Philly Fight Night: The grassroots of Philadelphia Boxing
Philly Fight Night: The grassroots of Philadelphia Boxing
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
June 6, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. (2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA): “The man made me mad so I had to take him out” – Hank Lundy
Once again, the team of Bam Boxing, Peltz Boxing, Joe Hand Promotions, and Raging Babe Promotions put together a great fight card that featured nonstop action from the opening bout to the last fight, with the final knockout closing the show. Inside a packed 2300 Arena, each bout gave fans in attendance something special to take home and remember. Philly Fight Night, which showcases up and coming talent from the local Philadelphia area as well as other fighters from different cities, continues to pack the venue and produce exciting fights.
8 Rounds – Lightweight
Hank Lundy, Philadelphia, PA (27-6-1, 13 KOs) vs Daniel Evangelista, Mexico City, MEX (20-7-2, 16 KOs)
In the main event, the always “ready to fight” Lundy gave his hometown fans exactly what they came to see: an exciting knockout victory. Lundy, controlled the fight from beginning to the end. Known as “The Hammer”, Lundy was relentless in his attack as he began the fight landing hard power punches to his opponent. Evangelista, tough as can be, tried his best to withstand the onslaught of punches from the hometown favorite. Lundy, leading with a strong jab, landed sweeping left hooks and a series of combination punches in each round.
During the fifth round Evangelista landed a right hand that sent Lundy into overdrive and caused his demise for the rest of the bout. Angered, Lundy let loose a barrage of combinations, landing right-hand and left-hook to close the show. Evangelista, unsteady on his feet, could not continue. The fight was stopped at 2:53 of the fifth with Lundy winning by TKO stoppage.
Lundy, the current UBF (Universal Boxing Federation) lightweight champion (ranked at number three in the U.S.) has his sights set on facing every champion in his division.
6 Rounds – Junior Middleweight
Isaiah Wise, Philadelphia, PA (4-1, 3 KOs) vs Mark Daniels, Jr., Crandon, WI (3-0, 1 KO)
Wise, another hometown favorite fighter, showed a slight resemblance to a young Dwight Muhammad Qawi (former two-division world champion and ACBHOF Hall of Fame Inductee).
Wise displayed constant head movement and landed continuous punches on the inside against the former undefeated Daniels, Jr. Wise dug to the body throughout the six-round bout and showed his toughness leading to a unanimous victory on all judges’ scorecards (60-54, 59-55, 2x).
6 Rounds – Welterweight
Jaron Ennis, Philadelphia, PA (11-0, 9 KOs) vs Wilfredo Acuna, Managua, NIC (16-20, 12 KOs)
Ennis, nicknamed “Boots”, quickly dispatched his opponent in 1:23 of the first, winning by TKO stoppage. Ennis began the fight in the orthodox stance but switched to the southpaw stance and landed a powerful right hook to the jaw of his opponent. Acuna, still feeling the effects of the powerful right hook was unmatched and unprepared as Ennis followed up the first knockdown with a powerful right hook to the body, causing he referee to call a halt to the bout spare Acuna further damage.
6 Rounds – Cruiserweight
Alvin Varmall, Jr., Catskill, NY (10-0-1, 8 KOs) vs Juan Reyna, Brownsville, TX (6-6-1, 2 KOs)
Varmall, Jr., dominated his opponent in knockout fashion. Varmall, Jr., who trains out of the legendary Cus D’Amato gym in Catskill, New York, showed an uncanny resemblance to former world champion Mike Tyson as he scored two knockdowns early in the first round, with the last knockdown coming by way of a powerful left-hook to the body.
His power and hunger is undeniable and his hunger. Varmall, Jr. is ready to fight the elite in boxing: either in the lightweight, cruiserweight, and heavyweight division. He is ready to show the world that he is deserving of a shot at a world title.
4 Rounds – Super Lightweight
Dion Richardson, Newark, NJ (1-1, 1 KO) vs Scott Kelleher, Philadelphia, PA (5-0, 3 KOs)
In a shocking upset, Irish Scott Kelleher, the Philadelphia-fan favorite boxer, who entered the ring on a five-win streak, was stopped by Richardson at 2:19 of the first round. With a supreme amount of blood to flowing from his nose the referee called a halt to stop the bout.
Kelleher, with tons of fan support on hand, had no answer for the fast and powerful right hands that landed to the jaw and nose from Richardson. Kelleher was put on the canvas quickly in the first round by a straight right hand from Richardson. The punch was accurate, clean, and powerful.
Richardson continued his attack, setting up Kelleher with another straight right hand. The second powerful punch sent Kelleher to the canvass and instantly his nose was broken. As he rose to his feet, Kelleher was immediately knocked down again with a straight right hand at which point the referee called an immediate halt to the bout as Keheller appeared defenseless and unable to continue.
4 Rounds – Featherweight
Crystian Peguero, Philadelphia, PA (1-0, 1 KO) vs Saquan Felton, Rcohester, NY (0-1)
The former amateur champion showcased his skills and gave fight fans an exciting show. Peguero showed power and ring generalship, while his opponent made efforts in closing the distance. Felton landed punches but was unable to keep the up the pace against the young, skilled, Philadelphian talent. Peguero won the fight via unanimous decision (39-37, 40-36 2x).
4 Rounds – Lightweight
Marklin Bailey, Durham, NC (4-0, 3 KOs) vs Vinnie Denierio, Elmira, NY (1-1, 1 KO)
In a back and forth battle between young fighters, Bailey defeated his opponent, winning what appeared to be the third and fourth round. The Italian southpaw Denierio controlled the fight during the first and second rounds, landing his straight left-hand and controlling the distance.
Bailey began to take the fight to his opponent during the third round, landing hard right-hands to both the head and body of Denierio. Bailey would continue to press the action against a Denierio, who fought his heart out to the end. Bailey won the fight via 4-round unanimous decision (39-37, 2x, 38-38)
4 Rounds – Welterweight
Marcel Rivers, Philadelphia, PA (1-0, 1 KO) vs Jamaal Gregory, Charlotte, NC (1-0, 1 KO)
Rivers showed phenomenal foot movement and pressed the action the entire fight, landing combination punches on the inside and left hooks.
During the second round Rivers continued his attack, knocking out the mouthpiece of Gregory (2x), while bullying his opponent against the ropes and continuing to land combinations to both the head and body of his opponent. In the third round Rivers landed a clean straight right-hand that knocked Gregory to the canvass, flat on his back. Gregory recovered and fought his heart out but Rivers was too slick and maintained control of the fight, winning the four round bout by unanimous decision.
4 Rounds – Super Welterweight
Tyree Crowder, Philadelphia, PA (Pro Debut) vs Ishmael Altman, Arapahoe, NC (Pro Debut)
Both men, beginning their respective boxing careers, fought a tough, hard-nosed four-battle leading to a draw. Neither man wavered or gave in to the other, fighting their heart out to the end. Both men gave their best effort in front of jam-packed house and will surely be featured on upcoming cards in the future.
Bam Boxing, Peltz Boxing, Joe Hand Promotions, and Raging Babe Promotions continue to bring fight fans exciting fight matchups while showcasing talent that’s within the city and community.
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