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ROSARIO SHOCKS WILLIAMS

For the second straight year, the first local show of the season ended the very same way - with a massive upset that sent boxing fans home with their mouths gaping and heads shaking. We all remember the stunning KO of Christian Carto last year, and on Saturday night Philly boxing fans watched Julian Williams shockingly lose his world titles in astonishing fashion to a ranked but little known challenger. As it turned out, Williams' first title defense was not a mere homecoming celebration at for our newly minted champ. Jeison Rosario saw to that.

Instead of being a young, plucky, over-matched challenger just happy to be there, Rosario of the Dominican Republic... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

NORTH PHILLY FIGHT NIGHT
by Darryl Cobb Jr.

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FIGHT NIGHT IN NORTH PHILLY
by Jano Cohen 
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J-ROCK FOCUSED ON TASK AT HAND

IBF & WBA junior middleweight champion Julian “J-Rock” Williams, 27-1-1, 16 KOs, 1 NC, defends his world titles Saturday night in a homecoming bout against Jeison Rosario, 19-1-1, 13 KOs, at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. The twelve-bout mega show, promoted by a conglomeration (King’s Promotions, Sampson Boxing, and TGB Promotions) for Premiere Boxing Champions will be broadcast live on Fox, with much of the undercard aired live on Fox Sports 1.

As the fight neared, Williams held an open media workout for the press, but as usual, was rather secretive about the true nature of his preparation for the very first defense of the title. The media was allowed... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

SMITH DOMINATES
HART
 
by Matt Ward / The Weigh In

Top Rank Boxing returned to Atlantic City this evening with a night full of fisticuffs action, headlined by an entertaining fight between Philly’s Jesse Hart (24-3, 20 KOs) and Long Island’s Joe Smith Jr. (27-2, 21 KOs) for the NABO Light Heavyweight Title. The eight-fight card was featured before a near capacity filled Etess Arena at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The card was televised on ESPN and streamed on the ESPN+ App.

Tonight’s action was the second straight night of boxing in a city that appears to be in the early stages of a boxing renaissance. Last night, Claressa Shields (10-0, 2 KOs) captured her third world title... (MORE)

   
 
                 
       

CAN'T MISS ENNIS STOPS EYUBOV
 
by Ken Hissner

Unbeaten, can’t miss, Philly welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 25-0, 23 KOs, 145.75 pounds, ranked No. 13 WBO & No. 15 IBF stopped Bakhtiyar Eyubov, 14-2-1, 12 KOs, 146.25 pounds, KAZ, out of Houston, TX, at 0:34 of the fourth round of a scheduled  ten. In the first round it was all Ennis, 145.75 pounds. He dropped Eyubov twice with shots to the body and head. Eyubov was so busted up, he was fortunate to get through the round.

In the second round, the rugged Eyubov came out throwing bombs, but they rarely hit their target. He had guts but couldn't match... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

FORMER PHILLY WELTERWEIGHT
DICK TURNER PASSES

On Sunday (January 5, 2020) the sad news came that former Philly welterweight Dick Turner passed away after a few years of declining health. He was just shy of his 83rd birthday. Turner had an eventful boxing career that ended prematurely in 1963 due to an eye injury. After retirement from the ring, he stayed away from the sport for a period, disappointed that the pursuit of his dream had been cut short. However, he later returned to boxing to help guide his talented nephews, the fighting Fletcher brothers (Frank, Anthony and Troy). Turner then became a trainer and worked with numerous Philly kids with the same dream that he once had.   (MORE)

   



 
                 
 
 
   

HART SEEKS REVENGE
FOR B-HOP

North Philly’s Jesse Hart, 26-2, 21 KOs, takes the next step in his quest for a world championship Saturday night when he faces Joe Smith Jr. of Long Island, NY, 24-3, 20 KOs, at Atlantic City’s Mark G. Etess Arena in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The five-bout card is promoted by Top Rank and will be televised live on ESPN (and ESPN+).

Hart’s quest for a belt began at the super middleweight limit, where he campaigned for seven years. However, after two title bout decision losses to WBO champ Gilberto Ramirez, and despite never having the slightest issue making 168 pounds, the charismatic contender decided that... (MORE)

   







 
 
                 
       

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