Category Archives: Philly Road Warriors

Coverage of Philly fighters competing outside of their home town.

Tevin Farmer will move up in weight to fight Ivan Redkach at the Barclays Center – Who Wins?

On July 30, 2016, Tevin Sucessful Farmer(21-4-1, 5 ko’s) takes a big step in his journey towards a world title fight. The upcoming assignment has the 25-year-old Philadelphian moving up in weight to face Premier Boxing Champions backed lightweight Ivan El Terribel Redkach (19-1, 15 ko’s) over 10 rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NYC. Public opinion is split with some calling it easy work for the “American Idol” while others saying he is about to run into a Ukranian buzz saw. Vegas has yet to release odds.

This one is a tale of two fighters trending in different directions. Not long ago, many were calling Redkach a “can’t miss” prospect. The former Olympian (representing Ukraine) kicked off his pro career with an 18-0 record and looked good in the process. Today, not everyone is so sure of that label as the now Los Angeles based fighter has gone 1-1-1 in his last three fights, being stopped once and most recently boxing to a draw with the unknown Luis Cruz of Puerto Rico.

Jason Sosa knocks out Fortuna in the 11th to win the WBA featherweight title in China

Despite long odds – and an even longer plane ride – Camden, New Jersey native Jason Sosa used a lethal left hook to defy the critics and non believers, knocking out world champion Javier Fortuna in round 11 to win the WBA featherweight title at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China.

The betting line was as high as 17-to-1 in favor of the Premier Boxing Champions signee Fortuna before bell time. Sensing a worthwhile long shot, savvy gamblers put a lot of late money on Sosa which dropped the line near 7-to-1 when the fight began.

The fight was so remote that there was no TV broadcast or internet streams for this show which happened at 10 AM Eastern Time. It was the perfect setting for a modern day boxing upset.

Multiple reports suggest that it was a come from behind knockout for Sosa, a fighter who was developed in the Peltz boxing fold.  The New Jersey native was knocked to the canvas in round five and was likely down on all scorecards as the fight headed into the championship rounds.

Sources say a late Sosa adjustment turned the tide. Kicking up the intensity, “Canito” knocked Fortuna down in round 10, and then finished the job less than three minutes later, closing the show at the 0:45 mark of round 11.

With the victory Sosa improves to 19-1-4, 15 KOs while the former champ Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna suffers his first career loss, falling to 29-1-1, 21 KOs.

Congrats to Team Sosa, Peltz Boxing and Top Rank Boxing  on the outstanding victory on the other side of the globe. This win ends a long losing streak for local fighters competing at the championship level of the sport.

Team Sosa

 

“King” Gabriel Rosado wins a tough 10 round decision in Los Angeles. Second straight win with Fernando Vargas in his corner

On June 4, 2016 King Gabriel Rosado continued his revival in Los Angeles by winning a close 10 round unanimous decision over Mexico’s Antonio Gutierrez (20-2-1, 9 ko’s) at the StubHub Center .

In typical fashion for the North Philly native, many are saying this bout was a hard-fought war, one where Rosado (23-9, 13 ko’s) had to get off the canvas in round 4 to secure his victory. Final scores were 96-96, 95-94 & 95-94.

This is Rosado’s second straight win with former world champion Fernando Vargas as his trainer. The wins over solid competition are beginning to put the “King’s” cold streak from 2013 – 2015 in the rear view mirror.

Speculation is that this W will get Rosado back on prime TV against a big name. A jump to the 168 pound division has also been mentioned as a possibility.

Photo Credit: German Villasenor

Damon Allen scores a knockout at Sugar Ray Leonard’s Charity Night in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (May 25, 2016) – The B. Riley & Co. 7th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night returned to The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Wednesday, May 25 for a star-studded night of boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions to benefit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, and their mission to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.

Hosted by actor and comedian Bill Bellamy, guests at the exclusive event were treated to Wolfgang Puck cuisine, and a live & silent auction display featuring iconic memorabilia and other one-of-a-kind items and experiences to benefit this important cause. During the live auction, Usher, who plays Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming Weinstein Company’s Hands of Stone film, joined Sugar Ray Leonard on stage to help auction off tickets to the film’s upcoming premiere and after-party, along with vintage boxing gloves signed by Robert De Niro.

In the evening’s main event, Philadelphia son “No Smilin” Damon Allen, Jr. (10-0, 4 KOs) maintained his undefeated status and gave the crowd a thrilling fight with his third-round technical knockout of Reynosa, Mexico’s Danny Montoya (10-4, 7 KOs). Allen, Jr. kept the pressure on Montoya, wearing him down landing a flurry of punches toward the end of round three.

Watch the full fight here

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Errol Spence looks spectacular while Glowacki decisions Steve Cunningham at The Barclays Center

On April 16, 2016 I set off for a weekend trip to Brooklyn, New York City – the place where the hip-hop crowd paint murals of Biggie and the hipsters live in beautiful brown stones on extended tree-lined streets.

While a good portion of my time would be spent enjoying 5th Ave in the Park Slope section of the borough followed by a long Sunday morning run through Prospect Park which was hosting a Bernie Sanders rally that same day, the primary purpose of this trip was to cover boxing from the Barclays Center.

It was Saturday night, PBC on NBC, arguably the best TV series in boxing. A paid attendance of 7,628 turned out to the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. I had one of the best seats in the house as a credentialed member of the boxing media.

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The majority of fan support was split between local contender Chris Algeri who was in against rising star Errol Spence Jr. in the main event while another heavy batch came to shout “Polska” in favor of IBF Cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki who was taking on longtime veteran Steve “USS” Cunningham in the co-feature.

Glowacki was making his first title defense while Cunningham chased a chance to become a three-time champion in the division. Click the link to read the full recap of the trip brought to you in part by AirBnB.

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Tevin Farmer shines in his first Broadway performance. The top 10 awaits…

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.

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Follow the Miguel Cartagena vs. Richard Rodriguez fight here

Late night tonight Telemundo kicks off its spring boxing series with an old-fashioned Puerto Rico vs. Mexico themed battle when Miguel Cartagena(14-2, 5 KOs) takes on Richard Rodriguez (12-3, 4 KOs) in a 10 round bout for the WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight Title. It is a big spot on national TV for two fighters who are looking to get over the hump and into the next level of competition.

For Philadelphia’s Cartagena – it is a great opportunity to show the world first hand that he is back for good against a known durable fighter who comes to win. Rodriguez, a Telemundo regular over the past year, said “I’m expecting a very tough fight. I’ve prepared well and I really want to start a new win streak once again to get into world title contention”. This one is expected to be a rumble. Tune in at 11:30 PM – Verizon Channel 512, Comcast Channel 24

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Eric “Outlaw” Hunter fights for the IBF featherweight title April 9th

After 10 long years of waiting in the wings for the chance to fight for a world title – West Philly’s Eric “Outlaw” Hunter’s (21-3, 11 ko’s) dream is about to come true. It has been confirmed that his long rumored fight with IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (22-1, 8 ko’s) will take place on April 9, 2016 at the 02 Arena in London, England on the under card of the IBF Heavyweight title fight between Charles Martin and Anthony Joshua, televised live on Showtime.

Outlaw simply said “I did it my way” when I asked about the breaking news earlier this evening.

His quote hits the nail on the head. Since turning professional in 2005, “Outlaw” has ridden the proverbial boxing roller coaster on his way to the top of boxings 126 pound division ladder. In ring talent was never the issue. His 183 amateur wins and designation as a 2004 Olympic alternate testify to his skill set. In the early days if it wasn’t a long layoff – it was an inopportune loss. If there wasn’t something up with management, there was an issue with a promotional deal. Despite all of the roadblocks the sport and business of boxing threw at him, he always found a way to outlast the issue at hand.

In recent times, he forced his name back into the public eye by scoring big knockouts in two of his last three outings. At 29-years-old, he stares a lifelong goal directly in the eye. Time will tell if he can capture the moment.

Eric Hunter vs Luis Franco - ShoBox 12/3/10
Hunter before his first national fight in 2010. Some say he was born to be a champion. Others wonder if he is overwhelmed by the big stage.

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Swift out-slugs Guerrero to win his first Welterweight title

All he does is win! On January 23, 2016, a reported 2.5 million people tuned in to Fox Sports to watch Philadelphia’s most controversial boxing figure Danny “Swift” Garcia (32-0, 18 ko’s) claim the vacant WBC Welterweight title with an entertaining 12-round decision win over Gilroy, California based contender Robert Guerrero.

The judges scored the fight 116-112, 116-112 and 116-112 across the board. As always the case with Swift – many are claiming he was the beneficiary of shaky score cards turned in by the judges.

Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 ko’s) looked young again in the early rounds – but Swift seemed to take control in the second half. The fight ended with both men firing away at each other for a full minute. Watch it here

What are your thoughts on the fight and the decision? Who would you like to see Garcia fight next?