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

Ryan Belasco Who...Ryan Belasco
From...Wilmington, DE
The Facts...Junior welterweight Belasco traded knockdowns but came out on the short end of a six-round decision in his Oct. 2 rematch with David Gonzales, of Philadelphia, at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. Five months earlier, Belasco had rallied to earn a six-round draw with Gonzales in the same ring. Prior to those matches, Belasco boxed an eight-round draw with unbeaten Naim Nelson, another Philadelphian, at the Valley Forge (PA) Casino Resort. A pro since 2006, Belasco has a record of 18-7-5, 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...Junior middleweight Garcia dropped Fred Jenkins, Jr., in the first round and went on to score a four-round decision in their Oct. 2 fight at the 2300 Arena in the loser's backyard. Previously, Garcia has scored a first-round knockout over Tommy Ayers, of Cincinnati, OH, on May 8 at the 2300 Arena. Garcia also out-pointed Jersey rival Alex Sanchez over six rounds Aug. 23, 2014, at Bally's Atlantic City. Earlier in 2014, Garcia (9-0-1, 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. The 28-year-old Garcia was born in Pahokee, FL, and he moved to Sacramento, CA; Springfield, MA, and Rock Hill, SC, before returning to Springfield and 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. He returns Dec. 12 in Charlotte, NC.
Fred Jenkins, Jr. Who...Fred Jenkins, Jr.
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...On short notice, Jenkins put up a solid effort before losing a four-round decision to unbeaten Ismael Garcia, of Vineland, NJ, on Oct. 2 at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. Jenkins, a middleweight prospect, looked sluggish while losing a six-round decision to Jeff Lentz, of Lanoka Harbor, NJ, on March 6 at the 2300 Arena. Jenkins scored a first-round knockdown en route to a six-round decision over James Robinson, of York, PA, on Dec. 13, 2014, at the 2300 Arena. Jenkins registered his biggest win when he knocked out Jeremy Trussel, of Baltimore, MD, in two rounds July 29, 2014, at the 2300 Arena. A pro since 2011, the 28-year-old Jenkins (9-3, 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.
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 he wore down Joselito Collado, of Queens, NY, on Aug. 24, 2013, at Bally's Atlantic City. The 10-round decision victory 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 29-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 10-round draw in Las Vegas by Chris Martin, of Chula Vista, CA. A former USBA and NABA champion at 122 pounds, Kennedy 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.
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 came to fight Oct. 13 in Shelton, WA, but unbeaten Gerald Washington wanted no part of it and the official result was a 10-round draw Fans and TV announcers (FS1) were near unanimous in their opinion that Mansour got robbed. In his prior fight May 8, Mansour (No. 27 WBC) earned 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. Mansour, who is managed by Joe Hand, Sr., is 22-1-1, 16 K0s. He is trained by Calvin Davis.
Naim Nelson Who...Naim Nelson
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Pennsylvania lightweight champ Nelson faces his biggest test Dec. 18 when he ends a 14-month layoff against Mickey Bey (21-1-1, 10 K0s) at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Nelson boxed an eight-round draw with Ryan Belasco, of Wilmington, DE, on Oct. 4, 2014, at the Valley Forge (PA) Casino. Nelson had moved up to junior welterweight May 16, 2014, with an eight-round decision over Jerome Rodriguez, of Allentown, PA, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Nelson (12-0-1, 1 K0) also has beaten Christian Steele and Georgi Kevlishvili. The 25-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.
DeCarlo Perez Who...DeCarlo Perez
From...Egg Harbor Township, NJ
The Facts...Ranked No. 2 as a middleweight by the USBA, Perez scored his biggest win Aug. 28 in Las Vegas when earned a 10-round decision over previously unbeaten two-time Olympiam Juan Ublado Cabrera, of the Dominican Republic. The fight was televised on ShoBox. In his previous fight, Perez 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 (15-3-1, 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.
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 broke a three-fight losing streak Oct. 2 when Avery Sparrow, of Philadelphia, was disqualified in the sixth round for low blows at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. Sparrow had three points deducted earlier in the fight. In his previous match April 24 in Chicago, IL, 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. Rodriguez was out-pointed over six rounds by Raymond Serrano on Jan. 20 at the 2300 Arena. The 29-year-old Rodriguez (7-3-3, 2 K0s) scored his biggest win when he K0d Treysean Wiggins, of Newburgh, NY, in 2013. 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...On one week's notice, junior middleweight Sanchez outpointed Eric Kitt, of Pensacola, FL, over four rounds Aug. 15 in Atlantic City, NJ. Coming off a nice win Jan. 20 over lefty Robert Sweeney, of Virginia, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, 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 6-6-2, 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. He boxes Kyrone Davis, of Wilmington, DE, in an eight-round contest Sept. 22 at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA.
Jason Sosa Who...Jason Sosa
From...Berlin, NJ
The Facts...Sosa (18-1-3, 14 K0s) faces his biggest Saturday, Dec. 19, against unbeaten former WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (26-0, 21 K0s), of Jamaica, at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. HBO will televise. Sosa scored his 13th consecutive knockout when Jorge Pazos, of Guamuchil, Mexico, took the 10-count at 32 seconds of the sixth round on Oct. 2 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Previously, Sosa stopped former world-title challenger Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX, in the first round on Aug. 15 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Sosa had his New York coming-out party June 13 in Madison Square Garden when he K0d Santiago Bustos, of Spain, in five rounds before a wild crowd. Sosa, 27, is ranked No. 8 by the IBF, No. 13 by the WBO and No. 18 by the WBC. After winning one out of three amateur fights, Sosa turned pro in 2009. He is a graduate of Sterling High School and he is managed and trained by Raul Rivas, of Berlin, NJ.
Victor Vasquez Who...Victor Vasquez
From...Philadelphia, PA
The Facts...Vasquez lost his his three-fight winning streak when Tyrell Samuel, of Baltimore, then dropped him twice in the fourth round Oct. 2 for a TK0 win at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Ahead 29-28 on all three scorecards, Vasquez never recovered from a head butt early in the fourth. Previously, Vasquez (19-10-1, 9 K0s) stopped former two-time conqueror Osnel Charles, of Atlantic City, in four rounds Sept. 30 at the 2300 Arena. Vasquez also K0d Jose Guzman, of The Bronx, NY, in four rounds March 6 in the same ring. Vasquez earned a six-round 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 three amateur fights, 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 getting into street fights at school. Vasquez is managed by Walt Moura and trained by Moura.

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