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Ryan Belasco Who...Ryan Belasco
From...Wilmington, DE
The Facts...Junior welterweight Ryan Belasco hopes 2015 is a breakout year for him after signing with Peltz Boxing. In his last fight Oct. 4 in Valley Forge, PA, the 30-year-old Belasco earned an eight-round draw with undefeated Naim Nelson, of Philadelphia, PA. A pro since 2006, Belasco has a record of 18-6-4, 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. Belasco returns Friday evening, May 8, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia when he boxes David Gonzales (5-0-1, 1 K0), of Philadelphia, in a six-round contest.
Joey Dawejko Who...Joey Dawejko
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Dawejko gets his acid test when he faces powerful lefty Amir Mansour, of Wilmington, DE, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The Tank (No. 12) scored his fourth straight first-round knockout when a left hook flattened Enobong Umohette, of Nigeria, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Dawejko had stopped Rayford Johnson, of Austin, TX, on Nov. 14 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Two months earlier in the same ring. Yohon Banks, of Redwood, CA, was K0d in the first round. Dawejko (14-3-2, 7 K0s) needed only 108 seconds to blow away fellow-Philadelphian David Williams on Aug. 2 in their heavyweight contest at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The 24-year-old Dawejko had made a career out of taking hard fights, out of town and on short notice. In the amateurs, Dawejko defeated current heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings. Dawejko is managed by Mark Cipparone, of Rocco's Collision Service, in Mullica Hill, NJ.
Ismael Garcia Who...Ismael Garcia
From...Vineland, NJ
The Facts...Garcia, a junior middleweight, out-pointed Jersey rival Alex Sanchez over six rounds Aug. 23 at Bally's Atlantic City. Earlier in 2014, Garcia (7-0-1, 3 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 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 Hamid-El. He's back Friday, May 8, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia against Latif Mundy, of Philadelphia.
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.
Amir Mansour Who...Amir Mansour
From...Wilmington, DE
The Facts...Mansour headlines the ESPN2 card Friday, May 8, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia against Joey Dawejko, of Philadelphia, in the biggest local fight in years. In his last fight Nov. 8, Mansour knocked out Fred Kassi, of New Orleans, LA, in seven rounds 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 21-1, 16 K0s, during a career which began in 1997 and was interrupted by prison time. Mansour (No. 26 WBC) 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, stopped Tyrone Brunson, of Philadelphia, on Oct. 18 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The 24-year-old Perez (13-3-1, 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 Friday, May 8, at the 2300 Arena.
Nathaniel Rivas Who...Nathaniel Rivas
From...Lindenwold, NJ
The Facts...Rivas 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. In his previous fight Sept. 19, Rivas (5-1, 2 K0s) stopped David Navarro, of Philadelphia, in three rounds at Harrah's Philadelphia. Rivas also earned a four-round decision over New York's Jovan Sosa on May 16 at the 2300 Arena. Prior to that, Rivas scored a third-round K0 over Terrell James, of Philadelphia, PA, on March 15 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. 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. He's back Friday, May 8, at the 2300 Arena.
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. Jerome is managed by Jimmy Deoria.
Alex Sanchez Who...Alex Sanchez
From...Camden, NJ
The Facts...Coming off a nice win Jan. 20 over lefty Robert Sweeney at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, junior middleweight Alex Sanchez is looking to turn his career around in 2015. 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, 31, returns Saturday, May 30, against Rich Nieves, of New York, at the Danbury Arena in Danbury, CT.
Jason Sosa Who...Jason Sosa
From...Berlin, NJ
The Facts...The 26-year-old Sosa (15-1-3, 11 K0s) blew away Herbert Quartey, of Ghana, in one round April 25 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and returns Saturday, June 13, at Madison Square Garden. Sosa has won his last 10 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 blew away 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. 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. After winning one out of three amateur fights, Sosa turned pro in 2009. A graduate of Sterling High School, is ranked No. 1 by the USBA, No. 26 by the WBC.
Todd Unthank-may Who...Todd Unthank-may
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Back in the gym, Todd looks for big things to happen in 2015. He stopped Kentrell Claiborne, of Fort Worth, TX, in two rounds Nov. 16, 2013, at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Todd (8-0, 3 K0s) also out-pointed lefty Michael Wilmer, of Huntington, WV, over six rounds June 15 at the Valley Forge Casino. Todd was 22-8 as an amateur and won three Philadelphia Golden Gloves light-heavyweight titles. A graduate of Academy Park High School in Sharon Hill, PA, Todd took his street-fighting abilities to the Shepard Gym (now Mitch Allen Boxing Gym) in West Philadelphia under the guidance of Damon Allen, Sr. He is managed by Doc Nowicki and Dave Price of D&D Management.
Victor Vasquez Who...Victor Vasquez
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Vasquez stopped Jose Guzman, of The Bronx,NY, in four rounds March 6 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Previously, Vasquez earned a unanimous decision over fellow-Philadelphian Gerald Smith on Oct. 18 in their six-round lightweight contest at the 2300 Arena. In his only other fight in 2014, Vasquez (18-9-1,8 K0s) lost an eight-round decision to Osnel Charles, of Atlantic City, NJ, at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 32-year-old Vasquez, who had only three amateur fights, is a popular attraction and he works as 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 and trained by Walt Moore.
Nick Valliere Who...Nick Valliere
From...Forked River, NJ
The Facts...Left-handed junior middleweight Nick Valliere made his Foxwoods Casino debut in Mashantucket, CT, when he earned a four-round decision over Roberto Lopez, of Vineland, NJ, on April 17, improving his pro record o 5-0, 2 K0s. It has been a busy year for Valliere since turning pro last summer in West Deptford, NJ, with a fourth-round knockout over Jamil Gadsden, of Vineland, NJ. Prior to beating Lopez, Valliere earned a four-round decision over Francisco Cruz, of Philadelphia, PA, on Jan. 24 in Pennsauken, NJ. While attending Lacey High School, Valliere compiled a 25-10 amateur record. He is managed and trained by Shawn Darling at the Gladiator Gym in Lacey Township, NJ.


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