Local boxing returns to “Mother’s House” on June 4, 2009 – a night when Blue Horizon owner and chief executive Ms. Vernoca Michael will collaborate with SAM Promotions for a card that features rising local talent. On this evening Ms. Michael will celebrate her 65th birthday with the boxing fans of Philadelphia.
The top end of the card is now set – here are the specifics….
The Main Event will showcase undefeated Featherweight prospect Coy Evans (8-0-1, 2ko’s) of the Germantown section going against Chicago via Mexico journeyman Barbaro Zepada (9-21, 2ko’s) in a scheduled 6 rounder.
Evans has opened some eyes in the gym recently, and in the ring he has knocked his last two opponents out. Zepada’s record is terrible but it is worth noting that he has only been stopped once in his career. Expect to see a boxing exhibition from Evans in this one.
The co-feature will put rising undefeated Super Middleweight Farah Ennis (13-0, 7ko’s), also from Germantown, against Steve Walker (24-24, 16ko’s) of Missouri.
Walker’s record shows that he has a little pop but it should also be noted that he has been stopped an astounding twenty times in his career. Who sanctioned this one? Expect Ennis to steamroll right through this challenger.
After they scrape Walker off of the canvas, look forward to a July 30th boxing card where Ennis & Dennis Hasson will compete in separate bouts on the same card. Maybe the day will come when Farah and Hasson fight each other – it is the best 168 pound match out there by a mile.
Both Evans and Ennis are trained by Bozy Ennis at the Muhammad Ali Gym – aka Bozy’s Dungeon – in Germantown.
Leading the under card is South Philly junior middleweight prospect “Dangerous” Darrell Jones (3-0, 1ko), who on paper has the toughest test of the evening. He is scheduled to take on Marcus Hall (3-1, 2 KO’s) of Rochester, NY in a four rounder. Jones will make his fourth consecutive start at The Blue and is starting to generate some buzz.
Keep an eye on this one, could be the fight of the night.
In a four round Ladies Jr. Middleweight bout, Olivia “The Great” Fonseca (3-2-2, 2 KO’s) is scheduled to take on undefeated Akima Stocks (3-0, 3 KO’s) of Newark, NJ.
Fonseca always brings fire with her into the ring, usually putting in one of the best fights of the night.
In a four round Super Featherweight bout, Keenan Smith (1-0) of Philadelphia will take on Alex Monte, 1-0. Smith was a touted amateur and has the potential to develop into a solid professional if he avoids distraction and stays focused on his craft.
In a four round Jr. Middleweight bout, Ismael Garcia (1-0) of Milville, NJ takes on debuting Tyrone Rivera of Allentown, PA.
Marshall Kaufmann’s newest study Van Oscar Penovaroff (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Kailua Kona, Hawaii will take on tougher than advertised Gustavo Dailey (4-8, 1 KO) of Philadelphia in a four round Lightweight bout.
IBF #7 ranked Light Heavyweight Yusaf Mack is off this card. Look for a July return.
Tickets are scaled at $45, $55, $65, $125, and $200 and are available at The Legendary Blue Horizon (215) 763 0500 and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Gym (267) 979 2163.