News: Steve Cunningham; Spina-Del Valle Undercard; Ennis vs Albert

Former IBF Cruiserweight World Champion, and current #1 ranked IBF contender, Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham is keeping himself busy as he waits to reclaim the coveted Cruiserweight crown by hosting a free camp for the children of Philadelphia at Rock Ministry in Philadelphia on Saturday 17th October 2009..

‘USS’ Cunningham, who lost the IBF Cruiserweight title by a close split decision, after the magnificent December ‘08 ‘Fight Of The Year’ nominated battle with Tomasz ‘Goral’ Adamek, created the camp to teach children the value of physical fitness and healthy nutrition, as well as provide them with the confidence and tools to achieve their health and fitness goals.

Taking a break from training, at the James Shuler Memorial Gym in West Philadelphia, father of two, ‘USS’ Cunningham spoke briefly about obesity in children and the camp. "Back when I was young, we did not have all the technology and distractions available today, we played outside way more than kids do now and I believe that is one of the reason's childhood obesity is such a huge problem. It is estimated that there are roughly 9 million obese children in the US, all of which face obesity health related issues and complications, and that is really scary. I want to give the kids at my camp tips on how to balance their lives and live more healthy and hopefully avoid the health complications that come with being overweight from such a young age."

Joining ‘USS’ Cunningham, at the AngerWear and CurvSports sponsored camp, will be #1 ranked Heavyweight contender ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers, former Philadelphia Eagle and radio personality Garry Cobb, Philadelphia Flyers’ Riley Cote, and President of TS Training and certified personal trainer Tanya Stroh.

Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham’s ‘Fighting Obesity In Children’ camp, for 13-18 year olds, will be on Saturday 17th October 2009 at Rock Ministry, 2755 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia, from 10:00AM - 3:00PM (Registration and breakfast 9:00AM)

Mr. Smith goes to Mohegan Sun

Spina-Del Valle headlines Oct. 31st “Fright Night at The Sun”

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 14, 2009) – Highly-touted Long Island light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. makes his long-anticipated pro debut Oct. 31 on the “Fright Night At The Sun” card, headlined by world-rated light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina against former world champion Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle in the 10-round main event, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

“Fright Night At The Sun” is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in association with Mohegan Sun Casino.

“Nobody hits harder than this kid (Smith),” said Phil Capobianco, one of the key managerial members of Team Smith. “He’s a throwback fighter; one tough, good-looking street kid. Boxing is his life. He’s a stand-up fighter with a left hook to the body like Gerry Cooney’s.”

The 20-year-old Smith, fighting out of Mastic (Long Island), has been an amateur boxer the past seven years, in which he captured numerous titles, including top honors in the prestigious 2008 New York Golden Gloves Tournament.

“I’m excited about making my pro debut and not many fighters get a chance to do it at a major casino like Mohegan Sun,” Smith noted. “I’m a puncher-boxer with all of the tools. I do everything. It’s time for me to turn pro. I’m not sure who I will be fighting yet, but he better worry about fighting me. I don’t care who I fight. I’ll fight anybody. I’m working hard in the gym with (trainer) Derek (Capobianco). I feel that I’ll be a champion someday.”

“We’re all very excited about Joe making his pro debut on our card,” promoter Jimmy Burchfield remarked. “He’s a good-looking Irish kid from New York City who can really fight – perhaps the next Micky Ward. Fans are going to love him. He’s a real scrapper – a boxer and a puncher. The Capobianco family is really high on Joe and that says a lot. They have been a big part of New York City boxing for years. The father, John, was an amateur boxer in the ‘40s who later started training Gerry Cooney. John’s four sons all were amateur boxers -- light heavyweights, the same as Joe – and John Jr. was 21-5 as a pro.”

Spina (25-1-1, 17 KOs), fighting out of Providence, is rated between the top 12 to 15 contenders in each of the four major boxing organizations, while the slick Del Valle (36-6-1, 22 KOs), a New York southpaw, has never been stopped in 43 pro bouts.

A terrific 10-round co-feature has been added to “Fright Night At The Sun,” featuring one of the hottest prospects on the East Coast, UBC junior welterweight “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (15-0-1, 9 KOs) against an opponent to be determined.

On the undercard in separate four-round bouts are a pair of promising Hartford (CT) prospects from Puerto Rico, Hartford junior middleweight David Bauza (2-0, 2 KOs) against Rafael Jastrzebski, and light welterweight Edwin Soto (1-0, 1 KO) versus pro debuting Rasheed Francis

Also fighting on the undercard – representing the Polish community – is undefeated lightweight Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (5-0, 2 KOs), a 2008 National Golden Gloves Tournament runner-up from Quincy (MA), in a 4-round bout against Israel Suarez of Luquillo, Puerto Rico. Unbeaten Philadelphia lightweight Frank Trader (6-0, 2 KOs) – another hot prospect from the City of Brotherly Love – meets Gustavo Daily in another 4-rounder. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets for “Fright Night At The Sun,” priced at $27.00, $50.00 and $80.00, are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254), going online at or at the Mohegan Sun Box Office. Ticketmaster customers may log on to, call Ticketmaster’s national toll-free charge by phone (1.800.745.3000) or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.

For more information contact CES (401.724.2253/2254/ or Mohegan Sun ( Doors open at 6:30 PM/ET, first bout at 7:30 PM/ET.



PHILADELPHIA (OCTOBER 14TH, 2009)—Wednesday at The Fox and Hound in Center City Philadelphia, Derek “Pooh” Ennis led a group of fighters that will be participating on this Friday night’s big show at The Legendary Blue Horizon that will showcase Ennis taking on Eromosele Albert for the USBA Jr. Middleweight title.

Albert was not present as he was en route from Miami for this very important fight.

The fight will highlight Power Productions 10th anniversary show.

Greg Robinson (Promoter Power Productions)—“It’s been ten years, a long time and I never thought I would make it to this point, fifty-plus shows later and we are still here”

“We are going to do this Power style with great fights and great entertainment.”

“Our 1st show was October 19th, 199 with Calvin Davis fighting for the Pennsylvania State title and now we are back on October 16th, 2009 at the place where it all began, The Legendary Blue Horizon”

Derek “Pooh” Ennis (18-2-1, 12 KO’s, Jr. Middleweight contender who will be fighting for the USBA Title) —“I hope everybody comes out as I will put on a spectacular show”
“I am in shape and ready to box. Hit and not get hit”
“After I beat him, I am ready to take on all comers next”

Tyric Robinson (9-4-1, 3 KO.s—Jr. Welterweight)—“I don’t need to talk too much but I am ready”
“I sparred Vasquez once or twice and it really doesn’t matter”
“its like I have an X on my head as everybody in Philly wants to fight me.”

Derrick Webster (2-0, 1 Ko—Middleweight)—“I am in good shape and looking to get better fight by fight”

Rachel Clark (3-2-1, 2 KO’s—Jr. Middleweight)—“I have a good management team and the best is yet to come”

Coy Evans (4-0-1—Super Featherweight)—“I am ready to fight everybody. I have never complained about fighting anyone

The special 10th anniversary show will feature a special awards ceremony as well as a video highlighting the best fights from the ten years of Power Productions.


Ticket prices for this great night of boxing are $60, $40, and $30 can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-215-336-2000, Power Productions at 1-215-240-9987 or Total Car Care Detailing at 1-267-385-7648. Doors open at 6:30 PM / 1st bout begins at 7:30 PM

Article posted on 14.10.2009

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