The Facts...Burgin got off the floor in the third round to batter and beat a bloody Frank Trader in their all-Philadelphia six-rounder April 12 at Bally's Atlantic City. The 22-year-old Burgin was fighting for the first time in more than seven months and against his toughest foe, but he managed to raise his record to 6-0, 1 K0. Burgin had outpointed Jose Del Valle, of the Bronx, NY, over four rounds on Aug. 24, 2013, at Bally's. Burgin, who will campaign as a lightweight (135 pounds), made his pro debut Oct. 12, 2012, when he knocked out Milton Lopez, of Puerto Rico, in one round at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia. As an amateur, Burgin was 58-4 and won three Philadelphia Golden Gloves titles and one in New Jersey. In high school at Philadelphia Military Academy at Leeds, the 5-foot-9 Burgin played basketball and that's his hobby. Burgin is managed by Chino Rivas and Adrienne Soto and trained by Rivas. He's back Friday, May 16, at the 2300 Arena in South Philly.
From...Atlantic City, NJ
The Facts...Charles leaped into the win column March 21 with an eight-round split decision over Victor Vasquez, of Philadelphia, PA, at Harrah's Chester. The 29-year-old Charles had been 0-6-1 in his previous seven fights but now looks ahead to a bright 2014. In his non-winning streak, Charles had managed a lone six-round draw July 7, 2012, with Rafael Luna, of Albany, NY, at Bally's Atlantic City. A pro nearly five years, Charles (10-8-1, 1 K0) has beaten five East Coast prospects: Anthony Flores, Zachary Smith, Victor Vasquez, Danny McDermott and Chris Green. Charles, who is managed by Arnold Robbins and trained by Robbins and Bill Johnson, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He has two children and he works for Dorsey Construction in Atlantic City. Charles enjoys cooking Caribbean, Spanish and Italian dishes.
The Facts...Cherry ended a 14-month layoff April 4 in Philadelphia by scoring an eight-round decision over Robert Osiobe, of Nigeria. However, Cherry suffered a seventh-round head butt from Osiobe which required six stitches over his left eye and will keep him out of action until late summer. The 31-year-old Cherry (32-6-2, 17 K0s) has not lost since 2008, going 7-0 with 5 K0s and one No Contest, including a sixth-round knockout over former world-title challenger Vicente Escobido, of Woodland, CA, earlier in 2013 in Atlantic City, NJ. Born in Haiti, Cherry is of Haitian and Bahamian descent. He also has defeated ex-WBC lightweight champion Stevie Johnston, of Denver, CO, and at various times he held the NABF and NABA lightweight belts. A 12-round points loss to Timothy Bradley in 2008 kept Cherry from winning the WBC junior welterweight title. Cherry works as a personal trainer and boxing instructor and he is active in church activities. He is No. 18 in the WBC ratings at 130 pounds, No. 2 in the NABF.
The Facts...Though punch-stats showed he landed more, Cruz lost a 10-round decision to cross-state rival Kermit Cintron, of Reading, PA, on March 15 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Previously, Cruz (20-3, 15 K0s) had knocked out Rodolfo Armenta, of Rio Rico, AZ; Alberto Morales, of Miami, FL, and Hector Munoz, of Albuquerque, NM, on Nov. 16 at the Sands, site of Cruz' last seven bouts. Back-to-back losses had stalled Cruz' career. He lost to Ray Narh, of Ghana, in 2013, and to Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, in 2012. On June 1, 2012, also at the Sands, Cruz won the WBC Continental Americas welterweight title with a 12-round decision over Prenice Brewer, of Cleveland, OH. Earlier in 2012, Cruz, 27, out-pointed Allen Conyers, of the Bronx, NY, over 10 rounds at Bally's Atlantic City. Cruz, 27, won 25 out of 28 amateur fights inside 13 months from July, 2007, until August, 2008. He is managed by Jimmy Deoria and trained by Lemuel Rodriguez.
The Facts...Davis (14-11-1, 6 K0s) was stopped in the second round by Jorge Melendez, of Puerto Rico, on Oct. 5 in Orlando, FL. Davis, 32, had hoped to rebound from an eight-round loss to former world champion Yuri Foreman, of Brooklyn, NY, on July 24 in New York. Previously, Davis lost a 10-rounder Feb. 23 to middleweight Patrick Majewski at Bally's Atlantic City, snapping a two-fight win streak. Davis earned an eight-round decision over Doel Carrasquillo, of Lancaster, PA, on June 16, 2102, in Newark, NJ. Earlier, he scored an eight-round decision over Eberto Medina, of Newark, NJ, on May 19, 2012, at Bally's in a rematch of their 2011 fight which had ended in a draw in the same ring. The 32-year-old Davis also lost to fellow-Philadelphian Gabriel Rosado in his only other fight in 2011. Davis played football in high school, attending Overbrook High and University High in Philadelphia, before moving to the Job Corps in Pittsburgh, PA. Davis is trained by Sharron Baker. He hopes to get back in action in March.
The Facts...Garcia, a junior middleweight, scored his biggest win March 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City when he earned a unanimous six-round decision over previously unbeaten lefty DuShane Crooks, of Brooklyn, NY. It was Garcia's first outing since Aug. 24, 2013 when he got up from a first-round knockdown and stopped Michael Sunkett, of Louisville, KY, in the second round at Bally's Atlantic City. Garcia also K0d Alando Swain, of Trenton, NJ, earlier in the summer of 2013 at Bally's. The 27-year-old Garcia is well-traveled. He was born in Pahokee, FL, and he moved to Sacramento, CA; Springfield, MA, and Rock Hill, SC, before returning to Springfield and finally settling in Vineland, NJ, in 2009. The majority of his amateur career (21-4 record) was in South Carolina. Garcia turned pro in 2010 and he is managed and trained by Hassan Hameed-El. When he is not training, Garcia works part-time in construction.
The Facts...Jones was ahead on the scorecards (99-91, 98-92, 97-93), but lost for the first time when Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, stopped him in the 11th round for the vacant IBF welterweight title June 9, 2012, at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Jones (26-1, 19 K0s) earned that slot by shutting down Argentine Sebastian Lujan on Dec. 3, 2011, at Madison Square Garden. On June 25, 2011, Jones had knocked out Raul Munoz, of Mexico, in two rounds at the Asylum Arena in South Philadelphia. Earlier in 2011, the 28-year-old Jones put on a boxing clinic, using his left jab all night to bust up Jesus Soto-Karass en route to a dominant 12-round decision in their Feb. 19 contest at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This was a rematch of their controversial first fight Nov. 13, 2010, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, where Jones rallied to earn a 10-round majority decision. He is managed by Doc Nowicki and Jim Williams.
The Facts...Fresh off his April 12 eight-round victory over Ahsandi Gibbs, of Tampla, FL, LaManna signed a promotional contract with Peltz Boxing and Gulfstream Co., LLC., of Jersey City, NJ. The 22-year-old LaManna is 14-0, 7 K0s, and the victory over Gibbs at Bally's Atlantic City marked his best win, his first eight-rounder and his first fight in more than six months. It also earned him a No. 20 rating among junior middleweights by the NABF, though he is now fighting as a middleweight. Managed by his dad, Vinny, and trained by Hassan Hamed-El, LaManna has boxed eight times in Atlantic City, where he is becoming a big attraction. Previously, he had earned a six-round decision over Joshua Roberston, of Lynchburg, VA,, on Sept. 28, 2013, also at Bally's. A graduate of Millville High School in 2011, LaManna had 41 amateur fights before turning pro.
The Facts...Mansour scored a pair of fifth-round knockdowns but was down himself in the last round and lost his USBA heavyweight title via 10-round decision to Steve Cunningham on April 4 in Philadelphia. Scores seemed a bit wide at 95-92, 95-92 and an outrageous 97-90. The 41-year-old southpaw will have to regroup and hope for another big-time shot. In his previous fight Dec. 14, Mansour chopped down 6-foot-7 Kelvin Price, of Pensacola, FL, in seven rounds at Resorts International in Atlantic City. Price was down in the fifth and seventh rounds. The fight was aired live as part of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series. Mansour, who recently signed a managerial contract with pay-per-view mogul Joe Hand, Sr., is 20-1, 15 K0s, during a career which began in 1997 and was interrupted by prison time. Mansour has defeated Dominick Guinn, Maurice Harris and Epifanio Mendoza. He is trained by Howard Mosley.
The Facts...Idle for 10 months, Pennsylvania lightweight champion Nelson scored an eight-round split decision over fellow-Philadelphian Christian Steele on Jan. 31 at Harrahs Philadelphia. Nelson returns Friday, May 16, in an eight-rounder against lefty Jerome Rodriguez (6-0-3, 2 K0s), of Bethlehem,PA, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Previously, Nelson decisioned another Philadelphian, Georgi Kevlishvili, on March 15, 2013, also at Valley Forge. The 23-year-old Nelson (11-0, 1 K0) won the state 135-pound belt by earning a 10-round decision over crosstown rival Victor Vasquez on Sept. 14, 2012, at Harrah's. Nelson also has defeated Osnel Charles, of Atlantic City. A graduate of the Academy of Essential Knowledge in North Philadelphia, Nelson won 70 out of 77 amateur fights, including five Philadelphia Golden Gloves titles. He is trained by Rory Bussey and managed by Doc Nowicki, Jim Williams and John Howell.
From...Egg Harbor Township, NJ
The Facts...Junior middleweight prospect Perez dropped a tough eight-round split decision to Haiti's Wilky Campfort on Jan. 24 at Resorts International in Atlantic City, NJ. Previously, Perez had overcome a shaky third round and fought smart after that to earn an eight-round decision over 6-foot-1 Jamar Freeman, of Wilson, NC, on Aug. 24 at Bally's Atlantic City. In two previous fights in 2013, Perez out-pointed Dante Moore, of Cleveland, OH, over eight rounds and scored a fifth-round K0 over Julius Jennedy, of Windsor Mill, MD. Both fights were at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino. The 22-year-old Perez (11-3-1, 4 K0s) is getting better with every fight, having won his last four. As an amateur, he was 105-14 and won the Mid-Atlantic Pennsylvania Golden Gloves, Delaware State Golden Gloves and New England Golden Gloves. Perez is managed by D&D Management and John Howell and he is trained by Willie Alejandro.
The Facts...This 21-year-old welterweight is 3-0 as a pro, including a third-round knockout over Terrell James, of Philadelphia, PA, on March 15 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. He also has defeated Carlos Nieves, of New York, and Jonathan Williams, of Allentown, PA, both via four-round decision, since turning pro in the summer of 2013. Rivas was born in Newark, NJ, but he moved to Lindenwold, NJ, when he was 6 years old and went to Lindenwold High School. He started boxing when he was 14 because his dad, Raul, had been training fighters for 15 years. As an amateur, Rivas won the Pennsylvania Diamond Gloves and the New Jersey Silver Gloves and Golden Gloves. When he is not training, he likes to go fishing and he also enjoys drag racing.
The Facts...Rodriguez get his first main event Friday, May 16, when he boxes unbeaten Naim Nelson, of Philadelphia, in the 8-round windup at the 2300 Arena (formerly New Alhambra) in South Philly. The 27-year-old Rodriguez (6-0-3, 2 K0s) was held to a six-round draw by unbeaten and fellow-lefty Brandon Williams, of Rochester, NY, on March 15 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Prior to his last fight, Rodriguez had boxed a six-round draw with another lefty, Darnell Jiles, on Nov. 16, 2013, at the Sands. His biggest win was a second-round K0 June 14 over Treysean Wiggins, of Newburgh, NY. Rodriguez traded first-round knockdowns with Wiggins before ending the fight in the second round. As an amateur, Jerome won the PA Golden Gloves and PA State Championship in 2010 and the New Jersey State Championship in 2011. He helps out at the Allentown (PA) Boxing gym, coaching and tutoring youngsters looking to avoid the streets. He also works part-time at Auto Zone. Jerome is managed by Jimmy Deoria.
The Facts...Sosa (12-1-3, 8 K0s) scored his biggest win when his ninth-round right hook flattened Michael "Lefty" Brooks, of Long Island, on April 12 at Bally's Atlantic City. It was Sosa's seventh consecutive knockout. Previously, Sosa used a right to the body to stop Bryne Green, of Vineland, NJ, on Nov. 16 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Little more than seven weeks earlier in the same ring, Sosa used a lethal left hook to the body to stop Tyrone Luckey, of Middletown, NJ. The 26-year-old Sosa also has knocked out Georgi Kevlishvili, Joseph "Chip" Perez, Isaac Suarez Clinton Douglas. After winning one out of three amateur fights, Sosa turned pro in 2009. A graduate of Sterling High School in South Jersey, Sosa works in maintenance for Camden County Parks and also does volunteer work for the Lion of Judah Church in his neighborhood. Sosa is managed by Chino Rivas and Adrien Soto and trained by Rivas. The USBA rates him No. 11 at 130 pounds, the NABF No. 18.