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.
All items courtesy of Showtime and PR man extraordinaire Marc Abrams
Here is what Julian and his trainer, Stephen Edwards, had to say Tuesday:
“I am extremely focused. There is a lot at stake this Saturday. I am finally in the position I wanted to be in since turning pro.
“I have come to a conclusion that if people don’t have to fight JulianWilliams then they won’t. It hasn’t been that frustrating though because I always have a fight on the books. I can’t worry about the people who won’t fight me. I just have to stay ready and put myself in the mandatory spot. That’s what I am going to do on Saturday night.
“It’s never any challenge fighting at home. I know exactly what I have to do. I don’t cut any corners in camp. The biggest challenge is the waiting because I am so anxious to get in there and get a win, especially in front of my home crowd.
March 5, 2016 looks to be a hot date on the boxing calendar as HBO and Showtime go head-to-head featuring rising fighters Julian Williams and Luis Ortiz in their respective main events. Both bouts are of the showcase variety as the two boxers need one more win to secure major fights in their respective divisions. Who will you watch live? Read the break down and let me know your thoughts…
On April 4, 2015 , West Philly Junior Middleweight Julian Williams (19-0-1, 11 ko’s) continued his rise through the ranks. As a swing bout on the Premier Boxing Champions inaugural broadcast on the CBS network, the 24-year-old pitched a 10 round shut out over Miami’s Joey Hernandez (24-3-1, 14 ko’s) in front of a live national audience to earn a unanimous decision win in Quebec City, Canada.
It was a clean sweep across the board with all three judges scoring every round for Williams. The opponent Hernandez was very game, but it was evident early that Williams speed, timing and accuracy were far too advanced for him to handle.
This showing on a big stage will surely boost his stock. He is currently rated #10 on the The Ring (magazine)‘s list of 154 pound fighters. While there is still room to improve, the consensus is that he is now ready to take on someone above him on the this list.
Congrats to J-Rock on the victory. The city looks forward to watching him take the next step as a pro.
On December 3, 2010 live on Showtime – West Philly’s Eric “Outlaw” Hunter (15-2, 8ko’s) lost by disqualification against former Cuban Olympian Luis Franco (8-0, 5ko’s) – the official time of stoppage was 2:34 in round 8 because of repeated low blows. It was a tough spot for Hunter who took the fight on less than two-weeks notice, traveling to fight on Franco’s promoters card on the opposite side of the country.
While the loss may be a very tough pill for Hunter to swallow at the moment, it gives him an opportunity to learn and grow. Even the all-times greats have taken losses at one point or another. It is all about how you bounce back from adversity. If Hunter is to be the true champion that many feel that he can be, he will learn from this experience and bounce back stronger. Stay tuned…
On the under card, local Jr. Middleweight Julian Williams improved to 4-0 with a 6 round unanimous decision win over Mario Evangelista.
Philly Keith Sports was granted an exclusive ringside photographers pass for this event at the Chumash Casino. Check out the full photo gallery shot by staff photographer John Costill
On Friday December 4, 2010 – West Philly Super Featherweight Eric “Outlaw” Hunter (15-1, 8ko’s) heads off to Santa Ynez, California for a live, televised 8 round showdown against undefeated Cuban national Luis Franco (7-0, 5ko’s). The bout will be broadcast around the world on Showtime’s – ShoBox “The Next Generation” series. TV’s go live at 11:05 Eastern Time.
There are a lot of opinions floating around regarding this fight. Some are saying that Franco is tailor made for a smart boxer like Hunter. Others are quietly saying that Outlaw is in over his head against a fighter with over 400 amateur bouts. The popular opinion is that Franco’s promoter Gary Shaw is trying to pull a fast one – thinking that he can catch Hunter unprepared by offering the fight on two weeks notice.
If that is Shaw’s reasoning for taking this bout, he is sadly mistaken as it is a well known fact that Hunter lives in the gym. Franco may have fought and occasionally beaten some of the best Cuba had to offer as an amateur, but Outlaw was no slouch as a pre-pro as well racking up over 180 wins and holding a spot as an alternate on the 2004 US Olympic team.
Don’t be fooled – the promoter, the TV station and most of the ticket paying audience will be pulling for Franco to win this one. It will be a lonely trek across the country for a chance at getting where many feel he belongs – amongst the top young fighters at 126 lbs in the world! Don’t be surprised if Hunter is the one with his arm raised at the end of the night.
With all of the subplots and current direction in the career of both fighters, this is an interesting bout. Hunter, since joining forces with the Cohen family, has put together his best stretch as a pro – showing a renewed dedication and consistently taking fights over the past 15 months against different levels of opposition. Hunter is trained by Sloan Harrison and is promoted by Prize Fighter Promotions.
On the un-televised portion of the show, local Light Middleweight Julian Williams (3-0, 3ko’s), a recent Gary Shaw signee, will take on Mario Evangelista (3-7, 3ko’s) for a scheduled 6 rounder. The 20-year-old from West Philly was an amateur standout and is expected to make a successful transition to the pro game.