Jersey City, New Jersey’s Patrick “Paddy Boy” Farrell (8-2-1, 4Ko’s) was excited at the opportunity when the main event at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey on Saturday night featuring Juan Rodriguez had to be cancelled due to an injury to his opponent. Veteran matchmaker Diana Rodriguez and Promoter Andre Kut immediately went to the phones, desperately looking for a replacement, but no other suitable fighter would agree to take on “The Beast” on such short notice.
Farrell, “The Fighting Fireman” was proud to step into main event status against upset minded Phillip Triantafillo (2-3, 1KO). However, the six round heavyweight contest almost didn’t happen. Twenty four hours earlier at the weigh in, both fighters stood toe-to-toe for photos after getting off the scales. Triantafillo turned away from something Farrell said and immediately slapped him across the face. Both fighters and their parties had to be separated as a melee almost ensued.
“It took a lot of balls for him to slap me in the face in front of my family,” said Farrell. “I took his best shot without gloves and now he will feel mine in the ring. We are in the hurt business. I am going to knock his teeth out, said an angered Farrell afterward.”
The IWBF World Bantamweight title will be on the line In the ten round women’s co-feature of the evening as “Dha Phenomenal” Nydia Feliciano (6-4-3) of the Bronx, battles it out with dangerous Las Vegas native, Crystal Hoy (5-5-3, 2Ko’s).
Headlining the undercard promoted by Andre Kut’s Kea Boxing Promotions, will be a six round contest featuring undefeated Mine Hill, New Jersey middleweight Anthony Gangemi (4-0, 3Ko’s) against Pittsburgh, PA’s Justin Johnson (5-4-4).
The weights for what is turning out to be an explosive night of boxing are as follows:
Patrick Farrell 214.4 vs. Phillip Triantafillo 232
Nydia Feliciano 117 vs. Crystal Hoy 118
Vacant IWBF World Welterweight title
Anthony Gangemi 146.6 vs. Justin Johnson 145.4
Anthony Jones 158.8 vs. Adrien Armstrong 160
Tyrell Wright 194.6 vs. Eric George 195.6
Dwayne Holman Jr. 139.4 vs. Dion Richardson 138