All-Philly War Returns to Philly Friday!
By Ken Hissner (July 29, 2010) Doghouse Boxing  
J Russell Peltz of Peltz Boxing at a press conference for an All-Philly Showdown between Derek “Pooh” Ennis and “King” Gabriel Rosado at the Arena Friday night said he is bringing back old time boxing to Philly. He wants to revive what made Philly known as a great fight city with locals fighting each other.

This writer doesn’t like the idea for it will destroy what dozen contenders Philly has but I have to admit the excitement of this bout is the first in many years to stir the fight crowd in Philly like it has! On this card you will see undercard boxers from Philly fight each other but this time it’s the main event Philly boxers fighting each other. At Champps Penns Landing Restaurant Monday night both main event boxers and some undercard boxers were given a chance to talk about their upcoming bout.

Ennis, 21-2-1 (13), of the Germantown section of Philly will be defending his USBA light middleweight title against North Philly’s Rosado, 14-4 (8), ranked No. 12. Ennis is also ranked no. 13 in the IBF ratings and promised a top ten ranking with victory. Kurt Wolfheimer handled the event with promoter Peltz talking about past experiences and his need to bring back top main events within the city. “We recently saw (Roy) Jones and (Bernard) Hopkins. I want to bring in the real Jones and Hopkins with Mike Jones and Demitrius Hopkins”. With his USBA belt sitting at the head table Ennis told Rosado to get a good look at it now since its coming home with him. Rosado expressed his confidence it will be his belt to keep and open up doors for him for bigger and better things.

Both corners had a chance to voice their opinions. Co-Manager’s Eddie Woods and Moz Gonzalez feel Ennis is in the best condition of his career. They are looking for a top ranking that will lead to an IBF title bout. Father/trainer of Ennis, Bozy Ennis, proclaimed this fight is no difference than any other fight to prepare for. Billy Briscoe felt his fighter, Rosado, was ready for the challenge with the belt the motivator. Rosado’s father who will second Briscoe agreed with both.

Ennis has won nine straight fights Gonzalez proclaimed. He won the title in October of 2009 in a “fight of the year” war with Eromosele Albert at the Blue Horizon in Philly. Ennis has had two fights since but non-title bouts. He is a classy boxer who in his last three fights also showed some willingness to slug it out. Rosado on the other hand loves to slug it out as he proved in defeating former IBF light middleweight champion Kassim Ouma in April of 2009. He stopped local boxer Latif Mundy and won a close decision over Saul Roman in Atlantic City in his last two fights. www.GoFightLive.TV will telecast the fight. Ennis can box or slug it out and Rosado will be seeking to make him fight his fight of slugging it out. If Ennis has a game plan of boxing he will have the edge. If he decides to swap punches with Rosado he may lower his chances of winning. “All-Philly War” should be a good one!

There will be five six round bouts and two four round bouts on this eight bout card. The younger brother of “Pooh” Ennis, Farah, 14-0 (8), will be in a super middleweight match with veteran Demitrius Davis, 20-23-5 (8), of DC. The return of Dennis Hasson, 9-0 (3), from the Kensington section of Philly, in the same weight class against Dominican Alberto Mercedes, 14-15-1, (10), now out of WI, and Anthony Flores, 8-1-1 (5), against Gustavo Dailey, 4-8- (1), in an all Philly super featherweight match.

Garrett “Road Warrior” Wilson, 7-5 (2) is in a rematch with Reshawn Scott, 2-4 (0), in an all Philly cruiserweight match. Andre Hemphill, 8-16-2, from Philly against Anthony Pietrantonio, 6-5 (5), from Youngstown making his third appearance in Philly rings in a light heavyweight match. In a pair of four’s Bryant Jennings, 3-0 (2), of Philly, takes on Bernell Stewart, 1-1 (0), of Columbus, OH, in a heavyweight bout and Angel Ocasio, 2-0 (0), of Philly against Sidell Blocker, 0-2 (0), of Pleasantville, NJ, in a lightweight match. First fight will be at 7:30pm and Peltz always starts on time so don’t miss the action!

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