Eastern Regional Report- Aug. 12, 2011
By Alec Kohut,  Max Boxing (Aug 12, 2011) Special to Doghouse Boxing
This weekend features cards in four of our best Eastern and Midwestern fight towns. Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown are all hosting fights in these next two days.

Teon Kennedy Returns to Action on the Boardwalk

Hard-hitting Teon Kennedy will see his first action since March on Saturday night as he squares off against Alejandro Lopez, 21-2 (7), at Bally’s in Atlantic City. Despite Lopez’s impressive record, Kennedy, 17-0-1 (7), should have little problem remaining undefeated and moving toward a title shot as early as late-2012.
Kennedy is facing serious legal issues in Philadelphia after being arrested on May 30th for his alleged role in a shooting. If Kennedy can put these issues behind him, he is a legitimate title contender in the 122 pound division.
Also on the card are Philadelphia lightweight prospect Karl Dargan, 9-0 (4), Cuban welterweight Yordenis Ugas, 8-0 (4), and 9-0 (6) New Jersey light heavyweight Derrick Webster.

Joey Eye Promotions Holds Fourth Card at Harrah’s in Chester, PA

Joey Eye and David Feldman will hold their fourth card of 2011 in the Philadelphia area as they return to Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA tonight with a solid card of local bouts. Headlining the card is lightweight Victor Vasquez, 13-5-1 (7), a local fan favorite. Although Vasquez will never be a nationally known fighter, he does bring excitement to the ring and gives his fans their money’s worth, win or lose.
Rounding out the card are undefeated lightweight Angel Ocasio, light heavyweight Anthony Ferrante and Delaware’s Joey Tiberi, who brings a young, enthusiastic crowd to these fights.

Rivers Casino in Steel City Features Monty Meza Clay

Super featherweight Monty Meza Clay, 30-3 (20), who has spent the past decade fighting in and around the Pittsburgh area, headlines Saturday’s card at the Rivers Casino. Johnstown native cruiserweight Andres Taylor, 18-1-2 (7), continues building his record as faces New Mexico’s Mike Alderete, 7-5-2 (3). However, don’t be surprised if Alderete gives Taylor a run for his money.

Jake Giuriceo and Miguel Gonzales Headline Outdoor Fight Night in Youngstown

Despite last week’s cancellation of the Kelly Pavlik “ShoBox” card, Youngstown fight fans didn’t have to wait long for live boxing. This Saturday, Lights Out Promotions presents a fight night under the stars at Bob Cene Park in nearby Struthers. Undefeated lightweight prospect Jake Giuriceo, 12-0-1 (3), faces Ramesis Gil, 6-2-4 (5), in the main event; however, the co-feature provides a look at the best prospect on the card. Cleveland’s Miguel Gonzales, 18-2 (14), has overcome two early losses in his career to emerge as a legitimate prospect at 140 pounds. Saturday night, he’ll face Tyrone Harris, who has faced top quality opposition during his 24-7 (16) career. This fight will serve as a great measuring stick to gauge just where Gonzales is in his development.
Dannie Williams Hopes to Make Statement on “Friday Night Fights”
Lightweight Dannie Williams’ team wasted no time in finding him a fight after his proposed Showtime bout with Francisco Contreras fell through. Tonight on ESPN2, Williams faces Antonio Cervantes (no relation to the Hall-of-Famer) in a very important bout in his career. Williams has shown great skills and flashes of brilliance but has yet to really put together a solid, complete performance.
Williams too easily abandons his game plan of being patient and creating the opportunity to land his big punches and starts forcing the action, getting involved in an inside brawl. Trainer Jack Loew feels that when Williams harnesses his potential and matures in the ring, he has championship talent.
Tonight, we’ll again see if Williams can stay on his game plan or if he makes the same impatient mistakes he has in the past. An impressive win can create a positive buzz for Williams as 2012 approaches.
Gary Russell Jr. to Face Jesus Rojas in HBO Debut
DC featherweight Gary Russell Jr. confirmed to Maxboxing that he will make his HBO debut on the Jan Zaveck-Andre Berto telecast September 3rd. Russell’s opponent is scheduled to be Jesus Rojas, 18-1 (13). Rojas is a come-forward fighter with good power and an exciting style. This is a great step up for Russell Jr. and if he can impress in his HBO debut, expect the media attention to intensify and Russell to be talked about as a future superstar.

Felix Diaz Adds Dominican Republican to “Chop Chop” Corley Travels

My favorite “Have gloves, will travel” fighter, DeMarcus Corley, will add the Dominican Republic to his list of travels as is slated to face 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz on October 1st. In losing seven of his last eight bouts, albeit against some very quality opposition, the question begs to be asked: just how much more punishment should the 37-year old former champion take? 

Dusty Harrison Lands Fight on Golden Boy Card

17-year-old DC welterweight Dusty Harrison, fresh from his split with Prize Fight Promotions, has been reported to be on the Robert Guerrero-Marcos Maidana undercard on August 27th. Sources tell Maxboxing that while Harrison is not signed with Golden Boy Promotions, there is a good chance that is where the young pro is headed.
Stay tuned Episode Two of “The Dusty Harrison Project,” my video series tracking the career of the young Harrison. You can check out Episode One right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1GWEOj3ywE.
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