By Rick Scharmberg
Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone (12-2-1, 2 KOs) will replace Dennis Hasson in the main event this Friday night at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Filippone, who eagerly accepted what will be his second fight in just two weeks, will face Kevin “Hitman” Engle (20-6, 16 KOs) in the ten round main event. They will be fighting for the interim NABA light heavyweight title, which comes with a top-15 ranking in the WBA. “Dennis injured his ribs in training,” said Dave Tiberi, of Champs Management. “Frank Filippone is a throwback. It is ironic that we will be honoring Delaware police, and Dennis is a police officer in Virginia. He is humble and excited about getting this opportunity.”
Filippone is one of those special fighters who can make you miss while standing right in front of you, as he displayed in a shutout victory over hard-charging Richard Starnino just two weeks ago on January 25 in Dover, Delaware.
Filippone’s opponent, Kevin Engel, defeated eight-one fight veteran Shannon Miller in his last bout, and stopped previously unbeaten Anthony Caputo Smith in the bout before that. Engel should be commended for accepting a tricky southpaw on short notice. With the mesh of styles, the new main event should be just as good as the original one.
In the co-feature, “The New” Ray Robinson (14-2, 6 KOs) tackles hard-hitting Alberto Morales (11-1-1, 8 KOs) in a ten round bout for the interim NABA welterweight title. “This is a great slugger versus boxer matchup. Morales likes to bang, and few boxers can move like Ray. This is a good matchup where both guys can showcase their skills,” said Tiberi.
“Rockin” Ryan Belasco (17-5-3, 3 KOs) will have revenge on his mind when he battles Bryne Green (7-5-1, 3 KOs) in a six round lightweight grudge match. In 2011, Green edged Belasco with a tight, controversial split decision in Chester, Pennsylvania.
In an eight round women’s super-featherweight bout, Melissa “Little Miss Tyson” St. Vil (3-1-2) will meet unbeaten Canadian Natasha Spence (6-0-1, 5 KOs).
Joey Tiberi (7-1, 5 KOs) takes on Moses Molina (1-2, 1 KO) in a four round lightweight match.
Luis Hernandez will make his pro debut against Curtis Morton (1-3-2) in a four round welterweight bout.
All ticket holders will be invited to stay for a two-hour after party, featuring the music of popular local rock band Love Seed Mama Jump.
Tickets are priced at $45, $65, $85, and $150 and can be purchased by calling 302-888-2853 or by visiting www.Champsmanagement.com.