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.
On June 3, 2016 Peltz & BAM Boxing returned to the 2300 Arena in South Philly for a night that featured some local talent and a couple of outsiders who are looking to make a name fighting in the City of Philadelphia. This show was the follow-up to Peltz & Rogers wildly successful “Hart of the City” boxing collaboration from March of this year. It was a stark contrast of the show considered to be their best event as a team.
The previous promotion was a jam-packed sell out featuring a well-known fighter whose family name has been certified inside of the Philly boxing scene for over 40 years. This task was a much tougher ticket to move as both main event contestants are far from undefeated and are fairly new to the local boxing scene. The under card had a lot of unknown names and low-budget opponents.
To me, it was Go Fight Live (gfl.tv) rental type of night. 8 fights for $14.99 with the option to flip between other channels seemed to be my best bet. I was fresh off of a road trip to Chicago and wanted some rest after enjoying a week full of mob tour buses through the Windy City, architectural boat rides on the Chicago river and a bucket list trip to Wrigley Field to personally witness the hot start Phillies come crashing back down to Earth.
The quantity of action was a pretty good deal for the online stream though I thought overall quality of this card was lacking. The normally reliable broadcast audio was shaky too. There were only a couple of fights that held my attention for the duration of the bout.
The main event between Escondido, California’s Dashon Johnson and DeCarlo Perez of Atlantic City was by far the best fight of the show. This solid bout consisted of two middle of the pack fighters looking to break through to the TV level of the sport.
As many local fight fans know, Johnson was returning to Philadelphia after his Cinderella Man like performance against local contender Jesse Hart in the aforementioned #HOTC event in the spring.
Shout out to “The Conqueror” Jerome Conquest who put in serious roadwork in the month of May in preparation for his upcoming fight on June 3, 2016 at the 2300 Arena. His 36+ miles topped my Nike+ monthly leader board, outpacing some top very recognizable names over the course of 31 days.
The 30-year-old super lightweight from North Philly is “feeling good and been on weight for two weeks” as he goes for his 5th consecutive victory when he takes on fellow Philadelphian Korey Sloane.
Thanks to everyone in my feed who consistently push me to get off my ass and out on the road! Feel free to add me on Nike+ (search Philly Keith or Keith Mc). It is open to everyone. I’ll be giving shouts out at the end of every month to those who out run me.
Meet local Philly fighter Jerome Conquest, a 29 year old southpaw who is just getting starting in the professional boxing ranks. Conquest scored his first career knockout victory in his most recent bout – a shot some are saying is a contender for local KO of the year.
Take a few minutes to find out where here is from, where he trains, his background and plans for the future.