Jennings and Tupou in USBA title bout at Temple Univ. Saturday
Jennings and Tupou in USBA title bout at Temple Univ. Saturday
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 6, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Rich Graessle)
Bryant “By-By” Jennings

In a 9 bout card USBA heavyweight champion Bryant “By-By” Jennings, 15-0 (7), defends his title against hard hitting Tongan Bowie Tupou, 22-2 (16) over 12 rounds Saturday night at Temple Univ. McGonigle Hall, in North Philadelphia, PA.

Peltz Boxing, Main Events, Bam Boxing and Goossen Tutor are promoting this show that will be televised over NBC Sports Network but there is nothing like seeing a boxing show in person. There will be a lot of young talent on this show that will not be seen over the network that you don’t want to miss.

Jennings is a former football player who got started late and had less than 20 amateur fights. He always come in shape and is not hesitant to get into a slugging match if necessary. His trainer Fred Jenkins had Malik Scott throughout the amateurs and has an idea how to beat Tupou. Jennings won the USBA title in June winning all 10 rounds over Steve Collins, 25-1-1. In September he knocked out Chris Koval in 0:35 of the first round with the first punch he landed.

Tupou started his career in 2006 winning 9 fights, 7 by knockout in Australia. He moved to Los Angeles, CA, and from 2007 thru 2009 he again won 9 bouts, 7 by knockout. The last fight of that streak was stopping the same Koval in 3 rounds. After suffering his first defeat he bounced back with 4 wins with the last one over 10 rounds against Donnell Holmes, 33-1-2. He was inactive for 9 months this year before losing to Scott, now unbeaten in 34 fights.

In a 10 round super featherweight bout Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes, 17-0 (5), of Corpus Christi, TX, who defeated Joselito Collado, 13-1, in September in Newark, NJ over 8 rounds was to meet Philly’s Teon Kennedy who was replaced by another Philly fighter, Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter, 16-2 (9). Hunter had his 10 fight win streak stopped the end of 2010 by disqualification by unbeaten Cuban Louis Franco. In July of this year he came back with a second round knockout . Like Belmontes, Hunter had a very successfull amateur career. This should be a very interesting match-up.

In a pair of 6 round bouts Philly lightweight Angel Ocasio, 6-0-2 (1) and Camden, NJ, super featherweight Jason Sosa 6-1-3 (2) are matched against solid opponents after having battled to a pair of draws against one another earlier this year. Ocasio, a local favorite will meet PR’s Esteban Rodriguez, 6-3-1, (1), now fighting out of Reading, PA., who lost by majority decision in his last bout against Sosa in September. Sosa meets Lancaster’s Isaac Suarez, 7-3 (3) who hasn’t fought since September of 2009 when he lost for the first time. He is another well decorated amateur. Sosa has won 2 straight since the 2 draws with Ocasio early in 2012. Both Ocasio and Sosa are looking for wins and eventually have that “rubber match” down the line. Both boxers will bring plenty of fans with them.

There will be 5 bouts scheduled for 4 rounds. Temple graduate Alex Barbosa, 4-0 (1), of Philly will meet Joshua Arocho, 2-6-2 (2), of Vineland, NJ, who in his last bout stopped the grandson of Larry “Peanut Head” Holmes, in August. Barbosa has had easy competition and Arocho much toughter so you can throw out the records in this one in the featherweight division.

Amateur 2011 National Champion Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, 4-0 (4), will be looking for another knockout since turning professional in June. Having missed the Olympics after making the team in 2011 Hart has something to prove. He is the son of Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, one of the hardest punchers in Philly history who also serves as his trainer. Hart’s opponent is Steven Tyner, 3-8-2 (2), of Akron, OH, who has fought 11 unbeaten boxers in his 13 fights including a draw with 2009 PA GG champion Jaque Lutz who was 5-0 at the time. On that same team were main event fighter Jennings and Anthony Burgin, 1-0 (1), who will meet Kenneth Brown, 0-0, in a featherweight match-up. Burgin was a 3-time PA GG champ.

In an all Philly light heavyweight rematch Todd Unthank-May, 5-0 (2), meets Taneal Goyco, 4-4-1 (2), whom Unthank-May defeated in September. In an all Philly match-up of welterweights Hasan Young, 1-1-1 (1) is coming off fights with 2 unbeaten opponents and is looking to get back into the win column against Josue Rivera, 0-1. Young’s last fight in September against an unbeaten Colombian was a war. He fought a draw prior to that against Allentown’s Jerome Rodriguez. Young has an “old school” style.

J Russell Peltz and Brittany “BAM” Rogers are also Temple grad’s a couple of light years apart. Doors open at 6pm and first bout at 7pm. Peltz is one promoter who starts on time so be there early!


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