Brian Cohen Headlines at South Philly H.S. this Saturday
By Ken Hissner, DoghouseBoxing (Jan 30, 2009)  
Philadelphia light heavyweight Brian Cohen 9-1 (8) will headline at South Philadelphia High School Saturday night against the “Taz-Mexican Devil” Robbie Tovar 15-4-1 (5) of Lafayette, Indiana. This is a Bionic Bull Promotions, in association with The Community Connection Services and Development Benefit. Cohen is the son of Ivan Cohen the former manager of IBF junior middleweight champion Buster Drayton and title challenger Earl Hargrove.

The main event is scheduled for 10 rounds and will have 6 other fights. Cohen has scored 7 straight knockouts in 7 months of 2008 starting in May. He has been a real globe trotter fighting in Indiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Colorado and Minnesota. Not one of his opponents have lasted 3 rounds. After losing his debut in 1995 Cohen returned to the ring in 2004 scoring a pair of wins. It would be 4 years later before he started his knockout streak. On July 12th in Atlantic City he had a fight scheduled on the undercard of former Philadelphia Eagle Vai Sikahema and baseball’s Jose Canseco. It wasn’t to be. He is trained by the former champion Drayton.

Tovar’s last fight was May 17th in his hometown of Lafayette, Indiana on the same card Cohen started his win streak. Tovar is a former NABC super middleweight champion. This will be Tovar’s first fight out of his home state of Indiana.

A good undercard filled with some of the top prospects in the area will feature Dennis Hasson 5-0 (2), Tony Ferrante 4-0 (1), Mike Tiberi 6-1 (3) and Pedro Martinez 3-1 (2) who is returning to do battle with Kamarah Pasley 1-3 (1), who won his first fight two weeks ago. Pasley is a former 2-time Muay Thai champion. John Mercurio and Nasia Brown will be making their debuts in separate bouts.

South Philly High School is located at Broad and Warner with the first bout starting at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Ticket prices are $20, $40 and $50 and can be purchased by calling 215-755-8155.

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