Category Archives: Tyrone Brunson

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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Ty Crawley and Christopher Brooker win in Trenton

article by Ken Hissner
photos by Daniel Cork @

On July 9, 2016, Kings Promotions (Marshall Kauffman & David Feldman) returned to Trenton,  New Jersey for their second show at the Sun National Bank Center. This card also marked a second appearance for the promotional duo on the ESPN airwaves with the main event and co-feature being televised to a live national audience.

The undercard was of most interest to the Philadelphia fight fans with local prospects Ty Crawley and Christopher Brooker competing in separate bouts.  Local vet Tyrone Brunson was also scheduled for action but his fight was canceled at the weigh-in. Sources say the opponent could not pass the pre-fight physical.

Philadelphia junior welterweight Tyrone Crawley, 6-0 (0), has the swing bout and he used that time to easily defeated southpaw Alexander Charneco, 4-3 (4), of San Juan, PR, over 6 entertaining rounds.  Continue reading Ty Crawley and Christopher Brooker win in Trenton

Tyrone Brunson Q&A “God don’t make no mistakes. Everything that happened in my career happened for a reason” – 2016

It is hard to believe that the year was 2007 when I first met with Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson, a then 22-year-old Jr. Middleweight from North Philly who was on a mission to break the world record for scoring most consecutive first round knockouts. Read the 2007 interview here 

A year later,  Brunson surpassed former world champion Edwin Valero on March 8, 2008 when he quickly dispatched Francis McKechnai in a Michigan ballroom to become the first fighter in boxing history to score 19 consecutive 1st round KO’s.

It can be said that breaking this mark brought more harm than good. Becoming the KO king did not bring in big time promotional offers or large figure sponsorship opportunities. Instead, Brunson was criticized for the quality of opponents after the his name was etched in to the record books.

After “the well went dry” people started to disappear and Brunson considered walking away from the sport he picked up as a 9-year-old at the ABC Gym on 26th & Master Streets,

In 2016, Brunson (22-6-1, 21 ko’s) says he is focused again and seems honest in his desire to become a world champion. This time around, he speaks of earning the money, power and respect that comes along with being a champion, and aims to do it the proper way.

It has been a long, interesting journey for the now 31-year-old Philly fighter. Take a couple of minutes to read and drop a comment when complete.

Philly Keith: Thanks for joining us Tyrone, let’s get into telling the people what you have coming up next.

Tyrone Brunson: I’m fighting this Saturday July 9th at the Sun Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. I’m fighting Joshua Okine who is 28 – 7 – 1 with 17 knockouts.

I’m ready to go put on a show for the fans, I’m in great shape, had a great camp and I am ready to go out and perform now. It’s an ESPN show.

[Editors Note: the fight was cancelled at the weigh-in.  Sources say Okine did not pass the physical.]

PK: What do you know about your opponent?

TB: Not too much, he is a last-minute replacement. I was supposed to fight someone else but he didn’t accept the fight so Joshua was up next. I know he has a pretty good record, he fought Christopher Pierson and a couple others with good records. This will be a good fight for me to step up to show that I can beat the guys on that level.

PK: Who does Team Brunson consist of these days? Where are you training, who is your trainer?

TB: Zahir Justice from Fast Lane, I’m with those guys. I have a good team around me, good conditioning coach, good everything now. I am more mentally focused again and got my hunger back for the game again. Continue reading Tyrone Brunson Q&A “God don’t make no mistakes. Everything that happened in my career happened for a reason” – 2016

Fred Jenkins and Tyrone Brunson win the June 2016 Nike+ roadwork challenge

Shout out to Fred Jenkins and TY Escobar Brunson as the two locals out distanced me in the June 2016 Nike+ road work challenge.

Young Herk literally ran away with the title this past month. Recent career events had Fred asking himself “how bad do I want it”? He responded with a record of 70.7 miles of roadwork over the last four weeks.

A late Brunson surge put him in the winners circle with a strong 41 miles. Keep up the great work!

Thanks to everyone who ran and motivated me to get off the couch. Lots of great names made this list. The Nike+ challenge is open to everyone. Beat me in any given month and get a feature story about you. Simple as that. Find me at Philly Keith or Keith Mc

Nike+ - July 2016 - Fred Jenkins and Tyrone Brunson

Double shot of Philly Boxing Tonight. Tevin Farmer on ESPN, Tyrone Brunson on CBS

It’s a double shot of Philly boxing tonight. Two fights on two networks televising two careers trending in opposite directions. All it takes is one impressive showing to open new doors.

Local product Tevin Farmer (18-4-1, 4 ko’s) will kick things off by opening this week’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights. The “American Idol” travels to the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut to face undefeated Angel “El Gato” Luna (10-0-1, 6 ko’s) in an 8-round junior lightweight contest. On the other side of the country, North Philly’s Tyrone Brunson (22-4-1, 21 ko’s) gets a final shot at glory when he takes on Ireland’s Dennis Hogan (20-0-1, 7 ko’s) in a 10 round Jr. Middleweight match up on the CBS Sports Network from the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota.

After a rough start to his career, Farmer is riding the wave of an 11 fight win streak. Since teaming up with Club 1957 management, he has rebooted his career to the point where Star Boxing saw enough to sign him to a promotional contract. Since then, Farmer has taken his show on the road with his three most recent wins coming outside of his home base of Philadelphia. The run has some believing that the southpaw has the potential to compete against upper level competition.

Luna, a former officer in the Dominican Navy, is facing his first opponent with a winning record. His undefeated record looks nice on paper but tonight it is time to scratch beneath the surface and see how he reacts against a fighter who is coming to win. At the moment, the 25-year-old is a bit of a mystery. The world will know a whole lot more come Saturday.

After the Farmer – Luna fight – flip the switch over to CBS to check in on boxing’s triumphant return to free, network television. The main event is full of sub plots. It has been a long, twisted journey in the boxing world for Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson. The North Philly native started his career by setting a world record – knocking out his first 19 opponents in the first round. The latest chapter will read that he travels to Hinckley, Minnesota take part in the main event of the second live boxing show on CBS since the 1990’s.

Don’t get it twisted, the purpose of this bout is to showcase Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan who is being put in a prime opportunity to cash in on American love for exciting Irish fighters. Promoter Greg Cohen has gone to great lengths to put this boxing card on TV for free in front of a worldwide audience. Hogan is the promotional backed boxer and clear favorite in this contest.

As the world knows, Brunson started out red-hot. But once it was revealed that his record was paper thin, things got real in a hurry. Without going into specifics, the facts show that Brunson is 3-4-1 in his last 8 bouts. While that is average at best, there are some who still believe that he has special talent. Those who have spent time in camps with “Young Gun” testify to how he would barrel through fighters like Andy Lee, Ronald Hearns, and Kassim Ouma in sparring sessions. Boxing is a fickle sport and most only remember your last fight. This is likely Brunson’s last chance to do something big in a meaningful situation in the ring.

Overall it is good spotlight for two who have dedicated their lives to the sport of boxing. In the ESPN bout, Farmer weighed in at 130 lbs while Luna checked in at 128.25 LBS. In Minnesota, Hogan weighed in at 153.5 lbs vs. while Brunson scaled out at 153 lbs. What are your thoughts on these contests?



Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson Interview – 2007

If you are a Philly fight fan – you have probably heard the name Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson , but haven’t had a chance to see the face or watch the skills of this 22-year-old Middleweight who is on the heals of breaking the all – time record for most consecutive first round knockouts to start a career. At first glance the stat sheet looks legit. He hails from one of the hardest parts of North Philadelphia and had a good amateur career. Others are saying it’s duck season at Camp Brunson, referring to the low level of opponent he has faced to date.

It is time to hear from the man himself. Read the interview and then tell me if you think he is for real or if the rep is just some cooked up ghost story…

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The Welterweight Wars are coming to Valley Forge

November 9, 2006 – Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

Lion Heart Boxing Productions proudly announces today that it will hold a Live Professional Boxing event at the Valley Forge Convention Center in Valley Forge, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on November 30, 2006. In the Main Event, North American Boxing Council (NABC) Welterweight Champion and Welterweight contender Antonio Mesquita (33-0, 27 knockouts) will defend his title against an opponent to be announced.

The event titled “The Welterweight Wars” will feature at least five welterweight bouts. In addition to the Welterweight main event and NABC Championship fight, The Welterweight Wars currently has four additional welterweight fights scheduled on its Undercard. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Welterweight Contender Troy Browning (17-0) will have his first comeback fight after a long visit in the ‘big house.’ Additionally, former Welterweight champion Mamadou Thiam (42-6) of Dakar, Senegal, Lion Heart’s own and Hurricane Katrina Evacuee Elliott Forman (0-1) and New Yorker Rafael Saldana (professional debut) will also be featured, all against opponents to be announced.

The Undercard will be highlighted by Philadelphia’s own knockout sensation up and coming megastar, Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson (13-0, 13 knockouts). Brunson has a hard to believe and an unmatched middleweight record of thirteen knockouts wins in thirteen outings, all knockouts in the first round.

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