On March 30, 2016, business brought me to “The Crossroads of the World” – Times Square, New York City. It just so happened that while I was in town, DiBella Entertainment was hosting a special Wednesday night boxing event that had North Philly Jr. Lightweight contender Tevin Farmer in a featured bout. The venue was B.B. King Blues Club on W 42nd street in midtown Manhattan, a short cab ride away from where I was staying on the Upper East Side. With a last minute media pass secured and a suite already checked-in, I was making an impromptu trip to Broadway to watch a hometown fighter get his feet wet on the big stage.
On this evening, the only thing standing between Farmer and a top ten in the world rating and NABF gold was a Mexican journeyman named Gamaliel Diaz. Farmer won 13 consecutive fights coming into this one. Number 14 would likely springboard him into a new tax bracket.
With one more win, North Philly’s Tevin Farmer will be recognized around the world as a legitimate contender in the 130 pound division. The 25-year-old southpaw has gotten the job done on under cards and he has won on the road. Now he finally get the chance to headline a show in a bright light city that will run you out-of-town if you aren’t for real.
On Wednesday March 30, 2016 – Farmer and the Club 1957 team will head to midtown Manhattan as the main event in the upcoming edition of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series from the famed B.B. King Blues Club. The opponent is a Mexican veteran named Gamaliel Diaz (39-13-3, 18KO’s). The Jr. Welterweight NABF title is up-for-grabs in this 10-round showcase. The table has been set for him to succeed, now it is in the hands of the fighter to make it happen.
On Saturday, December 11, 2010 – Upper Darby Super Middleweight Dhafir “No Fear” Smith entered the ring for the 50th time as a pro. That was a given. Not many gave him a chance to win the biggest fight of his career on this night.
To the surprise of all, the crafty veteran did just that by taking a clear 12 round unanimous decision over for world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy in Lacy’s hometown of St. Petersburg Florida.
The was a Lacy backed promotion from the moment the idea was conceived. Team Left Hook thought they had the “right” opponent in front of them. The entire crowd came to see the former World champion compete. The entire plan was for Lacy to shine in this bout. It would kick start another run toward another title run, right?
WRONG! In this fight, the well-traveled Smith was one step ahead of his more decorated foe. Smith boxed smart for the entire 12 rounds as Lacy looked to bully and throw wild bombs.
Smith’s work was so good, the hometown judges couldn’t even pull a fast one. The final scorecards read 118 – 110, 117 – 111 & 116 – 112 in favor of Smith.
With the win, No Fear acquires the UBO Super Middleweight Title. He also has very likely finished the career of a one-time blue chip prospect who many thought would dominate the sport.
Congrats to Smith who once again shows that he is capable of getting it done anywhere and at anytime.
Stay tuned as this will likely lead to another high profile fight in the near future.
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.
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.
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.
South Philly’s Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (19-0-1, 10ko’s) is back again, taking on yet another prospect in front of a live national audience.
This time he will face his most dangerous foe yet, the big punching John Molina (20-1, 16ko’s) of Southern Cali.
The match will take place on July 9th as the 12 main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights telecast from the Twin Rivers Event Center in Lincoln RI.
This one promises to be an excellent matchup between two young fighters considered to be amongst the best prospects in their division. Lundy has made his name the hard way, going out of town and beating his peers who are considered prospect. Most recently he pitched a 10 round shut out which included three knockdowns over the previously undefeated Tyree Hendrix.
Molina has won two in a row since his lone career loss – a lopsided 10 round decision to grizzled veteran Martin Honario. Prior to that awful night, Molina showed real promise in TV appearances where he bombed out noted tough guys Carols Vinan, Joshua Allotey, Frankie Archuletta & Ricardo Medina all inside of three rounds.
This fight should morph the winner from a young prospect into ready contender. Lunday says “I’m ready to show the world that Hammerin’ Hank is once again putting my all on the line and fighting everybody. I’m on the quest to becoming great, and I will not be denied.”
About Lundy’s talk, Molina says ” He is like Floyd Mayweather without the money”. Trash talk aside, this should be a barn burner. Tune into ESPN2 at 9pm to watch it go down…
The continuously postponed match-up between Philly’s Mike Jones and LA’s Larry Mosley (15-3-2, 6ko’s) has found a new date, August 8th at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City. This marks the third try to get this rumble on as Mosley has to pull out once due to a back injury and Jones had to pull in the latest try with a bicep injury. If the fight does go off as planned, Jones will look to improve his rank in three major sanctioning bodies and win over a new audience.
This bout will mark Jones second defense of the NABA Welterweight title that he won in Philly back in November 2008. In the first defense, Jones blitzkrieg’d Columbia’s Dario Esalas who didn’t make it out of the 2nd rounds at The Blue Horizon.
Larry Mosley is well rounded fighter with a resume of good competition over this years but hasn’t never been able to get over the hump as a pro.
More info to come on this as well. For tickets to either event call 215-765-0922. More info on this card to come soon.
Peltz Boxing card at Bally’s in Atlantic City on June 6th just took a hit as the world rated Philly welterweight Mike Jones (18-0, 16ko’s) strained a muscle in his bicep two weeks before the fight and will not make his long awaited NABA welterweight title defense against LA’s Larry Mosley on this night. MJ is expected to be out of action until at least mid July.
The new main event is still a good one as Teon Kennedy takes on Lucian Gonzalez of Reading in a fight many have wanted to see for some time now. This will be an 8 round super bantamweight contest.
The co-feature is now a battle between undefeated Philly Jr. Middleweight Latif Mundy who will take on undefeated Atlantic City Jr. Middleweight Pat Majewski for an 8 rounder that could produce a lot of shrapnel.
Heavyweight “Big” John Poore returns to the ring to face Jermell Barnes of Rochester, NY in a 6 rounder.
More info to come as it is made available. Get tickets by calling 215-765-0922
On November 21, 2008 in Indiana – Philly’s Aaron Mitchell (27-1-1, 21ko’s) won the NABO Middleweight title with a 12 round unanimous decision win over Delray Raines (14-5, 9ko’s) of Arkansas. A ringside source says Aaron “used a perfect mix of power and patience” to wear down a game Raines.
Congrats to Mitchell on adding another belt to the family boxing hardware collection!
It was a show that may go into the history books as Power Promotions finest hour. Promoter Greg Robinson and matchmaker Ty McNeil upped the anti with five, high-stakes fights at the National Guard Armory in North East Philadelphia. There was a nice mix of Philly vs. Philly fights, a 12 round main event with a world rating and legitimate regional title hanging in the balance to go along with fights featuring legitimate up-and-coming prospects. On paper the card looked really good. In the arena, it was even better as every fight on the card proved something memorable.
This is the type of boxing fans want to see – good tough fights that are even money. The stands were packed and new announcer Chad Beene was on the microphone for this highly anticipated night of pro boxing in Northeast Philly.
The main event matched two polar opposite fighters who were able to position themselves for a title fight in completely different manners.
North Philly’s Rashiem “Rich and Famous” Jefferson had a highly decorated amateur career. He won tournaments and traveled the globe while perfecting his craft.
Since transitioning to the pro game, the 25-year-old came equip with a team that carefully guided his every move. “Rell” quickly secured promotional deals and was given the right fights at the right time in hopes of making a push towards the divisions elite. Many in Philadelphia consider him one of the best pure boxers in the city.
In the other corner, it is safe to say that Jose Hernandez could have been accurately billed as “Broke and Unknown”. Hernandez was thrown to the wolves early and often during the course of his career. It is the brutal road of unheralded journeyman fighting for scraps and trying to make his way out of the ancient Aztec land of Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico.
Hernandez never had an easy fight, earned his stripes in the professional ranks fighting only the up and comers with the potential to reach championship levels. One shouldn’t have been fooled by his lackluster record.
Sometimes he won, sometimes he lost. This night was a familiar scene in his young career, traveling into his opponents hometown to take on a fighter looking to become the divisions shining star. This time, the stakes were higher than any other fight either man had faced in their career, the USBA featherweight title was on the line and the winner was guaranteed a top 15 ranking in the world after this one.
Hernandez entered the ring first, with three men by his side, proudly holding their native Mexican flag. Coming in last was Jefferson who arrived with a deep entourage and heavy odds in his favor. It was obvious who the majority of the near sell out crowd was rooting for.
Once the opening bell sounded, a fight that was expected to be a boxing display broke down into a back alley punch fest. Hernandez, knowing his only shot of winning was to score a knockout, applied pressure from the get go. Jefferson, whose primary weapons are his pure boxing ability and ring generalship, decided to make this one a war. The fight was on from the early going and both men stood toe-to-toe exchanging combinations at close quarters, neither man allowing the other any time to breathe.
Hernandez applied pressure from a southpaw stance, walking forward and get right into the kitchen – firing off two, three and four punch combinations to his opponents body and head. Jefferson, showing he is not afraid of a good fight despite his background as the boxer / mover type, hung in the pocket, took Hernandez best shots and fire back in return.
This was the theme of the entire 12 rounds of the fight. While Jefferson showed he was game, Hernandez offense began to wear his opponent down as the fight drew longer. In the 6th, two straight lefts followed by a good push put Jefferson on the canvas for the 1st time as a pro. The Philly fighter beat the count, and continued to fire away but in return took more hard clean punches.
There were more spots where both men went toe to toe but it was evident that there was no stopping Hernandez in this one. He seemed hungier, more determined to get the win.
Behind on the scorecards, Jefferson continued to show the heart of a lion, taking good, clean punches and responding by throwing flurries of his own in the center of the ring.
As the fight reached the championship rounds, Hernandez looked to have the same energy from when the fight started while Jefferson looked to gas out. That didn’t stop Jefferson from giving it his all.
Mid way through the 12th and final round, Jefferson, fighting out of desperation and throwing punches with everything he had, collapsed face first more from exhaustion than punishment.
He was unable to beat the 10 count.
Hernandez fell to his knees and wept tears of joy, realizing the moment he has worked so hard for has finally arrived. After all of the long journeys, lousy fight accommodations and crooked politics of the game, he has overcome the long odds and is now recognized by a known sanctioning body as a champion.
Even in loss, take nothing away from Rashiem Jefferson, he gave every last bit of energy he had in that ring. Hopefully, he will rebound and go on to fight another day.
Winner by 12th round knockout – Jose Hernandez who improves to 11 – 6, 5ko’s
Tri State Super Middleweight Title Fight!
Rasheem Brown…..vs…..Jameel Wilson
South Philly…………………..West Oak Lane,.Philly
18- 3, 16ko’s…………13 – 11- 3, 8ko’s
This was an interesting fight in its own right. In one corner was Rasheem “The Untouchable” Brown, a once highly regarded prospect who fell on hard times due to a management deal gone wrong. After sitting out the remainder of that suspect deal, Brown became a free agent and recently signed with the local duo of Moz Gonzalez and Eddie Woods. He has since become a featured attraction on recent Power Productions cards.
In January of this year, Brown came back to the ring after 2 years on the bench and quickly knocked out known tough guy Jose Medina at The Legendary Blue Horizon.
On the strength of that win, he earned a crack at the newly created “Tri-State” Super Middleweight title. The Philly “Insiders” placed heavy odds on a Brown KO win and predicted that this would be the start of a run towards bigger and better things in the boxing world.
His opponent in this contest was Jameel “Black Gold” Wilson from the West Oak Lane section of the city. “Goldie” is another Philly fighter who came out of the gate blazing early in his career, going 10 – 0 on the local circuit before taking his talents to the next level. But the good times never last and his record also fell on hard times.
On paper, it shows that Wilson hasn’t won a bout since 2004. What the ink doesn’t reflect is that Wilson has been part of some of the most legendary Philly fights over the past decade.
Most recently it was a debated draw against Delaware’s Richard Stewart, In 2005 he went to war with the world ranked LuJuan Simon only to lose a majority decision. There are others but the bottom line is, if Jameel Wilson is on the card you want to be in the crowd if you are a fight fan.
This fight started looking like it would be an easy night for “Sheem”. Through 3 rounds, he came in hard, attacked the body, threw powerful over hand rights upstairs, popped off a strong jab while
Wilson stayed on the retreat, trying to fend off his attacker to no avail. Brown was much faster and it seemed, much stronger too. But Wilson, the ever crafty veteran, was able to survive the attack. He took some good shots but still had the sense to do something that not a whole lot of fighters do – which is actually listen to his corner.
When backed into the turnbuckle his corner would yell “get tight”. Wilson would quickly cover up, absorb a few power shots with his gloves and elbows, then slip out of the dangerous position.
Going into the 4th, it looked like it was going to be a long night for Wilson, but towards the end of the round, he landed a big overhand right which rocked Brown. “The Untouchable” got touched and staggered back to the ropes. Wilson smelled the blood and wasted no time trying to seal the deal throwing big overhand rights, stepping back, giving himself space, placing lefts to the body followed by more rights, referee Ron Aurit was in the two point stance ready to jump in to stop it.
Though Brown was stunned, he dug deep and was able to fire back with a big right hand that brushed Wilson off, giving himself some breathing room and eventually allowing him to escape the round.
After that, the war was on and the hammers were flying. Unlike previous rounds, it was now Wilson in the role of attacker, coming forward as Brown circled but stopping to throw overhand rights with home run power. The action was back and forth, Brown would land heavy rights and lefts, Wilson would respond with an attack of his own.
Rounds 6 – 9 played out this way, Brown going for the kill, Wilson working the body in an attempt to set up his own finisher. Both were connecting at a high rate, the crowd was on their feet screaming for a knockout. At some point during the ruckus, Wilson hurt his ankle, he fought with a noticeable limp as each round passed.
Going into the 10th, many thought this one was up for grabs and both fighters came out with the same thoughts. Win this round and you win the fight. Brown gained the upper hand early landing some bombs on the steel chinned Wilson.
Shaken – but by no means done – Wilson returned the favor and both fighters went at it in a good tough round. It turned into a bit of a wrestling match in the final minute, Brown in a clinch bought himself much needed time by tripping a gimpy Wilson causing a tumble that took both fighters on the canvas. This tactic ran the clock down to about :20 ticks. The action resumed but both fighters were standing when it went to the scorecards.
As previously mentioned, many thought it was a close fight. Unfortunately, the three people who really matter when it comes to a boxing decision saw it completely different. All three judges outrageously scored the bout 99 – 91 in favor of Rasheem “the Untouchable” Brown. I saw it closer to a draw with a coupel rounds that could have gone either way.
Wilson left the ring with a stoic look, replaying a scenario that has been the recent theme of his career, hard work with no reward.
Like true warriors, both embraced after the match with no hard feeling – it was a matter of respect, Philly boxing style! Now let’s talk about a rematch…
Winner by unanimous decision – “The Untouchable” Rasheem Brown who improves to 19 – 3, 16ko’s. Brown currently ranks #2 on my latest Philly top 10 “pound-for-pound” list of local fighters competing in small venues around our area.
Due to circumstances outside of the ring with previous scheduled fights falling out, matchmaker Ty McNeil pulled one off the Philly Keith dream card and signed a fight pitting two of the more action packed local fighters against each other.
Lenny “The Hitman” DeVictoria recently resurrecting a staggering career, winning his last two fights in action packed fashion.
The first of win is regarded as the 2007 Philly Fight of the Year when he stopped previously undefeated Elad Schmuel at the Legendary Blue Horizon.
Prior to the Schmuel fight, Lenny spent a lot of time taking short notice bouts in other prospects hometowns. Quick money to feed the family, but it always left him with the short end of the stick.
Now-a-days, Lenny’s team said they rededicated themselves to the sport. After a coupel of wins, he is inching back into position to earn bigger paydays and possibly move their way into the world rankings.
His opponent, Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson has come to be known as a fighter with a bit of a split ring personality. When faced with a legitimate challenge, he puts out a 110% effort and can steal a show. Late last year going against the toughest opponent of his career, Too Sweet went to war and came out on top in a thrilling slug fest over Utah’s Chris Fernandez.
But in his follow up performance, he dropped the ball and lost a rather lazy decision to the very non-descript Jason Jordan. After that fight, Too Sweet was quoted as saying “I’m tired of fighting these bums”. It has always been my opinion that Too Sweet fights to the level of his competitor, and on this night he would need to bring his A game because he was in with a guy who has seen and done a lot in the game and with the title on the line, was ready to put it all out there.
Prior to this fight, it was safe to say that it was a do-or-die situation in the young career of Too Sweet. Another loss would drop him out of the conversation of being a legitimate threat.
The locals who knew both fighters were predicting an all out war. When the bell sounded, the fans were treated to a very good, technically sound boxing match.
“Too Sweet” took the lead through three, jabbing, being the ring general and firing off well placed body shots in varieties of two, three and four punch combinations.
Lenny was like an old Voltswagon in the winter. It took a little while to get warmed up, but once the engine started to sweat, it was ready to run all night.
Lenny began to cut into the lead in the 4th, and in the 5th, he began to make Robinson miss. At the end of the round, Lenny connected with a crackling overhand right which sent Robinson wobbling into a corner. Tasting the win, Lenny wasted no time following up with lefts and rights to the head. Referee Shawn Clarke was in position and had the hawk-eye on Too Sweet, itching to make a leap and call a halt to the bout.
Fortunately for Robinson,the bell sounded to end the round as Lenny went back to his corner to a big greeting from his corner man Billy Briscoe.
The Hitman was like a wolf in the 6th, firing off power shots trying to recapture his advantage of the previous round. Towards the end of the round “Too Sweet” was able to rebound but it wasn’t enough to capture this round.
It was a dead even through 6 round, but as the fight wore on “Too Sweet” was able to retake the lead, reestablishing his role as initiator moving, jabbing, ripping off combinations. When the opportunity was right, he played the role of bully forcing the fight to the ropes.
By the 9th, Lenny was wearing the Crimson Mask of blood courtesy of a Robinson right hook to the nose. Bloodied but not battered, he continued to make a fight out of it and both men went toe to toe. Too Sweet threw in volume, Lenny looked for the one big head shot to close the show.
The 10th and final round was a very good one, Lenny, knowing he was behind on the cards looked for the knockout but Too Sweet wasn’t having it. He would neutralize the Hitman’s attack by forcing him to the ropes, working the body and not letting him breath.
It eventually went to the score cards with all three judges seeing it 98 – 92, 97-93 & 96 – 94, proclaiming Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson as the new USBA regional Jr. Welterweight Champion. Welcome back to the top 10 pound for pound list Too Sweet! A hard fought win in a very steady contest, proving their worthy of dream card status.
Winner by unanimous decision – Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson who improves to 9-2, 3 ko’s
Light Heavyweight Division
Tony Ferrante….vs….Ray Ruiz
Philly Keith Sports has inched its way to the top by being the voice of the boxing people, giving anyone and everyone involved an place to air it all out. For months, Ray Ruiz was calling out for an opportunity to fight an young up-and-comer from Mayfair, making claims of one sided sparring sessions and how it would all carry over once to the big stage if ever given the chance.
On this night, Ruiz aka “The 40-year-old Phenom” got what he asked for and big price for calling someone out. A single Tony “Boom-Boom” Ferrante right hand most likely ended Ruiz career as a paid professional.
After a solid first round, Boom-Boom landed the money shot early in the second round, knocking Ruiz straight back to the canvas. He was went down and his head bounced off the canvas like a basketball. This created a scary scene which kept the fighter down for more than 5 minutes, in need of a stretcher ride out.
In all seriousness, we hope the best for the man who is also known as “The Superstar” and have some work for him in the Philly Keith media stable if he ever wants to help generate fight hype. Fortunately he was not seriously injured.
Jr. Welterweight Division
Ray Robinson…vs…Jason Jordan
This fight was intended to be a showcase for a prospect who is regarded as having potential to really go places in his career. Jordan on the other hand, pays the rent by keeping his bags packed and traveling from town to town facing rising prospects and usually going home with an L.
BUT, last time in Philly, Jordan pulled off a shocker, taking a unanimous decision from Tyric Robinson. Would lightening strike twice? Absolutely not. Robinson came out of the gate blazing, scoring three knockdowns in the first round – all courtesy of left hands to the head.
To Jordan’s credit, he fought his way out of trouble, and instead of getting hit with a long medical suspension that comes with a knockout loss, he hung on to finish the bout on his feet and even managed to win the last round as Robinson grew more disinterested.
“The New” Ray Robinson showed he does have a good skill package but must learn to stay focused. Jordan, keeps his rep as a durable fighter who will give a guy rounds intact and will probably be fighting again in some small arena in parts unknown two or three weeks from now.
Winner – “The New” Ray Robinson who improves to 8 -0, 3 ko’s