South Philly Slugfest set

Preview by Kurt Wolfheimer

Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions is set to bring an explosive night of professional boxing to the Arena in South Philadelphia on Friday, February 26. Headlining the card will be a six-round lightweight clash between the always-exciting Victor Vasquez (11-3, 6 KOs) and rugged Carlos Vinan (8-8, 1 KO).

Vasquez, of North Philadelphia, has put together quite a fan base due to his all-out action packed bouts, which leave everybody on the edge of their seats. In his last bout on January 15, at the very same arena,  Vasquez sent his hometown fans home happy with an impressive fifth round stoppage of the Gustavo Dailey.

His opponent in the spectacular main event, Vinan, has faced a who’s who of the lightweight division and owns a victory over the highly touted Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter. Vinan is known for his “in your face, take no quarters” style, and is sure to make this a slugfest.

In the co-feature of the evening, Philadelphia’s own, Ardrick Butler (4-1, 1 KO) will be put to the test in his first six round scrap, as he faces Norman Allen (6-3, 3 KOs) of Laurel, Maryland.

If you like the big boys, South Philly heavyweight prospect John Mercurio (3-0, 3 KOs), will be back in action against the always dangerous TBA. Mercurio, a former Toughman fighter, has become a local fan favorite in the Philly area. He needed only a minute and 23 seconds to starch James Pratt in his last bout on October 16th.

In a special women’s attraction as Elizabeth Sherman (1-0, 1 KO) will square off against Martisha Graham (0-2) in a four-round lightweight bout.

Undefeated North Philly lightweight prospect Angel Ocasio (1-0) is set to swap punches over four rounds with Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Osnel Charles (1-1).

KEA”S welterweight prospect Juan “The Beast Rodriguez (1-0, 1KO) of Union City, New Jersey is ready to do battle with Cumberland, Maryland’s Dontre King (1-5-1) in a four round scrap. Rodriquez, a former Golden Gloves champion, was ranked No. 4 in the US as an amateur. He made his professional debut with an explosive first round KO of Bobby Bynum on December 4th.

Three other local prospects Kareem Cooley, Anthony Yoder, Jr. and Brian Jennings are ready to make their professional debuts in separate four round bouts. Lightweight Kareem Cooley (PD) will battle it out with Sidell Blocker (0-1). Super bantamweight Anthony Yoder, Jr. will square off against Joshua Orocho (0-2). Heavyweight Brian Jennings (PD) is also set for action against an opponent yet to be determined

Also slated for action will be two top New Jersey prospects, heavyweight Lavarn “Baby Bull” Harvell (4-0, 1 KO) and super middleweight Joel De La Paz (4-0, 3 KOs) in separate bouts

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

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.First Bout is at 8 p.m.

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