By Kurt Wolfheimer
KEA Boxing is set to kick off the Memorial Day weekend with their second exciting installment of the “Boxing at the Woodlands” series on Saturday, May 23rd. Headlining the show at the beautiful Woodlands Inn & Resort in Wilkes-Barre, PA will be a six round heavyweight clash featuring former Scranton Police Officer, Jason Gavern (17-5-3, 8KO’s) and the always dangerous heavyweight Willie Perryman (10-19, 7KO’s) of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Another hometown hero is also slated for action in the six round co-feature of the evening as Old Forge, PA’s own Anthony Cusumano (3-2-1, 2KO’s) will swap punches 6’3” super featherweight Nathan Francis (2-5, 1KO).
Gavern, the 2001 Golden Gloves champion, is looking to build on the solid performance of his one sided victory over 353 pound behemoth Michael Rhodes on April 11th at the Woodlands, when he faces Willie Perryman, a true gatekeeper of the heavyweight division. Perryman has tested some of the top heavyweight prospects and will provide quite a test for Gavern. The combined record of Perryman’s last four opponents is an almost unheard of (69-1, 51KO’s). Perryman packs a powerful punch though, as shown when he broke the orbital bone of heavy handed slugger Big John Poore (20-3, 18KO’s) and almost pulled the upset.
Last month at the Woodlands, it was Gavern who was tested by the oddity in the 353 pound Rhodes, this time it will be Old forge PA’s Anthony Cusumano, who at 5’5” tall, will try to handle the extremely tall super 6’ 3” super featherweight Nathan Francis. Cusumano who prefers to trade on the inside will have to find a way to negate the incredible reach of Francis if he is to continue his winning ways.
Also scheduled to appear on the undercard is undefeated lightweight sensation Antonio “Tony the Tiger” Espinosa (10-0, 1KO), against the always deadly opponent to be determined in a six round clash. Espinosa showed the town of Wilkes-Barre that he is ready to take it to the next level, winning every round against Durrell Martin in April at the Woodlands.
Two other fighters from the very same card will be competing, but will come into the show under different circumstances. Lightweight “Pretty Boy” Clinton Douglas (2-3-2) and middleweight April Richards (0-1) will look to rebound from losses and have recommitted themselves to the game. Douglass will try to get back on track when he faces Jean Ramos (0-2). Richards, who lost a close toe to toe battle with Julie Albanese that had the crowd on the feet throughout, will face an opponent to be determined in a four rounder.
Two other bouts are expected to be added.
The Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre, PA offers a restaurant, four bars and a Hotel that is the ideal setting for fans looking to enjoy a great night at a reasonable price. This is world class boxing in an intimate setting that is hosted by the owners who are boxing enthusiasts. A combination like this will bring many nights of quality action packed entertainment to those KEA BOXING fans, which have enjoyed the extras and have come to expect nothing less.
The Woodlands Inn and Resort is located in the foothills of the beautiful Pocono Mountains and is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstates 80, 81 and 84.
For more information contact the Woodlands Inn and Resort at 574-824-9831
Doors open: 7PM
First Bout: 7:30PM
Tickets pricing as follows: VIP-$100, Reserved-$60, General Admission-$40