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Simon Carr signs with Lionheart Press Conference 3-19-07

Photos by Mike McGuigan

Simon Carr 2007 (2)“If Bernard Hopkins and De La Hoya can do it, then so can I” proclaimed Simon “One Punch” Carr during his press conference at the Marion Anderson Recreation Center on 17th & Catharine in South Philadelphia while formally announcing the new union between Team One Punch and Lion Heart Boxing Promotions.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but a source close to the team says that the pack includes a minimum of 6 fights per year with options that could bump that stat up to as many as 12. Time will tell if this is true.

This deal which will not only bring One Punch back into the ring, it also allows Simon the opportunity to flex his business muscle as co-promoter where he will have the responsibility to promoting events and putting asses in the seats, a situation he is no stranger to. Carr is now believed to be the youngest active boxing promoter in the United States.

Simon Carr 2007

Back in the early 1990’s, Simon wandered into the Marion Anderson Rec as a 12 year old boy not knowing what was behind those doors. He quickly realized he loved boxing and before long he was an up and coming amateur fighter with over 40 wins and Olympic dreams.

Simon Carr and Nate Miller Martion Anderson poster 2007

Unfortunately, his aspiring career was put on hold when in 1998, Carr was sentenced to 7 ½ – 15 years in state prison on a third degree murder charge. This was just before his professional career was set to begin.

While he was locked down, Simon used that time to earn an Associates Degree is Sports Management and gain his barber’s license. 18 months ago Simon was released from a state correctional facility finishing a tough 8 year prison stretch. Since coming home, Simon has gone on to become a fixture on the boxing scene and an active member of the community . He constantly volunteers his time speaking to kids, helping the homeless and more. There is also a movie in production called “Redemption…A Man Reborn” which is a documentary of his life.

Today was a long day in the making for the South Philly slugger. It was a nice scene at Marion Anderson where local media, business associates and friends gathered in support of Team One Punch. The panel consisted of Sporty Smith, Simon Carr, Ed Mendy CEO of Lion Heart Boxing, James Williams who is the strength and conditioning coach and former NCAA & PAC coach of the year in track and field, and Simon Carr.

Sporty Smith 2007

Among the supporters in attendance were Light Heavyweight contender Prince Badi Ajamu, former WBA Cruiserweight Champion Nate Miller and Karl “I got U” Heinz of My Garage on 25th & Passyunk.

The hour long conference was filled with moments of Team Lion Heart exchanging thank you’s and the sharing of ideas and plans for the future. The newly formed team promised to bring excitement back to Philly boxing, give opportunities to pro and amateur boxers alike, and spoke about how they plan to take it to the next level.

Simon might have been down,  but he sure as hell is not out. This goes to show that if you stay motivated and stay focused, anything can happen. Best of luck One Punch!

Simon Carr poster 2007 (1)

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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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Harry Joe Yorgey wins a bloodbath over Jeremy Yelton at the Valley Forge Convention Center

Photos by Mike McGuigan

The record books it will say that on November 30, 2006 – Bridgeport PA native Harry Joe Yorgey (17-0-1, 8 ko’s) defeated North Carolina’s Jeremy Yelton (17-8, 8 ko’s) by unanimous decision. That stat alone does not do justice for what went down at the Valley Forge Convention Center. Unfortunately there is no known footage of this bout. If you weren’t there, then you missed out on a classic.

To put it all into context – the undefeated prospect Yorgey suffered three knock downs and a badly busted nose but it was “The Carolina Kid” who left the casino in an ambulance after this 8 round Jr. Middleweight contest! If there were a such thing as Philly Fight of the Year – this was it because it was one of the best fights in recent Philadelphia history.

To put it all out there, this fight saved a lousy boxing show. For the second time this month Harry Joe Yorgey entered the ring as the headliner on a bill with flimsy support underneath. During the mid-card intermission, most of the ticket payers in the concession lines were talking about how they will never buy a pro boxing ticket again.

For those who follow my work know that I will scream bloody murder, roast a promoter and report a highway robbery when warranted. Tonight is one of those rare occasions where I throw all of that out the window and just let it slide due to the testicular fortitude shown by the two men in the main event. Yorgey’s pair beats a Royal Straight Flush.

When it was all over,  everyone left the building basically saying “that last fight alone was worth the price of admission”. There isn’t a fight fan on earth that wouldn’t have enjoyed this contest.

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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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