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Christopher “Ice” Brooker Headlines at SugarHouse Casino Friday!

Posted on 05/11/2017

Christopher “Ice” Brooker Headlines at SugarHouse Casino Friday!
By: Ken Hissner

Kings Promotions with CEO Marshall Kauffman and David Feldman come back looking for another sold out arena Friday night at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia!

A press conference was held at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia Tuesday on 1001 N. Delaware Avenue. There will be seven bouts with a total of 38 rounds of competitive boxing. First bout at 7pm.


Philadelphia’s ever popular super middleweight Christopher “Ice” Brooker, 11-3 (5), will be in the main event looking to stop a two fight losing streak as he takes on southpaw Oscar Riojas, 14-7-1 (4), from Monterrey, MEX, over 8 rounds.

Promoter Kauffman said “no soft fights for the fighter’s only entertaining fights. We sold out the arena in our first show and expect to do it again in our second show here at the SugarHouse Casino come Friday night”.

“I made the mistake of trying to box instead of my usual aggressive style in my last fight. There will be none of that this time,” said Brooker. He had a new trainer in his corner last fight named Muhammad Aziz who will be there again. “I didn’t have a big amateur career so every fight is a learning experience for me,” said Brooker.

First boxer to speak was Philadelphia’s cruiserweight Sam Orapeza, 1-0 (1), a cruiserweight and former MMA fighter at 13-3 with all knockout wins. “I look to knockout every opponent they put before me,” said Orapeza. He debuted at the SugarHouse Casino March 11th scoring a first round knockout! He will face Kyle McNutt, 1-2 (1), of Battle Creek, MI. Like BrookerOrapeza is all action!

The co-feature will be headlined by Lightweight Jerome “The Conqueror” Conquest, 6-2 (1), of Philadelphia who had his trainers Wade and Randy Hinnant there. “I broke my foot but wasn’t diagnosed properly and did my roadwork for 17 weeks before it was discovered broke. I was out for 6 months but it feels fine now,” said Conquest. He is matched with veteran Daniel Perales, 10-9-1 (5), out of Monterrey, Mexico, over 6 rounds.

David Feldman let all in attendance know that “Sam, Chris and Jerome didn’t have it easy growing up and it prepared them for the sport of boxing”. Bantamweight Harold Lopez, 1-0 (1), who is out of Allentown and who was on the Puerto Rican Olympic team is backafter scoring a first round knockout on the last show. He faces Sergio Aguilar, 2-5 (2), of Mexico City, Mexico. Anytime a Puerto Rican and Mexican meet it usually means fireworks!

From out of state will be Featherweight Chaise Nelson, 4-1 (3), of Dayton, OH, will be in a 6 round bout. He will be in against his sixth straight Latino opponent in Bryan Perez Nevarez, 2-5-1 (1), of Puerto Rico. Also from out of state is lightweight Jeffrey Torres, 2-0 (1), out of CT, who takes on Kashon Hutchinson, 2-2 (1), of Reading. Torres wins were both in Philadelphia. In a 6 rounder is super middleweight Blake Mansfield, 4-0-1 (2), coming in from Burlington, NC, taking on Henry Beckford, 4-6 (1), of Coram, NY.

Also on Saturday at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, PA, on 475 Beaver Street will feature southpaw Derrick “Take It to The Bank” Webster, 22-1 (11), out of Glassboro, NJ, who will face southpaw Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone, 22-5-1 (7), from Norfolk, VA, who is on a 6 fight winning streak for the WBFInternational super middleweight title over 10 rounds!

There will be a female bout in the co-feature with super lightweight Tunisian IkramKerwat, 7-1 (5), out of Frankfort, Germany against Atlantic City welterweight Althea “Lady Thunder” Saunders, 3-3-2 (0), who is known at times to sing the National Anthem. It will be for the WBF Junior Regional title over 6 rounds.

On the undercard will be Trenton’s Mike Hilton, 5-0, Camden’s Vidal Rivera, 5-0, New York’s MikkelLesPierre, 15-0-1, Asbury Park’sDarryl Bunting, 3-1-2, and Pensacola’s Frederick Wilhite, 5-0.
New to the area will be promoters Deuce Promotions, Mis Downing Promotions and K5 Promotions per Marc Abrams who is the PR man for both shows.

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Posted on 02/21/2017

By: Ken Hissner

Former amateur, professional boxer and trainer Martin “The Hammer of Thor” Feldman, passed away on Valentine’s Day February 14th, 2017 at the age of 83. He was born and fought as an amateur in Paterson, NJ, compiling a 28-1 record and the New Jersey AAU champion in 1952.
Feldman rose to a legendary, and scary, status as a Philadelphia boxer with a professional record of 23-2 (19) though Box Rec has him 20-3 (17). His punch was known as the “Hammer of Thor” to those who fought him in the ring, which included Duke Johnson of red Bank, NJ, who took a right hook that paralyzed his whole side.


After his successful career, Feldman retired in 1961. He used his superior knowledge of the sport to train up future prospects in Broomall, PA, out of whom he molded six world champions in IBF lightweight “Charley “Cho-Cho” Brown (26-16-2), IBF light heavyweight “Prince” Charles Williams (37-7-3), IBF cruiserweight Adolfo Washington, 31-10-2, IBF lightweight Paul “Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora (49-1-1), WBA super middleweight Chris Tiozzo (33-2) and WBO cruiserweight Tyrone Booze (22-12-2).
Other legends under Feldman’s tutelage include Dave “TNT” Tiberi (22-3-3), Augie Pantellas (28-6), Chad Brisson (22-2) and Jack O’Halloran, whose record plummeted to 15-18 after he left Feldman for another trainer. His record with Feldman was 17-0, once again displaying Feldman’s excellent, vibrant and successful training skills.

In his later years, Feldman kept his solid and stellar enthusiasm for training younger boxers by using the Feldman Fitness Center in Springfield, PA. He also reached aspiring women through his innovative Ladies Tone-Up, because he believed that “a woman can do anything a guy can do.” He also assisted in helping MS patients with severe arthritic problems by using step-by-step training in his wonderful facility, which is still around today. Feldman was inducted into the PA BHOF.

Feldman has two sons, David and Damon. Both have boxed and are currently in the promotional business. David just promoted a show in Wilmington, DE, head lining with Roy Jones, Jr., that had one of the biggest crowds in years. Damon is known for his “Celebrity Boxing.”

IBHOF promoter J Russell Peltz spoke at the Oliver H Bair Funeral Polar in Upper Darby. “Marty Feldman believed a friend is 100% and not 99.9%. When I took Marvin Johnson to fight “Prince” Charles Williams all the rounds were close with Johnson winning. I approached Williams who didn’t have any real guidance. I brought him to Philadelphia and Marty was perfect to train him. He was 12-3-2 fighting out of Mansfield, OH, when I brought him for his first fight in March of 1985 in Atlantic City, NJ. He would go 17-0 under Marty before leaving for another trainer. When my promotional contract ended Marty still trained him and would give me what percentage was agreed on as if I was still his promoter.

Can you imagine someone doing that today? He was sometimes called “the oldest teenager in boxing.” He ran a store for Wrangler jeans,” said Peltz.

Among the many in attendance were boxers WBC & WBA heavyweight champion “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon, IBF light heavyweight champion “Prince” Charles Williams, IBF light middleweight champion Rob “Bam Bam” Hines, Dave “TNT” Tiberi and his wife, Augie Pantellas, Travis Thompson, Ron Aurit, Greg Hackett, John Poore, John Farina, boxing writers George Hanson, John Di Santo of Philly Boxing History, Ken Hissner and Jeff Jowett, James Gibbs Pres of World Boxing Foundation and his wife, trainer Rev Thompson who assisted Feldman as trainer, along with Leroy “Poppa Stoppa” Howard, Billy Briscoe, boxing judge Jimmy Condon, promoter Joe Hand, ESPN analyst Nigel Collins, manager Frank Friel and handler Mr. Pomilio.

A Rabi performed the service and the burial.

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