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Top Prospects David Benadvitez and Alejandro Luna come East, Tyrone Bruson puts in the fight of the night at the 2300 Arena

ringside recap by Ken Hissner

On August 4, 2016 – Kings Promotions and Premier Boxing Champions put on a good show at South Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena. This live ESPN telecast consisted of an interesting mix of fighters. The bout sheet including multiple Philly fighters but the card was built around a couple of West Coast prospects with true potential to make a run at the higher level.

Philly’s Naim Nelson from the Fast Lane Boxing Gym made the TV portion of the show, slidding in to the co-feature on less than 24 hours notice after Ireland’s Stephen Ormond failed to make-weight for his fight against Alejandro Luna. It can be argued that Luna received a much tougher fight from the late fill in.

Other action of local interest included North Philadelphian Tyrone Brunson in a knockdown, drag out affair with a tough Mexican fighter, fellow North Philly resident Jerome Conquest is a tight one against a New Yorker, and youngsters Kieran Hooks and Jeffrey Torres making their professional debuts.

In the Main Event 19 year-old David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez, 16-0 (15), Phoenix, AZ, stopped southpaw Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglan, 20-5 (13), formerly out of Marlboro, NJ, now residing in Las Vegas, NV, at 0:45 of the tenth and final round.

This was an interesting bout with Douglan taking the first two rounds using his jab well. Once Benavidez got warmed up he showed his power taking rounds three through round six. He hurt Douglan on several occasions with right upper cuts to the chin.

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Omar Douglas scores a knockout, Milton Santiago wins a decision at Sands in Bethlehem – June 28 2016

by Ken Hissner

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.

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Jonathan Maicelo and Jaron “Boots” Ennis Win in Philly on Saturday night

By Ken Hissner

Hard Hitting Promotions Presented “Live Boxing” Saturday night at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall in South Philadelphia. It was an outstanding show! Promoters Manny Rivera and Will Ruiz (also matchmaker) did a great job with such a solid night of boxing.

In the main event Peruvian lightweight Jonathan “The Last Incan” Maicelo, 24-2 (12), of N. Bergin, NJ, scored a knockdown and defeated Ramesis Gil, 10-15-5 (7), of Santo Domingo, DR, over 8 rounds.

Maicelo countered the oncoming Gil throughout the fight, finally dropping him in the seventh round. Gil could not deal with the hand and foot speed of Maicelo.

Judges Steve Weisfeld and Gail Jasper had it 79-72 while Judge Alan Rubenstein and this writer had it 80-71.

Philadelphia amateur sensation 18 year-old welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 2-0 (2), wowed the fans stopping Louis Ramos, 0-2, PR, at 0:23 of the first round. The fans went crazy!

“Boots” rocked him with a right hand making Ramos grab him until Ennis got loose turning southpaw and breaking the nose of Ramos with a wicked right hook forcing Ramos to turn his back heading back to his corner.

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Christopher Brooker and Kermit Cintron Score Wins at the 2300 Arena

By Ken Hissner

On Friday, May 6, 2016 – it was the Kings Promotions team of Marshall Kauffman and David Feldman putting on a 10 fight card at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. It was a well-attended night of fights, and with the exception of a delay that ran a little over one hour due to the ambulance being late, it was a good show.

In the main event, Super Middleweight Christopher “Ice Cold” Brooker, 9-1 (5), of Philadelphia scored a knockdown and won a hard-fought 8-round unanimous decision over Atlantic City’s  Antowyan “Ice Man” Aikens, 10-2-1 (1).

For the first two rounds it went back and forth with Aikens boxing and Brooker coming forward receiving a cut in the second round by his left eye. Cut-man Moe Morales would keep it in tact the remainder of the bout. In the third round Brooker was finally getting through the defense of Aikens and dropped him with a right to the chin. In the fourth round Aikens continued to box Brooker not allowing him to get the big punch in again.

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Errol Spence looks spectacular while Glowacki decisions Steve Cunningham at The Barclays Center

On April 16, 2016 I set off for a weekend trip to Brooklyn, New York City – the place where the hip-hop crowd paint murals of Biggie and the hipsters live in beautiful brown stones on extended tree-lined streets.

While a good portion of my time would be spent enjoying 5th Ave in the Park Slope section of the borough followed by a long Sunday morning run through Prospect Park which was hosting a Bernie Sanders rally that same day, the primary purpose of this trip was to cover boxing from the Barclays Center.

It was Saturday night, PBC on NBC, arguably the best TV series in boxing. A paid attendance of 7,628 turned out to the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. I had one of the best seats in the house as a credentialed member of the boxing media.

Barclays Center 2016 (1)

The majority of fan support was split between local contender Chris Algeri who was in against rising star Errol Spence Jr. in the main event while another heavy batch came to shout “Polska” in favor of IBF Cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki who was taking on longtime veteran Steve “USS” Cunningham in the co-feature.

Glowacki was making his first title defense while Cunningham chased a chance to become a three-time champion in the division. Click the link to read the full recap of the trip brought to you in part by AirBnB.

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Tevin Farmer shines in his first Broadway performance. The top 10 awaits…

On March 30, 2016, business brought me to “The Crossroads of the World” – Times Square, New York City. It just so happened that while I was in town, DiBella Entertainment was hosting a special Wednesday night boxing event that had North Philly Jr. Lightweight contender Tevin Farmer in a featured bout. The venue was B.B. King Blues Club on W 42nd street in midtown Manhattan, a short cab ride away from where I was staying on the Upper East Side. With a last minute media pass secured and a suite already checked-in, I was making an impromptu trip to Broadway to watch a hometown fighter get his feet wet on the big stage.

On this evening, the only thing standing between Farmer and a top ten in the world rating and NABF gold was a Mexican journeyman named Gamaliel Diaz. Farmer won 13 consecutive fights coming into this one. Number 14 would likely springboard him into a new tax bracket.

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Julian Williams KO over Matano caps off a spectacular Kings Promotions show at the Sands Casino

March 5, 2016  – Shout out to Marshall Kauffman and Kings Promotions who continue their run of producing very good boxing shows. On this particular evening, the Reading based outfit went live across the country on Showtime Boxing from the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA. The on TV fights produced fireworks and the off-TV battles were pretty damn good in their own right.

On a show that was in cahoots with GH3 Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, fight fans saw a young fighter springboard into title contention, a true Fight of the Year candidate and a couple of prospects get put to the test in tough bouts.

The near sell-out crowd was a lively mixture of people from different walks of life and the venue itself seems custom-built to accommodate a professional boxing show. An old-timer said to me “this is how all the fights used to be!”

In the main event – Philadelphia’s Julian Williams “did what he needed to do” and knocked out a tougher-than-advertised Marcello Matano of Italy in the 7th round of their 154 pound IBF title elimination bout.

Julian Williams vs Marcello Matano press credential

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Bud Crawford stops Lundy in the 5th to win the Hostile City Showdown at Madison Square Garden

On February 27, 2016 – it was a hostile city showdown at Madison Square Garden where boxing fans from all walks of life formed one of the most malicious boxing environments I ever been apart of.

I have to admit – this was one of my best trips of covering fights at The Mecca of Boxing! This is how a world title fight should feel. At the end of the day, security did a very good job at keeping the loud crowd in check and the fans themselves kept it at a certain level, not resorting to non-sense that could ruin a good event.

This hot-ticket event was centered around a long winded showdown between WBC Jr. Welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and long-time fringe contender Hammerin’ Hank Lundy. But the two main attractions can’t take all of the credit for this sell out crowd. A strong contingent of Puerto Rican and Irish fans also put their money down to join the surprising number of Nebraska based fans who came to show that people from their city are “about that life”.

The Philly fans were also definitely in the house though seemingly scattered across the 5,000 seat theater as opposed to united in large flocks.

Hank Lundy vs. Terence Crawford press credential

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Jones stops Munoz at Boardwalk Hall

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Mike%20Jones-vs-Munoz-1.jpgphoto by Mike "Teek" McGuigan – In Atlantic City, Philly Welterweight Mike Jones (21-0, 17ko’s) had 15 minutes of target practice against Hector Munoz (18-3, 11ko’s) – battering away on his hopeless foe until the referee stopped it at the 2:03 mark of round 5. Jones had a distinct height advantage but chose to fight mostly inside and landed just about everything he threw while taking about 5 punches total in return. The win Jones cracks the top 15 in every major sanctioning body, collects the NABO title and is another step closer to the promised land – an HBO fight against much higher caliber opposition.

In the evenings main event – Argentinean Sergio Martinez slick punched his way to becoming the new Ring Magazine Middleweight Champion of the world with a unanimous decision win over Kelly Pavlik.

Nakash blows out Carrol in 2, Shmouel wins return bout at The Blue!

photos by Anthony Gargano / www.pixgargano.com

On February 6, 2009 – the local boxing fans flocked to the Legendary Blue Horizon for a solid 6 fight card which was highlighted by undefeated Israeli heavyweight / cruiserweight Ran Nakash continuing his knockout streak when he dismissed the light challenge of Delaware, Ohio Ryan Carroll in less than 2 rounds.

Ran Nakash vs. Ryan Carroll 2

Nakash, a hand to hand combat instructor in the Israeli Army, used a body assault to pave the way to victory as Carroll’s flabby midsection wasn’t built to withstand the power punches downstairs. During this short fight, Carroll was dropped to his knees twice from shots to the bread basket.

Midway through the 2nd, referee Steve Smoger saw enough and call a halt to the contest as it became apparent that Carroll was ready to gas out at any moment.

Ran Nakash vs. Ryan Carroll 5

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