By Kurt Wolfheimer
The National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia, PA will be abuzz on Friday night April 26th, when two fan favorites and rising lightweight prospects battle it out for the USBC lightweight title. Greg Robinson’s Power Productions has put together a card with a potential Philly fight of the year candidate, when popular Philly lightweight sensation Angel Ocasio (7-0-2, 2 KOs) takes on Delaware fan favorite and much more experienced “Rockin” Ryan Belasco (18-5-3, 3 KOs).
Ocasio has quickly become one of the most popular fighters in the Philly area for his superior boxing abilities that far surpass his nine fight professional career. The twenty-three year old from North Philadelphia became the first professional ever to stop tough Lebanon, PA veteran Esteban Rodriguez in his last bout. The MAK Boxing Management lightweight sensation knows his time is now and is ready to really step up the pace. When promoter Greg Robinson offered the title bout against the more experienced Belasco, Ocasio jumped at the opportunity.
Belasco also has his sights set on the future and knows a win over Ocasio will put a signature victory on his resume and place him in line with the top lightweights in the region. The twenty-eight year old from Wilmington, Delaware enters the ring on a four fight win streak. In his last bout, he avenged an earlier loss with a split decision victory over Bryne Green.
Who will be the lightweight prospect that steps up and raises himself to become one of the top lightweights in the region? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain, the fight will be a sure fire classic and will appropriately represent the card titled Philly Barn Burner V.
The co-feature of the evening is a will be six round super featherweight contest featuring Philly’s Frank Trader (9-1, 2 KOs). The highly talented Trader recently bounced back from his first loss as a professional, with a majority decision victory over rugged Georgian Georgi Kevlishvili (12-4, 3 KOs). His opponent will be announced shortly.
Talented super featherweight Tevin “The American Idol” Farmer (9-4-1, 1 KO is back in action. Farmer’s willingness to take on anybody anywhere has led to his deceiving record. Farmer will face Greg Coverson, Jr. (3-5, 2 KOs) of the fighting city of Detroit, Michigan in the six round contest. Coverson junior has tested the likes of top prospects such as Chris Hazimihalis (9-0, 7 KOs) and Juan Garcia (13-1, 8 KOs).
Undefeated Philly super featherweight Wahid Raheem (3-0,1 KO) returns to the ring after a four year layoff when he faces heavy handed Tyrone Luckey (5-2-1, 5 KOs) of Middletown, New Jersey in an evenly matched six round scrap.
Highly touted former amateur super featherweight sensation Anthony “Bad boy” Burgin (3-0,1 KO) of North Philadelphia, PA looks to continue his dominance as professional when he faces rugged Philadelphian Tommie “Big Poppa” in a four round super middleweight contest.
If you believe boxing is in your genes, then you definitely want to see undefeated super middleweight Isiah Seldon (6-0, 3 KOs) in his four round bout. The Somers Point, New Jersey resident is the son of former WBA heavyweight champion Bruce “The Atlantic City Express” Seldon. The former heavyweight champion will be in his corner for the bout.
Also on the star studded card will be Philly junior welterweight sensation David Gonzalez (1-0) in a four round contest against the dreaded fighter to be announced.
Philly light heavyweight Charles Hayward looks to bounce back on the winning track after three consecutive losses, when he swaps punches over four rounds with Queens, New York’s Abdellah Smith (2-5, 2 KOs).
Rounding out the card will be a sure fire Philly gym war as two debuting heavyweights from “The City of Brotherly Love” battle it out in a four round contest when Dante Selby goes up against Aaron Leonard in the opening bout of the evening.
Tickets for the exciting night of boxing $75, $50 and $40 and can be purchased by calling Power Productions at 267-584-5196.
Doors open at 6:30PM
First Bout is set for 7:30PM