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Mansour’s win over DaWejko inspires my best piece of written work…

 

I remember the moment ever so clear. On a random day about eight weeks ago, I was taking a lunch break downtown at Liberty Place. The plan was simple, hit Chic-fil-A, chill out for a bit then get back to business. As I was finishing off my waffle fries, I started mindless browsing through Facebook. Out of nowhere, I came across one of those rare posts that make a news feed glow.

The timeline was telling me that Russell Peltz and Brittany Rogers worked a little back room magic and struck a deal that called for local Heavyweights Amir Mansour and Joey DaWejko to fight each other. 10 rounds, ESPN2 fight with the Pennsylvania State Heavyweight title on the line. No financial terms were disclosed – but what else is new. Either way, WOW! Who would have thought – two Philly guys with good records agreeing to knock the other off in order to advance their career.

Two Philly guys fighting each other is a rare scenario in this day and age. Some love the idea, many others hate it. No one denies that they make for the best fights. That is the type of drama that piques my interest. This little piece of noon-time gold was one of the few occasions where I have been inspired to attend a local boxing show in the past five years.

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Double shot of Philly Boxing Tonight. Tevin Farmer on ESPN, Tyrone Brunson on CBS

It’s a double shot of Philly boxing tonight. Two fights on two networks televising two careers trending in opposite directions. All it takes is one impressive showing to open new doors.

Local product Tevin Farmer (18-4-1, 4 ko’s) will kick things off by opening this week’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights. The “American Idol” travels to the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut to face undefeated Angel “El Gato” Luna (10-0-1, 6 ko’s) in an 8-round junior lightweight contest. On the other side of the country, North Philly’s Tyrone Brunson (22-4-1, 21 ko’s) gets a final shot at glory when he takes on Ireland’s Dennis Hogan (20-0-1, 7 ko’s) in a 10 round Jr. Middleweight match up on the CBS Sports Network from the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota.

After a rough start to his career, Farmer is riding the wave of an 11 fight win streak. Since teaming up with Club 1957 management, he has rebooted his career to the point where Star Boxing saw enough to sign him to a promotional contract. Since then, Farmer has taken his show on the road with his three most recent wins coming outside of his home base of Philadelphia. The run has some believing that the southpaw has the potential to compete against upper level competition.

Luna, a former officer in the Dominican Navy, is facing his first opponent with a winning record. His undefeated record looks nice on paper but tonight it is time to scratch beneath the surface and see how he reacts against a fighter who is coming to win. At the moment, the 25-year-old is a bit of a mystery. The world will know a whole lot more come Saturday.

After the Farmer – Luna fight – flip the switch over to CBS to check in on boxing’s triumphant return to free, network television. The main event is full of sub plots. It has been a long, twisted journey in the boxing world for Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson. The North Philly native started his career by setting a world record – knocking out his first 19 opponents in the first round. The latest chapter will read that he travels to Hinckley, Minnesota take part in the main event of the second live boxing show on CBS since the 1990’s.

Don’t get it twisted, the purpose of this bout is to showcase Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan who is being put in a prime opportunity to cash in on American love for exciting Irish fighters. Promoter Greg Cohen has gone to great lengths to put this boxing card on TV for free in front of a worldwide audience. Hogan is the promotional backed boxer and clear favorite in this contest.

As the world knows, Brunson started out red-hot. But once it was revealed that his record was paper thin, things got real in a hurry. Without going into specifics, the facts show that Brunson is 3-4-1 in his last 8 bouts. While that is average at best, there are some who still believe that he has special talent. Those who have spent time in camps with “Young Gun” testify to how he would barrel through fighters like Andy Lee, Ronald Hearns, and Kassim Ouma in sparring sessions. Boxing is a fickle sport and most only remember your last fight. This is likely Brunson’s last chance to do something big in a meaningful situation in the ring.

Overall it is good spotlight for two who have dedicated their lives to the sport of boxing. In the ESPN bout, Farmer weighed in at 130 lbs while Luna checked in at 128.25 LBS. In Minnesota, Hogan weighed in at 153.5 lbs vs. while Brunson scaled out at 153 lbs. What are your thoughts on these contests?

 

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Raymond Serrano wins a majority decision over Jeremy Bryan

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In Huntington, NY, Raymond Serrano (21-2, 9 ko’s) of North Philadelphia overcame an early knockdown and a bad cut to win a tough majority decision over South Carolina’s Jeremy Bryan (17-6, 7 ko’s) on ESPN Friday Night Fights. It was a competitive, TV friendly fight where Bryan showed flashes of the speed, power and heart that made him a two-time National amateur champion along with Serrano showing he still has plenty to offer this sport. Many questions were answered in the 5th round when Tito rebounded from a clean 2nd round knockdown to put his opponent on the canvas and change the tide of a close fight.

After some early fireworks, a steady pace kicked in leading the fight to go the 10 round distance. It was Serrano’s edge in activity and accuracy which put the Philly fighter over the top. Bryan has his moments but they came in spurts which likely cost him all of the close rounds. A mid-fight clash of heads caused a fairly deep cut on the top of Serrano’s head. Give a nod to his father who also served as the cut man because this gash was quickly mended and never became an issue for the fighter.

The final scores were 94-94, 97-91 and 96-92. This counts as the third consecutive win for the resurgent Serrano who is returning after a long layoff. The streak should put him in the neighborhood of the top 20 in the 147 lb division, opening the door for higher profile fights in the future. This fight marks the third consecutive fight Bryan lost by split or majority decision. He will undoubtably get a crack at another up-and-coming prospect his next time out.

The show was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing out of New York City and held at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.

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Serrano and Bryan both weigh-in at 145lbs!

Philly Keith Sports is on location at The Paramount in Huntington NY for the Star Boxing weigh-in. Both participants in the co-feature scale in at 145 lbs. Both look like they mean business. May the best man win…

This is the prelude to Star Boxing’s ESPN Friday Night Fights show on February 27, 2015.

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Molina stops Lundy in a thriller on ESPN…

There is an old saying in boxing that goes something like “one punch can change an entire fight”. On the July 9th ESPN main event in Lincoln RI there was never a clearer example of such a wise proverb.

For seven rounds, South Philly’s Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (19-1-1, 10ko’s) put on on a boxing clinic – treating opponent John Molina (21-1, 16ko’s) like an Everlast punching bag. Lundy used the ring, effortlessly switched between southpaw and orthodox, worked great angles from both sides of the plate and peppered Molina face with a snappy jabs, and pin point power punches.

It appeared that Lundy was going to cruise to a shut out decision. But like Lenny Kravitz once sang ” it ain’t over til it’s over”.

Lundy was cocky and confident, maybe a bit too much so as he got hit with a right handed missile that he didn’t see coming – immediately sending him to the canvas near the end of round 8. To Lundy’s credit – he beat the ten count and responded by winning the next round but the swagger was gone and he was now fighting in survival mode.

As the fight wore on, Molina kept up the pressure and what once looked like a blow out got interesting very quick. Midway through round 11 – Molina caught Lundy on the ropes. Unable to dip and dodge as he was earlier in the fight – Lundy absorbed a good barrage of punches from Molina. Definitely in trouble but by no means out of the fight – the referee jumped in to call off the contest – much to the dismay of Lundy who felt he was able to continue.

Molina was coming on strong and Lundy was in some trouble but it must be said that this was definitely an early stoppage. If a guy if going to lose his 0 – make sure he is definitely can not continue. Lundy was not down at the time of stoppage.

With that said, very good showing for both fighters and a fantastic fight for the TV networks as both men did some great work. Molina now is the NABO champ and I am sure we haven’t seen the last of Hammerin’ Hank.

D-Hop pitches a shout out on ESPN!

Philly has a new Welterweight contender. On July 2, 2010 Germantown’s Demetrius Hopkins (30-1-1, 11ko’s) showed his worth in front of a live national audience by tossing a ten-round shutout over former world title challenger “Mighty” Mike Arnarouis (22-6-2, 10ko’s) in the TKO Promotions / ESPN main event from Ontario, California.

Like a crafty veteran pitcher, Hopkins changed speeds and used his secondary weapons to compensate for a lack of pure “strikeout” power. Working under the instruction of trainer Bozy Ennis, Hopkins used the ring effectively, kept the jab in his opponents face all night which set his man up for a variety of hooks, overhand rights and a bit of body work. More importantly, we saw an aggressive D-Hop unlike what we were accustomed to seeing in the past. In this contest, Hopkins was the initiator for most of the rounds, moving forward and firing off two, three and four punch combo’s instead of waiting for his guy to make a move before reacting.

To Arnaoutis credit – he was a very game challenger on this evening. He gave it his best and tried to make a fight out of it, but wasn’t able to pull the trigger. There were occasions when he made it inside. Once he got there he was either neutralized or just stopped working. This may be the last time we see the former big draw from Atlantic City competing in a ring.

The fight went the 10 round distance with scorecards reading 100 – 90 & 99 – 91 x2 in favor of Hopkins.

With the win, Hopkins springboards into the mix in the 147 lb division. He has his eyes on one of the title holders, Bring on Andre Berto!

 

Hammerin’ Hank Ready to Turn Out Molina on ESPN July 9th!

Hank Lundy vs John Molina weigh in
This bout is for Lundy’s regional NABO Lightweight title. Hank is also currently rated #7 by the WBO, while Molina is the NABO’s #9 contender. Classic boxer vs. puncher on deck in this one.

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…

“Hammer Time’ hits Memphis as Lundy takes another O on ESPN!

Hank-Lundy-vs-Tyrese-2.jpgSouth Philly’s Hammerin’ Hank (18-0-1, 10ko’s) strikes again – this time putting the first blemish on the record of Georgia’s Tyrese Hendrix (18-1, 7ko’s) by way of a one sided 10 round unanimous decision live on ESPN to win the NABO lightweight title.

The fight took place in Memphis TN and Lundy had his man singing the blues from the start. Lundy came out at a frantic pace from a southpaw stance – a position that gave fellow southpaw Hendrix fits. Lundy floored his opponent three times in the fight – two of which came in the first round. The first knockdown of the evening was one of the sports rarities – a double knockdown courtesy of two perfectly times hooks upstairs.

The pace slowed a bit in the middle rounds with Lundy turning orthodox – setting the pace with jabs, body work and hard overhand rights. There were times where Hendrix stepped to the middle of the ring and pressed the action which led to some very good two-way exchanges.

While Hendrix was getting the worst of these exchanges – he does deserve his credit as he fought very hard and overcame trying circumstances to end the fight on his feet.

Again – Hank Lundy puts on a show when the lights were brightest. Again he takes on a defeated a fellow undefeated prospect in his division. Now he adds he NABO title to his arsenal which will get his foot in the door shall he defend it successfully. Keep an eye out – because Lundy just made a strong case for being considered the top prospect coming out of Philadelphia…

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“Hammerin’ Hank Returns to ESPN April 16th!

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Expect ESPN TV ratings to be through the roof on April 16th because on this night South Philly’s Hammerin’ Hank (17-0-1, 10ko’s) returns to Friday Night Fights for a showdown against yet another undefeated fighter. This time the opponent in Tyrese Hendrix (18-0, 7ko’s) of Gainesville, GA and this time we won’t get short changed as it is scheduled for 10 rounds. The fight take place in Memphis TN.

Once again Lundy shows he is more than willing to battle anyone. Time after time he has taken on an undefeated fighter / fellow prospect and has come out on top. Sooner or later he will get a crack at a big name in the division. When that happens – no one will be able to discredit it because he is doing it the old school way – by knocking off his peers!

Steve “USS” Cunningham vs. Matt Godfrey is cancelled!!!

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“Champ again in 2010” will have to wait a bit longer to come to life for Team Cunningham as this fight scheduled for March 26 was scrapped at the last minute due to a dispute between promoter Don King and ESPN. His Hairness says ESPN wanted rights and options for rematches or the winners next fight. The network says King tried to change the terms of ESPN standard agreements involving money, sponsorship and more. Typical he said – she said BS and the fans are out of a card that was supposed to broadcast two world title fights…