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Top Prospects David Benadvitez and Alejandro Luna come East, Tyrone Bruson puts in the fight of the night at the 2300 Arena

ringside recap by Ken Hissner

On August 4, 2016 – Kings Promotions and Premier Boxing Champions put on a good show at South Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena. This live ESPN telecast consisted of an interesting mix of fighters. The bout sheet including multiple Philly fighters but the card was built around a couple of West Coast prospects with true potential to make a run at the higher level.

Philly’s Naim Nelson from the Fast Lane Boxing Gym made the TV portion of the show, slidding in to the co-feature on less than 24 hours notice after Ireland’s Stephen Ormond failed to make-weight for his fight against Alejandro Luna. It can be argued that Luna received a much tougher fight from the late fill in.

Other action of local interest included North Philadelphian Tyrone Brunson in a knockdown, drag out affair with a tough Mexican fighter, fellow North Philly resident Jerome Conquest is a tight one against a New Yorker, and youngsters Kieran Hooks and Jeffrey Torres making their professional debuts.

In the Main Event 19 year-old David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez, 16-0 (15), Phoenix, AZ, stopped southpaw Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglan, 20-5 (13), formerly out of Marlboro, NJ, now residing in Las Vegas, NV, at 0:45 of the tenth and final round.

This was an interesting bout with Douglan taking the first two rounds using his jab well. Once Benavidez got warmed up he showed his power taking rounds three through round six. He hurt Douglan on several occasions with right upper cuts to the chin.

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Omar Douglas scores a knockout, Milton Santiago wins a decision at Sands in Bethlehem – June 28 2016

by Ken Hissner

Kings Promotion (Marshall Kauffman & David Feldman) with Premier Boxing Championship returned to the Sands Casino & Hotel, in Bethlehem, PA on June 28, 2016 with a nine fight card. The top bouts were televised around the country as part of the Fox Sports One “Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays” series.

In the evening co-feature which also served as the TV opening bout – Super featherweight prospect Omar “Super O” Douglas, 17-0 (12), Wilmington, DE, scored a sensational knockout over Cuban Alexei “The Hurricane” Collado, 19-2 (17), Miami, FL, at 2:51 of the seventh round.

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Jonathan Maicelo and Jaron “Boots” Ennis Win in Philly on Saturday night

By Ken Hissner

Hard Hitting Promotions Presented “Live Boxing” Saturday night at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall in South Philadelphia. It was an outstanding show! Promoters Manny Rivera and Will Ruiz (also matchmaker) did a great job with such a solid night of boxing.

In the main event Peruvian lightweight Jonathan “The Last Incan” Maicelo, 24-2 (12), of N. Bergin, NJ, scored a knockdown and defeated Ramesis Gil, 10-15-5 (7), of Santo Domingo, DR, over 8 rounds.

Maicelo countered the oncoming Gil throughout the fight, finally dropping him in the seventh round. Gil could not deal with the hand and foot speed of Maicelo.

Judges Steve Weisfeld and Gail Jasper had it 79-72 while Judge Alan Rubenstein and this writer had it 80-71.

Philadelphia amateur sensation 18 year-old welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 2-0 (2), wowed the fans stopping Louis Ramos, 0-2, PR, at 0:23 of the first round. The fans went crazy!

“Boots” rocked him with a right hand making Ramos grab him until Ennis got loose turning southpaw and breaking the nose of Ramos with a wicked right hook forcing Ramos to turn his back heading back to his corner.

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Hard Hitting Promotions Returns to the Sheet Metal Union Hall featuring Jaron Ennis Philly Debut March 14, 2016

by Ken Hissner

Hard Hitting Promotions returns to the Sheet Metal Workers Hall on Saturday March 14, 2016 with a 9 bout show. The main event features Peruvian lightweight Jonathan “The Last Incan” Maicelo, 23-2 (12), out of Bergen, NJ, facing upset minded Ramesis Gil, 10-14-5 (7), of PR, over 8 rounds. The co-feature will put the spotlight on Philly’s welterweight and national amateur champion Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 1-0 (1). Both his brothers Farah “Quiet Storm” and Derek “Pooh” held the NABF and USBA titles.

A press conference for the event was recently held at the Laborers Local 57 Union Hall in the outskirts of Chinatown. On the microphone was the return of Pat Michael Fattore who will be the evenings ring announcer. Normally Alex Barbosa, 4-2-1 (1) does that job but he is on the card returning after 18 months and will face Marquise Pierce, 1-8 (0), of Wheeling, W.V. who in his debut defeated the grandson of Larry “the Easton Assassin” Holmes in Easton.

Joining the festivities was 2-division world champion and Philly legend Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins who all referred to him as “B-Hop”! At 50 he looks like he’s in his 20’s. He stayed around afterwards talking and answering questions.

Ennis made his debut a couple of weeks ago in Utah scoring a first round knockout in 0:42. He was asked by this writer “how does it feel to just be 48 fights away from Marciano and Mayweather’s record 49-0! He laughed along with most of those in attendance. Then the writer added “you are the best prospect in Philly since Meldrick Taylor (former Olympic Gold Medalist and world champion). Ennis is fighting Luis Ramos, 0-1, from PR. “I want to get in and get out like a robbery,” said Ennis. His father/trainer “Bozy” Ennis chipped in with a comment. In front of him was one of the top amateur trainers Brandon Pizzaro who has a pair of son’s boxing in the amateurs who are very good.

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Christopher Brooker and Kermit Cintron Score Wins at the 2300 Arena

By Ken Hissner

On Friday, May 6, 2016 – it was the Kings Promotions team of Marshall Kauffman and David Feldman putting on a 10 fight card at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. It was a well-attended night of fights, and with the exception of a delay that ran a little over one hour due to the ambulance being late, it was a good show.

In the main event, Super Middleweight Christopher “Ice Cold” Brooker, 9-1 (5), of Philadelphia scored a knockdown and won a hard-fought 8-round unanimous decision over Atlantic City’s  Antowyan “Ice Man” Aikens, 10-2-1 (1).

For the first two rounds it went back and forth with Aikens boxing and Brooker coming forward receiving a cut in the second round by his left eye. Cut-man Moe Morales would keep it in tact the remainder of the bout. In the third round Brooker was finally getting through the defense of Aikens and dropped him with a right to the chin. In the fourth round Aikens continued to box Brooker not allowing him to get the big punch in again.

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Sixteen to be inducted into the PA Hall of Fame on May 15th, 2016

By Ken Hissner

The 2016 Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will honor 16 people (8 living and 8 deceased) at Romano’s Caterer’s on Castor and Wingohocking Streets in Philadelphia. There are a record number of inductees this year with some very deserving names from the past. As a member of the VBA Ring One and the PABHOF committee it was great to see these boxing people get inducted this year.

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The Philadelphia “Jinx” Continues with Only Danny “Swift” Garcia a champion!

by Ken Hissner

Philadelphia was once known as a fighting city. Today, they have but one world champion in Danny “Swift” Garcia, 32-0 (18) who on January 23rd of this year won the vacant WBC welterweight title. Garcia was ranked No. 2 and former 2-division champion Robert “Ghost” Guerrero was ranked No. 6. What happened to No. 1, 3, 4 and 5?

With Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman’s postponement it is now scheduled for June 25th for Thurman’s WBA title while neither fighter was interested in fighting for the WBC vacant title. Porter the former IBF champion hasn’t fought since June of 2015. He passed up any elimination fight for this title. No. 1 was Amir King Kahn” Kahn who holds the WBC Silver title and is the former WBA Super world and IBF champion in the super lightweight division. He lost those titles in December of 2011 to Lamont Peterson by split decision. In his next fight July 2012 he lost to Garcia for the WBA super and WBC titles. All three judges had it even 28-28 after three rounds. In a real slugging match Garcia won by technical knockout in the 4th round having Kahn on the canvas twice. Kahn was never able to get a rematch. Though No. 1 in the WBC welterweight division Garcia’s management said they would not fight Kahn so he moved all the way up to middleweight to take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for his WBC title May 7th.

While defending the two titles five times Garcia ran into Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico and won a disputed majority decision. It was Garcia’s last title defense as a super lightweight. He would then go onto win three fights in the welterweight division. First he defeated lightweight (132 in his last fight) Rod Salka. Then won by a disputed majority decision over IBF super lightweight champion Peterson with neither super lightweight titles on the line. Peterson was No. 5 welterweight when Garcia fought for vacant welterweight title after defeating Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz, 17-0.

Now the WBC is expected of having an elimination tourney with No. 2 Peterson fighting No. 3 Berto while No. 8 Sammy Vasquez is fighting No. 11 Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo of Argentina which may not be in stone. Don’t get me wrong Garcia can fight and may be better at 147 but has led a “charmed life” since winning his first world title. After winning over Peterson Garcia stopped former WBA World welterweight champion Paul “Magic Man” Malignaggi who like Guerrero was on the decline.

Looking at Philadelphia fighters who were the last to lose in world title fights from flyweight to heavyweight I found the following and don’t be afraid to correct me when I’m wrong since I did this on “memory” for over three hours.

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Ivan Redkach and Luis Cruz Battle to a Draw at the Sands Casino

by Ken Hissner

Tuesday night boxing as Kings Promotions put on one terrific show at the Sands Casino & Hotel in their Event Center, in Bethlehem, PA, over Fox Sports 1.

In the main event super lightweight southpaw Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach, 19-1-1 (15) of UKR and L.A. and Luis “El Artesano” Cruz, 22-4-1 (16), PR, battled to a split decision draw. It was a very good fight.

In the opening round Redkach seemed to have the edge. In the second round Cruz dropped Redkach with a straight right to the chin. Redkach came back well still being the aggressor. In the third round Cruz became more aggressive until near the end of the round when Redkach drove him into the corner with a flurry of punches. In the fourth round Cruz landed several combinations moving Redkach back a few steps. Redkach continued to be the aggressor coming back well enough to take the round.

In the fifth round Cruz landed a 3-punch combination and followed with another combination. By the end of the round it was Redkach chasing him down with a flurry of punches. In the sixth round Cruz used his hand speed to keep Redkach on the defense at times. In the seventh round it continued to be a slugfest with Redkach the hunter and Cruz the hunted who countered Redkach well enough to win the round. In the eighth round an overhand left from Redkach put Cruz on the canvas. When he got up being near the end of the round Redkach was all over him until the bell sounded.

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Christopher Brooker gets robbed by the judges in Atlantic City

The February 19, 2016 edition of ShoBox – The Next Generation got off to a great start in Atlantic City. Young  Super Middleweights Christopher Brooker and John Magda gave fans across the world 8 very hard rounds of action. While the match was entertaining, everyone and their mother felt that Brooker was the rightful winner. He left the AC Boardwalk with a draw. Leave it to the judges to give the Philly fighter the shaft!

The decision was so bad that I turned off boxing to watch a couple of ancient MMA fighters rumble on Spike TV. The slop put out by Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock was worse than what was going on the AC boardwalk.

While I was on the couch this particular evening  – Ken “Hot Water” Hissner was ringside at Boardwalk Hall.  Scroll down to read his recap of a card he says was “marred by bad decisions”.

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Q&A with Travis Kauffman – Is it “My-Time’s” time to shine?

Interview by Ken Hissner

Reading, PA, heavyweight Travis “My Time” Kauffman, 30-1 (22 ko’s), reached the age of 30 in August and is about to meet his toughest opponent in Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, 36-4-1 (31), of Escondido, CA. who is 34 and been there and done that and is back again.

They meet on December 12th at the AT & T Center in San Antonio, TX, over NBC where 16 bouts are scheduled. Their fight should be one of two prior to the main event along with a bout between heavyweights Charles Martin, 22-0-1 who is No. 2 WBO and No. 4 IBF and prospect Dominic Breazeale, 16-0. Both bouts are under the main event of a pair of former WBC lightweight champions in Omar Figureola, Jr., and Antonio DeMarco.

Travis Kauffman vs Chris Arreola preview photo PBC

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