By Rick Scharmberg
Unbeaten former amateur standout Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson (14-0, 5 KOs) will meet journeyman Daniel Judah (23-9-3, 10 KOs) in the light heavyweight co-feature on Friday, August 31 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, DE. The main event will feature “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey (10-0, 1 KO) facing upset-minded “Lethal” Lindsay Garbatt (7-5, 3 KOs) in a ten round bout for the WBC Silver super featherweight title. Hall of Fame former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes will also be in attendance to support his grandson, featherweight Jeffrey Dorsey, who will be making his pro debut. “People will love him,” stated Holmes. “He is a miniature Larry Holmes, with my jab and all.”
Hailing from Philadelphia, but now residing in Delaware, Dennis Hasson seemingly had it all. As an amateur, Dennis won a National Golden Gloves bronze medal in the 178-pound open class in 2005 and 2006, and he participated in the Olympic Trials in 2007. Although he did not make the team, he got valuable experience training under Al Mitchell and former Olympic gold medalist and world champion David Reid. When he turned pro in 2008, Dennis was the #2-ranked 178-pounder in the United States.
Hasson fought 11 times in his first two years as a pro, beating current USBA cruiserweight champion Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson along the way. Then, after making his Atlantic City debut with a decision over Tommie Speller, a combination of managerial, promotional, and personal problems interfered, and he was out of action for 17 months, including all of 2011.
Then, fate intervened. Hasson was introduced to former middleweight champion Dave “TNT” Tiberi, who was in the process of starting up a managerial company called Champs Management. They hit it off, and now Hasson trains under Tiberi at the Elsmere Boxing Club in Wilmington, DE. Under Champs’ guidance, Hasson will be making his fourth start in 2012 when he steps into the ring against Daniel Judah.
Hasson is a classy boxer with a dominating jab and ring generalship. He also possesses a Philadelphian’s fighting heart. His new team will not only support him as a fighter, but as a man. By fighting regularly again, Dennis is well on his way to reaching his vast potential, and is sure to become an immediate fan favorite with the appreciative Rollins Center fight crowd.
Crowd favorite Anthony “The Bull” Caputo Smith (13-0, 10 KOs) will match his heavy fists with Kevin “Hitman” Engel (18-6, 15 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout.
John “Church Boy” Bowman (3-0) looks to keep his unbeaten record intact in front of his hometown fans when he faces Steven Tyner (3-5-2, 2 KOs) in a super middleweight contest.
Reuel Williams (6-1, 2 KOs) will face James Denson (5-9, 2 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout.
Super featherweight Omar “Super O” Douglas (5-0, 3 KOs) and super middleweight “Mighty” Mike Tiberi (19-1, 7 KOs) will also appear in separate bouts against opponents to be determined.
Tickets are priced between $40 and $200 and can be purchased by calling 800-711-5882.
Doors open at 6:30pm with the first bout starting at 7pm.