Whose “0” Must Go Saturday? Kennedy, Diaz, Garcia or Remillard’s?
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (March 26, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
Matt Remillard
Come Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City when Jorge Solis, 40-2-2 (29) tries to take the “0” from Yuriorkis Gamboa, 19-0 (15) the WBA Super and IBF Featherweight champion’s record there will be 4 others hoping to keep their “0” record underneath this HBO Boxing After Dark show that Top Rank presents.

NABF and WBO NABO champion Matt Remillard, 23-0 (13), from Hartford, CT, will be in the toughest fight of his career as he defends his title’s against Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia, 24-0 (20), of Oxnard, CA, in the other half of the televised show. Garcia won an eliminator for the IBF featherweight title in August but it was Gamboa and Orlando Salido in September fighting for the vacant IBF title which was won by Gamboa. He will defend against the interim champ Solis who won his title in September.

The non-televised fight that Philly and north Jersey fans are coming to Atlantic City to see is the defending USBA super bantamweight champion Teon “The Technician” Kennedy, 16-0 (7), from Philadelphia against Jorge Diaz, 15-0 (9), of New Brunswick, NJ, over 12 rounds.

Kennedy added the NABA title in September but it will not be at risk. The former National Golden Gloves champion in 2006 knows it will not be an easy fight. “I know he is supposed to be a slick boxer and I have trained hard for this fight. I watched his last fight,” said Kennedy. He is co-managed by Jimmy Williams (also cut-man) and Doc Nowicki. He is promoted by Peltz Boxing. Kennedy is #3 in the IBF and #14 in the WBA.

Mikey Skowronowski trains both Diaz and Remillard. Diaz defeated Cuban Olympian Yan Barthelemy and unbeaten Alejandro Lopez. Joe Grier is his trainer while Pat Lynch and Sal Alessi are his co-managers. He is promoted by Pound for Pound Promotions. “I’ve had a good camp and am ready to move up to the next level,” said Diaz.

Garcia and Kennedy are slight favorites in this one but either fight could go either way. Gamboa is a solid favorite to keep his “0”.

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