Despite long odds – and an even longer plane ride – Camden, New Jersey native Jason Sosa used a lethal left hook to defy the critics and non believers, knocking out world champion Javier Fortuna in round 11 to win the WBA featherweight title at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China.
The betting line was as high as 17-to-1 in favor of the Premier Boxing Champions signee Fortuna before bell time. Sensing a worthwhile long shot, savvy gamblers put a lot of late money on Sosa which dropped the line near 7-to-1 when the fight began.
The fight was so remote that there was no TV broadcast or internet streams for this show which happened at 10 AM Eastern Time. It was the perfect setting for a modern day boxing upset.
Multiple reports suggest that it was a come from behind knockout for Sosa, a fighter who was developed in the Peltz boxing fold. The New Jersey native was knocked to the canvas in round five and was likely down on all scorecards as the fight headed into the championship rounds.
Sources say a late Sosa adjustment turned the tide. Kicking up the intensity, “Canito” knocked Fortuna down in round 10, and then finished the job less than three minutes later, closing the show at the 0:45 mark of round 11.
With the victory Sosa improves to 19-1-4, 15 KOs while the former champ Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna suffers his first career loss, falling to 29-1-1, 21 KOs.
Congrats to Team Sosa, Peltz Boxing and Top Rank Boxing on the outstanding victory on the other side of the globe. This win ends a long losing streak for local fighters competing at the championship level of the sport.
On June 3, 2016 Peltz & BAM Boxing returned to the 2300 Arena in South Philly for a night that featured some local talent and a couple of outsiders who are looking to make a name fighting in the City of Philadelphia. This show was the follow-up to Peltz & Rogers wildly successful “Hart of the City” boxing collaboration from March of this year. It was a stark contrast of the show considered to be their best event as a team.
The previous promotion was a jam-packed sell out featuring a well-known fighter whose family name has been certified inside of the Philly boxing scene for over 40 years. This task was a much tougher ticket to move as both main event contestants are far from undefeated and are fairly new to the local boxing scene. The under card had a lot of unknown names and low-budget opponents.
To me, it was Go Fight Live (gfl.tv) rental type of night. 8 fights for $14.99 with the option to flip between other channels seemed to be my best bet. I was fresh off of a road trip to Chicago and wanted some rest after enjoying a week full of mob tour buses through the Windy City, architectural boat rides on the Chicago river and a bucket list trip to Wrigley Field to personally witness the hot start Phillies come crashing back down to Earth.
The quantity of action was a pretty good deal for the online stream though I thought overall quality of this card was lacking. The normally reliable broadcast audio was shaky too. There were only a couple of fights that held my attention for the duration of the bout.
The main event between Escondido, California’s Dashon Johnson and DeCarlo Perez of Atlantic City was by far the best fight of the show. This solid bout consisted of two middle of the pack fighters looking to break through to the TV level of the sport.
As many local fight fans know, Johnson was returning to Philadelphia after his Cinderella Man like performance against local contender Jesse Hart in the aforementioned #HOTC event in the spring.
Friday night’s event at the 2300 Arena was set up to be a showcase for Jesse Hart. In the weeks before the bout, Peltz Boxing and BAM Boxing were pulling every move in the book to draw a crowd to this local fight card. The 1,500+ seat venue in South Philadelphia was filled to the brim to see the #HartoftheCity homecoming.
Those “in-the-know” were expecting a blowout over unknown Dashon Johnson. But the prelude to bolster Hart as a worthy world title challenger was far from smooth sailing. This turned into an excellent two-way fight filled with bombs and drama, coming within a hair of ending in disaster for the local favorite.
Today we throw it back to March 7, 2009 at the Legendary Blue Horizon. At this point in time it was the beginning of the end of the famous fight hall on Broad & Thompson Streets in North Philly. Little did we know that one of the worlds most famous boxing venues only had a handful of shows left in its existence.
On this evening Peltz Boxing Promotions was returning to The Blue after an eight year absence. His prized fighter Mike Jones was headlining the show and would go on to clobber Dario Eslas, a KO that caused the fans to go crazy in the stands.
The focus of this article is not about the main event but rather a unhyped six round Super Middleweight bout in the middle of the show. At the time of signing no one really gave it a second though when it was announced that Dennis Hasson would fight Garrett Wilson in a warm-up to the featured attraction. But funny things happen when two Philly fighters face off in the ring. Long after the final bell sounded, the story of this fight became more interesting as time went on.
There were many distinct differences between the two fighters and their career positions in 2009. One was a polished amateur with the backing of those putting on the event. The other was raw and hungry, not quite sure how far he could take it in this blood sport.
Now in 2016 – the loser of this bout went on to outperform many of his peers in the local industry while the winner continued to move up the ladder before the business end of things and other distractions put his career on ice. More on that in a minute…
Five years ago today, one of the last All-Philly boxing classics took place when Derek Ennis and King Gabriel Rosado met at the old ECW Arena to fight for the USBA 154 lb title. When the bout was first signed by J Russell Peltz, it was viewed as a high stakes fight for the two standouts in a deep local Jr. Middleweight talent pool. Some felt that it could be a career ender for the loser.
Germantown’s Ennis was fresh off of back-to-back local fight of the year candidates at The Blue Horizon while Rosado of North Philly was in this midst of a winning streak built at Bally’s Casino and Hotel. On fight night, the crowd had electricity and the boxers did not disappoint. In the end – Pooh Ennis won a close 12 round majority decision, staking his claim as the best 154 pounder in the area. To date this win remains the highlight of his resume. Not all was lost for Rosado, as he rebounded and went on to make it to the top-level of the sport, competing across the country on all major networks against elite talent for World titles.
Thanks again to all for making it happen. Maybe one day – before it is all said and done – we will get to see a rematch! You can read the original recap of the fight here http://phillykeith.com/?p=1069
I remember the moment ever so clear. On a random day about eight weeks ago, I was taking a lunch break downtown at Liberty Place. The plan was simple, hit Chic-fil-A, chill out for a bit then get back to business. As I was finishing off my waffle fries, I started mindless browsing through Facebook. Out of nowhere, I came across one of those rare posts that make a news feed glow.
The timeline was telling me that Russell Peltz and Brittany Rogers worked a little back room magic and struck a deal that called for local Heavyweights Amir Mansour and Joey DaWejko to fight each other. 10 rounds, ESPN2 fight with the Pennsylvania State Heavyweight title on the line. No financial terms were disclosed – but what else is new. Either way, WOW! Who would have thought – two Philly guys with good records agreeing to knock the other off in order to advance their career.
Two Philly guys fighting each other is a rare scenario in this day and age. Some love the idea, many others hate it. No one denies that they make for the best fights. That is the type of drama that piques my interest. This little piece of noon-time gold was one of the few occasions where I have been inspired to attend a local boxing show in the past five years.
Tonight, live on ESPN Friday Night Fights from the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, the long-awaited fight between Amir “Harcore” Mansour (21-1, 16 ko’s) or Joey “The Tank” DaWejko (14-3-2, 7 ko’s) finally happens. For eight weeks, the public has been fed an endless stream of hyperbole to build up this local showdown. Most are saying this is going to be a very good fight. I am saying that this needs be a very good fight! The 2300 Arena is nearly sold out and many around the world will tune in via ESPN. The eyes are watching and the people are talkin’. The time for chatter is over. It is put up or shut up in its highest form. We finally get to find out who is the better local fighter.
On paper this bout has the makings of a one of those all-Philly classic showdowns that are hard to come by in today’s local boxing landscape. It is the tale of two fallen prospects who brushed the dirt off their shoulder, got back in line and punched their way to the cusp of contender status. Around town both fighters are known name, but their long-term destinies are unclear. This fight will likely give a clue if either fighter is truly a “next-level” heavyweight. This one fight may not provide all of the answers but it will give some insight as both men will be faced with the type of skill sets they have yet to defeat as professionals.
This is easily the most anticipated local showdown since Derek “Pooh” Ennis narrowly edged “King” Gabriel Rosado in the same building five years ago. That particular bout turned out to be a 12 round Philly Junior Middleweight classic and run away local Fight of the Year winner. This one has the locals buzzing with predictions all across the board. Most think a knockout is in order. Some have already ordained it the 2015 Fight of the Year.
Philadelphia, PA—Amir “Hard Core” Mansour, of Wilmington, DE, and Joey “The Tank” Dawejko, of Philadelphia, will collide in the most anticipated local showdown in years when they battle over 10 rounds—or less—for the vacant Pennsylvania State Heavyweight Title on Friday evening, May 8, at the 2300 Arena.
The Mansour-Dawejko contest, which will be televised live by ESPN 2, tops a seven-bout card that begins at 7 p.m. The ESPN 2-televised portion of the program begins at 9 p.m.
Mansour (above right), a powerful southpaw, is one of the most feared heavyweights in the world and constantly has been avoided by the big names in the division. At 42, and with time running out, he makes his ESPN debut after piling up a record of 21-1, 16 K0s.
A former USBA heavyweight champion, Mansour lost that belt to Steve Cunningham, who survived a pair of fifth-round knockdowns last year to earn a 10-round decision in Philadelphia.
Because of his inability to get the big- name contenders to fight him, Mansour is rated no higher than No. 24 by the WBC, which most boxing fans consider an insult to Mansour’s record and to his ability.
In his last fight Nov. 8 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem (PA), Mansour scored what Sports Illustrated claimed was the Knockout of the Year when he flattened Fred Kassi, of New Orleans, LA, with a single right hand in the seventh round of their scheduled 10-rounder.
Mansour believes a win over Dawejko will get him back into the world rankings
“I’m gonna smash this kid,” Mansour said. “He doesn’t have the power or the skill level or the warrior’s mentality to go the full 10 rounds with me. I’m not going to leave it in the hands of the judges; I’m going to leave it in the hands of the paramedics.”
Dawejko (above left), 24, comes into this fight riding a six-fight winning streak, including a stretch of four consecutive first-round knockouts.
A pro since 2009, Dawejko is 14-3-2, 7 K0s, but he survived the first four and one-half years of his career by managing and promoting himself, accepting fights on short notice when he was out of shape.
Now, under new management (Club 57), Dawejko is finally living up to the promise he showed as a world-class amateur.
He opened 2015 with an eight-round decision victory over fringe contender Derric Rossy, of Medford, NY, then followed by beating former amateur rival Mark Rideout, of Philadelphia. His four first-round knockout victims may not have been world-beaters—David Williams, Philadelphia; Yohan Banks, Redwood City, CA; Rayford Johnson, Longview, TX; Enobong Umohette, Milwaukee, WI—but Dawejko needed less than six minutes combined to demolish all four of them.
“I can’t wait to step into the ring May 8 in my national TV debut,” Dawejko said. “It’s going to be an explosive night. I’m going to steamroll Mansour ‘cause I’m the tank.”
About May 8
The Mansour-Dawejko contest headlines a seven-bout card at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Doors open at 6 pm; first fight is 7pm. The card will be televised live by ESPN 2 at 9 pm. Tickets are $55 and $80 and can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and Wanamaker’s Tickets (215-568-2400). Tickets also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com and www.wanatix.com. The May 8 card is promoted by Peltz Boxing, Joe Hand Promotions and BAM Boxing.
Well that was quick! Going into the fight no one was giving Nigeria’s Enobong Umohette a chance to beat Joey DaWeko in Joey’s backyard. The experts were correct, he didn’t last half a minute into the fight as a quick Dewejko left hook ended the bout :27 seconds after the opening bell sounded.
The victory marks “The Tank’s” 6th consecutive win and 4th consecutive 1st round knockout. The fight was held at thje 2300 Arena and promoted by Peltz Boxing, Joe Hand Promotions & BAM Boxing.
The end result sets up a local showdown between Joey D and Amir Mansour. I’m not sure why Enobong Umohette stood in between this fight in the first place – but now that is out of the way we can see an interesting bout between two fighters who feel that they belong in the next level. No more free rides – this one should be very competitive…. while it lasts!
This contest is expected to take place at the 2300 Arena in South Philly on May 8, 2015 live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.