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ENNIS & SERRANO
MEET AT THE  CROSSROADS

An important all-Philly crossroads fight is set for Friday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philly, with the career momentum of two well-liked local fighters at stake.  In one corner, the surging Jaron Ennis, 21-0, 19 KOs, will look to continue his rapid rise in the welterweight division and secure his position as the young Philly fighter to watch.  Across the ring, Raymond Serrano, 24-5, 10 KOs, 1 NC, will attempt to stand his ground as his career recedes before him, knowing that... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

LAMANNA VIES FOR NJ TITLE

On Friday night, one of the busiest boxing nights of the year for area fight fans, Millville welterweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 25-2-1, 9 KOs, takes on come-backing vet Mike Arnaoutis, 26-11-2, 13 KOs, in an eight round bout for the vacant New Jersey 147-pound title.  The fight headlines a ten-bout card staged by LaManna’s Rising Star Promotions at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City.  This AC boxing show is one of three local events that will pull boxing fans in different directions on the same night.  Additional shows will also take place in Philadelphia and Bethlehem, but the loyal fans of the popular LaManna will have no conflict about where to go to watch boxing this weekend. (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

CARTO STILL UNDEFEATED

Local bantamweight sensation Christian Carto extended his undefeated streak to 17-0, 11 KOs, Friday night with a shutout unanimous decision over Mexican journeyman Antonio Rodriguez, 13-23-2, 6 KOs, in the six-round main event at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia.  The fight headlined a six-bout card staged by Kings Promotions before another full house. 

Carto is perhaps Philly’s most popular rising star, and each of his fights are always packed with a noisy band of loyal Carto-shirt-wearing fans who scream with delight at every punch he lands and seem completely oblivious to the shots that land on him in return.  Nothing stems the excitement of seeing... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

FARMER DEFENDS CROWN WITH KO

Over eighty five hundred fight fans filled the TD Garden, aka Boston Garden, and nearly one thousand of them traveled from Great Britain or Ireland.  The majority of the remaining were “Southies” (Boston residents of Irish descent from the Southside of city).  “Southies” are a group of devout Roman Catholics who take no crap and fanatically support anyone connected to the Emerald Isle.  Most of those in the crowd had surnames such as O’Grady, Malone, McQuade, Sullivan, and so on.           

This was the hostile environment that newly minted IBF junior lightweight champ Tevin Farmer, had to endure when making his first defense against... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

WILLIE REDDISH JR. PASSES

After a brief battle with cancer, former boxer and trainer Willie Reddish Jr. passed away on October 11th, just two months shy of his 86th birthday. Reddish was diagnosed just three weeks prior to his death.

Willie Reddish Jr., born December 12, 1932, was a talented amateur boxer during the 1950s, with a reported record of 26-2. Once he hung up his gloves, Reddish became a boxing trainer, and decades later, this role in the sport earned him a place in the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. Reddish was inducted just four months ago on May 20, 2018. 

Over the years, Reddish either trained, managed, worked cuts, or advised more than 25 fighters, with about half of those boxers eventually turning pro. (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

CHAMPION FARMER READY
TO DO IT BIG OR NOT AT ALL

For years, when Tevin Farmer woke up every morning, the first thought on his mind was his goal to become a world champion. It was like an instinct. It came before breakfast, before he put his feet on the floor, and before he said his first words of the day. It was automatic. In his mind, he visualized that goal and saw himself with a championship belt wrapped around his waist. 

On August 3rd, that goal came to be. Farmer made a trip to Australia and returned home with the IBF junior lightweight title, following a dominant win over Billy Dib. After seven years as a pro, all of his hard work had paid off... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

ROCK WINS FIRST MAIN EVENT
BY KO

Philly heavyweight Darmani Rock easily dismantled an experienced but hopeless Pedro Rodriguez in the fourth round at the 2300 Arena in South Philly Saturday night.  It was the local prospect’s first-ever main event, and came before a loud and supportive hometown crowd.

Rock, 13-0, 8 KOs, weighed a career-high of 275.5 for the bout, but his added girth – eleven and a half pounds heavier than in his last outing only three months ago – didn’t prevent him from having his way with Rodriguez, 23-6, 19 KOs.  The reason was probably because the visiting Miami-based Cuban was... (MORE)

   



 
                 
 
 
   

MITCH ALLEN PASSES

Philly boxing legend Mitchell Allen, born May 11, 1928, passed away on September 24, 2018, at age 90. On June 25, while training fighters at the West Philly Gym named in his honor, Allen suffered a mild stroke. The setback interrupted a decades-long run as a trainer at the Sheppard Recreation Center’s Mitchell Allen Boxing Gym, located in the basement of the neighborhood athletic haven (5700 Haverford Ave.). Allen survived the stroke, but passed away on Monday, while still recovering. 

Before making his name as a trainer, Allen fought as a professional welterweight, fighting in 25 bouts between 1946 and 1950. Allen faced the likes... (MORE)

   















 
 
                 
       

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