By Robert Coster
Philadelphia is a city of boxing tradition and talent. Among the prospects springing up in the city of brotherly love today is 26 year-old super middleweight Dennis Hasson (10-0, 3 KOs) who himself grew in a family and household steeped in boxing tradition. For one, Hasson counts Hall-of-Famer light heavyweight champion Tommy Loughran as maternal grand uncle; brothers, sister, cousins have all laced up the gloves in the Hasson family. And to top it all, Dennis was born on Tusculum Street where the film “Rocky” was initially shot. “As I see it, I was destined to be a boxer,” quips Dennis.
Hasson turned pro in 2008 after being one of the top amateurs in the US: he racked up a 94-16 record, a silver medal at the US National Amateur Championships in 2006 and was a member of the US national team, traveling all over the world to defend the national colors.
When asked why he waited so long to turn pro, Hasson mentions trying to make the US Olympic team on two occasions. “I came close but didn’t quite make it,” says Dennis.
On turning pro, Hasson was signed up by legendary Philadelphia promoter Russell Peltz, a man quick to recognize talent. Contrary to the fiery, brawling style of Philly fighters, Dennis Hasson considers himself a technical boxer who likes to take his time. “My best asset in the ring has always been my brain, says Dennis, I try to figure out my opponent and methodically break him down.”
In his last fight, Hasson decisioned experienced trial horse Alberto Mercedes. “Every fight is a step forward, mentions Dennis, I now hope to go to the next level in terms of opposition, get TV exposure and, hopefully, fight for a regional title next year.”