took on Heath Harris in a battle of winless warriors. The fight was dead even coming down the stretch in the 4th until one of these guys landed a straight right to score the knockout and break the goose egg.

Kevin Boswell was making his pro debut against Rafael Jastrezbski and Raffy wasted no time digging into the fresh meat. In the opener Philly’s Darrell Crenshaw boxed marvelously but after the scorecards were read, he was left with the look of a pizza man who just had his car stolen.

All of this and a photo gallery of the hottest ring girls on the planet brought to you by a dude named Cricket. Continue reading Cameron Bright gets that elusive first win at Fernwood Resort Bushkill PA 01-20-07

Harry Joe Yorgey wins a bloodbath over Jeremy Yelton at the Valley Forge Convention Center

Photos by Mike McGuigan

The record books it will say that on November 30, 2006 – Bridgeport PA native Harry Joe Yorgey (17-0-1, 8 ko’s) defeated North Carolina’s Jeremy Yelton (17-8, 8 ko’s) by unanimous decision. That stat alone does not do justice for what went down at the Valley Forge Convention Center. Unfortunately there is no known footage of this bout. If you weren’t there, then you missed out on a classic.

To put it all into context – the undefeated prospect Yorgey suffered three knock downs and a badly busted nose but it was “The Carolina Kid” who left the casino in an ambulance after this 8 round Jr. Middleweight contest! If there were a such thing as Philly Fight of the Year – this was it because it was one of the best fights in recent Philadelphia history.

To put it all out there, this fight saved a lousy boxing show. For the second time this month Harry Joe Yorgey entered the ring as the headliner on a bill with flimsy support underneath. During the mid-card intermission, most of the ticket payers in the concession lines were talking about how they will never buy a pro boxing ticket again.

For those who follow my work know that I will scream bloody murder, roast a promoter and report a highway robbery when warranted. Tonight is one of those rare occasions where I throw all of that out the window and just let it slide due to the testicular fortitude shown by the two men in the main event. Yorgey’s pair beats a Royal Straight Flush.

When it was all over,  everyone left the building basically saying “that last fight alone was worth the price of admission”. There isn’t a fight fan on earth that wouldn’t have enjoyed this contest.

Continue reading Harry Joe Yorgey wins a bloodbath over Jeremy Yelton at the Valley Forge Convention Center