Avery Sparrow: Fly Sparrow Fly
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
March 2, 2018
Brooklyn, NY (Philadelphia, PA) –
Rising featherweight prospect Avery Sparrow is steadily racking up wins and working towards accomplishing his goal of becoming the next world champion from the city of Philadelphia. Just like his hometown football team (The Eagles) who won this year’s Super Bowl championship, the twenty-four old Sparrow is “Flying High”, after dominating each of his last five opponents to improve his record to (9-1, 3 KOs). In doing so, he has secured a number fourteen ranking within the WBO in the featherweight division.
On March 9, live at the Parx Casino in Philadelphia, Sparrow looks to impress his hometown fans and continue his winning ways towards fighting for a world championship in the near future.
“Coming from Philadelphia as a top prospect, it’s a blessing to be ranked with the top fighters in the world. In Philadelphia, the boxing scene is very competitive. There’s a lot of talent and fighters with skills. The handful of fighters that break out are extremely talented. They come from great gyms and have trained with the best fighters (young and old).”
“We have so many great fighters that competed and won world championships. Some of my favorite fighters from my city are Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson and Meldrich Taylor. Sometimes I feel like fighters from my city get overlooked. You can never not love a Philadelphia fighter. When we step inside the ring, we give it our all.”
“This year I won two Briscoe Awards. I would like to fight for a title before the end of this year or the beginning of next year. I plan to keep winning in great fashion.”
In speaking with Sparrow, he shared his early beginnings into the sport of boxing and how it has helped him to stray away from some of the negativity that takes place in his city.
“I started boxing at five years old. I had my first competitive fight when I was eight years old. My father and grandfather boxed. It’s is in my genes, it’s in my blood.”
“Philadelphia is a tough city. It’s rough no matter where you’re from. I’m from North Philadelphia. I never went without, but I still had to grind and find my way growing up. I still had to find my way to not get caught up with all the negativity that takes place around me.”
“It’s a cold world from where I come from. I stay focused and keep my circle tight. My team and I make sure that I don’t get caught up in things that takes place in my neighborhood. I’ve lost friends and family to the streets.”
Some people may consider Sparrow to be a “Pretty-Boy” because of his charm and stylish appearance. But one thing that’s undeniable about this young man is that he can fight and is ready to show the world that’s he the next boxing star coming from the city of Philadelphia.
“I’m young, I’m fly, and I’m handsome. I can fight and be a model. I’m a silent killer. People don’t expect that when they first see me. Truthfully, I can do it all. I’m a marketing gem.”
“I’m twenty-four and learning every day. Each time I train, spar, and fight, I get better. I am getting closer to becoming the next superstar and world champion to come from the city of Philadelphia.”
Sparrow continued to share his thoughts on facing the top fighters in/around his division, as well as discussing the reasons for the only loss on his record.
“My only loss came from a disqualification. I was winning the fight and up on the cards. I knocked my opponent down, but the referee and judge disqualified me. The loss hasn’t affected not one bit. I’m prepared to adapt to any style of opponent. If I need to box or fight toe to toe, then I’ll do it. I’m like a chameleon, like an iguana. I’m not arrogant, I’m humble.”
“I come from a place where I’m able to learn from so many fighters around me. It has helped my fighting style. Any style that my opponent brings to me I’ll be able to deal with it. Whoever I face next or in the future, I will beat them convincingly.”
“I want to fight the top guys, the world champions like Vasyl Lomachenko, Gervonta Davis, and Gary Russell Jr. I’m ranked at 126lb, 130lb, and 135lb. I can compete and win at any of these weights. It doesn’t matter who’s put in front of me. Whoever I fight, my job is to beat them. I’m the last of the dying breed. If you have a belt, I want to take it from you.”
“After watching Robert Easter Jr.’s last fight, I’m ready to fight him as well. I wanted Tevin Farmer to win his title fight also. He had an opportunity to win a world championship, but he didn’t fight like he was supposed to. Now, he’s not amongst the elite. He’s not one of the fighters who I have on my radar.”
With his trainer Vaughn Jackson in his corner, and the support of the megastar/icon Usher providing mentorship and guidance, Sparrow is ready to “Fly High” to the upper echelon in becoming a world champion.
“I fight out of Fight Firm Boxing Gym. My trainer helps me get better and makes sure that I spar with top-notch fighters. I’ve sparred with Philadelphia fighters such as Christian Carto, Damon Allen, and Hank Lundy. The list goes on. My trainer believes in me and continues shape me into becoming a world champion.”
“Usher is like a big brother to me. He’s a huge part of my success. He moved me out to Atlanta and helped me a lot when I worked with him to help him prepare for his role in the movie Hands of Stone (based on the life of Roberto Duran and his two championship fights with Sugar Ray Leonard). He’s a mentor and a big part of my success in boxing. He supports me and if there’s anything I need I know he will always be there for me.”
In closing, Sparrow shared his feelings and thoughts concerning his upcoming bout:
“2017 was a very good year in boxing for me and now I’m one of the best boxers coming from Philadelphia. I’m honored to be fighting at the Parx Casino on March 9. I’m happy that my hometown fans can watch me in another exciting fight. I’m thrilled to be the first fighter to bring world-class boxing to the Parx Casino. I plan to give the fans what they pay to see and that’s a knockout.”
“The support I receive is amazing. I am deeply humbled by it. I’m blessed to be able to fight and showcase my talents, especially from where I come from. I’m taking advantage of this opportunity. I am going to put on a show for the fans and for all my new fans in attendance and watching from around the world.”
ABOUT MARCH 9
The March 9 card will consist of a minimum of eight fights with the first one beginning at 7:30 p.m. Doors to open at 6:30 p.m. The cards are promoted by Joe Hand Promotions. This event is only for adults age 21 and older. Tickets priced at $50, $75 and $100 are on sale at Joe Hand Promotions (215-364-9000) and also online at www.joehandpromotions.com. You can also purchase tickets from the Hold My Ticket Call Center at (1-877-466-3404) and at www.parxcasino.com
ABOUT PARX CASINO
Parx Casino® is owned and operated by Greenwood Racing, Inc. Parx Casino® is conveniently located 20 minutes north of center city Philadelphia, I-95 exit 37 or PA Turnpike exit 351 (westbound), exit 352 (eastbound) onto Street Road in Bensalem. Parx features over 200,000 square feet of gaming; over 3,300 slot machines and 133 live table games; over 80 poker tables; live racing & simulcast action; Parxgrill, an upscale signature restaurant; Foodies quick service dining; Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar; 360 bar and live music venue; Jax sports bar; Circle Bar; Bambu Noodle House; Earl of Sandwich®; Xlounge, ultramodern luxury lounge and complimentary parking for over 5,000 cars. The opening of the 1,500 seat live entertainment venue the Xcite Center; Lombardi’s, America’s first Pizzeria; The Liberty Bell Gastropub, farm-to-fork inspired menu; Parx Poker, the brand new poker room moving inside the main casino. For more information on Parx Casino®, visit www.parxcasino.com.
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