Unbeaten Teon Kennedy defends USBA Title Saturday at Bally’s
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 13, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
Pictured: Unbeaten Philadelphia USBA & NABA Super Bantamweight champion Teon “The Technician” Kennedy, 17-0-1 (7), defending his NABA title against his No. 7 contender Alex Lopez, 21-2 (7)

Peltz Boxing Promotions presents unbeaten Philadelphia USBA & NABA Super Bantamweight champion Teon “The Technician” Kennedy, 17-0-1 (7), defending his NABA title against his No. 7 contender Alex Lopez, 21-2 (7), of Mexico, over 12 rounds at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ, Saturday night!

In Kennedy’s last fight in March he defeated previously unbeaten Jorge Diaz in his second defense of the USBA super bantamweight title at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City. It was the fight of the night! Diaz holds a decision win over Lopez back in March of 2010.

Kennedy won the vacant NABA title in September of 2010 and will be making his first defense against Lopez. He has won 4 straight all in title bouts since a disputed draw with Lante Addy in September of 2009. His last 3 fights have been in Atlantic City with this being his seventh overall.

“Looking real good in the gym and we’re all hoping for the best. It’s going to be a tough fight but we feel it’s a start toward a world title next year,” said Doc Nowicki (co-mgr). Kennedy is ranked No. 3 by the IBF (only behind No. 2, No.1 not rated) No. 14 in the WBA, No. 15 in the WBA and No. 21 in the WBC.

The IBF champion Takalani Ndlovu (RSA) has already defeated the No. 2 contender. Kennedy’s No. 1 contender Christopher Martin in the USBA rankings is also right behind him in the IBF rankings. That may mean an upcoming elimination match with Martin.

The 8 round co-feature is former 2007 Pan American Games champion Karl “Dynamite” Dargan, 9-0 (4), of Philadelphia in the lightweight division against Juan “Nito” Suazo, 8-4-3 (5), of Tucson, AZ. It will be the first 8 rounder for Dargan and also his first Atlantic City appearance. In June Suazo drew with Gabriel Tolmajyan, then 10-1.

In a 6 rounder Cuban Yordenis Ugas, 8-0 (4), of Miami, FL, is coming off a win in Philadelphia in June and will meet Fernando Rodriguez, 6-4 (3), of Dallas, TX, in a welterweight match-up. Ugas is trained by former 2-division world champion John David Jackson.

Local popular super middleweight Derrick Webster, 9-0 (6), of Glassboro, NJ, will meet Romaro “The Saint” Johnson, 11-3-1 (6), of Cleveland, OH, over 4 rounds. Webster is a tall southpaw with a good amateur background. This will be his toughest opponent yet in Johnson who lost a majority decision to then 10-0 Daniel Edouard, and split decision to Joe Rayburn, then 11-2. His other loss in his last fight was in the twelfth and final round to Alfonso Lopez, then 20-0, and the last opponent of Kelly Pavlik. Johnson has defeated Jose Spearman, then 21-5-2 and Blake Prevost, then 15-1-1, in 2010.

Featherweight Camilo Perez, 4-0 (3), of Carolina, PR, will be making his second start in Atlantic City, opposing James Owens, 4-5 (2), of Milwaukee, WI, who after winning his first 4 fights lost to 5 opponents with a combined record of 26-1-1, after defeating a 6-1-1 opponent in his last win. This is scheduled for 4 rounds.

Philadelphia’s cruiserweight Pedro Martinez, 5-4 (3), is being matched with Elvin “KoKo”Sanchez, 4-1 (3), of Paterson, NJ, to whom he lost to in October of 2010. It was the last time both fought.

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