The Fighters...
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Ryan Belasco Who...Ryan Belasco
From...Wilmington, DE
The Facts...Junior welterweight Ryan Belasco rallied to earn a six-round draw with David Gonzales, of Philadelphia, on May 8 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. They meet again in the same ring Friday, Oct.2. In his previous fight Oct. 4, 2014, Belasco also boxed a draw, this one over eight-rounds with another Philadelphian, Naim Nelson. A pro since 2006, Belasco has a record of 18-6-5, 3 K0s. He has wins over Victor Vasquez, of Philadelphia, and Tyrell Samuel, of Baltimore, MD. Belasco is trained by ex-pro lightweight Doug Pettiford. Belasco's dad, who boxed in the Marines, first took him to the gym when Ryan was 7 years old. Outside the gym, Belasco works as a union electrician. He and his wife Nicole have one young daughter, Charlie Maria.
Osnel Charles Who...Osnel Charles
From...Atlantic City, NJ
The Facts...Charles hopes to end his six-fight loss streak in late summer. He was stopped in four rounds June 30 at the 2300 Arena by Victor Vasquez, of Philadelphia, PA, in their third fight--Charles won the first two. He also was outpointed by Jair Ramos, of Waterbury, CT, on May 30 in Danbury, CT. Early in 2014, Charles had leaped into the win column with an eight-round split decision over Vasquez at Harrah's Philadelphia. Charles (10-14-1, 1 K0) has beaten Anthony Flores, Zachary Smith, Danny McDermott and Chris Green. Charles is managed by Arnold Robbins and trained by Robbins and Bill Johnson. He was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Ismael Garcia Who...Ismael Garcia
From...Vineland, NJ
The Facts...Garcia, a junior middleweight, scored an impressive first-round knockout over Tommy Ayers, of Cincinnati, OH, on May 8 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Previously, Garcia had out-pointed Jersey rival Alex Sanchez over six rounds Aug. 23, 2014, at Bally's Atlantic City. Earlier in 2014, Garcia (8-0-1, 4 K0s) scored his biggest win at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, a six-round decision over previously unbeaten lefty DuShane Crooks, of Brooklyn, NY. It was Garcia's first outing since Aug. 24, 2013 when he stopped Michael Sunkett, of Louisville, KY, in the second round at Bally's. The 28-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 Hamid-El.
Fred Jenkins, Jr. Who...Fred Jenkins, Jr.
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...This junior middleweight prospect looked sluggish while losing a six-round decision to Jeff Lentz, of Lanoka Harbor, NJ, on March 6 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. In his previous fight,Jenkins scored a first-round knockdown en route to a six-round decision over James Robinson, of York, PA, on Dec. 13 at the 2300 Arena. Jenkins registered his biggest win when he knocked out Jeremy Trussel, of Baltimore, MD, in two rounds July 29 at the 2300 Arena. A pro since 2011, the 28-year-old Jenkins (9-2, 3 K0s) shed more than 80 pounds in the last five years. He is managed and trained by his dad, Fred Jenkins, Sr, a member of the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame.
Mike Jones Who...Mike Jones
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...After more than two years on the sidelines, Jones returned Aug. 23 at Bally's Atlantic City and scored a pair of early knockdowns before a badly swollen left eye forced him out of his fight with Jaime Herrera, of Chicago, IL, after seven rounds at Bally's Atlantic City. It was a tough loss to accept, but Jones says he will be back in the ring in 2014. It was his first outing since June 9, 2012 when he was stopped in the 11th round by Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, for the vacant IBF welterweight title at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Now living in Henderson, NV, Jones is 26-2, 19 K0s. The 31-year-old welterweight has beaten Sebastian Lujan, of Argentina; Jesus Soto-Karass (twice), of Mexico; Henry Bruseles, of Puerto Rico. He is trained by Ismael Salas and Miguel Diaz.
Teon Kennedy Who...Teon Kennedy
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Kennedy has been out of action for nearly two years since he boxed with a broken jaw and still won his second in a row as a junior lightweight when his body punching wore down Joselito Collado, of Queens, NY, on Aug. 24, 2013, at Bally's Atlantic City. The 10-round decision victory over Collado was Kennedy's second in less than three months. On June 1, 2013, in the same ring, Kennedy (19-2-2, 7 K0s) out-boxed Carlos Vinan, of Newark, NJ. The fight with Vinan was Kennedy's first since June 9, 2012, when he was stopped in the fifth round by Guillermo Rigondeaux, of Cuba, for the WBA super bantamweight title in Las Vegas, NV. The 28-year-old Kennedy hopes to move into the world rankings at 130 pounds and says he is comfortable at the higher weight. Prior to the world title fight in 2012, Kennedy had been held to a dubious 10-round draw in Las Vegas with Chris Martin, of Chula Vista, CA. A former USBA and NABA champion at 122 pounds, Kennedy (No. 28 WBC) scored a career-best win when he earned a 12-round decision over previously unbeaten Jorge Diaz, of New Brunswick, NJ, on March 26, 2011, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Kennedy is trained by Wade and Randy Hinnant.
Gang Yong Kim Who...Gang Yong Kim
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Kim traded knockdowns with Tyrone Luckey, of Middletown, NJ, but was judged the loser on points after four hotly contested rounds on Sept. 30 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Kim recently migrated to Philadelphia and made his local debut May 8 at the 2300 Arena, earning a four-round decision over Edgardo Torres, of Vineland, NJ. The 26-year-old junior lightweight turned pro in Korea in 2007, but quit after losing a four-round decision. He re-surfaced in 2012 and won three fights in Korea, all by decision. He did not fight again for more than three years until moving to Philadelphia. He is managed by Paul Lee and trained by Zahir Justice.
Amir Mansour Who...Amir Mansour
From...Wilmington, DE
The Facts...Mansour rallied May 8 to earn a unanimous 10-round decision over Joey Dawejko and the Pennsylvania State Heavyweight Title at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Previously, Mansour had knocked out Fred Kassi, of New Orleans, LA, in seven rounds on Nov. 8, 2014, at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Mansour scored a pair of fifth-round knockdowns but lost his USBA heavyweight title via 10-round decision to Steve Cunningham on April 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. In his previous fight last Dec. 14, 2013, 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. Mansour, who last year signed a managerial contract with pay-per-view mogul Joe Hand, Sr., is 22-1, 16 K0s. Mansour deserves much better than his No. 24 ranking with the WBC. He is trained by Calvin Davis and Howard Mosley.
Naim Nelson Who...Naim Nelson
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Pennsylvania lightweight champ Nelson boxed an eight-round draw with Ryan Belasco, of Wilmington, DE, on Oct. 4 at the Valley Forge (PA) Casino. Nelson had moved up to junior welterweight May 16 with an eight-round decision over Jerome Rodriguez, of Allentown, PA, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Nelson (12-0-1, 1 K0) had ended a 10-month layoff Jan. 31 with an eight-round decision over another Philadelphian, Christian Steele, at Harrahs Philadelphia. He also defeated Philadelphian Georgi Kevlishvili on March 15, 2013, at the Valley Forge (PA) Casino. The 24-year-old Nelson won the state 135-pound belt by earning a 10-round decision over crosstown rival Victor Vasquez on Sept. 14, 2012, at Harrah's. A graduate of the Academy of Essential Knowledge in North Philadelphia, Nelson won 70 out of 77 amateur fights and five Philadelphia Golden Gloves titles. He is trained by Rory Bussey.
DeCarlo Perez Who...DeCarlo Perez
From...Egg Harbor Township, NJ
The Facts...Perez, ranked No. 6 as a middleweight by the USBA, survived a shaky first round and pounded out a unanimous eight-round decision over Jessie Nicklow, of Baltimore, MD, on May 8 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. In his previous outing Oct. 18, 2014, Perez had stopped Tyrone Brunson, of Philadelphia, in the same ring. The 24-year-old Perez (14-3-1, 5 K0s) had earned a six-round decision over Marcus Willis, of Fort Myers, FL, on Aug. 2 at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. As an amateur, Perez 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 trained by Willie Alejandro. He's back Oct. 2 at the 2300 Arena.
Nathaniel Rivas Who...Nathaniel Rivas
From...Lindenwold, NJ
The Facts...Rivas was stopped for the second time when Kevin Womack, of Baltimore, swarmed all over him to win in the first round May 8 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Last December, Rivas (502, 2 K0s) ran into hard-hitting Juan Rodriguez, of Haymarket, VA, and was stopped in the fifth round on Dec. 13 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Rivas has beaten David Navarro, New York's Jovan Sosa and Terrell James. Rivas was born in Newark, NJ, but moved to Lindenwold, NJ, when he was 6 and later went to Lindenwold High School. He started boxing when he was 14 because his dad, Raul, had been training fighters. As an amateur, Rivas won the Pennsylvania Diamond Gloves and the New Jersey Silver Gloves and Golden Gloves. Rivas likes fishing and drag racing.
Jerome Rodriguez Who...Jerome Rodriguez
From...Allentown, PA
The Facts...Rodriguez was stopped for the first time when, after taking the fight on four days' notice, he failed to make it out of the fifth round against unbeaten Eddie Ramirez, of Aurora, IL, on April 24 in Chicago, IL. It was Rodriguez' third loss in a row. He had been out-pointed over six rounds by Raymond Serrano on Jan. 20 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Prior to that, Rodriguez had his unbeaten record broken when he lost an eight-round decision to unbeaten Naim Nelson, of Philadelphia, at the 2300 Arena. The 28-year-old Rodriguez (6-3-3, 2 K0s) was held to a six-round draw by unbeaten and fellow-lefty Brandon Williams, of Rochester, NY, on March 15, 2014, at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Rodriguez' biggest win was a second-round K0 June 14 over Treysean Wiggins, of Newburgh, NY. As an amateur, Jerome won the PA Golden Gloves and PA State Championship in 2010 and the New Jersey State Championship in 2011.
Alex Sanchez Who...Alex Sanchez
From...Camden, NJ
The Facts...Coming off a nice win Jan. 20 over lefty Robert Sweeney,of Virginia, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, junior middleweight Alex Sanchez appeared unlucky to only get a six-round draw against Richard Nieves, of New York, on May 30 in Danbury, CT. Sanchez appeared to be a clear winner. Late in 2014, Sanchez dropped a close six-round decision to unbeaten Thomas LaManna at the 2300 Arena. A pro since 2008, Sanchez has a record of 5-6-1, 2 K0s. As an amateur, Sanchez was 55-2 but never boxed in any tournaments. When he is not training, Sanchez spends his time with his 9-year-old daughter Leanna. Sanchez is trained by Miguel Figueroa, Sr.
Jason Sosa Who...Jason Sosa
From...Berlin, NJ
The Facts...Sosa (16-1-3, 12 K0s) had his coming-out party June 13 in Madison Square Garden when he K0d Santiago Bustos, of Spain, the five rounds before a jubilant criwd. The 27-year-old Sosa, ranked No. 14 in the world by the IBF, blew away Herbert Quartey, of Ghana, in one round April 25 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and he has won his last 11 fights by knockouts. He forced Bergman Aguilar, of Nicaragua, to quit after 1.54 of the fourth round on March 6 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Previously, Sosa stopped Juan Cruz, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, in two rounds on Oct. 18, 2014, at Catano, Puerto Rico. Sosa scored his biggest win when he K0d Michael Brooks, of Long Island, in the ninth round April 12, 2014, at Bally's Atlantic City. After winning one out of three amateur fights, Sosa turned pro in 2009. He is a graduate of Sterling High School. Sosa returns Aug. 15 in Guaynabo, PR, against Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX.
Victor Vasquez Who...Victor Vasquez
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...In a wild one, Vasquez (19-9-1, 9 K0s) stopped former two-time conqueror Osnel Charles, of Atlantic City, in four rounds Sept. 30 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Previously, Vasquez had K0d Jose Guzman, of The Bronx, NY, in four rounds March 6 in the same ring. Vasquez also earned a unanimous decision over fellow-Philadelphian Gerald Smith on Oct. 18, 2014, in their six-round lightweight contest at the 2300 Arena. The 32-year-old Vasquez, who had only three amateur fights, is a popular attraction and he works as a barber at "Consider It Done" in North Philadelphia. He first went to the gym at 15 when his mom got tired of him always getting into street fights at school. After his third fight, he was out of the gym for close to five years after his motorcycle was side-swiped and he lost mobility in his arms and legs. Vasquez is managed by Walt Moura and trained by Moura and Stanley Dawson. He returns Friday, Oct. 2, at the 2300 Arena.


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