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OBERLTON DOMINATES BRUSOV
Story by Ken Hissner

Philly light heavyweight Atif Oberlton dominated Russian Artem Brusov at the Wind Creek Events Center in Bethlehem, PA, Friday night (1/20). Oberlton won a unanimous decision. The fight was the co-feature of the Kings Promotions (Marshall Kauffman) card which was also televised live on Showtime’s ShowBox series. In the main event, Sean “Silky” Hemphill was stopped by David Stevens in the eighth round. In another televised bout, Julian Gonzalez stopped Rosalindo Morales in four rounds.

West Philly light heavyweight southpaw Atif Oberlton, 8-0, 6 KOs, (174.2 lbs.) was impressive in defeating Artem... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

ENNIS WINS INTERIM WORLD TITLE

Philly welterweight Jaron Ennis won the IBF Interim world title with a twelve-round unanimous decision over Karen Chukhadzhian, of Ukraine, Saturday night at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Going into the bout, most expected "Boots" to strike early and add another knockout to his unbeaten record. Although that did not happen, "Boots" brought home the belt against Chukhadzhian who proved far more mobile, sturdy, and competitive than many expected. While Ennis failed to score a KO, he did win every round on all three official scorecards. It was an excellent win over a tougher-than-expected opponent but was the shutout enough?   (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

RODRIGUEZ
STOPS ROBLEDO

Marshall Kauffman's Kings Promotions staged the final fight card of 2022 on Saturday night at the 2300 Arena. The five-bout show was headlined by a scheduled six-round junior featherweight contest between Johnathan Rodriguez of Bethlehem, PA and Texan Nestor Robledo. Rodriguez won the fight by TKO in round three. Referee Eric Dali stopped the battle at 1:37 of the third. The win improved Rodriguez' record to 12-1-1, 4 KOs. It was his third consecutive victory. Robledo fell to 8-14-2.

BERNADIN WINS BY TKO
Lancaster junior welterweight James Bernadin... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

BUNCH TURNS BACK LUNDY

Rising prospect Shinard Bunch beat Philadelphia veteran Hank Lundy in the ten-round main event at the Newtown Athletic Club in Bucks County, PA Friday night. The junior welterweight fight, expected to be an effortless passing of the torch from an old pro to a budding contender, turned out to be tougher and more exciting than originally presumed. The fight lasted the full distance and offered a few surprises along the way. In the end, youth won out, but the aging Lundy reminded the next generation what Philly grit and Hammerin’ Hank are all about. The bout topped an entertaining nine-fight show promoted by Nedal's Promotions.

Bunch-Lundy began on script, with a threat... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

TINNIN WINS DEBUT AT YESHA
Press Release by Marc Abrams
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr.

On Saturday night (12/03), Philly bantamweight southpaw Jayon Tinnin thrilled his large and raucous fan base in his professional debut which was also the featured bout at the Grand Yesha Ballroom in Southwest Philadelphia. At the last minute, the fight was elevated to the main event when the original spotlight fight, David Stevens vs. Christopher Brooker, fell out on the day of the fight. Tinnin had to get off the deck to win a four-round unanimous decision over tough Nicaraguan Juan Gutierrez to take his first victory. The entertaining, six-bout card was promoted by RDR Promotions and drew a near-capacity crowd. After a close first-round, Gutierrez was able to score a knockdown in round two with a hard right hand. Tinnin was able to... (MORE)

   
 
                 
       

FORMER CHAMP
BUSTER DRAYTON PASSES

Former IBF junior middleweight champion Moses Buster Drayton died on November 20 at age 70. He had a long and distinguished boxing career against top opponents and held the world title for just over one year (1986-87). His ring nickname, The Demon, fit his fighting style well. He was a hard punching, determined warrior in the ring. However, if you met Drayton outside the ring, you would never bet that anyone could refer to him as a “Demon.” If there was a nicer, happier former boxer, then I have never met him. Buster... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

HOOKING OFF THE JAB
A REVIEW OF THE NEW BOOK
BY NIGEL COLLINS

I recently read the new book, HOOKING OFF THE JAB by boxing Hall of Famer Nigel Collins, and recommend it highly to any boxing fan. The 323-page anthology of previously published stories is an easy read with a range of subjects that include the biggest names and events of the sport as well as inside accounts of the Philly boxing scene. The variety of boxing tales presented covers all the bases, but it is Collins’ writing that distinguishes it most.

Collins is a terrific, descriptive writer who does not just focus on the rights and lefts thrown in the ring. His accounts are more about the characters involved and the context in which their stories play out. Unlike many boxing books... (MORE)

   



 
                 
 
 
   

CONTO WINS
BY TKO

Story by Marc Abrams
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr.

Heavyweight Sonny Conto remained undefeated with a second round stoppage in a scheduled six-round main event at the 2300 Arena. The six-bout card was promoted by Joe Hand Promotions and drew a small but enthusiastic crowd to the South Philly venue. At the opening bell, Bryant shot right out of his corner and went after Conto. The Philadelphia native engaged in a back and forth brawl before dropping dropped Bryant with a hard left hand just before the bell sounded to end the opening frame. In round two, Conto... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

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