By Rick Scharmberg
Delaware’s own Dave “TNT” Tiberi and his partners at Champs Management bring big-time boxing to the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware on Friday August 2. “Boxing at the Bob” will feature a world-class main event with “The New” Ray Robinson (15-2, 6 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA taking on red hot Ray “The Emperor” Nahr (26-2, 21 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY via Accra, Ghana in a twelve round bout for the vacant USBA welterweight title. In the co-feature, WBA #9-ranked Dorin Spivey (42-6, 30 KOs), of Portsmouth, VA puts his NABA lightweight title on the line against unbeaten Samuel Kotey “Unbelievable” Neequaye (20-0, 15 KOs), also from Accra, Ghana in a ten rounder. “There is a big buzz around both of these fights. This card features the hottest combined main and co-main events on the East Coast right now,” stated Tiberi. “The main event fighters are hungry and are fighting for a world ranking, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Spivey and Neequaye stood toe-to-toe in the middle of the ring for ten rounds.”
Champs Management’s initial promotion came last February 8 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE. The card was a huge success and people are still talking about it to this day. Why not do a follow-up show at the same venue?
“We were looking at the Bob Carpenter Center as another opportunity for Champs Management to make an impact and give more fans an opportunity to attend live boxing for a while now,” explained Tiberi. “Chase had a tight schedule, and we wanted to do a bigger arena, so here we are. We plan on putting on another show at the Chase Center in October.”
The Bob Carpenter Center is perhaps best known for hosting the opening round of the 2012 Women’s NCAA basketball tournament, and the home court of the Lady Blue Hens and its record-breaking star and current WNBA rookie of the year candidate, Elena Delle Donne. The venue holds 5,000 fans for basketball, and 6,000 for boxing.
“We will be utilizing both venues, which are located on both ends of New Castle County. This gives us more flexibility, which is great for the fighters and the fans. We kept the prices affordable; you can buy a ticket for as little as twenty-five dollars.” stated Tiberi.
Dave Tiberi, known as “Delaware’s Uncrowned Champ” from his days as a pro fighter (even though he did win the IBC middleweight title) is no stranger to the promotional side of the business.
His former company, TNT Promotions, has promoted fights all over the state, including Wilmington, Hockessin, Newark, and as far south as Dover and Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.
Ray Robinson, a tall southpaw, has reeled off four straight wins since losing a nationally-televised decision to highly ranked and still unbeaten Shawn Porter. One of those victories was a convincing second round TKO over former Olympic bronze medalist Terrance Cauthen.
Seasoned and relentless, Ray Nahr is coming off his biggest win, a nationally-televised upset of Ronald Cruz in June. Prior to being stopped to highly-regarded Mike Alvarado in three rounds back in 2011, Narh sent longtime world champion Freddie Norwood into retirement with a convincing ten round decision.
Still fighting – and winning – at age 40, Dorin Spivey is unbeaten in his last seven fights under the guidance of Dee Lee Promotions. The only thing missing from his long resume is a world championship, and he hopes a victory over heavy-handed upstart Samuel Kotey Neequaye will move him one step closer to that goal.
As always, the matchmaker is Nick Tiberi, who is finalizing the details of what will surely be another of his well-matched cards.
Popular light heavyweight Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone (14-2, 2 KOs) will face tough Philadelphian Taneal Goyco (4-6-1, 2 KOs) in a six round bout. Filippone, who has a unique, crowd-pleasing style, is a police officer in Virginia Beach, VA. He also fights under the Dee Lee banner.
Contracts are in the process of being signed for rising star Omar “Super O” Douglas (8-0, 6 KOs), “Jolt’in” Joey Tiberi (9-1, 5 KOs), and Andrew “The Doo Man” Farmer (16-2, 7 KOs). Their opponents will be announced shortly, along with one additional bout.
Tickets are priced at $25, $35, $45, $65, and $95. They can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster, calling the University of Delaware box office on 1-800-745-3000, or from Champs Management on 1-302-235-2500 ext. 32.
First bout: 7PM