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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R.I.P. “KO-JO” Jack Obermayer

Before the weekend wraps up I’d like to say a final farewell to my old press row buddy Jack Obermayer, who passed away on June 25, 2016 at the age of 72 after a long bout with cancer. I liked KO-JO because he was an old school boxing writer with a passion for traveling to new and obscure places.

Unlike many boxing press who get “in” by kissing up to promoters and fluffing stories to get close to fighters – Jack was a true professional who was valued because he was not afraid to give an honest opinion. JO’s work was so well-regarded, he was honored with two Hall of Fame plaques (from New Jersey and Pennsylvania) over the course of his 50 year career, a rare feat for a writer.

I first met Jack in 2005 while ringside at the Blue Horizon. The old-timer was holding court at the press table between fights, telling us young bucks how Emile Griffith would beat anyone out there today.

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Keith Thurman wins a close decision over Shawn Porter in a Barclays Center “instant classic”

For once, a great fight delivers action as advertised. On June 25, 2016, an estimated 3.1 million viewers tuned into CBS in prime time to watch Florida’s Keith Thurman Jr take a narrow 12 round decision victory over a determined “Showtime” Shawn Porter of Akron, Ohio.

Labels of “instant classic”, “2016 Fight of the Year” and “robbery” are being hurled around to describe “One Time” Thurman’s close unanimous decision win. All three judges scored the fight 115-113.

The CBS network is issuing an immediate rebroadcast of Saturday night’s Welterweight title fight.  

What did you think of the fight and can you see an immediate rematch taking place?

— with Keith “One Time” Thurman, Keith Thurman Jr and Shawn Porter.

Jason Sosa knocks out Fortuna in the 11th to win the WBA featherweight title in China

Despite long odds – and an even longer plane ride – Camden, New Jersey native Jason Sosa used a lethal left hook to defy the critics and non believers, knocking out world champion Javier Fortuna in round 11 to win the WBA featherweight title at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China.

The betting line was as high as 17-to-1 in favor of the Premier Boxing Champions signee Fortuna before bell time. Sensing a worthwhile long shot, savvy gamblers put a lot of late money on Sosa which dropped the line near 7-to-1 when the fight began.

The fight was so remote that there was no TV broadcast or internet streams for this show which happened at 10 AM Eastern Time. It was the perfect setting for a modern day boxing upset.

Multiple reports suggest that it was a come from behind knockout for Sosa, a fighter who was developed in the Peltz boxing fold.  The New Jersey native was knocked to the canvas in round five and was likely down on all scorecards as the fight headed into the championship rounds.

Sources say a late Sosa adjustment turned the tide. Kicking up the intensity, “Canito” knocked Fortuna down in round 10, and then finished the job less than three minutes later, closing the show at the 0:45 mark of round 11.

With the victory Sosa improves to 19-1-4, 15 KOs while the former champ Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna suffers his first career loss, falling to 29-1-1, 21 KOs.

Congrats to Team Sosa, Peltz Boxing and Top Rank Boxing  on the outstanding victory on the other side of the globe. This win ends a long losing streak for local fighters competing at the championship level of the sport.

Team Sosa

 

Remembering Joe Frazier’s Gym

So I was driving today and passed the old Joe Frazier‘s gym. I had to pull over and take a photo. Unfortunately the gym closed down before my time. Who trained here back in the day?

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. Today it operates as a furniture outlet. Maybe one day it will be restored to its previous glory.

These old structures on North Broad street are still amazing…

Jaron Ennis, Joshua Jones & Darmani Rock all score extremely quick knockouts over the weekend (June 2016)

Ennis & Jones fought on the same card in Virginia, while Rock did his thing in Quincy, Massachusetts.

The videos of each fight are below. Judge for yourself…

Jaron Ennis TKO 1 – 0:20

Joshua Jones TKO 1 – 1:52

 

Darmani Rock TKO 1 – 1:46

“King” Gabriel Rosado wins a tough 10 round decision in Los Angeles. Second straight win with Fernando Vargas in his corner

On June 4, 2016 King Gabriel Rosado continued his revival in Los Angeles by winning a close 10 round unanimous decision over Mexico’s Antonio Gutierrez (20-2-1, 9 ko’s) at the StubHub Center .

In typical fashion for the North Philly native, many are saying this bout was a hard-fought war, one where Rosado (23-9, 13 ko’s) had to get off the canvas in round 4 to secure his victory. Final scores were 96-96, 95-94 & 95-94.

This is Rosado’s second straight win with former world champion Fernando Vargas as his trainer. The wins over solid competition are beginning to put the “King’s” cold streak from 2013 – 2015 in the rear view mirror.

Speculation is that this W will get Rosado back on prime TV against a big name. A jump to the 168 pound division has also been mentioned as a possibility.

Photo Credit: German Villasenor

Dashon decisions DeCarlo over 8 rounds at the 2300 Arena

On June 3, 2016 Peltz & BAM Boxing returned to the 2300 Arena in South Philly for a night that featured some local talent and a couple of outsiders who are looking to make a name fighting in the City of Philadelphia.  This show was the follow-up to Peltz & Rogers wildly successful “Hart of the City” boxing collaboration from March of this year. It was a stark contrast of the show considered to be their best event as a team.

The previous promotion was a jam-packed sell out featuring a well-known fighter whose family name has been certified inside of the Philly boxing scene for over 40 years. This task was a much tougher ticket to move as both main event contestants are far from undefeated and are fairly new to the local boxing scene. The under card had a lot of unknown names and low-budget opponents.

To me, it was Go Fight Live (gfl.tv) rental type of night. 8 fights for $14.99 with the option to flip between other channels seemed to be my best bet. I was fresh off of a road trip to Chicago and wanted some rest after enjoying a week full of mob tour buses through the Windy City, architectural boat rides on the Chicago river and a bucket list trip to Wrigley Field to personally witness the hot start Phillies come crashing back down to Earth.

Wrigley Field is a must do for any baseball fan
Wrigley Field is a must do for any baseball fan

The quantity of action was a pretty good deal for the online stream though I thought overall quality of this card was lacking. The normally reliable broadcast audio was shaky too. There were only a couple of fights that held my attention for the duration of the bout.

The main event between Escondido, California’s Dashon Johnson and DeCarlo Perez of Atlantic City was by far the best fight of the show. This solid bout consisted of two middle of the pack fighters looking to break through to the TV level of the sport.

As many local fight fans know, Johnson was returning to Philadelphia after his Cinderella Man like performance against local contender Jesse Hart in the aforementioned #HOTC event in the spring.

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R.I.P. Muhammad Ali (1/17/42 – 6/3/16)

On June 3, 2016, former Heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali passed away in a Phoenix-area hospital at the age of 74. This marks the end of a 32 year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Out of respect for the champ, I’d like to watch a good Muhammad Ali fight. Since I’m way too young to have seen “The Greatest” in his prime – I need some old school recommendations.

What are some of the best interviews, fights, TV clips etc to watch from the one many consider the G.O.A.T. of boxing?

Funeral services will take place in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky and will be open to the public.

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