Preview by Kurt Wolfheimer
There is a chill in the air as a possible snowstorm may hit the east coast on Thursday, but the Arena in South Philadelphia, Pa. will be hot and cozy on Friday night when Philly fan favorite Victor Vasquez (11-3, 6 KOs) takes on the always dangerous Carlos Vinan in a six-round lightweight slugfest. The nine-bout card promoted by KEA Boxing has a wide variety of prospects matched evenly in what is sure to be an evening that you won’t forget.
Vasquez of North Philadelphia has endeared himself to the Philly fight fans for his willingness to trade with anyone put in front of him. He will not have to look too far to find his opponent of Friday night, because Carlos Vinan (8-8-3, 1 KO) of Ecuador also refuses to take a backward step in the ring, so a close quarter war should be in order.
Vinan has a very deceptive record, having fought some of the top fighters in the lightweight division. The tough Ecuadorian’s last three opponents at the time he fought them, had an unbelievable combined record of 33-0-2. He is also known as the only professional boxer to hang a loss on one of the top prospects in the Northeastern portion of the United States, in Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (12-1, 5 KOs).
The co-feature of the evening is a four round cruiserweight bout where someone’s “0” must go as Lavarn Harvell (4-0, 1 KO) battles it out with Randy Campbell (3-0, 2 KOs).
A special women’s attraction is on tap as hard hitting Elizabeth Sherman is set to swap punches with the more experienced Karen Dullin (1-4, 1 KO) in a four round lightweight bout.
Two time PA Golden Gloves champion Angel Occasio (1-0) of Philadelphia, PA looks to make it two victories in a row when he takes on the Atlantic City, New Jersey’s own, Osnel Charles (1-1) in a four round bout.
Union City, New Jersey welterweight Juan “The Beast” Rodriquez (1-0, 1 KO) will try to keep his perfect KO record intact when he battles it out over four rounds with Cumberland Maryland’s Dontre King (1-5-1).
Highly touted super middleweight prospect Joel De La Paz (4-0, 3 KOs) of Atlantic City, New Jersey will look to keep his undefeated record intact when he takes on Saint Petersburg Florida’s Marvin Blair (2-5-1) in a four round bout.
Two local prospects Kareem Cooley, and Anthony Yoder, Jr. are ready to make their professional debuts in separate four round bouts. Kareem Cooley will battle it out with Sidell Blocker (0-1). Anthony Yoder, Jr. (PD) will square off against Francisco Portillo (0-2) in super bantamweight scrap.
If you like heavyweights, Brian Jennings is your man. He will have a tough time in his pro debut against the wily veteran Zeferino Albino in a four round scrap.
Tickets for this action packed card are priced at $65 ringside, $50 reserved and $40 general admission. Tickets can be obtained by calling 267-687-7560 or by visiting www.kea-boxing.com.
Doors open at 7:30PM.First Bout 8PM.