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SWEET HANDS DEFEATS DE ANGEL
by Ken Hissner

Tuesday night, King’s Boxing Promotions and PBC put on a seven-bout card at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA. The four top bouts were nationally televised over Fox Sports 1. 

In the main event, super middleweight Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant, 14-0 (11 KO), of Nashville, TN, scored a knockdown and shut out Juan “La Amenaza” De Angel, 18-5-1 (17 KO), of Barranquilla, COL, over 10 rounds.

In the first two rounds, it was all Plant who used a fast jab to set up De Angel for the right hand. De Angel had little to offer in return. In the third round, Plant landed a hard right to the chin of De Angel, who shook... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

VICTOR PAPPA PASSES
by J Russell Peltz

Sad to report that Victor Carmen Pappa, who boxed exclusively for me from 1977 to 1982, passed away yesterday at the young age of 59. Victor, a junior welterweight, was one of a trio of three tough kids who trained under Marty Feldman at the gym over the Upper Darby Firehouse on West Chester Pike near 69th & Market. 

It was Mic (Micky Diflo), Pic (Mike Picciotti) and Vic (Victor Pappa), They boxed regularly at the 69th Street Forum, a converted movie house (69th Street Theatre) which held more than 2,000 seats and we... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

WITHERSPOON WALLOPS MARRONE

Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon, 35-3, 27 KOs, crushed Michael Marrone, 21-6, 15 KOs, in round two of a scheduled 6-rounder Saturday night in Bristol, PA. The bout was the main event of an eight bout card promoted by D and D Promotions and Silver Spoon Promotions, at the Grundy Arena, a local hockey venue in the historic little Bucks County town.  This was the second-ever boxing event at the site.

Witherspoon, fighting for the first time in a year, wasted no time is securing his 35th professional victory. He moved out toward Marrone at the sound of the bell and began testing the former cruiserweight title challenger immediately. (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

BENAVIDEZ HALTS DOUGLIN IN 10TH

The two main bouts, Friday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philly, were both high-end, nationally televised, beat downs that brought plenty of action and drama to the overheated live crowd as well as the TV audience watching at home.

Undefeated super middleweight, David Benavidez, 16-0, 15 KOs, overwhelmed a game Denis Douglin, 20-5, 13 KOs, in the tenth and final round of their ESPN-broadcast main event. Prior to that, Alejandro Luna, 21-0, 15 KOs, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Naim Nelson, 13-2, 1 KO, in a brutal, over the limit junior welterweight fight that was pulled together on one... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

HOOKS TO DEBUT FRIDAY

The first thing that Kieran Hooks sees when he wakes up every morning in the Olney Section of North Philly is the stuffed trophy case in his bedroom. The same goes for the last thing he sees when he goes to sleep at night. That case is loaded with the trophies, medals, belts and ribbons that he earned as an amateur boxer.

“Those are all mine,” Hooks said. “Local and state tournaments. It’s the first thing I see when I wake up and the first thing I see when I walk into my room. Every night I look at it and its motivation. I see that, and I know I can do something in this sport.”   (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

FARMER CONFIDENT HE'S READY FOR REDKACH

Fight fans in Philadelphia have been watching Tevin Farmer closely for the past few years. We’ve seen him grow from what appeared to be an average local fighter into a rising prospect on the verge of a major breakthrough. Farmer has left a few clues for the rest of the fight fans that he is the real thing. However, only those who have seen him from the start and truly appreciate the change this southpaw junior lightweight has made.

His current pro record of 21-4-1, 5 KOs, looks pretty... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

QUICK WIN LANDS BIG FIGHT FOR LAMANNA
YOUNG TOPS FLORES

Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna, 21-1, 9 KOs, made short work of Mexican Engelberto Valenzuela, 10-8, 3 KOs, in a scheduled 6-round junior middleweight bout at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City Friday night. At the opening bell, LaManna jumped right on his opponent, clearly looking to end matters as quickly as possible. With a proposed September bout against Dusty Hernandez Harrison dependent upon a victory on this night, LaManna left nothing to chance against Valenzuela.

LaManna began by jabbing but before long, started to toss optimistic power shots at his opponent. Ninety seconds into the bout, LaManna... (MORE)

   






 

 
                 
 
 
   

CORNFLAKE ON A MISSION IN AND OUT OF THE RING

Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 20-1, 8 KOs, returns to the ring Friday night at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. The South Jersey welterweight takes on Mexican Engelberto Valenzuela, 10-7, in a 6-round over-the-weight bout on the fourth boxing show promoted by LaManna’s company, Rising Star Promotions.

“When we did our first show in December, my mission statement was to bring boxing back to Atlantic City.” LaManna said. “I like to consider Atlantic City one of the top big fight cities in the country – Vegas, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, and Atlantic City. That was my mission, and here we are going on... (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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