By Ken Hissner
They come from Camden, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, and Reading, PA, and all six can fight. They have a combined record of 79-7-8, with 32 knockouts.
JASON SOSA, 18-1-3 (14) of Camden, NJ, has a Dec. 19 date with Nicholas Walters, 26-0 (21), of Montego Bay, Jamaica, the former WBA Featherweight Champion. They collide over 10 rounds—or less—at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. Heavyweights Bryant “By By” Jennings, of Philadelphia, and Luis Ortiz, of Havana, Cuba, meet in the main event.
Ranked No. 8 by the IBF and No. 13 in the WBO, Sosa faces his biggest test against Walters, who lost his title in June when he failed to make the 126-pound featherweight limit. Walters has fought over the featherweight limit in 10 of his 26 fights.
Continue reading Six Philly & Area Super Feather & Lightweights to Keep an Eye On
On October 30, 2015 – Garrett Wilson GQ won an 8 round unanimous decision over a game Pedro Martinez to cap off a solid 6 fight debut for Hard Hitting Promotions at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall.
The main event was a fight that never was supposed to be, but out of the ring circumstances caused a last minute shuffle which brought about a rematch of a 2012 bout that originally took place at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
The original plan called for a Philly Dream Card bout between Wilson and North East Philly’s Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante – the areas two highest rated Cruiserweights.
This is a fight that some have been wanting to see for over seven years. It could have been a classic…
With about a week to go before bell time, Ferrante had to drop off of the show for undisclosed medical reasons. Fortunately, Ferrante’s trainer Mike Cassell had Martinez in camps as Tony’s chief sparring partner.
If Wilson were willing to jump up a few pounds to heavyweight – the main event could be salvaged as Martinez was already in the gym and familiar with the game plan that the old North East Philly sharp eye was cooking up at Rocco’s MMA.
Continue reading Wilson decisions Martinez over 8 rounds at the Union Hall
Clear your calendar – there is one of those rare Philly vs. Philly fights going down at the Sheet Metal Union Works Hall tonight! Garrett Wilson GQ takes on Pedro EL Toro Martinez Jr. in an 8 round bout that should be a bomb fest while it lasts
They met before in 2012 where Wilson won by KO but El Toro said “last time I had a rematch, I demolished the guy. I’m ready to do that again” Do you think Wilson will be the one hitting the deck this time around or will history repeat itself in the main event?
On the under card check out Angel Ocasio and T.j. Velasquez in separate bouts. If they stay active, they could be local headline material soon. Tickets are available for this Hard Hitting Promotions event – get them at the door.
— with Pedro EL Toro Martinez Jr., Kurt Wolfheimer, Mike Trainer, Garrett Wilson GQ, Rodney Rice and Manny Rivera.
All week I’ve been meaning to give a shout to some of my favorite Hispanic Philly fighters in the lead up to Friday nights Philly Puerto Rican Boxing Classic. Just when it looked like all 60 minutes in every upcoming hour was booked solid – I run into my man Angel Ocasio, and saw it as a sign that other things in life need to get bumped down the pecking order!
The first shout out goes to the 7-0-2 (2 ko’s) North Philly lightweight, who ironically was on his way to the gym when I saw him this afternoon. Not long ago, some hailed young Ocasio as one most seasoned young boxers this area had to offer. While he was praised for his boxing skill, I’ll never forget Ocasio‘s one punch knockout on the under card of Ennis vs. Rosado at the old ECW Arena in July of 2010. It was a shot so good that Nose Tork smelling salts should have offered him a sponsorship opportunity.
Continue reading Quick tribute to Angel Ocasio
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photo by Jay McGuigan
The North Jersey based promotional outfit KEA Boxing made their Philly debut on February 26, 2010 to the tune of a 9 fight card at the Arena on the corner of Swanson & Ritner in front of near sell out crowd. A new promoter was a welcome sight to many and this night was to be a bit of a test drive on possible things to come. While most fights on the under card resulted in convincing wins for the A-sides, the main event had some juice to it.
There weren’t many people in the building who thought Victor Vasquez lost his six round fight against Carlos Vinan. Unfortunately for Team Vasquez, two those people were ringside judges and the final result was North Jersey resident Vinan being named winner via split decision after six rounds were all said and done. Many have called and written in to say they feel this was a robbery. Scores were 60 – 54 for Vasquez but over ruled by tallies of 59- 54 & 58 – 56 for Vinan. The Philly Keith Sports scorecard read 58 – 56 for Vasquez. To everyone’s credit, the fight was competitive and some of rounds were pretty close. Vinan, true to his form, applied a lot of pressure but Vasquez clearly landed the better punches in almost every exchange in every round. The fight was fairly repetitive from rounds one through six. Vinan would come forward winging some shot, Vasquez would meet him in the center throw a few counters and get out of dodge before anything big could land. Vinan’s best work came when he could get Vasquez on the ropes which he was able to do a few times. To me it wasn’t enough.
On the under card locals Kareem Cooley, Angel Occasio, Bryant Jennings & Liz Sherman has little trouble racking up wins in their fights. Union City southpaw Juan Rodriguez showed flashes of a future prospect against a determined Dontre King in one of the more competitive battles of the evening. Rodriguez scored a solid third round knockdown and withstood an early 4th round rush from King to sweep the scorecards at the end of their 4 rounder.
Ardrick Butler’s fight was canceled due earlier in the day. Official word was that Butler was hit by a car jogging in the morning. This has not been verified by anyone on Butler’s team.