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Ronald Cruz looks to make a big statement in Atlantic City!

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Bethlehem’s Ronald Cruz (9-0, 6ko’s) has signed up for a big fight in Atlantic City when he takes on the once beaten Jeremy Bryan (14-1, 7ko’s) in a scheduled 8 rounder on October 30, 2010. Manager Jimmy Deoria says this is an opportunity to make a major statement towards putting Cruz name on the map. To prepare for this bout, Ronald has been preparing for this fight by sparring with the likes of Demetrius Hopkins, Derek Ennis, Hank Lundy, and Mike Jones. Bryan, a two time Golden Gloves champion is also in need of a big win as he was surprisingly KO’d late in a fight he was easily winning not long ago. Two young, hungry prospects with hopes of making it on a world stage – that is what a good fight is all about!

Listen to the exclusive interview with Ronald and manager Jimmy Deoria…

Derek Ennis Highlights a Night of Knockouts at The Blue!

On February 5 2010 – The Philly fight faithful snubbed their nose at certified blizzard to witness a classic night at The Legendary Blue on Friday. In the main event Derek “Pooh” Ennis sharpened up to the tune of a 5th round TKO over game journeyman Edwin Vasquez. Pooh pounded his head to no avail, but once he began to hit the body, the rock crumbled as Vasquez took two knees at the end, knowing it would take a miracle from Jesus to get a W.

In other action, it took Joey DaWejko longer to put on his socks than it did to dispatch his opponent, scoring a KO :47 intp the 1st round of his homecoming fight.

Ronald Cruz made a big statement when he bombed out Martinus Clay midway through the 3rd round of their scheduled 6 rounder.

Eric “Outlaw” Hunter and Andres Gustafson both scored some nice early KO wins.

Jackie Davis again pumps out the fight of the night in a 4 round rumble that had the crowd on their feet throughout.

Clement Bethea and Henry Northam fought like they were competing for a spot in Maximus Roman empire.


Mike Jones sends Pinzon packing & Rosado stops Mundy @ Bally’s!

The date is November 10, 2009 and it seems like the city is taking a lot of tough losses these days. Earlier this month, the main focus of the entire sports world was on the MLB World Series.

yankeesIn a showdown viewed by roughly 19 million people across the globe –  three different New York Yankees pitchers stymied the powerful Phillies bats.

The end result saw the Bronx Bombers claiming the championship in six games. This marks the Yankees 27th overall World Series Championship.

It was a good season but the Fightins fell short in their quest to become back-to-back World Champions for the first time in franchise history.

Also this week, a piece of Philly boxing history was lost as The Spectrum closed it’s doors for good. The rock band Pearl Jam closed down the venue in style – playing four consecutive nights with the buildings last official event being held on October 31, 2009. The final four shows were all sold out crowd.


To top things  off, SEPTA is on strike. Earlier this week, Local 234 president Willie Brown ordered the men and women of The Transport Workers Union off the job and to the picket lines. It is time for a new contract and the union boss says that his workers and SEPTA are “as far apart as California and Pennsylvania” at the negotiating table.

Willie BrownTWU is catching heat for demanding raises in these hard economic times where most are lucky just to have a job.

The citizens of Philadelphia are catching the worst of this stalemate as the strike has stopped all buses and trolleys, leaving many people stranded in their tracks – making routine travels to work and school a nightmare.

Most employers and bosses do not want to hear the strike as an excuse for missing or being late for work.

There is a lot going on around town – and it all seems to be giving me a headache. As the week finally ended, it was time to get out of dodge for a few days. I wanted to see a winner. The brightest hope for a Philly based champion these days rests on the shoulders of Mt. Airy native Mike Jones, who was fighting in Atlantic City on November 7, 2009.

It was a Peltz Boxing production at Bally’s Casino in the center of the AC Boardwalk. The show revolved around Jones, who continues to make in-ring statements saying that he is a young welterweight to be reckoned with.

On this evening he was set to defend his regional NABA Welterweight title against journeyman Raul Pinzon of Columbia. Pinzon has been handed some old fashioned butt-kickings by high level fighters in recent outings.

I guess the goal here was to see how fast MJ could dispatch the fighter who has been knocked out in three of his last four outings.

Mike Jones vs Raul Pinzon 2009 (5)

In the ring, things went exactly as planned as Jones scored a 5th round knockout courtesy of single vicious body shot that left Pinzon on the canvas in agony, making no attempt to beat the 10 count.

Mike Jones vs Raul Pinzon 2009 (6)After the fight, sources close to the NJ commission say Pinzon suffered broken ribs.

With the win, Jones improves to 19 wins against 0 losses – 16 of those wins coming by knockout. He also keeps his regional title and his spot in the world ratings by illustrating that the journeyman type of fighter  is no match for him.

Network executive should take notice because MJ would make an excellent choice of opponent for any young 147 lber in the world….

Mike Jones vs Raul Pinzon 2009 (8)

In the co main event, the up-and-down career of North Philly native “King” Gabriel Rosado is trending upward once again as he bounces back from a tough loss in his previous fight to score a  a 7th round TKO win over fellow Philadelphian Latif Mundy during a battle of local Junior Middleweights.

This was by far the best fight of the night. Many spots where fighters had good fistic exchanges with the rounds see-sawing.

That see-saw was stopped by a big surge from Rosado who hurt Mundy midway through the 7th. Rosado was like a wolf in the wild when he smelled blood and continued his assault until the referee was left with no option but to call a halt to the battle.

Rosado upgrades to 13 -4, 8 ko’s  as Mundy falls to 8 wins and 2 losses.

Gabriel Rosado 2009

One hell of a fight – both men should be proud of their efforts. I’m not sure why this wasn’t held in Philadelphia as this could have been a classic local main event. Maybe we will see a rematch down the road.

In other action…

Mike “No Joke” Stewart recovered from a 3rd round knockdown to win a unanimous decision over Louis Lejia by scores of 57 – 56 across the board.

Josh Mercado won a hard fought unanimous decision

Ronald Cruz won a decision over Ashante Henderson in a fight closer than the final scores indicated.

Ballys Ring Girls 2009

Mike Jones injured after 10 rounds of target practice. Jamaal Davis gets a hard earned win @ Bally’s

photos by Mike “Teek” McGuigan

In a bout that was billed at ringside as “Jones versus The Volcano” MJ wasn’t faced with a bubbly fire of molten lava, instead he was the one who ruptured as he exploded on a severely outgunned Lenin “The Volcano” Arroyo with rights and lefts over the 10 round distance en route to a unanimous decision win at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City.

Mike Jones vs Lenin Arroyo 2009 (202)

It wasn’t Jones (18-0, 15ko’s) best performance, there were times where he looked bored and others times where he played to the crowd. On the plus side, he displayed patience, when he jabbed it was sharp and put his combinations together very well. Make no mistake, he dominated this fight from start to finish. Jones energy level was still high even at the end of the fight so the gas tank definitely was fueled with diesel. He also used the opportunity to shake off some rust as he has only fought 5 complete rounds in the past year coming into this match-up. Continue reading Mike Jones injured after 10 rounds of target practice. Jamaal Davis gets a hard earned win @ Bally’s

Strike 3 Larry Mosley, ur out! Ben Tackie steps in to fight Mike Jones @ Bally’s August 8th

Stick a fork in LA’s Larry Mosley, he is done…again! For the third time this year, Mosley vs. Mike Jones (17-0, 15ko’s) has been cancelled, this time for good. The main event has been salvaged though and the new B side will be former world title challenger Ben Tackie (29-11-1, 17ko’s) of the Bronx via Ghana in the 12 round headline attraction on August 8th at Bally’s casino in Atlantic City for Jones NABA title.

Jones, considered by many to be the #1 prospect in Philly by many is rated #10 by the WBA, #12 by the IBF, #12 by the WBO & #26 by the WBC, all in the Welterweight division. This will mark Jones second defense of the NABA Welterweight title that he won in Philly back in November of 08. In his first defense, Jones blitzkrieg’d Columbia’s Dario Esalas who lasted a mere 2 rounds at The Blue Horizon. Overall Jones has steadily captured the imagination of Philadelphia boxing fans with his vicious knockout power, becoming one of the top draws in recent memory. Almost everyone is in agreement that he has the offensive tools to make a run at the divisions elite, but the question still lingers – can he take as good of a shot as he can give? He was slightly tug with little effect in each of his last two fights as the match regressed from boxing to bar room brawling, Jones winning each with dynamic KO results. We have still yet to see any opponent present any significant trouble to Jones in any of his 17 pro bouts. Take it as you please but the bottom line is that MJ is hands down the most exciting fighter from Philly at this present time. If he comes correct by using his jab and fighting a smart fight against Tackie he should have no problem. If he tries to blow him out of the water, he could be in for a rude awakening. Continue reading Strike 3 Larry Mosley, ur out! Ben Tackie steps in to fight Mike Jones @ Bally’s August 8th

Nakash stops Brunelli in 7, Edmunds is Marvel-ous against Tyric Robinson @ The Blue!

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I have to tip my cap to “The Don” Don Elbaum. It seems like every time there is a fight under his watch at Mother’s house, I am always complaining that he never has the card finalized more than 2 days before bell time or that he is always throwing some cheese ball gimmick out in the main event and giving it the hard sell. It was the same ol’ story this time around with “the Italian – Jewish Philadelphia” title on the line in the main event, with the state #1 contender in the Super Middleweight division Gee Culmer not offered an opponent that would get Greg Sirb’s stamp of approval, with other fights being patch worked with last second fill ins.

With all of that in the air on April 3rd, The Don patchwork produced one entertaining card this Friday in front of a jam packed audience who came from all walks of life.

The main event more than lived up to expectations as Israel’s Ran Nakash (17 – 0, 13ko’s) got the fight of his life from Mayfair’s Dave Brunelli (8-5, 3ko’s) and still pulled out the victory in a match that ended early in the 7th due to the doctors orders because of Brunelli’s apparently cut eyelid. The fight started with more hoop la than a Super Bowl half time show. Italian announcer, Jewish announcer, Italian anthem singer, Jewish anthem singer, USA anthem singer, Italian ring girl… you catch my drift.

After the ring cleared and the men got down to business, we were treated to a damn good Philly style main event. After 2 rounds it looked like Nakash was going to send the Brunelli and his big crowd home disappointed early. By round 4 Brunelli was showing balls the size of grapefruits as he took a lot of Nakash’s best power shots and encouraged him to keep on coming, standing an exchanging at short range. Midway through round 6, the possibility of Brunelli snatching the fight with a late KO wasn’t out of the question as he backed Nakash up with a few good shots of his own and kept fighting strong.

It wasn’t to be, as referee Gary Rosado ordered Brunelli to see the doctor at the start of round 7 to check on a swollen eye and bloody nose, wounds the doctor deemed too serious to continue. It was an unfortunate ending to a fight that allowed both fighters to show their wares. Nakash again showed he is a non stop buzzsaw and is not just some built up boxer, Brunelli showed up in the best shape of his life and displayed a toughness that even his biggest detractors have to appreciate. After the fight Nakash said “I was really surprised he was able to take those shots. he is a really tough fighter”. Here’s to both men for putting on a fight that lived up to the hype.

In the co-feature, Frankford’s Julius Edmonds bullied his way to a 6 round unanimous decision win over Philly’s Tyric Robinson in their highly anticipated Jr. Welterweight contest. From start to finish, Edmunds fought like he wanted to make a statement and his mission was to stay in Robinson’s chest and for every second of every round. He exerted all of his energy to push forward and punch hard throwing a variety of combinations to the head and body while smothering anything his opponent could fire back in return.

Robinson did not back down and punched back every step of the way but it was Edmunds who was clearly in control the entire time. The fight went to the score cards which read 60 – 54 x 2 & 58 – 56 for Edmunds. It is another strong showing for Edmunds who many feel can match up with any 140 lb fighter competing in this area. When asked about this fight he said “this was a very good win for me, Tyric Robinson is a known fighter in this area.”

When asked about who he wanted next he replied “I’m not sure but I’m thinking maybe a fight with Victor Vasquez.” Now THAT would be one hell of a fight….

On the undercard…

Reading’s Julio Caesar Matthew’s won a hard fought unanimous decision over NJ’s William Gill. It was a steady pace through most of the fight where each men landed some good, single shots. Matthews did some good work in rounds 4 and 5 as the south paw was able to land clean left hands. Gill came on strong in the final minute, landing consecutive rights that quickly swelled up Matthews eye. It eventually went to the cards which read 60 – 54, 59 – 55 & 58 – 56 all for Matthews who improves to 7 – 0 with 5ko’s.

Queens, NY featherweight Joselito Callado out boxed and out rumbled a determined, yet limited Jason Rorie of NC over 6 rounds. There were spots where Joselito would literally box circles around his opponent, but to the delight of the fans he opted to make a toe to toe fight of it for half of the fight and got the better in the two way exchanges. The only thing Callado lacks is pop but aside from that you can tell he is a very good, well rounded fighter. The cards read 59 – 55 x 3 for the Queens native. Before the fight, special guest ring announcer Mike Missinelli was booed mercilessly but when it was over the fans gave both fighters a standing ovation.

Jr. Lightweight Paul Fernandez got back on the winning track with a 4th round KO over TN’s Joseph Francisco, a fighter who all but gave up after an impressive 1st round. In the beginning Fernandez slowly moved forward, stalking in a Jason Vorhees manner and Francisco took full advantage using the ring, landing a few shots and getting out of there. As the fight wore on Francisco kept showboating but stopped throwing where as Fernandez began to land good combinations upstairs. Down the stretch, Fernandez dropped his opponent twice and it got to the point where referee Gary Rosato stopped it at 2:57 of the final round.

Welterweight Ronald Cruz stayed undefeated in a decent showing against a very in shape Shannon Hill of Cincinatti. Cruz loaded up a lot and did connect with some heavy bombs as Hill tried to circle and box for most of the fight. Cruz was most effective on the rare times he went to the body, something he should keep in his arsenal for the future. If he slipped in a few jabs, we could have a threat on our hands….

Take nothing away from Hill who did come to fight but in the end all the judges were in agreement that Cruz was the winner by scores of 40 – 36 x2 and 39 – 37.

In the opener, Taneal Goyco and Davit Davitashivili put on a wild, somewhat sloppy slugfest much to the delight of the crowd. Goyco landed some bombs early but Davit fought back hard in the middle. Davits face looked like an old piece of roast beef near the end with cuts and swelling on both eyes but he gave it all he had. Goyco did his thing as well and did more down the stretch to secure a unanimous decision win by scores of 39 – 36 x 3 as Davit was deducted a point for head butting in the 3rd.

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Tony Ferrante wins by KO, Belasco squeaks by Barbosa @ The Arena!

I was unable to attend the Xtreme Productions fights at the Arena this past Friday so I can’t give my hit on the actual fights since there is no footage available but “The Wolf” Kurt Wolfheimer of FightNews steps up to the plate to give his always reliable account of how the matches went down.

In the main event it is reported that Ryan Belasco and Jesus Barbosa traded throughout on the inside in a bout that could have been fought in a phone booth. Belasco got the nod on the official scorecards by a score of 58 – 56 across the board but The Wolf’s unofficial tab had the fight 58-56 in favor of Barbosa. The forum is buzzing a bit on this fight as well with opinion scattered across the board on who the true winner was. I can think of a good way to settle it once and for all….REMATCH!

It is also reported that North East Philly’s Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante scored a 5th round KO over Chris Archer in a fight that the local Light Heavyweight won convincingly. It looks like Ferrante passed a good test against a solid opponent here.

I am now hearing whispers of a wanted match against Wildwood’s Chuckie Mussachio are surfacing from the Ferrante camp for the BAM belt… Shine it & sign it up Joey Eye!

Wahid Raheem and Gabriel Diaz did battle in a give and take fight that see-sawed back and forth throughout with Raheem getting the majority decision.

This was billed as the potential show stopper by the insiders and The Wolf thinks both of these fighters can make some noise in the near future.

Ronald Cruz of Bethlehem stays undefeated with a one punch KO over the debuting Russell Cloak. Keep an eye out for Cruz who has looked good every time out.

Kamarah Pasely continued his improvement and hits the .500 mark as he out boxed the debuting John Burgos over 4 rounds of Cruiserweight action. The Wolf says Burgos couldn’t find an answer for Pasley’s movement and combination’s.

Give Pasley his credit as he continued to work hard after a tumultuous start in the boxing world. Let’s see who he fights next?

Last but not least, in women’s action Jackie Davis, a protegé of all time Philly great “Mighty” Ivan Robinson, scored a 3rd round TKO over Ohio’s Natoya Ervin in a fight The Wolf called a “near perfect performance”.

For the complete run down, check out Kurt Wolfheimer’s full write-up here.


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

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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

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

Derek Ennis decisions Bono, Belasco KO’s DeVictoria @ The New Alhambra

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For the first time in 2009, it was fight night in Philly. After almost 6 weeks of inactivity in this town, it was finally time to watch the pros throw down. The venue was the fabled fight hall on the corner of Swanson & Ritner, the one and only New Alhambra. But this particular event had a mysterious air about it for weeks. On a typical fight night here, fans would come to see a card by the Fairmount Hall of Fame boxing promoter, J. Russell Peltz. This time around, I knew that I wouldn’t be greeted by a smiley lady with the cool hat or a witty comment contradicting a statement made on this site. That was a given.

On this night, it was Greg Robinson and his newly formed Xtreme Productions running the show. That’s cool, he is a known promoter in these parts, but people were asking, why him? why here? why now? Those were the burning questions asked by those who cough up their hard earned cash to pay the steep ticket fees. Something was up but nobody was talking. Omerta…Philly boxing style… Gotta love it.

After a long wait in the frigid wind, I finally made it to the box office window. I made my acquaintance with two new pleasant ladies handing out the media bracelets. So far, so good and was sent inside. After a being on the wrong end of an extensive security search that would have snagged a jailhouse balloon runner red-handed, I was eventually granted full access and free to roam my longtime favorite venue.

Immediately I noticed the naked walls. The life sized banners displaying images of yester-years Philly boxing fight icons were nowhere to be seen. Instead of Bennie Briscoe and Joey Giardello, all that remained were a few flags carrying on the legacies of former ECW Arena icons like Terry Funk and “Flyboy” Rocco Rock. Once I found my seat in press row, word around the ring was that the gym is the back was just about empty. Then it all came together in one fell swoop. It was announced that Xtreme Production (formerly known as Power Productions) is moving in for good.

No more Oaks, no more Armory, this is home and they plan on being here to stay…exclusively. The plot thickens and the saga continues so stay tuned. It is bound to get deeper.

Overall it was a solid kick off to a new year as promoter Greg Robinson and matchmaker Ty McNeil collaborated for a 5 fight card in their new home.

Main Event
Jr. Middleweight Division
(non-title bout)

Derek “Pooh” Ennis…vs…Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor
Philadelphia, PA…………..Wilmington, DE
16-2, 12ko’s……………………12-19, 6ko’s
Derel Ennis vs Clarence Sonny Bono Taylor 2009 (5)The housewarming party was highlighted by PA State & USBA regional Jr. middleweight title holder Derek Ennis (17-2, 12ko’s) who continued his resurrection towards national Jr. Middleweight status with a clear cut 8 round unanimous decision over late replacement journeyman Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor (12-20, 6ko’s) in the main event.

Derel Ennis vs Clarence Sonny Bono Taylor 2009 (6)Before the fight some were saying that if Bono didn’t give a good showing, it was a strong possibility that State Athletic Director Greg Sirb might pull his boxing card. Ennis won every round from the 3rd on but Bono lives to fight another day as he kept it competitive through out as he kept his promise to fight for the memory of his trainer who was tragically murdered just last week .

Derel Ennis vs Clarence Sonny Bono Taylor 2009 (7)The determination was there and he was an aggressive initiator, it wasn’t enough to handle the speed and slickness of Ennis who consistently used Bono’s awkwardness against him, setting up traps along the ropes, counter punching effectively and using the ring to his advantage. Bono did have his moments and occasionally landed some good punches, in particular the 6th when he got Ennis attention with a hard right hook.

Overall, Ennis skill set was too tall a task to overcome. The fight eventually went the distance and the scorecards read 79 – 73 & 78 – 74 x 2. Look for Ennis to step it up significantly soon.

Derel Ennis vs Clarence Sonny Bono Taylor 2009 (15)
Derel Ennis vs Clarence Sonny Bono Taylor 2009 (14) Derel Ennis vs Clarence Sonny Bono Taylor 2009 (1)





Jr. Welterweight Division

Lenny DeVictoria…vs…Ryan Belasco
Philadelphia, PA…………Wilmington, DE
11-12-1, 3KO’s……………8-2-3, 3KO’s

Ryan Belasco vs Lenny DiVictoria 2009 (3)The co-feature was thought it be a nice piece of competitive match making. Instead it turned out to be the last hurrah of a proven Philly ring warrior as Delaware’s Ryan Belasco (9-2-3, 3ko’s) saw little resistance in his fight against Lenny DeVictoria (11-13-1, 3ko’s), ending things midway through the second round with a few body shots followed by a single right hand which surprisingly kept his opponent on a knee for the full 10 count.

Some say it was a very good right hand, some say it was a long list of ring wars catching up. Soon after the bout, it was announced that this was to be the last time Lenny will lace up the gloves as his team noticed a steady decline in performance over the past few fights.

One chapter of Lenny’s life closes and another opens as he plans on getting his CDL license for a new career in the trucking industry. Congrats and thanks for Lenny for making the right move and giving us so many good fights.

Also, Congrats to Belasco on a very good win. Speculation of an 8 – 10 round Belasco – Tyric Robinson fight were swarming soon after. That could arguably be a state title fight…..

Ryan Belasco vs Lenny DiVictoria 2009 (2)Ryan Belasco vs Lenny DiVictoria 2009 (4)Ryan Belasco vs Lenny DiVictoria 2009 (1)





Welterweight Division

Lou Rodriguez…vs…Ray Ellis
Philadelphia, PA……Philadelphia, PA

Lou Rodriguez vs Ramon Ellis 2009 (1)Philly Rumbler Lou Rodriguez (1-0) grinded out a majority decision win in his pro debut against a fellow ring rookie Ray Ellis (0-1) in a very entertaining 4 round welterweight contest. Rodriguez sported an ankle bracelet, a fast set of hands a pretty good chin. Ellis, an aspiring chef and student at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, showed a big heart and applied a lot of pressure as these two went at it for all four rounds.

Lou Rodriguez vs Ramon Ellis 2009 (17)Rodriguez was in control early, winning the first two rounds with a nice blend of combinations to the head and ability to avoid trouble as Ellis pressed forward. The tide changed in the 3rd as Ellis consistent pressure allowed him to storm back in the fight, having a big round as he found a way to break through Rodriguez defense and land some good punches of his own upstairs.

It was anyone’s fight down the stretch and both fought for the win in a 4th round that saw good moments for both fighters as Ellis fought through a leaking mouth and Rodriguez overcoming early fight jitters.

It went to the cards which read 39 – 37 x 2 for Rodriguez with the final judge saying it was even at 38-38. Let’s see both of these guys again against different foes!

Lou Rodriguez vs Ramon Ellis 2009 (62)

Lou Rodriguez vs Ramon Ellis 2009 (80)

Lou Rodriguez vs Ramon Ellis 2009 (108)






Welterweight Division

Ronald Cruz……….vs………Joel Rios
Phoenixville,PA…………….Philly via Puerto Rico
pro debut……………………..1-4

Ronald Cruz vs Joel Rios 2009 (11)Jimmy DeOria’s latest charge Ronald Cruz (1-0) showed some spark in his 4 rounder against a tough Joel Rios (1-5) in a 4 round welterweight battle. Cruz looked very sharp when he fought on the outside, putting strings of combos together. Rios did leave some marks too, especially when they fought in the inside. Activity was the difference here as Cruz was the one who threw most and overall was the sharper of the two.

Ronald Cruz vs Joel Rios 2009 (12)If any young fighter is looking for a test early in their career, give Rios a call, he showed he can last under heavy fire and keep on coming. But, at 32 years old, his team feels it may be in his best interest to leave this sport to the young guys.

On the other hand, Cruz, if he calms down a bit a lets the fight start coming to him, he could be a guy to watch out for in the future.


Ronald Cruz vs Joel Rios 2009 (10)

Ronald Cruz vs Joel Rios 2009 (9)

Ronald Cruz vs Joel Rios 2009 (8)






Cruiserweight Division

Kamarah Pasley….vs…Cullen Rogers
Philadelphia, PA………..Akron, Ohio
0-3……………………………9-22-2, 5ko’s

In Cruiserweight action, Kamarah Pasley (1-3, 1ko) got that elusive first win with a second round knockout over Cullen Rogers (9-23-2, 5ko’s) . Pasley was able to land good leather and dig deep hooks into the awkward Rogers all night. Pasley dropped Rogers with a left early in round 2, then continued the assault when his opponent got up. Rogers didn’t go back down but offered nothing in return leaving referee Shawn Clark no option but to stop it.

Congrats to Pasley, a guy who never gave up on his dream of getting that W! Keep your eyes open because word is that Pasley is signed up to fight again on January 31st against Pedro Martinez at South Philly high school! Can he make it 2 in a row? We will see!

Kamarah Pasley vs Cullen Rogers 2009 (3)

Kamarah Pasley vs Cullen Rogers 2009 (4)

Kamarah Pasley vs Cullen Rogers 2009 (5)






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Xtreme Productions New Alhambra preview with videos

Power Productions kicks off the 2009 Philly fight year on January 16th at The New Alhambra in South Philly. The undercard is still unsettled but the main event and co-feature are etched in stone. I have all four contestants giving their side of the story. In the main event, PA State Jr. Middleweight champ Derek “Pooh” Ennis (16-2, 12ko’s) is scheduled to take on local veteran tough guy Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor (12-19, 6ko’s) of Delaware for a scheduled 8 rounder. Things looked shaky at the start of the week as Bono’s longtime trainer, Derrick Hoey, was tragically shot and killed over the weekend which could understandably call for Bono to reconsider taking this fight. But Bono told me personally that he plans to fight on despite the personal tragedy. It is official so the breakdown goes like this. In 2008 Ennis rebounded from a bad end in ’07, where he was unexpectedly KO’d, to the tune of a 4-0 record and putting himself back in striking distance of a significant televised fight on the national level. Ennis last outing was icing on the cake as it was his most complete performance as a pro, boxing a 10 round masterpiece over the 20 win vet Troy Browning to claim the state title and a portion of the USBA title. It was a big step forward. While few will doubt his offensive skills, some still wonder if he has the beard to make it to the big time. His last loss came in this very building in the summer of ’07 in a fight he was highly favored to win. If he can avoid the big punch, he has the skills to make a nice run in this sport. His opponent Bono on the other hand has lost 8 of his last 10 fights since winning a portion of the WBC title early in 2007. With that being said, Bono’s bar room tough guy record only tells a part of the story. He will give you an honest effort and usually makes his opponent fight hard for the duration. Let’s not get it twisted, Ennis is a HUGE favorite here, but this is Philly boxing and strange things always seem to happen. But hey, I only speak from the ring apron, click below to hear it from the guys who will be in there getting it on!

Derek Ennis

Sonny Bono

In a nice piece of matchmaking, the co-feature is said to have Delaware’s Ryan Belasco (8-2-3, 2ko’s) taking on Philly’s Lenny DeVictoria (11-12-1, 3ko’s) in a 6 rounder. Both fighters, at times, have been outstanding in the ring. There have also been a few occasions where both fighters have come in unprepared and laid a couple of duds. DeVictoria’s record is a misleading as he has taken on some of the best young, undefeated prospects this sport has to offer. Most memorably, he knocked off the then highly regardless Elad Shmouel in Philly’s 2007 fight of the year. Most recently, he fought to a draw against the rather ordinary Ricardo Media. Belasco on the other hand is cut from the cloth of his fellow Delaware fighters. Tough, has good fundamentals, and is willing to fight but no special skill that jumps out at you. Early in his career, problems of running out of gas attributed to draws and losses in fights he very well could have won. It looks like he has found a cure as he has gone deep into fights lately and looked fresh near the end, particularly against the boxing barber Victor Vasquez in one of the best of 2008. Both men had ample time to prepare for this fight so there should be no excuses. This is definitely an interesting contest, as these are two of the top guys locally fighting at 140 lbs. Expect some sparks to fly in this one as both men are usually happy to trade leather with an opponent.

Listen to both fighters tell it themselves

Lenny DeVictoria


Ryan Belasco


In Other Action…

Junior Welterweight Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson (9-3, 3ko’s) returns to the ring looking to erase memories of his latest outing against Jason Cintron which ended in a one sided loss. No opponent has been announced. Once Too Sweet ranked in the top 5 of the Philly Keith pound for pound list. Lets hope the real Too Sweet shows up for this one instead of the guy we saw last time.

Philly lightweight Ronald Cruz will make his pro debut against Joel Rios (1-4, 1ko) of Puerto Rico.

Heavyweights Kamarah Pasley (0-3)and John Carlisle (0-1) , both of Philly, will battle it out as both seek their first wins as a pro.

Lou Rodriguez of The Philly Rumblers Boxing Club is scheduled to make his awaited pro debut after a false start back in October when his opponent fell out last minute. He will take on Ray Ellis who is also making his pro debut.

A light welterweight scrap between two fighters with their only win coming by way of the dirt nap face off as Allentown’s Eluid Torres (1-0-1, 1ko) takes on the challenge of Pleasantville, NJ’s Omar Brito (1-0, 1ko) over 4 rounds of promising action.

Cleveland lightweight Miguel Gonzalez (1-0, 1ko) is not on the card due to being unable to find an opponent.

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