This Friday night, the first big boxing of the new decade in Philadelphia will take place as USBA junior middleweight champion, Derek “Pooh” Ennis will take on Edwin Vazquez in an eight round non-title bout that will highlight an eight bout card at The Arena in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The card is promoted by Greg Robinson’s Power Productions in association with River Edge Beverage Company. Ennis of Philadelphia will be looking to improve upon his record that currently stands at (19-2-1, 12 KOs) and will be looking to carry the momentum of a seven fight win streak. In that streak, Ennis has scored three knockouts and is coming off a career best win when he scored an exciting twelve round unanimous decision over Eromosele Albert on October 16th at The Legendary Blue Horizon to capture the USBA junior middleweight title.
A win over Vazquez will pave the way for Ennis’ first title defense that is tentatively penciled in for April 9th.
Vazquez of Santurce, Puerto Rico has a record of (22-14-2, 8 KOs) and is looking for a win in the worst way as he has dropped five straight contests.
Those losses have come to some of the top welterweights and junior middleweights as Vazquez has lost to Matthew Hatton (30-3-1); Zab Judah (34-5); Eric Mitchell (20-4-1); Euri Gonzalez (16-0-1) and his most recent outing, Vazquez was stopped in four rounds to Cuban super prospect Erislandy Lara (5-0) on May 22nd in Miami.
Ironically Ennis and Vazquez were scheduled to meet on February 15th, 2008 but Ennis failed to make weight and Mitchell stepped in on less than twenty-four hours notice to score a very close unanimous decision.
An exciting undercard has been put together that will feature of the area’s most popular and top prospects.
In a six round co-feature, popular Victor Vasquez (10-3, 5 KOs) takes on Gustavo Dailey (4-7, 1 KO) in a battle of Philadelphia lightweights.
Vasquez is riding a two fight win streak and the always crowd pleasing fighter, who is a licensed barber will look to cut down Dailey.
Vasquez is coming off a six round unanimous decision over Tyric Robinson (9-4-1) on October 16th at The Legendary Blue Horizon.
Dailey has been matched very tough throughout his career and he has been very active as this will be his thirteenth fight in just under two years of pro experience.
Dailey is coming off the third fight of his trilogy with Maryland prospect, Tyrell Samuel.
Dailey scored a major upset when scored a six round split decision over Samuel last July in Samuel’s backyard in Maryland. The two engaged in a return bout two months later that saw Samuel win by an eight round unanimous decision. The two fought a rubber match in November and once again Samuel scored a five round technical decision after a cut opened up over Samuel’s right eye.
In a second six round co-feature, Northeast Philadelphian, Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante battles Andre Hemphill in a Light Heavyweight bout.
Ferrante, (8-0, 4 KOs) an eight round majority decision over Billy Bailey at The Arena on July 10th.
Ferrante recently came off a six week stint as the main sparring partner for the legendary Bernard Hopkins as Hopkins prepared for his December 2nd win over Enrique Ornelas.
Hemphill, also of Philadelphia has a record of (8-13-2, 5 KOs) has been in with top competition and this will be the THIRTEENTH undefeated opponent that he has stepped into the ring with which includes his last fight where he took a fight with Jeremiah Graziano on less then twenty-four hours notice and Hemphill was stopped in the first round of the October 2nd bout at The Legendary Blue Horizon.
Good looking super featherweight prospect, Coy Evans of Philadelphia risks his undefeated mark that stands at (5-0-1) when he takes on Vinesh Rungea of the United Kingdom.
Evans is coming off an impressive victory over thirty-five fight veteran Carlos Diaz on October 16th at The Legendary Blue Horizon
Rungea is much like Hemphill as his record, (2-14-3), looks deceiving due to his high level opposition. He has faced seven undefeated fighters which includes his most recent outing which was a first round knockout defeat to highly regarded Rances Barthelemy on August 28th in Hollywood, Florida.
In a four round light heavyweight bout, Tommie “Big Poppa” Speller, (4-3, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia takes on Dave Cook, (3-3, 2 KOs) in a four round bout.
6’4” middleweight, Derrick Webster, (3-0, 2 KOs) of Glassboro, New Jersey will battle Antonio Walls, (2-2, 1 KO) of Washington, DC.
Wahid Raheem, who is the brother of lightweight contender and former U.S. Olympian Zahir Raheem, 3-0 with one stoppage of Philadelphia will square off with Eilud Torres (2-1-2, 1 KO) of Allentown, PA in a four round lightweight bout.
Rounding out the bill will be cruiserweight, Charles Heyward (2-2,1 KO) of Philadelphia seeing action in a four round cruiserweight tussle.
Tickets for this outstanding night of boxing are priced at $75, $65 and $40 and can be purchased by calling Power Productions at 215-240-9987; Ticketmaster at 215-336-2000 or The Arena at 267-687-7560.