The Fighters...
Hall of Fame Fighters...

 
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.
Osnel Charles Who...Osnel Charles
From...Atlantic City, NJ
The Facts...Charles will rest for a couple of months after being stopped in the first round by unbeaten Omar Douglas on Dec. 5 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Prior to that, Charles had put up a game effort, also on short notice Oct. 4, but lost a 6-round decision to unbeaten lefty Mike Reed, of Waldorf, MD, at Bally's Atlantic City. Previously, Charles lost in three rounds to undefeated Rolando Chinea, of Lancaster, PA, on July 25 in Wyomissing, PA. Charles had dropped a six-round decision to unbeaten New Yorker Bryant Cruz on May 16 at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Early in 2014, Charles had leaped into the win column March 21 with an eight-round split decision over Victor Vasquez, of Philadelphia, PA, at Harrah's Philadelphia. Charles (10-12-1, 1 K0) has beaten five East Coast prospects: Anthony Flores, Zachary Smith, Victor Vasquez, 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 has two children.
Jamaal Davis Who...Jamaal Davis
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Davis (14-12-1, 6 K0s) will take a few weeks to decide if his eight-round points loss to Thomas LaManna on Aug. 23 at Ballys Atlantic City was his last fight--his fourth setback in a row. He had lost in the second round to Jorge Melendez, of Puerto Rico, on Oct. 5, 2013, in Orlando, FL. He had hoped to rebound from an eight-round loss to former world champion Yuri Foreman, of Brooklyn, NY, on July 24, 2013, in New York. Previously, Davis lost a 10-rounder Feb. 23,2013, to middleweight Patrick Majewski at Bally's, 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. 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.
Joey Dawejko Who...Joey Dawejko
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...The Tank (No. 12 USBA) scored his third straight first-round knockout when he 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 (13-3-2, 6 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. Dawejko made his debut for Peltz Boxing with an eight-round decision over another Philadelphian, Mark Rideout, on May 16 at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. 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 (No. 11 USBA) is managed by Mark Cipparone, of Rocco's Collision Service, in Mullica Hill, NJ. He returns Friday, March 6, at the 2300 Arena.
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. When he is not training, Garcia works part-time in construction.
Fred Jenkins, Jr. Who...Fred Jenkins, Jr.
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...This junior middleweight prospect 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 in South Philadelphia. Previously, Jenkins had 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 27-year-old Jenkins (9-1, 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. Jenkins returns Friday, March 6, at the 2300 Arena.
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.
Thomas LaManna Who...Thomas LaManna
From...Millville, NJ
The Facts...LaManna dug down deep and earned a unanimous six-round decision over game Gilbert Alex Sanchez, of Camden, NJ, on Dec.13 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. It was his first fight in the City of Brotherly Love. Earlier, LaManna (16-0, 7K0s) had scored his career-best win when he finished strong to earn an eight-round decision over Jamaal Davis, of Philadelphia, PA, on Aug. 23, at Bally's Atlantic City. That victory came on the heels of LaManna's April 12 eight-round win over Ahsandi Gibbs, of Tampla, FL, in the same ring. The 23-year-old LaManna is ranked by both the USBA (No. 4) and NABF among middleweights. He has boxed nine times in Atlantic City, where he is becoming an 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.
Amir Mansour Who...Amir Mansour
From...Wilmington, DE
The Facts...Mansour scored a bone-crunching seventh-round knockout over rock-chinned Fred Kassi, of New Orleans, LA, on Nov. 8 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Earlier in 2014, 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. 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. 1 USBA) has defeated Dominick Guinn, Maurice Harris and Epifanio Mendoza. He is trained by Calvin Davis and Howard Mosley.
Naim Nelson Who...Naim Nelson
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Pennsylvania lightweight champion Nelson was held to an eight-round draw by 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, including 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 Brunzon, of Philadelphia, on Oct. 18 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Previously, Perez had earned a six-round decision over Marcus Willis, of Fort Myers, FL, on Aug. 2 at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The 23-year-old Perez (13-3-1, 5 K0s) had dropped an eight-round split decision to Haiti's Wilky Campfort on Jan. 24 at Resorts International in Atlantic City. Perez earned an eight-round decision over Jamar Freeman, of Wilson, NC, on Aug. 24, 2013, at Bally's Atlantic City. In two previous fights in 2013, Perez out-pointed Dante Moore, of Cleveland, OH, over eight rounds and K0d Julius Kennedy, of Windsor Mill, MD, in five. Both fights were at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino. 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 trained by Willie Alejandro.
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 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 fishing and drag racing.
Jerome Rodriguez Who...Jerome Rodriguez
From...Allentown, PA
The Facts...Rodriguez was 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 shattered when he lost an eight-round decision to unbeaten Naim Nelson,of Philadelphia, at the 2300 Arena. The 28-year-old Rodriguez (6-2-3, 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. Rodriguez' 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. Jerome is managed by Jimmy Deoria.
Jason Sosa Who...Jason Sosa
From...Berlin, NJ
The Facts...The 26-year-old Sosa (13-1-3, 9 K0s) blew away Juan Cruz, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, in two rounds on Oct. 18 at Catano, Puerto Rico. It was Sosa's eighth straight knockout. Sosa had scored his biggest win when he K0d Michael Brooks, of Long Island, in the ninth round April 12 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. 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 ranked No. 1 in the USBA, No. 31 by the WBC. He's back Friday, March 6, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia against Bergman Aguilar, of Costa Rica.
Todd Unthank-may Who...Todd Unthank-may
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Back in the gym and ready to go, Todd looks for big things to happen eith his career. He blew out Kentrell Claiborne, of Fort Worth, TX, in two rounds Nov. 16, 2013, at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, but has been idle since. Todd (8-0, 3 K0s) also out-pointed lefty Michael Wilmer, of Huntington, WV, over six rounds June 15 at the Valley Forge Casino. Previously, Todd got off the deck in the first round to earn a unanimous four-round decision over Tanael Goyco, of Philadelphia, in their rematch Dec. 8 at Temple University's McGonigle Hall. He also had out-pointed Goyco over four rounds on Sept. 14, 2012, at Harrahs Philadelphia 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, who recently signed with Peltz Boxing, scored a unanimous decision over fellow-Philadelphian Gerald Smith on Oct. 18 in their six-round lightweight contest at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. That win brought Vasquez' seven-year pro record to 17-9-1, 7 K0s. In his only other fight in 2014, Vasquez lost a tight eight-round decision to Osnel Charles, of Atlantic City, NJ. The 31-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 and his arms and legs. Currently managed and trained by Walt Moore, Vasquez returns Friday, March 6, at the 2300 Arena against Jose Guzman, of The Bronx, NY.


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