On February 16, 2016 – the Marian Anderson Recreation Center hosted an afternoon media session with local boxing contender “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy. A handful of people made their way to the Graduate Hospital subsection of South Philly to take part in Lundy’s final local public stop before heading to Madison Square Garden for a February 27th HBO showdown with the WBO’s 140 pound champion Terence “Bud” Crawford.
It is no secret that about 98% of the people in the boxing industry feel that Lundy has no chance of winning his upcoming fight. The Nebraska native Crawford currently rates at the Ring Magazines #6 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. The latest Vegas odds have Crawford in the neighborhood of a 20-to-1 favorite.
Those who know Hank know he couldn’t care less about what the public is saying. He did not disappoint when put in front of the crowd. The 32-year-old former John Bartram High running back spent over an hour answer questions from the local media. His main theme was talking about how he was going to knock out the champ! He also spoke about his career as the underdog, growing up hard in Philly and much more. Check it out below.
On October 14, 2009 Greg Robinson held a press conference at The Fox & Hound in Center City Philly to introduce he fighters on his upcoming 10th anniversary card. He plans to celebrate in style on October 16th at The Legendary Blue Horizon with Philly Jr. Middleweight Derek “Pooh” Ennis on top of the bill. After weeks of shuffling and searching for opponents, Eromosele Albert (22-3, 10ko’s) has been selected and approved by the IBF as this match will be over 12 rounds for the USBA Jr. Middleweight title.
Ennis has looked strong in his last few bouts, most recently on ESPN with a W over John Mackey. People have been calling for Pooh and his team to make a move, and here it is. Albert is a two time Olympian from Nigeria and overall solid competitor in his own right with some good showings on ESPN. Very solid match-up that should produce a lot of two way action.
On the undercard, look for an all out Philly rumble between the Boxing Barber Victor Vasquez and Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson. Excellent matchmaking and should be a delight for the crowd. Vasquez hasn’t fought since March so you know he is itching for a fight. Robinson has lost two in a row and it itching for a win, especially on his uncles 10th anniversary card where I am sure the whole family will be in the house. Grab a beer and enjoy!
The night will also mark the return of Tommie “Big Poppa” Speller
Watch the video to hear from Promoter Greg Robinson, Derek Ennis, Coy Evans, Tyric Robinson & more.
On Thursday, January 24th, 2008 – Big Box Promotions in association with Fighting City Productions held a press conference to announce their upcoming card in Sewell, New Jersey.
Scheduled for action are undefeated prospects Chazz Witherspoon & Tommy Rainone to go along with Derek Ennis who fights a 10 rounder against Edwin Vasquez for one of the smaller belts in the junior middleweight division.
In attendance were Derek Ennis, Chazz Witherspoon, Mark “Oaktree” Brown, Jennifer Mollister and Kareemah Thomas who will be fighting in a ladies contest.
Quotes from the fighters:
Derek Ennis “My fans know what I bring. I am coming to fight, and I wont stop. Rest assured, I will put on a show”
Chazz Witherspoon ” It is great to be fighting in my home town area. I had to jump at this chance. There are very good heavyweights out there, and it is time the people of South Jersey see the talent it has produced. It is going to be an amazing show”
Phase One of Dave Brunelli vs Mark “Oaktree” Brown showdown is in the books as Greg Robinson of Power Productions invited members of the boxing community to the The Wachovia Spectrum for a press conference to spread the word of his upcoming card on October 19th. There were some heavy hitters in attendance including former Light Heavyweight Champion Matthew Saad Muhammed, Daily News boxing columnist Bernard Fernandez, along with Power Productions fighters Tyric Robinson, Tommie “Big Poppa” Speller to go along with the panel which seated Dave Brunelli, Chucky Cavallo, Simon “One Punch” Carr, Greg Robinson, Jackie Frazier Lyde, former World Heavyweight Champ Terrible Tim Witherspoon & Mark “Oaktree” Brown. The 45 minute presser went something like this.
– Chucky Cavallo said how he is thankful for the opportunity to be on the card, to fight 10 rounds for the PA State Title against Richard Stewart and also gave a shout to his manager Nedal & trainer Muggsey Episcopo.
– Greg Robinson promised to bring a card that will entertain all of the fans in attendance. He also told us this card will be held to celebrate 40 years of boxing at The Spectrum which started with Smokin Joe Frazier and also spoke about he he once fought at the Spectrum back in his days as a pro.
– Dave Brunelli told everyone he “wasn’t one for a whole lot of hootin’ and hollerin'” but assured us he was going to bring his A game and come out on top October 19th.
– Oaktree thanked God, thanked his manager Howard Shomo, told us he got his nickname from punching trees as a kid, guaranteed victory and then ripped his shirt off. He also assured everyone that he is in shape and Team Brunelli better not be banking on him gassing out after a few rounds.
– Terrible Tim talked about how we will see a new and improved Mark Brown in this fight which sparked off a spirited debate with Team Brunelli manager Mike Murphy on who has beaten the better opposition.
– Mike Murphy pointed out that Brunelli has been the under dog in the past and came out on top and how they recently beat Aaron Lyons, the fighter who beat the guy that gave Oaktree his only career loss. Oaktree yelled out “man, that guy had titties”.
Overall it was a good start with both sides still convinced that victory will be theirs. Joining Power Productions in the promotion of this card are KO Fightz and Sports Extreme. Tickets are on sale at ComcastTIX.com, 1-800-298-4200, the Wachovia Complex Box Office, select ACME locations, and the Virtua Health Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees.
Philadelphia, PA (May 17, 2007)….This latest segment of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Winky Wright “Coming To Fight” 5 city press tour led to the Legendary Blue Horizon in Hopkins backyard of Philadelphia to generate interest in their upcoming showdown on July 21, 2007 which can be viewed live on HBO PPV. Below are comments from both fighters and HBO executive Mark Taffet.
Bernard Hopkins –
“They say I am the underdog. I am the poster boy for being everything that is the underdog.” ‘I proven I can do this as a 42 year old guy and still demand the respect by my performance. Winky comes with a lot of credentials, Winky didn’t get that by sitting on his butt doing nothing..”
“I know how it feels to be unbeaten, defend the titles. Try to get it some other way but can’t get it. 99% of the people know I need to have this. I need this fight, to beat the guy with the toughest defense, the hard to hit guy. You are only as good as your last fight but I won’t harp on Tarver but I have to remind you of it. Winky is no Tarver and Tarver is no Winky.”
“I went to the store for a Gatorade and I saw this. Tarver has been missing for a long time. You heard Tarver, he is gonna do this and that, now he is on a milk carton. Winky I might as well put you on one now so there is no mystery. Wright is wrong about this one.”
Winky Wright –
“I’d like to thank everyone for having me here. It is amazing when I heard that Bernard Hopkins wanted to fight Winky Wright, I thought it was a joke at first. I got the contract at a catch of 170 so I said lets do it. This is gonna be a throw back to the old days.”
“Bernard is bigger guy, older guy I am the young and smarter guy. He wants to stand up for Philly but I refuse to lose.”
“They say he fought great southpaws but he ain;t beat Winky Wright, he beat Tarver but he hasn’t beaten Winky Wright.”
“July 21 will be a heck of a fight. After this fight he is gonna know he should have stayed retired.’
Mark Taffet – on the heals of May 5th, it’s the privilege and honor to be amongst greatness like this. These guys have the focus, dedication and commitment to be the best. They don’t strive to be the best, for over 10 years they have been the best. Winky Wright hasn’t lost since 1999. Winky has never walked away from a challenge, fighting the biggest names and incredible wins over Mosley and Tito Trinidad. They thought Taylor fight was changing of the guard, the young bull but Winky brought it right to him.
Bernard Hopkins, what a pleasure it has been to work with Bernard, even in the latter portion of his career. 2 weeks after 9/11 he dominated Tito Trindad to win the Sugar Ray Robinson trophy. Then he has the big big win over De La Hoya. Most recently his memorable win over Antonio Tarver. That night he showed what he showed what he has over 20 times as a middleweight.
When the best fight the best there are so losers and July 21st you will see that. You will see what the greatest look like that night. Two of the true stars of the sport will be fighting each other. Documentary will start on July 16th and will air 17 times on HBO.
Check out this photo gallery from the press conference. Press the full screen button after opening for best quality.
“If Bernard Hopkins and De La Hoya can do it, then so can I” proclaimed Simon “One Punch” Carr during his press conference at the Marion Anderson Recreation Center on 17th & Catharine in South Philadelphia while formally announcing the new union between Team One Punch and Lion Heart Boxing Promotions.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but a source close to the team says that the pack includes a minimum of 6 fights per year with options that could bump that stat up to as many as 12. Time will tell if this is true.
This deal which will not only bring One Punch back into the ring, it also allows Simon the opportunity to flex his business muscle as co-promoter where he will have the responsibility to promoting events and putting asses in the seats, a situation he is no stranger to. Carr is now believed to be the youngest active boxing promoter in the United States.
Back in the early 1990’s, Simon wandered into the Marion Anderson Rec as a 12 year old boy not knowing what was behind those doors. He quickly realized he loved boxing and before long he was an up and coming amateur fighter with over 40 wins and Olympic dreams.
Unfortunately, his aspiring career was put on hold when in 1998, Carr was sentenced to 7 ½ – 15 years in state prison on a third degree murder charge. This was just before his professional career was set to begin.
While he was locked down, Simon used that time to earn an Associates Degree is Sports Management and gain his barber’s license. 18 months ago Simon was released from a state correctional facility finishing a tough 8 year prison stretch. Since coming home, Simon has gone on to become a fixture on the boxing scene and an active member of the community . He constantly volunteers his time speaking to kids, helping the homeless and more. There is also a movie in production called “Redemption…A Man Reborn” which is a documentary of his life.
Today was a long day in the making for the South Philly slugger. It was a nice scene at Marion Anderson where local media, business associates and friends gathered in support of Team One Punch. The panel consisted of Sporty Smith, Simon Carr, Ed Mendy CEO of Lion Heart Boxing, James Williams who is the strength and conditioning coach and former NCAA & PAC coach of the year in track and field, and Simon Carr.
Among the supporters in attendance were Light Heavyweight contender Prince Badi Ajamu, former WBA Cruiserweight Champion Nate Miller and Karl “I got U” Heinz of My Garage on 25th & Passyunk.
The hour long conference was filled with moments of Team Lion Heart exchanging thank you’s and the sharing of ideas and plans for the future. The newly formed team promised to bring excitement back to Philly boxing, give opportunities to pro and amateur boxers alike, and spoke about how they plan to take it to the next level.
Simon might have been down, but he sure as hell is not out. This goes to show that if you stay motivated and stay focused, anything can happen. Best of luck One Punch!
Former pound for pound king Roy Jones Jr. (50 – 4 38ko’s) continues his comeback and on Tuesday afternoon it was officially announced that he will defend his NABO Light Heavyweight Title in the fight capitol of the world, Philadelphia, PA live on Pay-Per-View December 9, 2006 against Manny Siaca (20 – 6 18ko’s).
Global Spectrum along side Square Ring are promoting this fight at the Liacouras Center on the same night middleweight king Jermain Taylor takes on Kassim Ouma and Roy says this will by far be the fight of the night.
Suggested retail price of this ppv telecast is $24.95 and will be offered to millions of homes throughout North America. The under card has yet to be announced.
Like old times, when the microphones were on, it was Roy Jones doing the majority of the talking. The Pensacola native seems a more mellow these days and instead of bragging and boasting, he humbly opened the press conference by complimenting his opponent and the city stating that “this city produced his greatest rival” and that “both fighters helped each other get where they are today” though he failed to mention Bernard Hopkins by name. RJ also reassured the media that “when I come, I come for real. I can’t wait until Dec 9th. I wasn’t going to fight against just anyone so I got the #1 contender”