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Jonathan Maicelo and Jaron “Boots” Ennis Win in Philly on Saturday night

By Ken Hissner

Hard Hitting Promotions Presented “Live Boxing” Saturday night at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall in South Philadelphia. It was an outstanding show! Promoters Manny Rivera and Will Ruiz (also matchmaker) did a great job with such a solid night of boxing.

In the main event Peruvian lightweight Jonathan “The Last Incan” Maicelo, 24-2 (12), of N. Bergin, NJ, scored a knockdown and defeated Ramesis Gil, 10-15-5 (7), of Santo Domingo, DR, over 8 rounds.

Maicelo countered the oncoming Gil throughout the fight, finally dropping him in the seventh round. Gil could not deal with the hand and foot speed of Maicelo.

Judges Steve Weisfeld and Gail Jasper had it 79-72 while Judge Alan Rubenstein and this writer had it 80-71.

Philadelphia amateur sensation 18 year-old welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 2-0 (2), wowed the fans stopping Louis Ramos, 0-2, PR, at 0:23 of the first round. The fans went crazy!

“Boots” rocked him with a right hand making Ramos grab him until Ennis got loose turning southpaw and breaking the nose of Ramos with a wicked right hook forcing Ramos to turn his back heading back to his corner.

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Hard Hitting Promotions Returns to the Sheet Metal Union Hall featuring Jaron Ennis Philly Debut March 14, 2016

by Ken Hissner

Hard Hitting Promotions returns to the Sheet Metal Workers Hall on Saturday March 14, 2016 with a 9 bout show. The main event features Peruvian lightweight Jonathan “The Last Incan” Maicelo, 23-2 (12), out of Bergen, NJ, facing upset minded Ramesis Gil, 10-14-5 (7), of PR, over 8 rounds. The co-feature will put the spotlight on Philly’s welterweight and national amateur champion Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 1-0 (1). Both his brothers Farah “Quiet Storm” and Derek “Pooh” held the NABF and USBA titles.

A press conference for the event was recently held at the Laborers Local 57 Union Hall in the outskirts of Chinatown. On the microphone was the return of Pat Michael Fattore who will be the evenings ring announcer. Normally Alex Barbosa, 4-2-1 (1) does that job but he is on the card returning after 18 months and will face Marquise Pierce, 1-8 (0), of Wheeling, W.V. who in his debut defeated the grandson of Larry “the Easton Assassin” Holmes in Easton.

Joining the festivities was 2-division world champion and Philly legend Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins who all referred to him as “B-Hop”! At 50 he looks like he’s in his 20’s. He stayed around afterwards talking and answering questions.

Ennis made his debut a couple of weeks ago in Utah scoring a first round knockout in 0:42. He was asked by this writer “how does it feel to just be 48 fights away from Marciano and Mayweather’s record 49-0! He laughed along with most of those in attendance. Then the writer added “you are the best prospect in Philly since Meldrick Taylor (former Olympic Gold Medalist and world champion). Ennis is fighting Luis Ramos, 0-1, from PR. “I want to get in and get out like a robbery,” said Ennis. His father/trainer “Bozy” Ennis chipped in with a comment. In front of him was one of the top amateur trainers Brandon Pizzaro who has a pair of son’s boxing in the amateurs who are very good.

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Wilson decisions Martinez over 8 rounds at the Union Hall

On October 30, 2015 – Garrett Wilson GQ won an 8 round unanimous decision over a game Pedro Martinez to cap off a solid 6 fight debut for Hard Hitting Promotions at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall.

The main event was a fight that never was supposed to be, but out of the ring circumstances caused a last minute shuffle which brought about a rematch of a 2012 bout that  originally took place at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

The original plan called for a Philly Dream Card bout between Wilson and North East Philly’s Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante – the areas two highest rated Cruiserweights.

This is a fight that some have been wanting to see for over seven years. It could have been a classic…

With about a week to go before bell time, Ferrante had to drop off of the show for undisclosed medical reasons. Fortunately, Ferrante’s trainer Mike Cassell had Martinez in camps as Tony’s chief sparring partner.

If Wilson were willing to jump up a few pounds to heavyweight – the main event could be salvaged as Martinez was already in the gym and familiar with the game plan that the old North East Philly sharp eye was cooking up at Rocco’s MMA.

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Wilson vs. Martinez should be a rumble at the Sheet Metal Union Hall October 30th

Clear your calendar – there is one of those rare Philly vs. Philly fights going down at the Sheet Metal Union Works Hall tonight! Garrett Wilson GQ takes on Pedro EL Toro Martinez Jr. in an 8 round bout that should be a bomb fest while it lasts

They met before in 2012 where Wilson won by KO but El Toro said “last time I had a rematch, I demolished the guy. I’m ready to do that again” Do you think Wilson will be the one hitting the deck this time around or will history repeat itself in the main event?

On the under card check out Angel Ocasio and T.j. Velasquez in separate bouts. If they stay active, they could be local headline material soon. Tickets are available for this Hard Hitting Promotions event – get them at the door.

— with Pedro EL Toro Martinez Jr., Kurt Wolfheimer, Mike Trainer, Garrett Wilson GQ, Rodney Rice and Manny Rivera.