By Xavier Porter | January 12, 2019 | Brooklyn

Michelle Rosado aka Raging Babe will be promoting her first boxing event on February 8 at the 2300 Arena. Billed as “Philly Special”, the fight card includes several talented fighters from within the Philadelphia area. Known as the city of “Brotherly Love”, Philadelphia has produced some of the hardest punching, toughest fighters, with the biggest hearts in the history of boxing.

As a woman in boxing, whether from inside or the outside of the ring, it still remains a hard sell for others to respect and pay you the way you should be paid. Rosado herself is a lifelong boxing enthusiast and lover of the sport of boxing. Her passion to showcase and produce memorable fights is an understatement.

As a native of Philadelphia, Rosado has deep roots within the boxing community in her city. Rosado grew up in the Philadelphia-area watching boxing alongside her father, not knowing at the time that her boxing career would take her full circle.

Rosado has gained invaluable experience and notoriety in promoting fights from around the country as she focuses and channels her energy not just as a fan of the sport, but also into a business mindset, with an understanding of giving fight fans what they want to see. Rosado has a firm understanding of both the entertainment side of boxing, the production of the event, a fighter’s mindset, and the marketing aspect of the male-dominated business.

With everything mentioned previously, these are the reasons as to why Rosado and her brand continues to be successful and change the landscape of boxing. “Philly Special” is exactly what Rosado represents in a sport where at times it does not treat the fighters or the fans special.

Now let’s introduce the fighters:


Undefeated bantamweight prospect Christian Carto, of South Philadelphia, is scheduled to face veteran southpaw Victor Ruiz, of San Diego, CA in the eight-round main event.

Carto, (22), has won all (17) of his pro fights, (11) by knockout. A pro since mid-2016, Carto has developed into one of the most popular fighters in the Philadelphia/Atlantic City area. In his last fight (Nov. 9), Carto earned a six-round decision over Antonio Rodriguez, of Durango, Mexico.

Ruiz, (27), comes into the fight the more experienced of the two. He turned pro in 2011 and has boxed some of the best “little men” in the world. In 2015, in Corpus Christi, TX, he got off the canvas in the second round and went on to win an eight-round split decision over former IBF world super flyweight champion Daiki Kameda, of Tokyo, Japan.

Ruiz also boxed former WBC world-title challenger and current NABF bantamweight champion Oscar Negrete, of Rosemead, CA, losing their 2017 fight in Las Vegas, NV, via an eight-round decision. Overall, Ruiz is (22-10, 15 KOs).

“I’m eager to test my skills against (Victor) Ruiz,” said Carto.

“We’ve watched tape and he’s got plenty of experience. Ruiz has fought some great fighters: McWilliams Arroyo, Oscar Negrete and current WBO Bantamweight Champion Zolani Tete. As for 2019, I’m ready to start the year strong and I’m happy to be back in South Philly at the 2300 Arena. Training camp is going great. Billy (trainer Briscoe) and I will leave no stone unturned and we’ll be ready for Ruiz.”

Promoter Michelle Rosado:

“This is no walk-in-the-park fight for Christian. If he wants to crack the world ratings, this is the kind of guy he needs to fight and this is the kind of guy he needs to beat. Ruiz has been in with some of the best at flyweight, super fly and bantamweight.”


In a six-round heavyweight bout on the Feb. 8 card, North Philadelphia’s Darmani Rock (13-0, 8 KOs) will look to secure his 14th win. Rock was a highly touted amateur with multiple national and international titles. He signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation in 2016 before turning pro. Rock is trained by his father, Wayne, AKA Whiz.


A rare six-round contest between a pair of unbeaten welterweight prospects–Marcel Rivers, of North Philadelphia, and Derrick Whitley, Jr., of Springfield, MA–highlights the preliminary card of Raging Babe’s ‘Philly Special’ on Friday evening, Feb. 8, at the 2300 Arena.

Rivers, (31), has won all six of his pro fights, four by knockout. A single father, he balances boxing with a full-time, physically taxing job at Philadelphia Gas Works. Rivers, the sole caregiver for his 6-year-old son, Cameron, recently added another “why” to his quest to become a world champion. His new baby daughter, 4-month-old Jennah, provides him with new inspiration.

Rivers with Philly Special promoter Michelle “Raging Babe” Rosado

“I definitely have an incentive to work even harder now,” said Rivers.

“It’s an honor to be on this card, with all the talent. A lot of these guys have backing, but I have come out of nowhere and found my way, so I appreciate the opportunity to fight on this card.”

To hear Rivers’ full interview, click on the link below:

Whitley, Jr, (27), a southpaw, is unbeaten in five pro fights with one draw. He comes from a fighting family–his dad and uncle were veteran pros.

Derrick Whitley, Sr., had 52 pro fights from 1995 to 2007. Uncle Darren–twin brother of Whitley, Sr.–had (44) pro fights from 1995 to 2003. Both fought as super middleweights and light-heavyweights.

The younger Whitley trains at the family gym. He works with adults who have had brain injuries, a career he has pursued for many years. He also plays semi-pro football.

Promoter, Matchmaker, and International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee J Russell Peltz:

“Rivers vs. Whitley was not the easiest fight to make, given the culture of boxing today where few fighters want to risk their spotless records at such an early stage. These two guys are different and I applaud them for it.”

The Feb. card also includes the highly anticipated professional debuts of two of Pennsylvania’s most promising amateurs in four-round fights. Heavyweight Sonny Conto, of South Philly, and bantamweight Jeremy Adorno, of Allentown, PA, announced last week that they had signed with Top Rank Boxing.


Conto, 22, was a standout baseball player at Rowan College at Gloucester County before turning his attention to boxing. He takes on Jimmy Levins, of Buffalo, NY.

Jeremy Adorno, younger brother of fellow Top Rank signee Joseph Adorno, was born in Puerto Rico. He boasts an amateur record of 106-17 with multiple Silver Gloves National titles and two Ringside World titles under his belt.

Coatesville, PA, junior welterweight Gerardo Martinez (3-1, 1 KO) faces Haitian-born Osnel Charles (12-18-1, 2 KOs), of Atlantic City NJ, who has appeared at the 2300 Arena in four of his last seven fights. This also is scheduled for four rounds.

Rounding out the card: New Hope, PA, bantamweight Alejandro Jimenez (4-0, 1 KO) vs. Edgar Cortes (6-4), of Vineland, NJ, in a six-round, bantamweight contest; Puerto Rican-born Jonathan Torres (1-0), of Bethlehem, PA, vs. Atlantic City bantamweight Dallas Holden (1-3) over four rounds.

“You have Gerardo Martinez with a 3-1 record going up against a 31-fight veteran in Osnel Charles,” said Peltz. “Or Alejandro Jimenez, at 4-0, fighting a capable 10-fight lefty in Edgar Cortes. There are times when four- and six-round fights are more appetizing than some of the so-called big fights you see on television.”


The Feb. 8 card consists of eight fights. Doors open at 6:30 pm and first bout is at 7:30 pm. This event is all ages. Tickets to “Philly Special” are priced $50, $75 and $125. They can be purchased online at or by calling 215-765-0922. Doors open at 6:30 pm and first bout is at 7:30 pm.

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