Unbeaten super bantamweight Teon Kennedy will face his most experienced opponent as a pro when he boxes crowd-pleasing southpaw Paulino Villalobos, of Veracruz, Mexico, in an eight-round contest Friday evening, March 6, at the Legendary Blue Horizon. Topping the seven-fight card will be Mike Jones’ first defense of his NABA welterweight title in a 10-round match with Larry Mosley.
Kennedy, 22, won the 2004 National Golden Gloves flyweight championship. As a pro, he is 11-0, 5 K0s, with his biggest wins coming over Castulo Gonzalez, of Lowell, MA, by decision, and over Thomas Snow, of Washington, DC, by knockout.
In his last fight Nov. 14 at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia, Kennedy pounded out a one-sided, six-round decision over Felipe Almanza, of Lorica, Colombia.
Villalobos, 37, is 27-39-2, 16 K0s, and he has fought some of the best. His list of foes is a virtual Who’s Who of flyweights and bantamweights: Antonio Escalante, Cruz Carbajal, Mike Oliver, Oscar Andrade, Nonito Donaire, Al Seeger, Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson and Melchor Cob Castro.
In his last fight July 18 in Tucson, AZ, Villalobos upset previously unbeaten (12-0-2) Jesus Ruiz, of Nogales, Mexico, scoring an eight-round decision.
Villalobos does well against unbeaten prospects. He is the only man to beat Puerto Rican prospect (5-0) Jonas Hernandez, earning a six-round decision on Jan. 26, 2007, in Cicero, IL. A pro since 1989, Villalobo s has been stopped just six times in 68 fights.
The March 6 card represents a return to the Blue Horizon after eight years for Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, who began his career there as a 22-year-old in 1969. He is promoting this card with Joe Hand Promotions, Inc.
Tickets for the March 6 card are priced at $45 and $60. They are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. (215-765-0922) and at the offices of Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. (215-364-9000). They also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com.