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Puerto Rican flyweight Jesus Soler (11-1-1, 5 KOs) spoiled the return of Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena (15-6-1, 6 KOs) with an impressive eight round unanimous decision victory by scores of 80-72 79-73 and 78-74 Saturday night at Parx Casino’s Xcite Center in Bensalem, PA. The co-feature of the eight bout card promoted by Joe Hand Promotions and BAM Promotions saw lightweight Frank Trader (13-2-1, 5 KOs) out punch fellow Philadelphian Jerome Conquest (10-4, 1 KO) over eight rounds to capture an exciting unanimous decision victory by scores of 79-73 x 2 and 78-74. The undercard of “Xcite Fight Night 4” matched by the legendary Russell Peltz provided explosive.... (MORE)





West Philly's Julian "J-Rock" Williams turned in a brilliant and determined performance in his second try at a world title Saturday night. The 5-1 underdog was magnificent in a dominant victory against the rugged and streaking WBA & IBF champion  Jarrett Hurd. Many thought Hurd would be too strong for the talented Williams, but J-Rock left no room for doubt in this one. He out-boxed, out-muscled, and out-punched the betting favorite with a fight plan designed by trainer Stephen "Breadman" Edwards that was as impressive as J-Rock's performance. Williams won the fight to become boxing's newest star and Philly's latest champion. Boxing scribe Frank Bartolini was at ringside for the big night in Fairfax, VA when Julian Williams and Philadelphia's Stephen Fulton both struck gold. He posted the following report... (MORE)





Heavyweight thrill machine Smokin' Bert Cooper passed away on May 10, 2019, after a bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 53. Cooper terrorized the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions in the 1980s and 1990s, with his hard-charging, aggressive style and murderous punching power. As his ring nicknamed referenced, Cooper was a neo-Joe Frazier to many. He won two regional titles in two weight classes, and once challenged Evander Holyfield for the world heavyweight title. He was also inducted in the PA Boxing Hall of Fame... (MORE)




Kalvin Henderson returned to Philly on Friday night and for the second time in a row registered an impressive TKO victory. Last December, he derailed Upper Darby’s Brandon Robinson in the “2018 Philly Fight of the Year”. This time, the Arkansas-based super middleweight dominated and stopped Antowyan Aikens of Mays Landing in three assertive rounds.

Aikens began the first round well, lashing Henderson with his long jab. However after about one minute, Kalvin snapped Aikens with a good right hand, and never looked back. In the second round, Henderson put Akiens on the floor with a blunt jab. Aikens got up but a Henderson left hook sent him down again.   (MORE)




by Frank Bartolini

This Saturday night at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA, DC-area boxer, Jarrett “Swift” Hurd, Accokeek, VA, returns home to defend his WBA, IBF & IBO junior middleweight belts against Julian “J-Rock” Williams, of Philadelphia. Although he’ll be fighting in the tiger’s lair of frenzied DMV (DC, MD, VA) fight fans, Williams still appears to be Hurd’s toughest opponent to date.

It has been two and a half years since Williams, 26-1-1, 16 KOs, suffered the lone loss of his twenty eight fight career. That defeat came at the hands of then IBF junior middleweight king Jermall Charlo, via... (MORE)





J. R. Jowett reporting from ringside:

The Pennsbury Racquet Club in Morrisville, PA, across the Delaware from Trenton, hosted the auspicious return of one of the most active club promoters in the NJ-PA area for many years, Nedal Abuhumoud (Nedal Prom’ns) on 4/27/19. Nedal hadn’t promoted in some eight years, since the end of his prime attraction, Omar Sheika.

Now backing a new middle eastern star, Omar Salem, son of “The Egyptian Magician” Kabary Salem, who once fought for the middleweight title, brought Nedal back, a welcome addition to the already active local scene. Nedal co-promoted with “Cornflake” LaManna’s Rising Star Prom’ns, with Renee Aiken matchmaker. Some 400 – 500 fans turned out for a lively club show. Mark Fratto was ring announcer, Mike Arnese kept time, and Kurt Wolfheimer did PR.

In the main event eight, Omar Salem, 168 ¼, NYC, 9-0 (4), met Antonio Ocles, 166, Quito, Ecuador, 10-7-1 (3). The fight started as... (MORE)




In the main event at the Met in North Philly, Malik Hawkins, Baltimore, 15-0, 9 KOs, defeated Andre Byrd, Jacksonville, FL, 7-7-2, 1 KO, by unanimous decision, in a slow-paced welterweight eight rounder. After an entertaining night of seven other fights, closing the show with this snoozer was a let down. And the crowd of about 2,500 let everyone know how they felt, booing loudly midway through the fight.

That Byrd was a late substitute may have thrown Hawkins - as well as the matchmaker - but none the less, the bout has already been forgotten by all who witnessed it. Hawkins easily handled the challenge, dominating the...   (MORE)




Hard Hitting Promotions’ franchise player, Branden Pizarro, 14-1, 7 KOs, takes on perhaps his toughest opponent to date, Friday night at The Met, on North Broad Street. Pizarro, a 19-year old junior welterweight faces spoiler Tre’Sean Wiggins, 11-4-1, 6 KOs, in the 8-round co-feature bout, with the PA state 140-pound title on the line. Seven other fights are scheduled on this, the second boxing show at the newly refurbished and re-opened former Metropolitan Opera House.

The promotional firm has an excellent roster of boxers, but Pizarro is the cornerstone of their operation. His future is a major part of their future.  (MORE)









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