The ‘Jersey Boy’ Glen Tapia is back in action, taking on Keenan Collins tonight at Bally’s Atlantic City. Tapia, fighting at junior middleweight, has a record of 20-1 with 12 KOs. Collins is 15-8-3, 10 KOs. The main event is scheduled for 10 rounds. This will be Tapia’s first bout since he took on and lost to James Kirkland in December. Tapia, from Passaic, NJ, trained for weeks with ‘Trainer of the Year’ Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym and then at the Trinity Gym in New York during fight week of Cotto vs Martinez.
Tapia weighed in at 154.8 lbs., while Collins scaled in at 156 lbs.
Also appearing on the card will be unbeaten middleweight puncher Jesse Hart, the fighting son of Philadelphia legend Eugene ‘Cyclone’ Hart. Hart has a record of 13-0, 10 KOs. He will take on Shujaa El Amin, 12-5, 6 KOs, of Flint, Michigan. Hart is one of the best young contenders at Top Rank.
Other featured boxers include:
Toka Khan Clary, a tremendously skilled and action 11-0, 8 KOs, featherweight contender from New England.
Olympian Egidijus Kavaliaukas, a hard punching 5-0, 4 KO, welterweight from Lithuania.
Michael Reed, a 9-0, 6 KO, junior welterweight from Washington DC.
Julian Rodriguez, an unbeaten 3-0 junior welterweight from Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
The Top Rank card will be in the Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $75, $50 plus applicable fees and are available now at the Bally’s box office and at Ticketmaster.com. First Bell is 7 pm.