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Keenan Smith wins his ShoBox debut

Last night, live on Showtime Boxing – Philly’s Keenan “Killa” Smith (9-0, 3 ko’s) showed that he is ready for the next level of Welterweight competition by winning an 8 round unanimous decision over a game Benjamin Whitaker (10-2, 2 ko’s) at the D Las Vegas.

Smith started the fight boxing from long-range, moving around the ring and landing some clean shots on his thicker opponent. Midway though the bout, Whitaker battled his way inside – and once he got close – things got physical. There was one stretch of action that included a back body drop, a reverse leg whip and an old-fashioned noogie.

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“Killa” Keenan Smith vs. Benjamin Whitaker on ShoBox

Tonight on Showtime Boxing, Philadelphia’s “Killa” Keenan Smith (8-0, 3 ko) puts his undefeated record on the line when he takes on Benjamin Whitaker(10-1, 2 ko’s) of San Antonio in a 8 round  bout in Las Vegas. Both are making their major network TV debut.

This signifies a decent step up in competition for Smith, whose best career win to date comes against a fighter with 3-3 record. He weighed in at 141.8 lbs.

The 31-year-old Whitaker is on a three fight win streak since being stopped by a good Russian prospect in California. The combined record of his last three victims is 27-5-1.

Whitaker weighted in at 146.2 lbs. Lots of questions to be answered. Smith had a good amateur career – but some extended pro layoffs – do you think he will translate into a “next level” fighter? Is Whitaker more than a down south opponent despite his solid record?

A big spot for two hopefuls. Tune in tonight for a 4 fight card starting at 10 pm EST.

Farah Ennis patiently pummels Lares in Atlantic City!

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.

Farah Ennis vs Victor Lares 2010 (5)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.

Chazz Witherspoon vs Alexis Mejias 2010 (4)


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. Ismael Garcia vs Corey Preston 20100 (1) Ismael Garcia vs Corey Preston 20100 Joey Tiberi vs Antonio Parker 2010 Keenan Smith vs Anthony Royal 2010 (2)Keenan Smith vs Anthony Royal 2010

photos by Paul Dempsey / Philly Keith Sports


Coy Evans & Farah Ennis in showcase bouts, Darrell Jones has a tough assignment at the Blue Horizon June 4, 2009

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.