|Rogers “The Tiger” Mtagwa Returns to the Blue Horizon May 1st!
By Ken Hissner, DoghouseBoxing (April 28, 2009)
Peltz Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions feature’s the return of #9 IBF contender Rogers “The Tiger” Mtagwa Friday night at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia against Ricardo Medina in a 10 round super bantamweight main event. Mtagwa is originally from Tanzania, Africa, with Medina from Sinaloa, Mexico.
Mtagwa, 25-12-2 (18) is coming off what many call the fight of the year when he found himself on the canvas in the 9th round against Tomas Villa in Tucson, Arizona last November. With many Mexican supporters screaming
for Villa to finish Mtagwa off in the 10th round, Mtagwa would score the first of three knockdowns before the referee stopped it at 1:10 of the 10th and final round in favor of Mtagwa. Though he is the highest rated fighter in the USBA ratings whose title is vacant it has been close to impossible to get him an opponent at his new found weight. Mtagwa has not fought at the Blue Horizon since 2001 and not lost in Philadelphia since 2000.
Mtagwa and his opponent Ricardo Medina both now call Philadelphia home. Medina is 2-1-1 in Philadelphia rings last fighting to a draw with lightweight Lenny DeVictoria at the Blue Horizon in December that was a rematch of their 2007 fight that Medina won. He is a former Mexican champion while Mtagwa is coming back up in weight from 121 in his last bout along with a six month lay-off.
A pair of 8 rounders featuring Philly’s Kaseem Wilson, 11-1-1 (3) against San Antonio’s Louie Leija, 21-10-1 (15), who won his first 14 fights before going up against former world champions Jesus Chavez, Derek Gainer and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Philly’s Jamal Davis, 9-4 (6) who is unbeaten in local rings in 6 bouts puts that streak on the line against the Bahamas Jerome Ellis, 11-9-2 (10), who you may remember from his 2006 knockout victory on ESPN2 over the former British champ Neil Sinclair. Ellis has scored knockouts in his last 7 wins and will be dangerous to the end being stopped only once. Back in 2005 he lost to Philly’s Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson coming off the floor 4 times before going the distance.
There will be three 6 round bouts featuring popular Philly fighters Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante, 6-0 (3), Anthony “Flawless” Flores, 7-0 (4) and Victor “Fighting Barner” Vasquez, 8-3 (5). Two top Philly amateurs will be paired against each other in a 4 round super featherweight match featuring Luis Esquilin, 1-1-1 (0), and Frank Trader, 3-0 (1), his home debut after winning all his matches in New England. Novice champion Ardrick Butler, 1-1 (0), will also be in a four round bout.
Blue Horizon is at 1314 N. Broad Street and a 7:30pm opening bout that Peltz can just about guarantee will start on time. Tickets are $45 and $60 that you can charge on line www.peltzboxing.com or by phone (215) 765-0922.
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