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Jesse Hart squeaks past Dashon Johnson at the 2300 Arena. A title shot may be next

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Friday night’s event at the 2300 Arena was set up to be a showcase for Jesse Hart. In the weeks before the bout, Peltz Boxing and BAM Boxing were pulling every move in the book to draw a crowd to this local fight card. The 1,500+ seat venue in South Philadelphia was filled to the brim to see the #HartoftheCity homecoming.

Those “in-the-know” were expecting a blowout over unknown Dashon Johnson. But the prelude to bolster Hart as a worthy world title challenger was far from smooth sailing. This turned into an excellent two-way fight filled with bombs and drama, coming within a hair of ending in disaster for the local favorite.

Jesse Hart vs Dashon Johnson (6)

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::SHOTS FIRED:: Chicago’s Don George takes aim at Jesse Hart and Philadelphia’s reputation as a boxing town

Earlier this week, Chicago based fighter Don “Da Bomb” George threw out some old school trash talk in the lead up to his TruTV main event fight tonight against NYC’s Seanie Monaghan. It started as typical banter – then real verbal shots were fired in the direction of Jesse “Hardwork” Hart and the city of Philadelphia. To paraphrase, George went on the record to tell the world that after he wins on Friday, he is coming after the entire Top Rank Ranking roster and that “I want to get my hands on Jesse “Out of Work” Hart. I want to shut his trap.  Philly hasn’t been a real fight town in decades and Hart is softer than a tub of Philadelphia crème cheese”.

He thinks Hart is ripe for the picking. Others are saying he has a death wish.

George’s saltiness towards Hart goes back to May, when Hart knocked out George’s good friend Mike Jimenez on the under card of Mayweather – Pacquiao.

Hart scores a one-sided 6th round KO over George's buddy Jimenez
Hart scores a one-sided 6th round KO over George’s buddy Jimenez

It is rumored that after the fight, George sent Hart a congratulatory fruit cake. I think we can all read between the lines on that one.

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Jesse Hart stops Jimenez in the 6th

On the under card of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao in Las Vegas, Jesse Hard Work Hart upped his record to 17-0 with 14 ko’s by scoring a knockout victory over the previously undefeated Mike Jimenez of Chicago.

It was a true steamrolling with Hart clearly ahead on all score cards before referee Tony Weeks stepped in to mercifully stop the contest at the 2:13 mark of round 6. With the win, Hart collects a third regional title and gains invaluable national exposure. Prior to the fight “Hard Work” was ranked #19 in the world by the WBC.

The win should certainly move him up the ladder and force the hand of other sanctioning bodies that currently leave him unranked in the 168 pound division. With a high rating comes tougher fights but there is no stud currently sitting atop the Super Middleweight division. It may not be long before the North Philadelphian makes his move.

Stay tuned for more…

Jesse Hart wraps up camp with an open workout at Joe Hand’s Gym

On Monday, Jesse Hard Work Hart (16-0, 13 ko’s) concluded preparations for his upcoming bout on the Mayweather vs. Pacquaio card with a public workout at  Joe Hand‘s Gym in Northern Liberties. The event had a decent turn out where spectators often rallied behind their fighter with chants of “Hard Work, Work Hard” as Hart and trainer Fred Jenkins went through their drills.

While this event did not offer a live sparring session to give a glimpse of the finished product, Hart showed great stamina and confidence during the extended workout. Hart was feeling himself enough to proclaiming to the crowd that “this fight isn’t going the distance” during a short intermission. Most observers around town and afar seem to agree that Jimenez is severely outmatched coming into this bout.

The 25-year-old Super Middleweight leaves for Las Vegas on Tuesday. His fight has been designated as an early preliminary and will not be part of the TV pay-per-view broadcast. Despite being an off-TV bout, his management believes that a world title shot is possible before the end of 2015 if all goes according to plan in his upcoming fight on May 2.

Check back on Sunday to get the final results of this contest…

Jesse Hart on the cover of this week’s Philadelphia City Paper

North Philly’s Jesse Hard Work Hart (16-0, 13 ko’s) graces the cover of the April 16 – 22, 2015 edition of the Philadelphia City Paper. The article gives an inside look as the young prospect prepares for the biggest spot of his young career, a fight on the under card of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao extravaganza on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Think of it on the scale of a band being asked to open for the Rolling Stones. It’s a big deal. For those who don’t know, the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Pay-Per-View is expected to be the biggest boxing event in the history of the sport. A spot in this boxing event is an extremely exclusive placement.

Hart will face undefeated Chicago based Super Middleweight Mike Jimenez (17-0, 11 ko’s) in a 10 round contest for the USBA title.

If you are out-of-town you can read the full article here

Jesse Hart on the cover of the Philadelphia City Paper

4 big Philly fights on deck for April and May. Which will be the best?

This weekend kicks off a boxing run of epic proportions for Philadelphia based talent. Four high-stakes contests that can change the course of a career. Which fight are you looking forward to most?
Is it Danny Swift Garcia vs Lamont Peterson for the The Ring (magazine) 140 lb crown live on NBC on April 11?

Could it be Bryant By-By Jennings quest to become the World Heavyweight Champion on April 25 when he faces Wladimir Klitschko on HBO Boxing?

How about Jesse Hard Work Hart‘s major league spot when he takes on Chicago’s undefeated Mike Jimenez on the under card of Mayweather – Pacquiao PPV?

Last but not least, maybe it is Joey Dawejko vs. Amir Hard Core Mansour for the PA Heavyweight title in one of the final ESPN Friday Night Fights broadcasts. All have some serious buzz behind them. Which is the most significant?

 — with Wladimir KlitschkoAmir Hard Core MansourJesse Hard Work HartDanny Swift GarciaDanny ‘Swift’ GarciaLamont PetersonMike JimenezJoey Dawejko and Bryant By-By Jennings.

Jesse Hart will fight on the under card of Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao May 2, 2015.

Shout out to Philly’s Jesse Hard Work Hart (16-0, 13 ko’s) who will fight on the under card of Floyd Mayweather vs.Manny Pacquiao. Opponent to be announced shortly. With pay-per-view prices expected to be around $100 a buy – I expect this to be a stiff challenge for Top Rank Boxing‘s #1 super middle weight prospect. The fight will take place on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.