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Philadelphia’s Unbeaten Little Big Men Christian Carto & Manny Folly!


Philadelphia’s Unbeaten Little Big Men Christian Carto & Manny Folly!
By: Ken Hissner

Philadelphia had a WBA World Bantamweight champion back in the early 80’s named “Joltin” Jeff Chandler, 33-2-2 (18). In November of 1980 he stopped Julian Solis, 21-0, for the WBA bantamweight title. He was the first American in 30 years to hold the bantamweight title.

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Chandler won both the USBA & NABF titles and as world champion had nine successful title defenses. He knocked out Solis in a rematch and also stopped Japan’s Eijiro Murata, 18-0-3, having been held to a draw in Japan in their first title encounter. He stopped fellow Philadelphian Johnny “Dancing Machine” Carter, 23-1, who he lost to in his short amateur career. In 1983 he defeated future Hall of Famer Gaby Canizales, 24-1. Later that year he lost a non-title fight to Oscar Muniz, 35-3-3, out of L.A. He would stop Muniz in a title fight before the year was out.

In April of 1984 Chandler was stopped and lost his title to Richie Sandoval, 22-0, in which would be his last fight. He would undergo removal of a traumatic cataract from his left eye and retire shortly afterwards. J Russell Peltz was his promoter and is an IBHOF inductee and still promoting in Philadelphia. You would almost think this is an article about Chandler who was inducted into both the World Boxing Hall of Fame and the IBHOF.

Chandler was introduced into the ring recently on April 29th at the Temple University Liacouras Center where he watch Philadelphia bantamweight Christian Carto, 9-0 (9), score his ninth straight knockout in a row since turning professional. As usual Carto stole the show with his performance. He was the National Golden Gloves champion in 2015 and is trained by former amateur success Mickey Rosati in his trainer’s gym over his auto body shop in South Philadelphia.

Carto’s brother Frank is an amateur and his father Frank recently said “Manny and Christian have sparred together many times”. Carto comes from a long line of boxers with two uncles and a grandfather who boxed. Hard Hitting Promotions has been promoting him since he turned professional in July of 2016. His next fight should be at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, sometime in June. He is a boxer-puncher.

The other “little big man” is super bantamweight Manny “Major Pain” Folly, 10-0 (8), out of Philadelphia who has served on the city Police force for the past three years. He trains out of the Rock Ministry Gym in the Kensington section of the city under owner, trainer and manager Buddy Osborn who also had a successful amateur career. In his last bout he stopped veteran Luis Hinojosa, 30-10, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. He too, usually is fighter of the night.

Before turning professional in 2013 Folly was a Bronze Medalist in the National Golden Gloves. It’s been a lot more difficult for this 25 year-old since he has worked on swing shift to squeeze in a professional boxing career only averaging two fights a year. He reminds one of a “back-in-the Day” boxer with a Philadelphia style of boxer-puncher.

Both Carto and Folly have a large following and with a combined record of 19-0 with 17 knockouts one would suspect a good following. Besides they are two of the nicest and respectful young boxers out of the city.So Philadelphia has not only one “big little man” but two. Keep your eye on both of them in the future!

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Jaron “Boots” Ennis and Manny Folly Win Saturday in Philly!


Jaron “Boots” Ennis and Manny Folly Win Saturday in Philly!
By: Ken Hissner

Headlining Saturday at the 2300 Arena in South Philly in a Victory Boxing Promotions with CEO Chris Middendorf put on a “knockout of a show” with all seven fights failing to go the distance. The best prospect this writer has seen out of Philly since 1984 Gold Medalist Meldrick Taylor is Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 9-0 (8), will be in his ninth win in nine months in the main event! Show theme was “Super Braw”.​

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In the main event Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 9-0 (8), of Philadelphia, scored a sensational knockout in 0:35 of the first round over Elvin Perez, 28-17-4, from NIC, fighting out of Hamacao, PR, in a scheduled six.

In the opening round Perez came at Ennis who landed a left to the body followed by a right to the chin and finished Perez off with a left hook to the mid-section. Perez took the count on a knee from referee Shawn Clark. “Bozy” Ennis father of Jaron worked the corner.

In the co-feature Philadelphia Policeman super bantamweight Manny “Major Pain” Folly, 9-0 (7), scored a sensational knockout in the first round over Carlos “Gallito” Morgan, 12-5 (6), Ensenada, MEX, at 2:28 of the round. Referee Eric Dali didn’t even have to count. Trainer “Buddy” Osborn of Rock Ministry worked the corner for Folly.

Welterweight Hungarian knockout artist Zolt “Phenom” Daranyi, Jr., 10-0 (10) out of Toronto, CAN., scored a knockout over Lenwood “Mr. Composure” Dozier, 10-16-2 (5), of Suitland, MD, at 2:11 of the second round.

In the opening round it was all Daranyi with Dozier mostly covering up. In the second round Daranyi landed a right hand to the chin of Dozier’s who made no effort to get up as referee Dali counted him out. “Bozy” Ennis worked the corner for Daranyi.

Welterweight Carlos “El Tiburon” Sanchez, 12-0 (11), out of Felipe, MEX, stopped southpaw “Majic Man” Somner Martin, 6-4 (4), of Martinsville, VA, at 2:16 of the third round of a scheduled six.

In the opening round Sanchez seemed to have an edge with both mixing it up. In the second round it was more of the same but neither boxer is standing out in a close round. In the third round Sanchez was knocking a defense minded Martin all over the ring until referee Clark wisely stopped the bout.

Super middleweight Darren “Venom” Goodall, 4-0 (3), of New Milford, NJ, stopped Gary Hudson, 1-2 (0), Chicago, IL, at 1:37 of the second round.

In the opening round Goodall worked the body of Hudson. Goodall rocked Hudson with a right hand driving him across the ring as the bell sounded. In the second round referee Shawn Clark called a halt as Goodall kept going to the body without any return from Hudson.

Super featherweight southpaw Don “No Love” Smith, 4-0 (3), of Philadelphia, scored a pair of knockdowns stopping southpaw Chris “Too Smooth” Johnson, 1-3 (0), of Louisville, KY, at 1:11 of the fourth and last round.

The first two rounds had both boxers feeling each other out with Smith landing a bit more than Johnson. In the third round Smith continued to be the aggressor occasionally catching up to Johnson landing combinations with Johnson countering with one punch and moving out of the way. Smith landed a right hand to the body dropping Johnson. Referee Dali counted to 8 and then picked up the mouthpiece of Johnson’s that gave him a bit of a time to re-coup. In the fourth round Smith dropped Johnson for a second time with a right to the body. As Johnson got up Smith went on the attack forcing referee Dali to call a halt.

In the opening bout Welterweight Brandun Lee, 1-0 (1), scored a pair of knockdowns stopping Christopher Johnson, 0-3, Southbend, IN, at 1:33 of the first round, of a scheduled four with referee Clark waving it off.

Victory Boxing Promotions will return March 31 to the 2300 Arena per Emily Pandelakis.

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