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Farah Ennis patiently pummels Lares in Atlantic City!

On November 19. 2010 at Harrah’s Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, Farah Ennis (17-0, 11ko’s) of Germantown scored three knockdowns en route to a 7th round stoppage win over Victor Lares (15-5, 4ko’s) of Corpus Christi, TX – which earned him the vacant NABF Super Middleweight title.

Farah Ennis vs Victor Lares 2010 (5)Lares has a couple of decent spurts but overall was no match for his younger foe who took his time to find the right spots to operate.

Ennis stayed on the outside for most of the opening rounds and then accepted Lares challenge when the Texas native decided to go for broke and get inside. It turned out to be a mistake for Lares as he got dropped in the midst of putting forth his best work somewhere in round 5.

Ennis turned up the heat in round 7, dropping Lares with a hard looping right – a shot that gave the referee no option but to call a halt to the battle.

In the co-feature, “The Gentleman” Chazz Witherspoon (28-2, 20ko’s) of South Jersey scored a stoppage win over Alexis Mejias (11-6, 5ko’s) of Paterson, NJ.

Chazz Witherspoon vs Alexis Mejias 2010 (4)

 

The under card was extremely one-sided as Super Featherweight Keenan Smith (3-0, 1ko) of Philadelphia, PA, Light Heavyweight Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell (7-0, 3 KO’s) of Atlantic City; Super Middleweight Joel De La Paz (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Atlantic City and Delaware’s Joey Tiberi (2-0, 1 KO) all won convincingly. Ismael Garcia vs Corey Preston 20100 (1) Ismael Garcia vs Corey Preston 20100 Joey Tiberi vs Antonio Parker 2010 Keenan Smith vs Anthony Royal 2010 (2)Keenan Smith vs Anthony Royal 2010

photos by Paul Dempsey / Philly Keith Sports

 

Farah Ennis goes for Gold in Atlantic City!

All of a sudden, Philly boxers are becoming kings of the regional title. United States championships, North American titles, the Inter-Continental belt & more, we have a stake in all of them. On November 19, 2010 at Harrah’s Resport & Casino in Atlantic City, Farah Ennis (16-0, 10ko’s) of Germantown looks to add his name to the growing list of local boxers who have achieved status as the best in their weigh class in a certain geographical area. In his first out of town main event, “The Quiet Storm” will take on Victor Lares (15-4, 4ko’s) of Corpus Christi, TX for a scheduled 12 rounder for the NABF Super Middleweight title.

It is a virtual shoe-in that Ennis will bring home the hardware and add to the growing collection of titles won within the Ennis camp. More importantly, the winner of this match will receive a top 15 rating in the world, inching that particular person towards the types of fights that will get their name out there on a national level. Ennis has recently caught the eye of the suits at ShoBox – who recently added his name to the list of up and coming prospects at 168 lbs. It is widely expected that Ennis will prove once again that the lower to mid-range type of opponent is no match for his talents. After this – it is about that time someone puts Farah on TV! Continue reading Farah Ennis goes for Gold in Atlantic City!

Chazz Witherspoon Returns – Farah Ennis to co-feature in AC august 28th!

South Jersey Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (26-2, 18ko’s) is giving it another run – and the first stop on his road towards the top begins in Atlantic City for a 10 rounder against journeyman Livan Castillo (16-8, 10ko’s) of Ecuador. This bout looks to be a rust shaker of sorts as Castillo has been known to go a few rounds with top heavyweights before calling it a day. It will be a good opportunity to see how much "The Gentleman" has left and to see if he is still motivated to do what it takes to make another run towards the top. Many are pulling for Chazz, who is one of the sports top class acts, to be successful.

Rising Super Middleweight Farah Ennis (15-0, 9ko’s) is wasting no time getting back to business – at press time he is schedule to compete in the co-feature against Anthony Shuler (20-7, 14ko’s) of Indiana in an 8 rounder. Ennis has done what he is supposed to do in his last couple of bouts – quickly dispatching outgunned opponents. Shuler is a veteran who has faced some good prospects / fringe contenders – most recently going 8 rounds with Irish Olympian Andy Lee, a fight that ended in a KO loss. After this win – Farah should be ready for a decent fight against a known name.

Also expected to fight are Qu’ad Muhammed, Issac Seldon, Lavarn Harnell, Joel De La Paz & more…

This card is brought by Jim Kurtz & Spartan Fight Promotions.

Chazz Witherspoon to fight in Mississippi 8/29/09

A year ago, St. Joe’s grad Chazz Witherspoon (25-1, 17ko’s) was mentioned in the conversation of “Best American Heavyweight Prospect”. A loss to Chris Arreola sent him to the back of the line. “The Gentleman” has won his last 3 fights and he looks to make it 4 in a row this Saturday in a stay busy fight in Mississippi. Another TV shot isn’t far away, he could be a dangerous sleeper if taken lightly…

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

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Chazz Witherspoon KO’s Adam Richards in Tennesse


“The Gentleman” Chazz Witherspoon (24-1, 15ko’s) returned to the win column with an 8th round TKO over Adam Richards (24-2, 14ko’s) in Nashville, TN over the weekend. The fight was said to be a good two way inside fight for most of the contest. In the 8th Richards finally wore down and Witherspoon landed a variety of overhand rights and uppercuts which left Richards unable to continue. Congrats to The Gentleman on a hard fought victory. A few more wins like this and he is right back in the mix of Heavyweight contenders.

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Brotherly Love


There was a PPV worthy sparring session at Joe Hands Gym in South Philly earlier this week as IBF Cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham and Heavyweight contender Chazz Witherspoon lent each other a helping hand as each man prepares for significant fights which will come in the near future. The individual fights are detailed below but for this occasion, the battle tested Philly Hall of Famer Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer made the trip to watch the fighters get themselves in top physical form for their big nights. Click here to read the recap and look at the pictures sent in by the former Super Middleweight champion of the world.

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Upcoming fights in Sewell New Jersey

On Thursday, January 24th, 2008 – Big Box Promotions in association with Fighting City Productions held a press conference to announce their upcoming card in Sewell, New Jersey.

Scheduled for action are undefeated prospects Chazz Witherspoon & Tommy Rainone to go along with Derek Ennis who fights a 10 rounder against Edwin Vasquez for one of the smaller belts in the junior middleweight division.

Fighting City Press Conference 2008
In attendance were Derek Ennis, Chazz Witherspoon, Mark “Oaktree” Brown, Jennifer Mollister and Kareemah Thomas who will be fighting in a ladies contest.

Quotes from the fighters:

Derek Ennis “My fans know what I bring. I am coming to fight, and I wont stop. Rest assured, I will put on a show”

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Chazz Witherspoon ” It is great to be fighting in my home town area. I had to jump at this chance. There are very good heavyweights out there, and it is time the people of South Jersey see the talent it has produced. It is going to be an amazing show”

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Chazz Witherspoon makes it 17 in a row at The Blue Horizon

photos by Mike McGuigan

On the strength of a dynamite card in February, fans flocked to the Blue Horizon in hopes of another action packed night at the fights. The line outside of the building backed all the way up to Master Street, filled with men, women and children from all walks of life. Some were die-hard Philly fight loyalists; others were young socialite spenders who mistakenly identified the side building mural of Joe Frazier for Evander Holyfield, but heard that The Blue is the place to be.

Asses were in the seats and interest in Philly boxing was at a height we haven’t seen since back in the day when my old man and uncle would ditch the wife and kids for an afternoon at the Spectrum for some Willie “The Worm” Monroe, Bobby “Boogaloo” Watts & company.

While the game has changed since the stars of yesteryear packed 10,000 into the building on a Saturday afternoon, we were promised that tonight’s card would be a display of a crop being hailed as the next generation of great Philly fighters. It was “The Night of the Undefeated” at the Legendary Blue Horizon with heavyweight prospect Chazz Witherspoon as the headliner.

At the prefight press conference and later in a one on one interview, matchmaker Don Elbaum was saying this night would be better than the last. While lightening didn’t strike twice, overall it was a solid card that gave us three knockouts and showed that the Philly crowd wants every cent of their money worth when they cough up between $35 – $60 for a ticket.

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It’s a certified stinker at the JCC in Northeast Philly

Man this card was bad and most likely put the nail in the coffin of Lionheart Boxing in Philly. It is a shame because it could have been a good night. This Lion Heart / Damon Feldman collabo fell apart at the seems almost causing a riot. Incidents left Victor Vasquez without an opponent, he was lights out when he last fought on Damon Feldman’s card at the Spectrum and is definitely a guy you want to see live. Chucky Cavallo was set to fight the tough Ron Boddie for a regional Light Heavyweight title, this fight canceled. Tiger Allen was said to be fighting, Troy Browning was promised and more.

But when the curtain jerked, 5 of 7 scheduled fights fell out and the place went ape shit when the ring announcer told the crowd. PA commish Greg Sirb wasn’t having it and he enforced state law offering everyone a full refund. It was wild, the fans flung out more F-Bombs than a Vietnam movie. Luckily, the handlers of the event were diligent enough to have armed security on the premesis. Eventually the smoke cleared the fans who opted to hang around saw three exhibitions and two sanctioned fights.

The first up was Bruce Seldon, former heavyweight champion of the world. The AC Express is once again on the comeback trail and this time he says it’s for real. He took on Marcus Rhoade and made quick work scoring two knockdowns in a little over a minute. The final blow was a quick left hook to the live which left Rhoade rolling around on the canvas. I was skeptical at first I will admit, Bruce Seldon was in good shape and looked sharp. While I liked what I saw, another former champ who was in the crowd “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon wasn’t overly impressed saying that Seldon wouldn’t be able to handle his overhand right. Thats a fight with Greg Robinson’s name all over it! Hook it up!

Winner: Bruce Seldon via TKO 1:05 in the 1st

In the Main Event, Chazz Witherspoon was gentleman like in the first round against Patrick Smith who did come to fight. Smith was able to score to the body as Chazz felt his opponent out. With a minute remaining in the first, Chazz picked up the pace and began to land some hard right hands, one which dropped Smith as the bell sounded to end the 1st. Very early in the second, Chazz buried Smith with a right to the ear that put the Colorado man out on his back. The ref counted to 10 and this one was history.

Winner: Chazz Witherspoon via KO :45 in the 2nd

In Exhibition action –

Victor Vasquez and Darrell Crenshaw has a spirited fight with the hemits and pillows

Chucky Cavallo and Ronald Boddie gave a taste of what their fight would have looked like has Boddie made weight. It wasn’t very pretty but Chucky does have some nice hands on him.

Fred Kassi took on David Williams in a light sparring session

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