Prospects from Philly to Atlantic City
By Ken Hissner (Aug 5, 2010) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © John DiSanto /  
Between the weight of 160 and 175 the connection between Philly and Atlantic City has four boxers who within a year should be making a name for themselves. This writer has talked to each one of them and I have to admit they are four of my favorite young boxers who need that one break. Philly only has a dozen boxers that are world rated along with champion Steve “USS” Cunningham.

Dennis Hasson comes from a good blood line. His great uncle was one of the one best in former Light heavyweight champion Tommy Loughran. Hasson is from the Kensington section of Philadelphia and graduated from Northern Michigan U. and boxed under the guidance of Philly’s Al Mitchell. His assistant is former world light middleweight champion David Reid who is also a former Olympic Gold medalist.

In 2000 Hasson was a National Junior Olympic quarter finalist. He was a Ringside Tournament champion in 2006. He fought some of the top boxers who are doing well in the professional ranks today like Joe Green, 22-1, William Rosinsky, 12-0, Rommel Rene, 11-0, Mark Tucker, Jr., 14-0, Aleem Whitfield, 2-0, Caleb Truax, 15-0-1, Angel Concepcion, 2-0, along with Olympians Glenn Hunter from Canada and Ken Egan the 2008 Olympic Silver medalist from Ireland.

Hasson’s trainers are Wade and Randy Hinnant. He is 10-0 with three knockouts. His promoter is J Russell Peltz of Peltz Boxing. He won in his last bout July 30th at the Arena in Philadelphia and was very impressive. This was his first fight in eight months due to a couple injuries. Doc Nowicki is the new manager and his partner Jimmy Williams serves as the cut man. Hasson is 26 and fighting at super middleweight.

Speaking of the show on July 30th scoring a knockout to remain unbeaten is boxer Farah “Quiet Storm” Ennis whose older brother “Pooh”, headlined against Gabe Rosado. Ennis at 27 is bigger than his brother and is also a super middleweight and is 15-0 with nine knockouts. His last three fights ended in knockout.

Most of his earlier fights were with Prize Fight Promotions but in March of this year Fingerman Promotions signed Ennis. His trainer is his father “Bozy” Ennis who runs the Muhammad Ali gym in the Germantown section of Philly. He is managed by Moz Gonzalez and Eddie Woods. He has fought in Tennessee, Mississippi, Maryland and of course Pennsylvania.

The third boxer is from North Philly and just fought his first main event in Atlantic City in one of the best fights there in 2010. Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante almost upset the applecart against Chuck Mussachio in the 9th round in his last fight for the World Boxing Foundaton American light heavyweight title.

For Ferrante it was his first time fighting out of North Philadelphia where he has a large fan base. Wins over Simon Carr in a catch weight over the 175 limit ended in a split decision win and made it clear to stay at 175 where he defeated Anthony Piertrantonio 6-1, and Billy Bailey, 9-3, for the vacant World Boxing Foundation US title. He is trained and managed by Chris Rotella out of the Costello Boxing Gym in Philly. He is 26.

The lone Atlantic City boxer is Patrick Majewski who was born in Radom, Poland, and came to the US in 2001. In Poland he had wrestled for seven years but never boxed. He started boxing in 2003 and had an 11-2 record boxing in the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves in 2004. He turned professional in 2006 in New York where he won his first three fights. In June of 2007 he moved to Atlantic City only returning to New York once in 2008. He has fought twice in Newark, NJ, where there is a large Polish population. In 2009 he defeated Jimmy Lubash, 13-1, and Latif Mundy, 8-0 in back to back fights. In 2010 he also defeated Pietrantonio and Loren Myers, 7-7-1, who was coming off defeating Philly’s Gee Culmer, 16-1. Majewski is 30 and a middleweight, managed by Arnold Robins. His trainer has been Bill Johnson for the past five years and is training at the Atlantic City PAL now.

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