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