Philly Opens 2012 with 3 Boxing shows in January!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 5, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Ray Robinson
The City of Brotherly Love has 5 promoters in 3 different locations doing shows in Philadelphia in January. This is good news for local boxers to start the year off right with hopes of a more active 2012!

Greg Robinson’s Power Productions returns January 13th at the National Guard Armory, in NE Philly. It looks like a very interesting card has developed. Philly’s Farah Ennis, 17-1 (11) who won the NABF super middleweight title the end of 2010 but lost his only bout in 2011 stopping his 17 fight unbeaten streak is returning against Grover Young, 5-4-1 (2), of TN, whose non-winning bouts were all against unbeaten fighters. This is the scheduled 8 round main event.

There are 9 other bouts currently scheduled by matchmaker Renee Aiken at this time. The co-feature will have Angel Ocasio, 6-0 (1), of Philadelphia against Camden, NJ, Jason Sosa, 4-1-1 (1), matching to top prospects in a 6 round lightweight match-up. Another 6 round interesting lightweight match has Tim Witherspoon, Jr., 6-1-1 (2), against Tevin Farmer, 3-2-1 (1), both from Philly.

In other 4 round bouts there will be former amateur star Miguel Cartagena, 3-0 (2), Brian Donahue, 1-1 (0), and Todd Unthankmay, 1-0 (0), all from Philly. Out of state boxers will include Jaywon Woods, 8-1-1 (5), of Danville, VA, John Lennox, 8-1 (4), of Carteret, NJ, John Thompson, 3-0 (1), of Newark, NJ, and Jerren Cochran, 4-0 (3), of Alexandria, VA, featured.

On January 21st, the combination of Peltz Boxing, Main Events and Goosen Tutor over US Versus which is NBC Networks first of 4 scheduled shows, with this one at the Asylum Arena, in South Philly. J Russell Peltz and Brittany Rogers will be doing the matchmaking. It seems like a big time main event with former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakovich, 25-4 (16), of Belarus, now living in Scottsdale, AZ, taking on top contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers, 36-2 (18), of Philly, returning to action since his last bout defeating Derric Rossy in February of 2011. This is scheduled for 10 rounds.

The co-feature 10 round light middleweight bout will have Philly’s Gabriel “King” Rosado, 18-5 (10), against Mexican Jesus Soto Karass, 24-6-3 (16), of Los Angeles, CA, who is coming off a pair of war’s with Philly’s unbeaten Mike “MJ” Jones. This in itself could be a main event.

Philly’s “The New” Ray Robinson (pictured above), 12-2 (5), will be up against upset minded knockout artist Doel Carrasquillo, 16-18-1 (14), who scored a pair of knockouts in 2011 over Shamone Alvarez, 21-4, in his last bout and earlier in the year over previously unbeaten Denis Douglin, 12-0. This is a perfect boxer against puncher match-up between welterweights over 8 rounds.

Contender Joel Julio, 37-4 (31), COL, now out of Miami, FL, will meet Christopher “KO Kid” Fernandez, 19-14-1 (12), of Salt Lake City, UT, in an 8 round welterweight match. There will be a pair of 6 rounder’s featuring Damar Singleton, 8-0 (4), of Toledo, OH, against Cuban Sullivan Barrera 8-0 (6), of Miami, FL, putting their “0’s” on the line. Dominican Jose Peralta Alejo, 6-1 (4), of Jersey City, NJ, will also be in a 6 while Naim Nelson, 3-0 (0), of Philly and Korey Pritchett, 1-1, of Camden, NJ, will be in 4’s.

On the 28th of January Percy “Buster” Custis, owner of Shuler’s Gym, will return with a show at First District Plaza, 38th and Market, in center city Philly. Headlining will be heavyweights with Philly’s Gerald “The Jedi” Nobles, 26-1 (21), against former NBA cruiser champion Marlon Hayes, 23-10 (11), of Newark, NJ, over 6 rounds. Nobles only loss was to Nikolay Valuev by disqualification in 2004 with a controversial finish. Hayes won the NBA title from Philly’s William Guthrie in 2007. This will be Hayes first fight in the heavyweight division.

Philly’s Dhafir “No Fear” Smith, 24-22-7 (4), conqueror of former champion Jeff Lacy, in 2011, will be featured in a 6 round super middleweight match along with Philly’s Frank Trader, 8-0 (2), in a super featherweight 6. In 4’s will be Atlantic City’s exciting Althea Saunders, 2-0-1 (0), Philly’s debuting Kareem McFarland, Alex Barbosa 1-0 (1), and in an all Philly battle Anthony Allen against Luis Esquilin.

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