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Kennedy vies for NABA title, Big Poppa vs. The Assassin in Atlantic City September 25, 2010

Peltz Boxing is on for a September 25th date at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City. In the main event, undefeated Super Bantamweight Teon Kennedy (15-0-1, 6ko’s) looks to add the vacant NABA title to his hardware collection when he takes on Mexico’s Alex Bacerra (20-8, 9ko’s) for a contest scheduled for 12 rounds.

While Teon is billed as “The Technician”, his last few bouts has been the rough and tumble type which gave his corner fits but the fans plenty of reason to cheer. In Teon’s first USBA title defense in May of this year, he clearly outclassed Mexico’s Jose Angel Beranza early but stumbled to the finish line as the wily veteran made the match baited Kennedy in and made it “ugly”. Kennedy was the clear winner but it took every ounce of energy he had to make it through, showing tremendous heart along the way.

Bacerra has lost five of his last seven – three of which coming by KO. Bet the house on a convincing Kennedy win.

The co-feature is a battle between Philly Super Middleweights as Dennis Hasson & “Big Poppa” Tommie Speller face off for an 8 rounder.

More info to come go to www.peltzboxing.com for ticket info.

R.I.P. Francisco Rodriguez

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It is my unfortunate duty to report that Francisco Rodriguez of Chicago passed away Sunday night from injuries sustained in his USBA title bout against Teon Kennedy at The Blue Horizon. Many in the Philly boxing community have expressed their condolences to all affected by the passing of this great warrior. From the bottom of our hearts, R.I.P.
 
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For a full write up of the action on Peltz Boxing card, check out Marc Abrams recap here courtesy of 15rounds.com

Teon Kennedy fights for the USBA title @ The Blue!


Quick preview of the fights 11/20/09 @ The Blue Horizon Teon Kennedy (10-0-1, 5ko’s) gets his first shot at gold this weekend when he faces Francisco Rodriguez (14-2, 8ko’s) of Chicago for the vacant USBA Super Bantamweight title. Kennedy is considered by some to be one of the better fighters at his weight on the east coast. He slipped a bit in his last fight and ended up with a draw in Atlantic City to an anonymous journeyman. If there is ever a time for him to make a statement, it is now. His opponent Rodriguez has won 3 in a row since being knocked out by Andre Wilson, a fighter Kennedy beat in a close one earlier this year. This winner of this fight is assured a top 15 rating in the IBF.
Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis takes on Joshua Onyango in a 6 round JR. Middleweight bout. Expect Davis to be too strong and too fresh legged for Onyango, a tough guy who has seen better days.
Dennis Hasson is back in the mix after some time off. He will compete in a 6 rounder. 
John Poore is 6 round heavyweight bout, another win or two for the big guy could set up a nice pay day against a name fighter.
Ardrick Butler & Ryan Carson are other A-Sides filling out the card.

Teon Kennedy vs. Addy ends in a 10 draw, Flores loses by decision, Wilson wins a decision in Atlantic City

According to multiple sources, the Philly fighters had it rough this Saturday’s nights Peltz Boxing card in Atlantic City. The biggest surprise was Philly contender Teon Kennedy being held to a draw by journeyman Lante Addy in their 10 round super bantamweight bout.

In the co-feature, North Jersey’s Victor Valenzuela pulled a minor upset by winning a unanimous decision over Philadelphian Anthony Flores. Flores is said to possibly have fractured a bone in his face after an early head butt that could require surgery.

In other notable action – Philly Cruiserweight Garrett Wilson won a unanimous decision over Alfred Kinsey in a battle of bombers.

For a full story of the night, check Kurt Wolfheimer & Rick Sharmberg’s recap http://www.fightnews.com/?p=23735#more-23735

You can also read Ken Hissner’s take on the night’s action here http://doghouseboxing.com/Ken/Hissner092109.htm

Talk about it and See what they are saying on the forum http://phillykeith.com/fightforum/index.php?topic=943.0.

The Technician disassembles Gonzalez over 8 rounds, John Poore inches back near the money fights in AC

photo by Chris Sembrot- www.chrissembrot.com

Peltz Boxing returned to Atlantic City for the first time in years on June 6, 2009. A standing room only crowd packed the Ballys Casino Ball room to watch local Featherweight Teon “The Technician” Kennedy (13-0, 5ko’s) continue his rise with a strong 8 round decision win over Reading PA’s Lucian Gonzalez in the main event.

Teon Kennedy vs Lucien Gonzalez (2)

It was a contest that many have called for over recent months and when this was all said and done, Kennedy left no doubt of who was the better fighter during this very solid contest that kept a good pace throughout.

This fight looked like it would be a war in the opening round as both fighters immediately met in the middle of the ring and trades short, hard punches at close range. Teon Kennedy vs Lucien Gonzalez (5)

Gonzalez was very game but the tide began to turn in round three as Kennedy maintained a steady work load while Gonzalez started to slow down as try to use the ring.

Teon Kennedy vs Lucien Gonzalez (6)The Technicians ferocity would not let his opponent off the hook as he stalked and generally out landed his foe for the duration of the fight.

Both men tried to knock each others heads off – but it eventually went to the scorecard which read 80-72, 77-75 and a more accurate 78 – 74 in favor of Kennedy who inches his way closer to a crack at a 122 lb USBA super bantamweight title fight.

Teon Kennedy vs Lucien Gonzalez (4)      Continue reading The Technician disassembles Gonzalez over 8 rounds, John Poore inches back near the money fights in AC

Mike Jones fight on June 6th scrapped due to a bicep injury!

Peltz Boxing card at Bally’s in Atlantic City on June 6th just took a hit as the world rated Philly welterweight Mike Jones (18-0, 16ko’s) strained a muscle in his bicep two weeks before the fight and will not make his long awaited NABA welterweight title defense against LA’s Larry Mosley on this night. MJ is expected to be out of action until at least mid July.

The new main event is still a good one as Teon Kennedy takes on Lucian Gonzalez of Reading in a fight many have wanted to see for some time now. This will be an 8 round super bantamweight contest.

The co-feature is now a battle between undefeated Philly Jr. Middleweight Latif Mundy who will take on undefeated Atlantic City Jr. Middleweight Pat Majewski for an 8 rounder that could produce a lot of shrapnel.

Heavyweight “Big” John Poore returns to the ring to face Jermell Barnes of Rochester, NY in a 6 rounder.

More info to come as it is made available. Get tickets by calling 215-765-0922

Peltz Boxing comes to Atlantic City on June 6th!

Talk about it on the forum here http://phillykeith.com/fightforum/index.php?topic=774.0


Peltz Boxing will come to Bally’s in Atlantic City on June 6th with a card that promises fireworks. On top of the bill Mike Jones (18-0, 16ko’s) will make his long awaited NABA welterweight title defense against LA’s Larry Mosley in a 12 round main event. This is a re-take of their originally scheduled February 1st match which was canceled at the last minute due to a back injury sustained to Mosely while training.

Jones has been knocking them silly since turning pro but Mosley his most decorated opponent to date as the LA native has an extensive amateur career and has fought and occasionally beaten fringe contenders.


The co-feature is looking good too as Teon Kennedy is scheduled to take on Lucien Gonzalez of Reading in a fight many have wanted to see for some time now. This will be an 8 round super bantamweight contest.


It doesn’t stop there because undefeated Philly Jr. Middleweight Latif Mundy will take on undefeated Atlantic City Jr. Middleweight Pat Majewski for an 8 rounder that could produce a lot of shrapnel.


Heavyweight “Big” John Poore is threatening Ric Flair’s record for most career comebacks and on this night he rumored to be preparing for a 6 rounder against an opponent TBA.


Garrett Wilson, Philadelphia, PA, vs. Louis Robinson, Philadelphia, PA, 4, light-heavyweights;


Eliud Torres, Allentown, PA, vs. Gerald Smith, Philadelphia, PA, 4, lightweights;


Osnel Charles, Atlantic City, NJ, vs. Luquan Lewis, Wyandanch, NY, 4, lightweights;


Rashad Bogar, Newark, NJ, vs. Ardrick Butler, Philadelphia, PA, 4, welterweights.


More info to come as it is made available. Get tickets by calling 215-765-0922

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions you can email Philly Keith at keith@phillykeith.com

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April 2009 Philly Top 10 Pound for Pound Lists!

photo by Mike “Teek” McGuigan

It has been a while since I put together a Philly top 10 list and in that time it is still pretty obvious who is #1 in the town, that would be B-Hop. But in the past year there has been a lot of activity amongst the rank and file who made moves to get to the top. Some succeeded, some failed, some have rebounded and others are on their way.

This time around I give you two lists. First is a national Philly top 10 pound for pound which gives my ranking to those from this area who are either champions, within title contention or TV fighters. These guys are all over the world and are known industry names.

The next list is themed “21 & Under” ranking the Philly pros with 21 pro fights or less. These fights can take place anywhere in the world. This list tracks the activity of the young pros who seem to be on their way to making big moves in the boxing circuit within the next few years. These rankings are based on pro performance and potential, not solely on amateur career.

This was done as a replacement for the local top 10 list that ranked boxers competing within city limits. There was just not enough activity to compile one. Take a look and feel free to send any feedback to me via email.

http://phillykeith.com/nationaltop10April09.htm

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions you can email Philly Keith at keith@phillykeith.com

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Mike Jones destroys Dario Esalas in 2, Teon Kennedy gets off the deck to win at The Blue!

On March 6, 2009 Peltz Boxing Promotions returned to the Legendary Blue Horizon with a bang, putting on a card that didn’t have one stiff on the line up which resulted in good fights from A- Z. After an 8 year absence, the Philly fight fans were excited about the return and came out in high volumes to see an evenly matched 7 fight card highlighted by the towns hottest prospect Mike Jones who is rated in all major sanctioning body rankings. Jones was originally set to take on former amateur standout Larry Mosley of LA but at the last minute Mosley called out with a back injury so in comes Dario Eslas, a well traveled veteran with knockout power and a light bulb chin. The over under on this one was 3 rounds.

The co-feature was an interesting one as another highly touted, undefeated Peltz boxing prospect Teon Kennedy took on the world rated Andre Wilson on Missouri in an 8 round Super Bantamweight showdown. This one got interesting as Wilson showed he is no fluffed up mid westerner but Kennedy showed the heart of a fighter as he had to deal with a lot of elements he hasn’t come across before inthe ring. There was a lot on the line for both as Wilson was hungry for better pay days and respect as he wanted to shed the “opponent” label. Kennedy was one win shy of qualifying for his teams goal of getting a crack at the USBA title.

The card was rounded out with the usual Peltz Boxing fighters, all of which went in tough. Kensington Super Middleweight Dennis Hasson looked to stay unbeaten against Philly’s Garrett Wilson, a fighter who was said to be training like a beast, evident by his weight loss which allowed him to drop down two divisions.

The boxing barber Victor Vasquez always gives the crowd their money worth and on this night his assignment was an unknown, undefeated fighter from upstate PA in Rod Salka. This Jr. Welterweight fight stole the show.

Jr. Middleweight Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis was making his Peltz boxing debut and he was set to take on Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor who always gives a game effort.

A Philly showdown between Luis “Smurf” Esquillin and Derek Bivens put on a nice 4 round show and Kassim Wilson looked to make it two wins in a row against the well travelled Martinus Clay in an 8 round Jr. Middleweight fight.

The Main Event
NABA Welterweight Title Fight
Mike Jones vs. Dario Eslas

In the main event Mike Jones (17-0, 15ko’s) continued on his path of rage when he demolished late sub Dario Esalas in the 2nd round of their NABA Welterweight title fight, scoring three monster knockdowns in that round, the last of which leaving his opponent in a catatonic state long after referee Gary Rosato waved off the contest. With the win, Jones is sure to improve on his #11 ranking in the WBA. Somewhere, Larry Mosley is thanking his lucky stars he bailed out of this fight at the last minute, somewhere else Dario Esalas is thinking the money just wasn’t worth it….A special note to the shiny suits “decision makers” at HBO – SHOWTIME & ESPN… STOP FLUFFING UP SCRUBS!!! PUT MJ ON YOUR SHOW INSTEAD!!!! THESE KNOCKOUTS ARE MUST SEE TV!!!!!!

Photos by Chris Sembrot / www.chrissembrot.com jones-esalas2 Mike Jones vs Dario Eslas 2009 Mike_Jones (1)  jones-esalas4

 

 

Super Bantamweight Division
Teon Kennedy vs. Andre Wilson
Philadelphia…………Missouri

The co-feature was much much much more competitive as rising super bantamweight Teon “The Technician” Kennedy had to overcome quite a bit to grind out a split decision win over the gutsy Andre Wilson of Missouri in their 8 round fight.

In the pre fight interview, Wilson told us that the crowd was in for a surprise, and surprise us he did when he dropped Kennedy with a straight left in the 3rd and opened a bad cut over the Technicians right eye, a wound that would leak through out the fight. With that being said, Kennedy sucked it up and landed some heavy leather of his own stunning his opponent on many occasions.

Kennedy was like a cat trapping a mouse as he would cut the ring off and back Wilson into the corner which would initiate a lot of the action. Neither fighter refused to buckle and fought to win all the way to the final bell.

The scores were split at 76 – 75 for each fighter but the final tally of a shocking 79 – 73 gave Kennedy the edge he needed in a fight he did deserve to win. The fans gave a nice applaud in appreciation of both men’s efforts.

Photos by Chris Sembrot / www.chrissembrot.com

Andre Wilson

Teon Kennedy vs Andre Wilson 2009 (1) Teon Kennedy vs Andre Wilson 2009 (6) Teon Kennedy vs Andre Wilson 2009

Jr. Welterweight Division

Victor Vasquez vs. Rod Salka

Buloma PA’s Rod Salka and Victor Vasquez put on one hell of a 6 round Jr. Welterweight contest in a deceiving match that saw a bloody Salka sweep the scorecards at 60 – 54.

Throw those scores out the window because this is an early candidate for fight of the year and other fighters will be hard pressed to top the 6th and final round of this one as both men stood toe to toe and let it fly to the delight of every fan in the building.

Vasquez came to rumble as always but Salka was pretty damn sharp on this night and in my opinion is a threat to any 140 lber in this area. More on this to come soon.

Photos by Chris Sembrot / www.chrissembrot.com

 

Victor Vasquez vs Rod Salka 2009 (1) Victor Vasquez vs Rod Salka 2009 (2) Victor Vasquez vs Rod Salka 2009 Victor Vasquez

Lightweight Division

Derek Bivens vs. Luis Esquillin

Derek Bivins and Luis “Smurf” Esquillin had themselves an entertaining 4 round super featherweight match which gave fans reason to cheer and April 11 fight organizers reasons to sweat.

When two young Philly guys go at it, it is usually good and this one has its share of two way exchanges in the middle of the ring. Smurf’s straight lefts busted Bivins nose early but Bivins left his mark with plenty of hard right hands that found the target. Rightfully this fight ended in a draw. A rematch isn’t out of the question, this time make it a 6 rounder!

After the fight, Paul Fernandez team was over heard saying both fighters would be easy pickins for their guy….. Let’s see about that!

Photos by Chris Sembrot / www.chrissembrot.com

Derrick Bivens vs Luis Esquillen 2009 (5) Derrick Bivens vs Luis Esquillen 2009 (6) Derrick Bivens vs Luis Esquillen 2009 Derrick Bivens vs Luis Esquillen 2009 (3)

Super Middleweight Division

Dennis Hasson vs. Garrett Wilson

Dennis Hasson earned a hard fought 6 round unanimous decision over the tough, wild style of Garrett Wilson. Hasson boxed cool and calm as Wilson would randomly attack with lunging hooks. Down the stretch Hasson landed some clean, heavy bombs though Wilson seemed to take them well. Overall it was a good pace and a solid amount of action with both fighters not budging an inch.

Photos by Chris Sembrot / www.chrissembrot.com

Dennis Hasson vs Garrett Wilson 2009 (4) Dennis Hasson vs Garrett Wilson 2009 (5) Dennis Hasson vs Garrett Wilson 2009 (1)

Jr. Middleweight

Jamaal Davis vs. Clarence Taylor

Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis was successful in his Peltz Boxing debut as he wore down Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor over 6 rounds to take a unanimous decision win. Davis hard body work was able to wear down the awkward style of Bono and Davis’ jawing after rounds seemed to have a bit of an effect on Bono as well.

Photos by Chris Sembrot / www.chrissembrot.com

 

Jamaal Davis vs Clarenece Sonny Bono Taylor 2009 (20) Jamaal Davis vs Clarenece Sonny Bono Taylor 2009 Jamaal Davis vs. Sonny Bono 1

Jamaal Davis vs Clarenece Sonny Bono Taylor 2009 (8) Jamaal Davis vs Clarenece Sonny Bono Taylor 2009 (14)

Jr. Middleweight Division

Kaseem Wilson vs. Martinus Clay

Kasseem Wilson earned an 8 round unanimous decision over Martinus Clay in a fight that far exceeded expectations as both men decided to be aggressive and make a fight of it.

Wilson almost had Clay out early but the game veteran dug into his back of tricks and was able to turn the tide a bit mid way through the fight. Wilsons activity was the key as he out hustled Clay down the stretch to seal the win on all judges scorecards. Wilson looks to be back in stride so keep an eye on future fights.

Kassem Wilson vs Martinus Clay 2009 (17)

Kassem Wilson vs Martinus Clay 2009 (12)

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Peltz Boxing returns to The Blue Horizon 3-6-09

They said it would never happen in a million years…but to the surprise of many it was recently announced that J. Russell Peltz struck a 6 fight deal which will bring his promotional outfit back to the building he made famous, The Legendary Blue Horizon. The talk of the boxing town starts with a potential lights out card on March 6th which will see the world rated and current NABA Welterweight champion Mike Jones make his first title defense against LA’s Larry Mosley (15-3-2, 6ko’s) in the 10 round main event. Jones is a hot name right now and was even pegged by the well respected Steven Kim of www.maxboxing.com as the sports prospect of the year in 2008. Continue reading Peltz Boxing returns to The Blue Horizon 3-6-09