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.
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.
Philadelphia, PA (May 2, 2016)–THIS Friday night, May 6th, a terrific night of boxing returns the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia as King’s Promotions presents a ten-bout card.
In the main event, rising super middleweight Christopher Brooker (8-1, 5 KOs) takes on Antowyan Aikens (10-1-1. 1 KO) in a bout scheduled for eight-rounds.
This past Friday night in Atlantic City, the Brooker of Philadelphia and Aikens of Atlantic City met for an impromptu face off and they are both ready for this important battle.
In the six-round co-feature, former world welterweight champion, Kermit Cintron(35-5-2, 28 KO’s) of Reading, PA will be back in action when he takes on Eduardo Flores (23-20-3, 15 KO’s) of Quito, Ecuador in a jr. middleweight bout.
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.
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On November 20, 2015, Marshall Kauffman’s King Promotions put on a dynamite show at the 2300 Arena for the locals with about 30 union members mostly at ringside.
In the main event, Super featherweight southpaw Frank Santos DeAlba, 17-1-2 (6), of Allentown, PA, won a 6 round decision over game Jesus Lule, 7-15-1 (1) of Ft. Myers, FL. He hasn’t lost since his debut loss.
Each round was like the one before it with Lule chasing and DeAlba countering with many hard punches to body and head. Lule kept coming with the heart of a lion. On occasion he got in a good punch but couldn’t overcome the odds of the favorite.
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.
On Friday 10/8/10 at The Arena, a single Danny Garcia (19-0, 13ko’s) left hook all but ended the career of one time world title contender Mike Arnoutis, scoring an explosive 4th round knockout in the Golden Boy Promotions main event.
The action was competitive for two rounds but in round 3 Garcia stepped it up, scoring a late knockdown as the bell sounded. Arnaoutis rose to his feet but was not let off the hook in the following round as Garcia patiently found his spot to seal with deal, with a perfectly placed hook square to the chin. Referee Gary Rosado wisely called a halt to the battle as Arnaoutis tried to return to a vertical base.
Even though everyone knew Garcia was going to win coming in – it was how he won which was the impressive part. Arnoutis has taken a long list of world class contenders the distance but only once before has he gone out on his back. The way he responded to these knockdowns – he should think long and hard about making another trip into the ring.
Garcia on the other hand showed that there is no doubt he is ready for a top 10 guy in the 140 lb division.
In other action – Canada’s Arash Usmanee won a surprisingly sound unanimous decision over Anthony Flores. Usmanee was a strong man who took some good shots but would not stop coming forward. Flores was down three times in the contest.
Victor Vasquez won a close and arguable split decision over Bryne Green of Vineland. Vasquez looked to be the Vic of old in the early going score a no non-sense knockdown late in the opening frame. To Green’s credit – he shook it off and fought hard for the remainder of the night.
He buzzed Vasquez pretty good late in round 5 but followed with a low blow that gave the boxing barber time to recoup. The sixth was dead even and finished of what was the most competitive bout of the evening.
All scorecards read 57-56, two in favor of Vasquez, the other in favor of Green.
Bastie Samir scored a 2nd round KO over a big hearted Joe Dunn.
Kareem Cooley stayed on the outside for four rounds en route to unanimous a decision win over a spirited Eluid Torres.
Aaron Anderson dropped to a lowly 1-8 but at the end of the night he was the guy people were running to take pictures with as he played to the crowd while absorbing four rounds of punishment from Wanzell Ellison. Anderson wasn’t very skilled – but he did put on a good show and has some tricks that this rookie Ellison wasn’t prepared for. With that said – Ellison clearly won every round.