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Anthony Burgin Who...Anthony Burgin
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Burgin (7-0, 1 K0) moved to lightweight with a six-round decision over fellow-Philadelphian Ramon Ellis on May 16 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Previously, Burgin ended a seven-month layoff and got off the floor to beat Frank Trader in another all-Philadelphia six-rounder April 12 at Bally's Atlantic City. Burgin had outpointed Jose Del Valle, of the Bronx, NY, over four rounds on Aug. 24, 2013, at Bally's. Burgin 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.
Osnel Charles Who...Osnel Charles
From...Atlantic City, NJ
The Facts...Charles dropped a six-round decision to unbeaten New Yorker Bryant Cruz on May 16 at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Prior to that, Charles had 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 for five years, Charles (10-9-1, 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. Charles enjoys cooking Caribbean, Spanish and Italian dishes. Charles fights Rolando Chinea, of Lancaster, PA,on July 25 in Wyomissing, PA.
Edner Cherry Who...Edner Cherry
From...Wauchula, FL
The Facts...Cherry ended a 14-month layoff April 4 in Philadelphia, scoring an eight-round decision over Robert Osiobe, of Nigeria. Cherry suffered a head butt from Osiobe which required six stitches over his left eye and will keep him out of action until August, but the win got him back into the IBF world junior lightweight rankings at No. 14; No. 16 in the WBC. 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.
Ronald Cruz Who...Ronald Cruz
From...Bethlehem, PA
The Facts...Cruz' first trip to Las Vegas did not turn out the way he had planned as he lost a 10-round decision to unbeaten lefty Errol Spence, Jr., of Desoto, TX, on June 27 at the Hard Rock Casino. Previously, Cruz lost a 10-round decision to cross-state rival Kermit Cintron, of Reading, PA, on March 15 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Cruz (20-4, 15 K0s) had knocked out Rodolfo Armenta, of Rio Rico, AZ; Alberto Morales, of Miami, FL, and Hector Munoz, of Albuquerque, NM, in three fights in the second half of 2013 at the Sands. Back-to-back losses to Ray Narh, of Ghana, in 2013, and to Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, in 2012, had stalled Cruz' career. 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. 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. He will be out of action until later in 2014.
Jamaal Davis Who...Jamaal Davis
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Davis (14-11-1, 6 K0s) lost in the second round to Jorge Melendez, of Puerto Rico, on Oct. 5 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 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. 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 returns Aug. 23 at Bally's against unbeaten Thomas LaManna, of Millville, NJ, over eight rounds.
Joe Dawejko Who...Joe Dawejko
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Dawejko made his debut for Peltz Boxing with an eight-round decision over fellow-Philadelphian Mark Rideout on May 16 at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. He also had beaten the previously undefeated Rideout in the amateurs. He prepared for that win by spending a week in Austria sparring with world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. The 24-year-old Dawejko is 10-3-2, 3 K0s, but, before signing with Peltz Boxing, he had made a career out of taking hard fights, out of town and on short notice. Though he had been under promotional contract to someone else, Dawejko was making his own career decisions and taking fights to pay the bills. In the amateurs, Dawejko defeated current heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings. When he is not fighting, Dawejko works as a roofer. He returns Aug. 2 at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City against fellow-Philadelphian David Williams over eight rounds.
Ismael Garcia Who...Ismael Garcia
From...Vineland, NJ
The Facts...Garcia, a junior middleweight, scored his biggest win March 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, 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 Hamid-El. When he is not training, Garcia works part-time in construction. He returns Saturday, Aug. 23, against Gilbert Alex Sanchez, of Camden, NJ, in a six-rounder at Bally's.
Mike Jones Who...Mike Jones
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...After more than two years on the sidelines, Jones returns Saturday, Aug. 23, at Bally's Atlantic City when he takes on crowd-pleasing Jaime Herrera, of Franklin Park, IL, in the scheduled 10-round main event. 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. After that loss, Jones left Philadelphia and now lives in Henderson, NV. Jones (26-1, 19 K0s) earned his world title slot by shutting down Argentine Sebastian Lujan on Dec. 3, 2011, at Madison Square Garden. The 31-year-old Jones also has defeated Jesus Soto-Karass (twice), Henry Bruseles, Hector Munoz, Juliano Ramos and Pito Cardona.
Thomas LaManna Who...Thomas LaManna
From...Millville, NJ
The Facts...Fresh off his April 12 eight-round win 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 six months. It also earned him a No. 20 rating among junior middleweights by the NABF, though he is now fighting as a middleweight. As a 160-pounder, LaManna is ranked No. 8 by the USBA. 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. He's back Aug. 23 at Ballys against Philly's Jamaal Davis in an eight-round fight.
Amir Mansour Who...Amir Mansour
From...Wilmington, DE
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. In his previous fight last 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 managed by Joe Hand. Mansour plans another assault on the heavyweight division.
Naim Nelson Who...Naim Nelson
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Pennsylvania lightweight champion Nelson 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 K0) had ended a 10-month layoff Jan. 31 when he earned an eight-round split decision over another Philadelphian, Christian Steele, at Harrahs 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.
DeCarlo Perez Who...DeCarlo Perez
From...Egg Harbor Township, NJ
The Facts...Perez dropped an 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 to earn an eight-round decision over 6-foot-1 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 scored a fifth-round K0 over Julius Kennedy, 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. He's back Aug. 2 at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, now as a full middleweight, against Marcus Willis, of Fort Myers, FL.
Nathaniel Rivas Who...Nathaniel Rivas
From...Lindenwold, NJ
The Facts...This 21-year-old welterweight is 4-0 as a pro, including a four-round decision over New York's Jovan Sosa on May 16 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Prior to that, Rivas scored a third-round knockout over Terrell James, of Philadelphia, PA, on March 15 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. He also 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. Rivas is taking some time off due to an injured right hand suffered against Sosa.
Jerome Rodriguez Who...Jerome Rodriguez
From...Allentown, PA
The Facts...Rodriguez had his unbeaten record shattered when he lost an eight-round decision to unbeaten Naim Nelson,of Philadelphia, at the 2300 Arena. The 27-year-old Rodriguez (6-1-3, 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, managed by Jimmy Deoria, returns Aug. 9 at the Sands..
Jason Sosa Who...Jason Sosa
From...Berlin, NJ
The Facts...The 26-year-old Sosa (12-1-3, 8 K0s) scored his biggest win when he K0d Michael Brooks, of Long Island, in the ninth round April 12 at Bally's Atlantic City. It was Sosa's seventh consecutive knockout. 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 managed by Chino Rivas and Adrien Soto and trained by Rivas. In world ratings, the WBC lists him No. 30. He also is No. 1 in the USBA.
David Williams Who...David Williams
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Williams comes off a disappointing loss to lefty Dan Pasciolla, of Brick, NJ, in his last fight April 12 at Bally's Atlantic City. It appeared that Willliams had done enough to earn a draw,which is how one judge scored it. A pro since 2003, the 37-year-old Williams has been in there with some of the best, including world-rated heavyweights Bryant Jennings, of Philadelphia, PA, and Arthur Szpilka, of Chicago, IL. Williams is managed and trained by Rob Taylor. He's back Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City against Joey Dawejko, of Philadelphia, in an eight-round bout.
Hasan Young Who...Hasan Young
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...This junior welterweight registered four knockdowns en route to a lopsided six-round decision over Justin Johnson, of Pittsburgh, PA, on Jan. 24 at Resorts International in Atlantic City, NJ. Previously, Young had scored the biggest win of his brief career when Julio DeJesus, of Vineland, NJ, failed to answer the bell for the sixth round of their scheduled eight-rounder Sept. 13, 2013, at Harrah's Philadelphia. Young (5-1-1, 2 K0s) has the talent to go places and he also showed it June 14, 2013, when he outclassed Ariel Duran, of Brooklyn, NY, over six rounds at the Sands Casino Resort Betthlehem. Young's brief pro career includes a first-round knockout over fellow-Philadelphia Josue Rivera on Dec. 8, 2012, at McGonigle Hall on the campus of Temple University. The 23-year-old Young also boxed a draw with unbeaten lefty Jerome Rodriguez in Bethlehem in a fight Young accepted on one day's notice. Young is trained by Bozy Ennis. Young's great grandfather was Otis Graham, who boxed as a welterweight and middleweight in the 1940s and 1950s.


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