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.
Light heavyweight David Murray, 3-1 (3), out of Newark, DE, returns from Hard Hitting’s last event where he scored a first round knockout. He will be taking on Ken Clairborne, 4-11 (3), of Ft. Worth, TX. “I want to thank God and my trainer Greg Pritchard,” said Murray. He was asked by another writer “what makes you different from other fighters?” His answer was his work ethics. “I discovered when I started boxing I had a powerful right hand. I only had 15 amateur bouts,” said Murray.
Welterweight Greg Jackson, 6-2 (2), will be fighting Mexican Joel Vargas, 4-16-2 (4), out of Liberal, KS. Jackson is now trained by “Bozy” Ennis. “Bozy has got me boxing instead of just going in slugging,” said Jackson. His former trainer was in the audience who he gave a thank you to and told Hopkins he is his favorite boxer. All the above except the main event are 4 round bouts.
Ring Announcer and boxer Alex Barbosa, 4-2-1 (1), is returning after 18 months of inactivity giving the microphone over for a pair of boxing gloves. “I have a love for the sport. My brother, father and grandfather were all professional boxers,” said Barbosa. He works at the UFC Gym in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Also in the audience was Villanova’s Jalen Brunson who was part of the NCAA basketball championship team. Nelson Fernandez interpreted for Maicelo. He also has WBA interim featherweight champion Carlos “Mina” Zambrano of Peru. “I nicknamed him Mina after Mauro Mina the former great Peruvian boxer who died at an early age,” said Fernandez. He added “Maicello is in good shape and isn’t underestimating his opponent. Maicello thanked the promoters for the opportunity to fight in the main event.
Cuban super lightweight Yordan Frometa, 8-0 (6) escaped Cuba to Quito, ECU, and now fights out of Miami, FL. “I was 128-8 as an amateur,” said Frometa. He will be in a 6 rounder against Dominican Ken Alvares, 7-3-2 (3), out of PR. In another 6 rounder Wilmington, DE, welterweight Anthony Miller, 3-1 (3), will meet Gledwin Ortiz, 3-1 (3), of the Bronx, NY, who lost a split decision to Greg Jackson in Hard Hitting’s last show.
All the way from Italy is super middleweight Daniel Scardine, 4-0 (4), now out of Miami Beach, FL, whose 4 bouts were all in the DR. “I want to thank Manny (Rivera) and Will (Ruiz) for bringing me in for this show,” said Scardine. Rivera, Ruiz (also matchmaker), John Mirenda and John Varano are all backers of Hard Hitting Promotion. Scardine who was 42-15 in the amateurs fights Steve Crowfield, 2-3 (0), out of OK City, OK. This is a 4 rounder.
In the opening bout Saturday Raul Lopez, 9-2-1 (4), out of the Bronx, NY, takes on southpaw Edgar Cortez, 2-1 (1), out of Vineland, NJ, in a 4 round featherweight bout.
The event will open the doors at 6:30 with first bout at 7pm. The facility is at 1301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., in South Philadelphia. If this show is as good as their last show it would be well worth attending.