Champs at the Chase features Hasson and Robinson at Riverfront
Champs at the Chase features Hasson and Robinson at Riverfront
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 18, 2013) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Gary Purfield)
Dennis Hasson
On Tuesday at a press conference at the Clarion Belle Hotel in New Castle, DE, it was announced The Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE, will feature “Champs at the Chase” on Friday, February 8th!

With the support of the new mayor of Wilmington, Dennis P. Williams, in their first promotion will feature two NABA title bouts. Dennis Hasson, 15-0 (5), in his second appearance in DE in a light heavyweight 10 rounder against Kevin “Hitman” Engel, 20-6 (16), of St. Louis, MO, who was also on the same DE card stopping previously unbeaten, Anthony Caputo Smith, then 13-0. This will be for the vacant NABA interim title. Seems Engel wanted to fight Hasson after seeing him defeat Daniel Judah and Hasson accepted the challenge!

Hasson is trained by former IBC Super Middleweight champion Dave “TNT” Tiberi, of DE. He has been inducted into the DE sports Hall of Fame and the PA HOF. Hasson currently trains at the Elsmere Gym, in Wilmington. He has been sparring with unbeaten Frankie Filippone of VA and Larry Marks of DE.

Since his win in DE in August Engel defeated Shannon Miller in October who several years ago defeated then unbeaten Chuck Cavallo in DE. Hasson had a celebrated amateur career fighting out of the Kensington section of Philadelphia and then attending and fighting for Northern Michigan University having some 100 fights in the amateurs. He moved to DE in December.

In a co-feature 10 round bout southpaw “New” Ray Robinson, 14-2 (6), of Philadelphia, PA, will be making his DE debut under the banner of Champs Management. He is trained by Moses Robinson in Philadelphia.

Robinson also has a celebrated amateur career and also attended NMU along with Hasson. In Robinson’s last bout in May he won the PA state welterweight title stopping former Olympic Bronze medalist Terrance “Heat” Cauthen. He is matched with Nicaraguan Alberto Morales, 11-1-1 (8), out of Miami, FL for the interim NABA title.

“Rockin” Ryan Belasco, 17-5-3 (3), of Wilmington, has won 6 of his last 7 bouts losing only to Bryne Green, 7-5-1 (3), of Vineland, NJ, who he will be meeting in a rematch over 6 rounds in the lightweight division. Haitian Melissa “Litle Miss Tyson” St.Vil, 3-1-2 (0) of Brooklyn, NY, will meet Canadian Natasha Spence, 6-0-1 (5), of Mississauga, Ontario in an 8 rounder.

The Tiberi name continues on as Joey Tiberi, 7-1 (5), of Newark, takes on Moses Molina, 1-2 (1), of Bridgeton, NJ, in a 4 round lightweight match. It’s been a year since Tiberi’s last bout in Atlantic City winning his 5th straight since his only loss. Making his debut will be Luis Hernandez, of Wilmington, who takes on Curtis Morton, 1-3-2 (0), of Harlem, NY, in a 4 round light welterweight match.

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