Rib Injuries side line Danny Garcia and Dennis Hasson - Boxing Report by Ken Hissner - Doghouse Boxing News
Philly’s Danny Garcia and Dennis Hasson out this weekend!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Feb 8, 2013) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing)
Danny “Swift” Garcia - Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing
They shared the same Harrowgate gym for a short time in their careers around 2007 where Garcia still trains. Garcia was from the Juniata section of Philly just northeast of Kensington where Hasson was from. This week-end the 24 year-old Danny “Swift” Garcia, 25-0 (16), on Saturday was to defend his WBA Super and WBC light welterweight title against Zab Judah in his third title defense but suffered a rib injury postponing the fight until April 27th at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY. He turned pro at 19 in 2007.

On the other hand 28 year-old Dennis “the Assassin” Hasson, 15-0 (5), got started later in the pro ranks due to attending Northern Michigan University under the watchful eye of Philly’s Al Mitchell. Prior to that having moved to Marquette, WI, at 16, Hasson started with former Olympic Gold Medalist and world champion David Reid, also of Philly. Hasson turned pro at 24 in 2008. He was to be the main event fighter Friday at the Chase Center in Wilmington, DE. He’s won all of his 4 fights since moving to DE in 2012. He also suffered a rib injury and had to pull out of the most important fight of his career up to this date against Kevin Engel.

Hasson’s backers are Champs Management who are promoting the show and were featuring Hasson in the main event while another NMU boxer from Philly, “the New” Ray Robinson, 14-2 (6), is also appearing on the card Friday. Both were to fight for vacant interim NABA titles leaving only Robinson, getting his shot at welterweight.

Hasson has not re-scheduled a fight since being replaced for the Engel fight but it’s brought about his returning to the Kensington section of Philly in Kensington Heights. “They call it Heights since it’s so close to Fishtown,” said Hasson. His return will end his relationship with Dave “TNT” Tiberi as his trainer but Tiberi will continue to serve as his manager. He has trained Hasson for his last four fights out of the Elsmere Gym in Wilmington. Tiberi put together Champs Management which consists of businessmen George Beer, John Sobieski, III, Frank Vasallo, IV, and Kevin Wilson.

Tiberi is a business owner whose business burnt down recently. Besides this he did personal training of non-boxers and fit in training Hasson as best he could. He knew it would be taking time away from his family and with two young daughters it put a strain on all concerned. Besides, bringing in good sparring was spotty. Like Hasson said “why would Philly fighters need to come to DE to spar?” It was agreeable between both Tiberi and Hasson that a new trainer and a Philly gym would be in the best interest for Hasson’s future. For Hasson’s last fight with southpaw Daniel Judah, former IBF light middleweight champion Rob “Bam Bam” Hines was brought in to help at age 51 for some sparring. Hines was a former sparring partner with Tiberi before becoming champion.

At a meeting with Champs Management and Tiberi this past Sunday in discussing Hasson’s future someone said “you won’t be a Delaware fighter anymore”. Hasson responded with “I have never stopped being a Philly fighter”. The group and Tiberi realize the gyms in Philly have produced many a champion. Tiberi himself trained there though living in DE. He was fortunate to have names like IBF champion “Prince” Charles Williams, future champions Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, Rob “Bam Bam” Hines and Reading’s Steve Little to spar with. Hasson has not had that luxury and is eager to return to his roots.

Hasson did have two days of sparring with Hopkins in 2011 and was considered working with him after Friday preparing him for his title bout next month per Tiberi but that is now out of the question. Hasson’s great uncle was Tommy “Phantom of Philly” Loughran, not only a light heavyweight champion but possibly one of the greatest if not the greatest boxer to ever come out of Philly! His modest record was 89-25-10 (14) from 1919 to 1937. Per Tiberi, “Dennis will someday be light heavyweight champion”!

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