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Taneal Goyco Upsets Jerry Odom in A War at Philly’s 2300 Arena Friday!


Taneal Goyco Upsets Jerry Odom in A War at Philly’s 2300 Arena Friday!
By: Ken Hissner

GH-3 Promotion and Victory Promotions put on a 10 bout card at South Philly’s 2300 Arena Friday night. Considering Harrah’s in nearby Chester was also running there was a good turnout.

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In the Main Event super bantamweight Adam Lopez, 16-0-1 (8), San Antonio, TX, scored a last round knockout over Puerto Rico’s Carlos Valcarcel, 14-9-4 (5), out of Miami, FL, at 1:47 of the eighth round.

In the opening round Lopez was the harder puncher of the two but Valcarcel kept coming forward. Rounds two and three followed with the same amount of action or lack of. In the fourth round Lopez continued to do just enough to win the round.

In the fifth round Lopez got a little more aggressive but only a few fans are left in the building to see it. In the sixth round Lopez continued to win the rounds but not in an impressive manor. In the seventh round Valcarcel hung tough but not enough to take a round. In the eighth and final round it was Lopez the aggressor trying for a knockout landing a good right uppercut to the chin of Valcarcel. Lopez landed a powerful left to the body and down went Valcarcel on his knees for the count of referee Gary Rosato.

Welterweight Ed “Bad Boy” Brown, 20-0 (16), Chicago, IL, won a lackluster decision over Ghana’s Albert Mensah, 29-6-1 (13), Joliet, IL, over 8 rounds.

For the first two rounds Brown loaded up on Mensah. In the third it was all Brown whose punches are very wide but land. In the fourth round Mensah was landing having Brown covering up. Brown kept moving around the ring as his corner yells at him.

In the fifth and sixth rounds Mensah held his own as Brown seems uninspired and certainly not living up to his record. In the seventh round Brown opens up with overhand rights having Mensah covering up but still coming forward. In the eighth and final round Mensah continues to chase Brown for the most part. Brown started showboating on the move until Mensah landed a solid overhand right to the head of Brown who seemed content to win by decision.

Judges Hill 79-73, Friscia and Rubenstein had it 80-72. This writer had it 79-73. Referee was Talmadge.

Welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 7-0 (6), of the Germantown section of Philly, stopped Chris Alexander, 4-3 (3), of Norfolk, VA, at the end of 4 rounds. Ennis proved to put on the best performance of the night.

In the first round Ennis landed 16 punches without return switching from orthodox to southpaw. It was all Ennis with combinations at will. In round two Ennis would land half a dozen punches to the head of Alexander who would smile and seemed to get away with talking to Ennis. Alexander took a real beating in this round.

In the third round Ennis landed a dozen punches wiping the smile off of Alexanders face. Ennis has all the tools and one can see he enjoys himself in the ring. In the fourth round a Ennis long left to the chin of Alexander dropped him. By the end of the round Alexander’s face was all red. Alexander’s corner stopped it. Referee was Rosato. The fans started piling out after this one with two bouts to go with no locals.

Ennis continues to be not only the hottest prospect in Philly but one of the hottest across the country. He has all the tools and is trained by his father Bozy Ennis of Bozy’s Dungeon. Ennis was mobbed by family and friends whom he always accommodates. “I felt great,” said Ennis.

Junior welterweight southpaw Kenny “Bossman” Sims, Jr., 10-0 (3), of Chicago, IL, won every round over a game Hawaiian Jonathan “Dyamite” Dinong, 5-2 (4), of Montery Park, CA, over 6 rounds.

Carter, Rubenstein and Friscia had it 60-54 as did this writer.

In the first two rounds Sims was one step ahead of the oncoming Dinong with too much hand speed. In the third round Sims couldn’t miss with his jab to the face of Dinong the entire round. In the fourth round Dinong went southpaw but still on the receiving end of Sims jab and follow-up left hands to the head.

In the fifth round Dinong managed to get inside on occasions. Sims hand speed completely controlled the round. In the sixth and final round Dinong landed his best punch of the fight with a straight left to the chin of Sims. Sims started showboating but landing that jab while dancing away from Dinong.

In the fight of the night super middleweight Jerry “The Kings Son” Odom, 14-3-1 (13), of Bowie, MD, was upset by Taneal “Spider” Goyco, 9-9-1 (4), of Philly, after 5 rounds when Odom couldn’t continue.

In the first round both boxers mixed it up good with Odom the better boxer of the two working on the body with hooks. Goyco finished the round well landing a barrage of punches. Round two a war broke out with Odom going to the head and body while Goyco was landing solid punches mostly to the head.

In the third round Goyco had Odom against the ropes while both unloaded on each other until Odom spun out. Both fighters had their head snapped back. They went to the neutral corner with Goyco again having Odom on the ropes. In the fourth round another war broke out as Goyco had Odom out on his feet. Odom was getting away with punches below the beltline without warning from referee Rosato.

In round five Goyco had Odom hurt against the ropes with left hooks to the head. Odom fought back but not landing as many punches as Goyco. Odom continued hitting low finally getting a warning from referee Rosato. It looked like Odom dropped due to fatigue but referee Rosato called it a slip. Goyco had
Odom out on his feet when the bell sounded saving him. Odom could not come out for the sixth round. He was in no condition to continue.

Junior featherweight Manny “Major Pain” Folly, 8-0 (6), of Kensington section of Philly dropped Nadori twice scoring a knockout with a jab to the mid-section at 2:02 of the first round. Referee was Talmadge. Due to being on the police force has caused Folly not to be able to train like he would want.

Lightweight southpaw Joshua “Hands of Stone” Jones, 3-0-1 (2), of Philly, made his Philly debut defeating Corey Edwards 2-2-1 (1), Hilton Head, SC, over 4 rounds.

In the first two rounds Jones landed good left uppercuts as Edwards continued to rush him. Edwards suffered a bloody nose during the round. In round three Edwards made a fight of it but not enough to overcome the amount of punches Jones landed. In the fourth and final round Jones landed the best punch of the fight a right hook to the side of the neck of Edwards. Referee Rosato had his hands full with too much holding by Edwards.

Judges Carter 39-37, Hill, Rubenstein 40-36 as did this writer.

“I felt great and I felt strong but need to fight more,” said Jones.

Super middleweight Derrick “Take It To The Bank” Webster, 21-1 (11), Glassboro, NJ, easily stopped Zoltan Sera, 26-12 (17), Hungary, at 1:28 of the fifth round.

In the opening round Webster had an easy time of it while Sera threw awkward punches. It’s hard to believe Sera had 36 fights looking like an amateur with heart. Round two Sera started playing to the crowd after causing a couple of head butts. Referee Rosato warned him. In round three Webster continues to land a solid jab but Sera continues grabbing him.

In the fourth round Sera got hit with a solid right hook and acted hurt until Webster dropped him with a right hook to the chin in a neutral corner. Referee Talmadge warned Sera for holding. In the fifth round Webster poured it on Sera forcing referee Talmadge to wisely halt the bout.

Junior middleweight southpaw Hurshiddek Normatov, 3-0 (1), UBZ-Brooklyn, NY, looked sharp in winning every round over a game Lenwood “Mr. Composure” Dozier, 10-14-2 (5), of Suitland, MD, over 6 rounds. Referee was Rosato.

In the opening round Normatov the taller of the two and a southpaw had his way a minute into the round with solid right hooks to the rib cage of Dozier who went on the defense. In round two Normatov continued to be the busier boxer putting Dozier against the ropes in a neutral corner landing punch after punch without return from Dozier.

In round three Normatov landed close to twenty punches as he had Dozier against the ropes. In the fourth round Normatov was landing at will and showed a good defense. He looked very polished being it was only his third fight.

In the fifth round Normatov ended the round with three straight solid left hands to the head of Dozier. In the sixth and final round it was all Normatov though Dozier hung tough.

All 3 judges had it 60-54 as did this writer. “I thought I showed good boxing skills and the opponent was very durable,” said Normatov. He is managed by David McWater who manages a stable of over twenty boxers.

In the opening bout bantamweight southpaw Leroy “Lucious” Davila, 4-0 (2), New Brunswick, NJ, pitched a shutout over survivor Damon Simon, 0-5-1, Beaumont, TX, over 4 rounds.

In the first round Davila was the stalker while Simon did his best to stay away from his jab and follow-up left hand. In round two Simon missed with a jab and walked into a solid left hook to the head from Davila. A solid left hook by Davila to the head of Simon forced him to hold on.

In the third round Davila landed half a dozen punches without return from Simon and it looked like referee Talmadge was going to step in and stop it. In the fourth and final round Davila was desperately trying to get the knockout but Simon was a survivor. It was a mismatch from the start. Davila needs better competition being he was an outstanding amateur.

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Philly Has Fights Friday and on Saturday with Danny Swift” Garcia!


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.

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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.

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ShoBox: The New Generation Results: Green & Odom win by upset KO, Chinea won by SD; Lopez v. Reynoso scored a Draw


ShoBox: The New Generation Results: Green & Odom win by upset KO, Chinea won by SD; Lopez v. Reynoso scored a Draw
By: Matthew N. Becher

Showtime sports presented a four fight card from the Foxwoods Resort and Casino. It was the 15 year anniversary of the “ShoBox” series. ShoBox has put on 484 fights in the past fifteen years, being a series that has showcased many fighters who have gone on to become World Champions. Out of all the young men who made an appearance on the program, 67 have become champs. Deontay Wilder, Ricky Hatton, Erislandy Lara, Tyson Fury and others all made an appearance on ShoBox on their way to becoming the best in the sport. Tonight was another chapter.

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Khiary Gray (13-0 10KO) v. Ian Green (9-1 7KO): Jr. Middleweight

Green took this fight on one week notice, thinking it was a great opportunity for national exposure. The fight started out pretty rough for Green, as Gray used a thundering counter right which wobbled Green. The first round and a half were all Khiary Gray, until Green landed a one two combination that turned the fight around, knocking Gray down to the canvas. Gray got up, but never had his legs back and could no longer continue as round two was coming to an end.

Green TKO2 2:50

O’Shaque Foster (10-1 7KO) v. Rolando Chinea (12-1-1 6KO): Lightweight

When they say “styles make fights”, this is kind of what they are talking about. Foster is a boxer, while Chinea is a come forward brawler. The fight was awkward, in a sense of scoring and deciding who was controlling the fight. From the get go Chinea, was coming forward with gloves up, trapping foster against the ropes, snuffing punches and even using his elbow and forearms to hit Foster.

Foster was able to use his speed and quick footwork to get away from Chinea. Foster got to the body often, but definitely needed to plan his attack and escape at the same time.

Chinea is a hard nose brawler that is looking for a fight. Foster is a slick boxer with a very large amateur career who doesn’t seem used to fighting for a distance or under such stress.

Towards the end of the fight Foster came out fast, trying to use his speed and boxing ability to control the rounds, but the last half of the rounds Chinea would trap Foster on the ropes and use his power to keep him stuck.

The last round had both guys leaving it all on the line, knowing that they needed the round to possibly win. Exciting fight, with both men showing great heart.

Chinea SD9 79-73 Chinea, 77-75 Foster, 78-74 Chinea

Jerry Odom (13-2-1 12KO) v. Julius Jackson (19-1 15KO): Super Middleweight

The fight started off with Jackson controlling the rounds with his lengthy jab. Odom was trying to land some punches, but was coming up short for the first couple of rounds. Between the 2nd and 3rd round Odom’s trainer told his fighter that he had to stop letting his opponent land so many punches and get too confident. Odom waived his trainer in and whispered “I’m letting him get confident so he will open up”. Odom wasn’t lying. The very next round, Odom saw Jackson get sloppy and landed an overhand right that put Jackson down for the count.

Odom TKO3 1:57

Adam Lopez (15-0 7KO) v. Roman Reynoso (18-1-1 7KO): Super Bantamweight

Lopez came into this fight with a possible title fight on the line with Jonathan Guzman. Lopez used his height advantage to keep the wild Reynoso away, but was also able to land the more compact punches that seemed to throw Reynoso off his game. Reynoso was a strictly wild fighter, throwing crazy overhands rights that just couldn’t land effectively.

Lopez was very lackluster in the first half of the fight, sitting back and throwing less punches then Reynoso. Lopez never followed up with his landed punches, while Reynoso seemed to always come forward and begin to land some more of the wild overhand rights in the second half.

The fight was much closer than most thought it would be. Lopez never looked completely comfortable against the wild, smaller Reynoso. The end of the fight had Lopez land a huge shot on Reynoso that nearly ended the fight. Reynoso spit his mouth piece out to stall a bit and make it to the end. The title shot with Guzman may have just gotten much closer or extremely farther away.

96-94 Lopez, 97-93 Reynoso, 95-95 Draw

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