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.
June 20, 2015 marked the last day of the Spring season and the City of Philadelphia was offering great entertainment all across town. On the Northwest end, one had the option of spending the day at the Manayunk Arts Festival which shut down a two-mile stretch of Main street, replacing traffic with food trucks and art exhibits. Drive a little bit further up the road and one would have run into the Gorgas Park Solstice Festival hosted by my friends at the Roxborough Development Corporation. In South Philly, the Point Breeze pop-up carried on for another weekend just off of 22nd & Tasker while over in West Philly, Clark Park was throwing a party with free live local music.
On the East side of town, a big crowd was expected along the Delaware River with Spruce Street Harbor Park in full swing showcasing a Visit Philly beer garden and one of my guiltiest pleasures, Third Eye Blind, performing two blocks away at Festival Pier for an outdoor waterfront concert.
Even with all of these choices at my disposal, there was no doubt in my mind on how I was spending my Saturday night. I was taking the ride up I-76 West for a night of local boxing with the possibility of some light gambling and poolside beach drinks at the areas hottest new casino resort in Valley Forge. Now that the event is over, I can say that it was well worth the trip.
On this throwback Thursday we rewind 5 years to the day we introduced the world to a talented young amateur from the outskirts of Philly who went by the name of “The Saint”. During that time, young Milton Santiago Jr. was in the process of compiling one of the best amateur records we’ve seen in recent years. He traveled between the USA and Puerto Rico to compile a record of 184-12, which included invitations to compete in the 2009-10 Ringside World Championships and the World Amateur Boxing Championship.
Things changed in 2014 when Team Santiago decided to join to professional ranks as a 17-year-old high school student. Now known as “El Santo” and barely of legal age, Santiago has built a pro record of 10-0 with 3 ko’s over the past 18 months. Big things are expected of this young man. It is likely to be a slow ride as he grows under the advice of Al Haymon and management of Eddie Woods & Moz Gonzalez, but his fights have been fan friendly and he knows how to draw a crowd. If he keeps up the good work, great days are ahead.
You can catch this rising star on Saturday night at the Valley Forge Casino Resort when he takes on Jose Miguel Castro (4-4, 2 KO’s) of Carolina, PR in a Jr. Welterweight bout. Cheers to Team Santiago and to Kings Promotions for keeping him busy in the area!
For those who don’t know, there is a young 14 year old who is wreaking havoc on the amateur boxing circuit. Milton Santiago Jr. from the 10th Round Boxing Club in Fairless Hills is a 3x national champion with the goal of competing in the 2016 Olympics.
Amateur boxing aficionado Javier Varela gives us an informative article, introducing to the world a young boxer and academic standout who is known as “The Saint”.
It’s time again for the annual Philly vs. Puerto Rico Amateur show and this years plans to showcase some of the top youngsters from our area. The event is on June 12th and the venue is at 3100 Castor Ave. in the parking lot of the Penthouse Club.
Contact Milton at 215-647-3928 or Richard at 267-456-0842 for tickets.
UPDATE: Here is a photo gallery of a recent gym working along with photos of the actual event.