Ronica “Queen” Jeffrey and Dennis Hasson Headline Friday at Dover Downs
Ronica “Queen” Jeffrey and Dennis Hasson Headline Friday at Dover Downs
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 31, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Ronica “Queen” Jeffrey
Ronica “Queen” Jeffrey, 10-0 (1), of Brooklyn, NY, will be making her eighth appearance at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, in Dover, DE, Friday night at the Rollins Center.  She will be in the main event for the first time in her first 10 rounder against “Lethal” Lindsay Garbatt, 7-5-1 (3), of Oshawa, Ontario, CAN, for the WBC super featherweight Silver Belt.  This is a Dover Downs promotion with Lisa Butler publicist, Nick Tiberi as matchmaker and Larry Tornambe as ring announcer.

It was one year ago that Jeffrey won the NABF female super featherweight title.  She has been a fan favorite since her first appearance in February of 2010.  Her manager, Brian Cohen, has done an excellent job bringing a NY boxer to DE.

Garbatt is much better than her record shows.  In 2009 she defeated Maureen Shea, 13-1, and Ayana Pelletier, 6-1.  In 2010 she defeated Melissa Hernandez, 12-1-2, in June and they battled to a draw in October for the GBU and WIBA titles.

In the co-main event out of the Kensington section of Philadelphia light heavyweight Dennis Hasson, 14-0 (6), now residing in Pine Creek, DE, will take on his most dangerous opponent in southpaw Daniel Judah, 23-9-3 (10), of Brooklyn, NY, over 8 rounds.  Judah is the brother of Zab Judah, former world champion.

This will be Hasson’s DE debut.  He trains out of the Elsmere Boxing Club in Wilmington under the guidance of former IBC super middleweight champion Dave “TNT” Tiberi, who trains and manages Hasson.  Four local businessmen along with Tiberi formed  They include George Beer, John Sobieski III, Frank Vasallo IV and Kevin Wilson.  Hasson has scored 3 straight wins this year while under the group’s banner.  All 3 bouts were in Atlantic City, NJ.

Hasson attended Northern Michigan U. under Philadelphia’s Al Mitchell and former Olympic Gold medalist and world champion David Reid for 4 years.  He has had close to 100 amateur bouts.  In preparing for the southpaw Judah he has sparred with the Pennsylvania light heavyweight champion Dhafir “No Fear” Smith and former IBF light middleweight champion Rob “Bam Bam” Hines, who is assistant trainer to Smith.  Both are from Philadelphia.

Tiberi and Hines go back to the 90’s when Tiberi trained for his IBF middleweight bout with James “Lights Out” Toney in 1992.  His split decision controversial loss caused one of the biggest uproars in modern boxing.  Tiberi would never lace up the gloves again.  He has brought his nephew Mike “Mikey” Tiberi and Anthony “The Bull” Caputo-Smith in to spar with Hasson while Reuel Williams who trains at the same gym has put in many rounds with Hasson.  All 3 are on the card.

Tiberi, 19-1 (7), of Smyrna, DE, takes on Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker, 19-15-3 (12), out of Chicago, IL, over 8 rounds in the super middleweight division.  It will be Tiberi’s tenth appearance at Dover Downs.  He is without a doubt one of the most popular boxers from DE.  Walker has defeated Olympian Dante Craig and held then future IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson to a draw.    

Caputo-Smith, 13-0 (10), out of Kennett Square, PA, is in an 8 round light heavyweight match with Kevin “Hitman” Engel, 18-6 (15) out of St. Louis, Mo.  It will be Smith’s eleventh appearance at Dover Downs.  His exciting brawling style has made him a fan’s favorite at Dover Downs.  Engle’s last 3 opponents combined records were 51-0-1.  He won his first 13 bouts and the World Boxing Foundations International title in 2007.

Williams, 6-1 (2), is making his return to the ring having not fought since January of 2008.  After losing in his debut he won his next 6 fights.  Though out of Wilmington, it will be the first time he has fought in his home state of DE.  His opponent is James Denson, 5-9 (2), of Akron, OH, who has fought in 8 different states.  This is a scheduled 4 rounder in the light heavyweight division.

John “Church Boy” Bowman, 3-0-1 (0), of Dover, takes on Steven Tyner, 3-5-2 (2), out of Akron, OH, in a 4 rounder in the super middleweight division.  Bowman is trained by Bernard “Road Dog” Miller.  This writer saw Tyner in his debut knock out Shawn Miller then 2-0, now 8-1-1, in the first round at Turning Stone Casino, in NY.  In his last bout in July he drew with Jaque “Lights Out” Lutz, 5-0, in Pittsburgh, PA.  

Three other boxers appearing on the card include Wilmington, DE, favorite Omar “Super O” Douglas, 5-0 (3), in a 6 round super featherweight bout. All of his bouts have been at Dover Downs.  His amateur career consisted of 140 bouts.  He will be opposed by Joel Flores, 4-3 (3), of Hart, MI.

Featherweight southpaw Cornelius Lock, 19-6-1 (12), out of Detroit, managed by Cohen, will appear in a 6 rounder against Georgi Kevlishvili, 12-3 (3), from Russia.  Making his debut is the grandson of former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, Jeffrey Dorsey, in a featherweight 4 against Joshua Arocho, 1-6-2 (1), of Vineland, NJ.  Holmes will be doing the broadcasting with Wealth TV.   First bout is at 7pm.


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