Costa Mesa, CA.: December 4, 2012, With the addition of undefeated heavyweight contender Joe Hanks to Roy Englebrecht Promotions Fight Club OC show this Thursday, December 6th, boxing history will be made, as the show now will feature three undefeated heavyweights all with 10 or more wins, all on the same card, a first for the sport of boxing in California!
Joining 20-0 Joe Hanks who will face 11-3 Maurenzo Smith from Houston, will be Seattle’s 11-0 Vince Thompson vs San Jose’s 5-7 Yohan Banks, and Rowland Heights 10-0 Alexander Flores faces 12-7 Matt Hicks from Las Vegas, all in six round bouts.
“When Joe DeGuardia who is Joe Hank’s promoter called me on Thursday asking if I had room on my December 6th card for Joe, as his fight in Albany fell out, I said absolutely,” said Englebrecht. “Joe was becoming a fan favorite at the Battle In The Ballroom shows in 2008 and 2009, so I knew our fans would be glad to see him back in action in the OC.”
This eight bout card will take place in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event in Costa Mesa, and there is still about 100 tickets available and they can be purchased at www.fightcluboc.com
BAM on Boxing – Philadelphia Talent
Last Saturday, New Mexico’s Austin Trout defended his WBA junior middleweight title against Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto and became the first boxer to beat Cotto in his adopted home of Madison Square Garden.
Trout, a slick southpaw, was the bigger fighter and he kept his composure, scoring an impressive 12-round decision. For boxing fans, New York was the place to be last Saturday. There were two press conferences featuring two big announcements by Philadelphia fighters.
First: Gabriel Rosado will challenge for the WBA middleweight title against Gennady Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, on Jan. 19 at Madison Square Garden.
Second: Danny Garcia will defend his WBA/WBC junior welterweight titles against Zab Judah, of Brooklyn, NY, on Feb. 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Looks like Philadelphia will be spending some time in New York early next year.
Coming up this weekend, however, the Philadelphia fan base will be right where it belongs–in North Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love’s Bryant Jennings will defend his unbeaten record and his USBA Heavyweight Title against big-punching Bowie Tupou, of Tonga, in the 12-round main event Saturday evening at Temple University’s McGonigle Hall, Broad & Montgomery. Junior lightweight Eric Hunter also fights in his hometown against undefeated Mexican Jerry Belmontes in the 10-round semifinal.
NBC Sports Network will televise those two fights and there will be seven preliminary matches which begin at 7.15 pm.
Saturday’s undercard is loaded with raw Philadelphia talent.
The al-local light-heavyweight bout between Todd Unthank-May and Taneal Goyco is a rematch of their Sept. 14 contest won by Unthank-May via decision. It seems like most fighters starting out cut their teeth best when fighting other local fighters.
Featherweight Anthony Burgin, who recently signed with Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., makes his second appearance Saturday in an all-North Philadelphia matchup with Kenneth Brown, who makes his pro debut. Burgin looks special. He was very impressive in his pro debut two months ago at the National Guard Armory.
I am looking forward to seeing North Philadelphia junior welterweight Hasan Young fight for the first time in his hometown. Young is 1-1-1 and has the heart of an old-school Philadelphia fighter. He already has faced one strong prospect in Emanuel Colon, a fight that Young took without hesitation and lost in an all-out brawl. Young also boxed a draw with Jerome Rodriguez on 24 hours’ notice in Rodriguez’ hometown of Bethlehem, PA. With time to train for Saturday’s fight, Young takes on Josue Rivera, of South Philadelphia.
Jesse Hard Work Hart also makes his hometown debut. Hart, son of legendary middleweight Eugene Cyclone Hart, was an outstanding amateur and he is 4-0, 4 K0s, as a super middleweight. He fights Steven Tyner, of Albany, NY. Alex Barbosa, who has two graduate degrees from Temple, returns to campus against Joshua Arocho, of Vineland, NJ, in a featherweight contest. Barbosa wants to show his fan base that he is an attribute to the Temple Made campaign.
Two, all-Hispanic, six-round lightweight fights should steal the show. Angel Ocasio, of North Philadelphia, takes on Esteban Rodriguez, of Lebanon, PA, and Jason Sosa, of Camden, NJ, meets Isaac Suarez, of Lancaster, PA. These are two intense fights. The combined record of these four prospects is 25-5-6.
This looks like the best show of the year in Philadelphia.