Report and photos by John DiSanto Philly Boxing History (.com)
Three Philadelphia fighters will box on the upcoming September 8th fight card at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. All of them, Steve Cunningham, Bryant Jennings, and Karl Dargan, participated in an open workout for the media at West Philly’s James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym on Monday.
Cunningham, a former two-time cruiserweight champion, moves up to the heavyweight division for the first time and fights Florida-based Jason Gavern, 21-10-4 (10 KO). Cunningham, 24-4 (12 KO), used to fighting at 200 pounds, plans to weigh in at around 208 pounds for the 10-round fight. “It’s David & Goliath,” Cunningham said of his move up to boxing’s glamour division. “But it’s still going to be the same Steve Cunningham.”
Heavyweight Bryant Jennings, 14-0 (6 KO), fights Chris Koval, 25-9 (18 KO), on September 8th, but everyone on media day was more interested in when the #8-ranked contender thought he would be ready to fight for the heavyweight crown.
“Everybody wants to wants to know when I’ll be ready for one of the Klitschkos,” Jennings said. “I think my greatest achievement would be defeating either one of the Klitschko brothers. I’m ready. No thought about it.”
Lightweight Karl Dargan, 10-0 (5 KO) returns after a one-year layoff to face Jesse Carradine, 8-1-1 (4 KO) on the card. At the media workout, Dargan said the fight with Carradine will be the start of a more active period for him, with as many as three fights happening before the close of 2012.
“This next year coming up is going to be crazy,” Dargan said.
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