Philly Has Fights Friday and on Saturday with Danny Swift” Garcia!
By: Ken Hissner
It’s going to be a blockbuster week-end in Philadelphia Friday and Saturday. Friday at the 2300 Arena in South Philly has five of the top young talents in the country.
On Saturday unbeaten WBC welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, 32-0 (18), of Philly returns in a non-title fight with Columbian Samuel Vargas, 25-2-1 (13), fighting out of Canada. The undercard is loaded with young local talent and will be at Temple’s the Liacouras Center, North Philly.
In Fridays main event Jerry “The King’s Son” Odom, 14-2-1 (13) of Bowie, MD, who in his last fight defeated Julius Jackson 19-1 takes on upset minded Taneal Goyco, 8-9-1 (3), of Philly and don’t let the record fool you. It’s a super middleweight 8 rounder. In the other two 8 round bouts super bantamweight Adam “Manteqiulla” Lopez, 15-0-1 (7), of San Antonio meets Carlos Valcaral, 14-8-4 (5), of PR and now Miami, FL. In the other 8 round bout welterweight Ed “Bad Boy” Brown, 19-0 (16), out of Chicago, meets Ghana’s Albert Mensay, 29-5-1 (13), now out of Joilet, IL.
Philly’s next boxing superstar Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 6-0 (5), is in a 6, Joshua “Handsofstone” Jones, 2-0-1, (2), in a 4, Manny Folly, 7-0 (5), in a 4, Leroy “Lucious” Davila, 3-0 (2), in a 4, Derrick “Take It to the Bank” Webster, 21-1 (10), Hurshidbek Normat, 2-0 (1), of UZB now out of Brooklyn, NY, and Kenneth “Bossman” Sims, Jr., 9-0 (3), out of Chicago, with all three in 6’s. Doors open 6pm and first bout at 7pm.
Saturday night Premier Boxing Champions and DSG present WBC welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia returns to action last fighting in January when he won the title. There was a press conference today and Danny and his father-trainer Angel had plenty to say. On fighting WBA champion Keith Thurman in March being at ringside on the crew of Spike TV show “he will just get an up close and personal look at what will happen to him in March. I hope he’s paying attention. I am not looking past this fight”. Angel said “Billy Briscoe (Vargas trainer) is another Philly guy just like me and I know he’s going to try his best. He may think he knows our game plan but he doesn’t.” Danny told this writer it’s a 147 limit which falls within being a title fight though it’s listed for 10 rounds as a non-title fight.
A great co-feature has Wilmington, DE, lightweight Omar “Super O” Douglas, 17-0 (12), taking on former WBA world super featherweight champion Dominican Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna, 30-1-1, who lost his title in his last fight to Camden’s Jason Sosa. He predicts a knockout win but will have his hands full trying to do it. In the other 10 round bout Jarrett “Swift” Hurd, 18-0 (12), takes on Romania’s Jo Jo Dan, 35-3 (18), out of Montreal, in a super welter bout.
There will be an additional 6 bouts featuring Philly boxers Antonio Dubose, 8-1-1, Milton Santiago, 15-0, Naim Nelson 13-2 and Thomas “TJ” Velaquez, 5-0, and Jeffrey Torres, 1-0, along with Wilmington’s Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis 10-1.
$10 on each ticket sold per Garcia will go to Philabundance who feed 90k people a week. Doors open at 5:30 and first bout at 6:30 with Spike TV showing 3 bouts starting at 9pm.