Cool Christian Fletcher article from Espn magazine a few years back.
Acres of sand glow gold in the sun. Dozens of bethonged lovelies jiggle down the strand. Christian Fletcher gazes out the car window, past the Venice Beach eye candy, and points to an imperceptible spot in the Pacific. “There’s a pipe that runs out there from the county sewage plant,” he says. “The pipe makes the waves do weird things. Nobody likes to surf here. But I do.”
Regular people see sludge. Christian Fletcher sees twisted potential.
He grew up on beaches in Southern California and Hawaii, an ocean-salt encrusted prodigy, the third generation of a family that’s revolutionized both the art and the commerce of surfing. Now the fourth generation, 11-year-old Greyson Thunder Fletcher, Christian’s son, is poised to cash in. But the Fletchers have as much talent for mutiny as for bounty.
When Christian went pro in 1986 at 15, he was a sure bet to rule surfing. Christian looked at the pretty picture laid out before him — and tore it up. “Boring,” he says now.
Instead of dominating surfing, Christian transformed it. He took the fakie, McTwisting, gravity-defying tricks of his skate-rat buddies and adapted them to 15-foot breakers. He used the wave as a launching pad, breaking contact with the water, a bizarre concept in a world that worshiped riding the curl as long as possible. Pro surfers — threatened by Christian’s acrobatic style and his long-haired, tatted-out looks — labeled him a freak. And he played the bad boy role to the hilt, supplementing the adrenaline rush of surfing and skateboarding with an addiction to speed, the chemical kind.
Now Christian, who turns 32 on Oct. 20, has been clean for six years. He thanks boredom, not some 12-step program, for pushing him to sobriety. He’s rolling down Pacific Coast Highway on a crystalline afternoon with a nine-foot surfboard in the back of the car and a sloppy grin on his face, watching a half-dozen grommets attempt the aerial tricks he fathered. He’s reminded of Greyson, the most gifted athlete the Fletcher family has produced, so talented that the Hawk Clothing skateboard team snatched him away from Volcom. But these are the lovable, gloriously profane, combustible Fletchers. Greyson’s career could rocket. Or the kid could crash and burn in a toxic family feud that would make the Osbournes look like the Partridge family.
It’s nearly 10 o’clock on a Tuesday night in May, a school night, and only the pros and hard-core older guys are still riding at Vans Skate Park in Orange, Calif. They gather on the lip of the Combi Bowl, a massive pool that has never tasted water. Suddenly everyone turns to watch. Greyson Fletcher tilts his homely little black World Industries board down into the bowl and carves right.
There’s none of the squeaking and squealing that’s erupted from everyone else’s wheels. Greyson is grinning, his body parallel to the ground as he flies forward. He shifts his hips ever so slightly left and whirls a 360 into the big bowl. The kid doesn’t bend so much as shape-shift. Greyson accelerates up a wall, grabs his board as he lifts off the lip and flips head over heels, landing softly. Smooth. He isn’t just a great skater: The kid has presence.
"That was good," Christian says to his son, rubbing him affectionately on the helmet. Now dad takes a turn. His moves are as aggressive as his son’s were subtle. He grinds, pounds, pulses through the bowl, each turn noisy and thrillingly rude. It’s like Fugazi following Miles Davis.
An hour later, as Greyson and Christian head to the exit, Jennifer Fletcher appears. “Hi, Mom,” Greyson says. Christian walks by his ex-wife, silent, staring straight ahead, right out the door. Vapor.
In the mall courtyard outside Vans, Greyson and Jennifer clear the Pizzeria Uno debris off a table and sit down. Jennifer, 34, grew up in Fullerton and met Christian on the Malibu beach in 1989. “He was just a long-haired, healthy-looking, Southern California beach kid,” she says. “I could have gone to Newport and found another one just like him.”
What started badly — an unplanned pregnancy, a quick wedding — rapidly got worse. The marriage staggered along for five years before collapsing. “She’s the biggest nightmare in the world,” Christian says. Jennifer parries: “I didn’t want to be married to a drug addict. I was young and cut my losses.”
Herbie and Dibi Fletcher, Christian’s parents, adore Greyson, their only grandchild, and resent Jennifer for having custody. What really infuriates the Fletchers, though, is Jennifer — just as action sports are paying dividends on the investment made by the Fletchers and other visionaries — messing with Greyson’s surf-and-skate birthright.
Since the divorce, Jennifer and Greyson have lived with her parents in Anaheim Hills, and mostly she sounds like an ordinary protective mom. “People are wondering how far Greyson is gonna take the sport,” Jennifer says, teasing an iced mocha java latte through a straw, savoring her leverage even more than her beverage. “I don’t care. I just want him to be happy.”
Greyson has drifted off. He’s a dreamy kid with gangly legs and purple-painted fingernails. A few minutes later, a joyous squeal comes from the distance. “Watch this!” Greyson says. He takes a couple of choppy running strides, then leaps, scaling the sides of light poles, benches, storefronts, surfing without a wave, skating without a board. Hanging in the air, his hair flying, Greyson bears an eerie resemblance to an old family snapshot.
Dibi Hoffman Fletcher, 51, plucks a glossy black-and-white out of a teetering pile. A long-haired skater is swooping through an empty swimming pool, a decade before the Dogtown boys “invented” pool riding. “This is Herb! In the ’60s!” Dibi shrieks. She’s floss-thin, a distance runner, painter and sculptor. Dibi doesn’t talk. She rants, like her friend Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet. “Goddamn it, where’s the one I’m looking for?” Herbie Fletcher yells, charging through his office at Astrodeck, the company he founded in San Clemente in 1975 to manufacture his patented surfing footgrips. Herbie also owns companies that produce surf videos and make skateboard pads. He plows through thousands of prints and slides, every image a breathtaking original, like the shot of Herbie and surf-legend friend Buttons Kaluhiokalani knifing through the 25-foot waves at Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline.
Herbie is a 54-year-old, sun-bronzed leprechaun with silver-streaked, flyaway hair. He shouts, ecstatic. He’s found the photo he wants: A teenage boy is soaring across the sky on his skateboard, blood flowing down his left shin. The view is from beneath the flying Fletcher. It’s Christian’s younger brother, shirtless and wearing shorts but no underwear. “It’s Nathan with his balls hanging out!” Herbie cackles. There’s no better snapshot to symbolize the way this family lives: balls out.
In the 1940s, Dibi’s father, Walter Hoffman, lugged a 90-pound redwood surfboard from his hometown of Hollywood to Honolulu. Walter became the rare white mainlander accepted by the North Shore locals, befriending surf god Duke Kahanamoku and getting rich exporting aloha fabrics and “surf culture” back to the States. Her uncle Flippy Hoffman was a legendary big-wave rider, and sister Joyce Hoffman was four-time world champ.
Christian is still making waves on the surfing circuit.
Dibi met Herbie on the beach at Makaha in 1964. Herbie, then 16 and known as The Kid, could ride the nose of a longboard like no one else. Dibi and Herbie were married in 1969. Christian was born in 1970, and his brother, Nathan, also a champion surfer, five years later. Friends like the Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix would drop by the Fletcher house, where creativity and madness seemed mixed into the baby formula. At 16 months, Christian would crawl out a window and hang by his hands from a porch railing three stories high. “I used to make cookies when the kids came home from school,” Dibi says. “I just had pink hair.”
Christian was 5 when he won the first contest he entered, blowing away the 8-and-unders in the San Onofre Surf Club contest. He won the event nine of the next 10 years, too. When learning disabilities caused Christian to struggle in school, Herbie and Dibi sent him traveling the world on the pro surf tour at 15. “He was better off getting his ass kicked by giant waves than hanging around kids who were never going to be anything,” Dibi says. “We sent him out to experience his own greatness.”
Yet the family legacy weighed on Christian. “I’ve never been able to do anything that’s totally mine,” he says now. “Being ‘the son of’ is cool in some ways, but it’s terrible in others.”
He was drawn to the early ’80s skateboard scene, a refuge for alienated kids. Christian was a step behind pals like Dogtown skater Jay Adams and rising pro Christian Hosoi in talent, but his imagination was limitless. The Dogtown crew may be credited with creating the lip-popping moves that evolved into vert skating, but Christian took those moves to the sea. Today, top pros such as Andy Irons and Kelly Slater make a nice living ripping the aerials that Christian invented. But back in the day, Christian’s tricks were greeted like Eminem bum-rushing a Beach Boys show.
"They didn’t just belittle Christian’s surfing," Dibi says. "They attacked him. The surf industry was afraid for its profits. The image was still the aloha shirt and the ukulele. Were they going to change and sell heavy metal? ‘Cause that was Christian."
At a Bud Surf Tour event in 1990, Christian exploded. “The day before the contest, I asked how they’d score a board-slide-to-fakie, fakie-shove-it-switchstance,” Christian says. “The guy running the event was all, ‘Huh?’ So I did some standard stuff, then I did the trick, which nobody’d seen before. As I rode in, I threw up double birds.” Christian reenacts his salute and laughs. Enraged after receiving a flipped-off score of 3.5 out of 10, he threw a muffin, hitting a judge on the head. “It was a good muffin, too,” Christian says. “Blueberry.”
He had surfed while high on mushrooms or acid since he was a kid, but now his drug use raged. “I’d soak crack rocks in PCP, smoke weed with acid, shoot heroin and coke together,” he says, little-kid wonderment in his voice. He stopped surfing competitively and his new marriage was a mess. Christian eventually pawned his surfboards and ended up homeless. But one memory shines from those strange days: the son born in 1991. Before Greyson was a month old, he took his first ride on a skateboard, cradled in his dad’s arms.
Christian, Herbie and Dibi are furious that Jennifer has started demanding that she accompany Greyson on skating trips. In retaliation, Herbie and Dibi are refusing to pay for Greyson’s gear and travel. “It’s time to pull the rug from under her,” Dibi says. “She ruined Christian and now she wants to ruin Greyson. I can’t allow that.”
But Jennifer’s real crime is karmic. “She’s an inlander!” Herbie sputters. The landlocked of body and mind will never understand what the Fletchers feel in the waves. “Greyson has the flow,” Herbie adds, with a reverence for the mystical force that elevates the artist above the merely talented, in math or skateboarding. “He has the creativity, too. It just needs to be brought out.”
For the Fletchers, friction is fuel. Says Dibi: “Yeah, it’s been painful for us. But without that aggression, that passion, Christian wouldn’t have pushed to invent as much stuff as he has. See, you don’t get one without the other.”
Lately, though, everyone is stoked. Herbie is off to Spain to surf with Julian Schnabel, the painter and director who’s gearing up to shoot a film about the Fletcher saga, based on a story written by Dibi. Schnabel has talked with Meg Ryan and Jessica Lange about the part of Dibi. Nathan Fletcher is in the movie biz too, touring the West Coast with a short flick he made. It was bankrolled by Quiksilver, his sponsor.
And Christian? He’s living in Hollywood with a girlfriend he calls “awesome.” Last spring, he traveled to France with Greyson for the Quik Cup, a skate-surf-snowboard triathlon, and Christian finished fourth. In September, Swatch flew him to Switzerland for street luge exhibitions. “My life now,” Christian says, “it’s so great, it’s crazy.”
As for Greyson, his skating trips for Hawk are on hold, a chip in the family battle. Greyson shrugs his bony shoulders, and happily rattles off the tattoos he plans to get when he turns 18, and the Russian swear words he’s learned, and how he’s going to nail sneakers to an old snowboard so he can pull wilder tricks. But right now he needs to get back to the Vans vert ramp and practice a trick he kept missing last night. “When I’m skating,” Greyson says, “I feel weightless. I don’t even feel myself.”
He shrugs again. Let the grown-ups argue. The kid’s gonna be alright.
This article appears in the October 14 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
BOXING PRESS CONFERENCE ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 1ST AT LOU TURKS IN ESSINGTON, PA
ROUND 3 PRESS CONFERENCE TO PROMOTE BIG FIGHT CARD THAT WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY JUNE 3RD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHESTER, PA (May 26, 2011)—This Wednesday night at Lou Turk’s in Essington, PA, the final press conference in advance of a special fight card that will take place two night later on Friday night June 3rd at Harrah’s in Chester will take place
The card dubbed ROUND 3 is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing along with David Feldman.
In the main event, It will be rematch of Philadelphia based Lightweights as Victor Vasquez takes on Gustavo Dailey.
In the six round Light Heavyweight co-feature, popular Light Heavyweight Tony Ferrante of Northeast Philadelphia will take on Joe Park of South Carolina.
Some of the best local talent will be on display such undefeated lightweight Angel Ocasio, undefeated super middleweight Fred Jenkins Jr, undefeated middleweight Rashad Brown (all of Philadelphia) plus Mike Tiberi of Newark, Delaware and the pro debut of Naim Nelson.
The Press conference will begin at 7:00 pm eastern.
Who: Victor Vasquez (12-5-1, 6 KO’s)—Lightweight—Philadelphia
Gustavo Dailey (4-11, 1 KO)—Lightweight Philadelphia
Tony Ferrante (9-2, 4 KO’s)—Light Heavyweight—Northeast Philadelphia
Angel Ocasio (4-0, 1 KO)—Lightweight—Philadelphia
Fred Jenkins Jr. (1-0, 1 KO)—Super Middleweight—Philadelphia
Rashad Brown (3-0, 1 KO)—Middleweight – Philadelphia
Mike Tiberi (3-1, 3 KO’s)—Jr. Lightweight—Newark, DE
Naim Nelson (Pro Debut)—Lightweight—Philadelphia
Kywame Hill (1-7, 1 KO)—Lightweight – Philadelphia
WHAT: Final Press Conference in advance of Round 3 that will take place on Friday June 3rd, 2011 at Harrah’s in Chester
WHEN: Wednesday June 1st at 7pm
WHERE: Lou Turks’s
500 Powhattan Avenue Essington, PA 19029
NOTE—THE WEIGH IN WILL TAKE PLACE THE NEXT NIGHT AT LOU TURK’S AT 6PM
BOTH EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Tickets are now on sale for $100 (VIP); $60 (Ringside) and $45 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Harrahs Chester Gift Shop; By calling Joey Eye (267-304-9399); David Feldman (610-291-0806); 800-480-8020 or on www.webtix.net
The mets lost two of three to the cubs and possibly R.A Dickey for a few weeks,R.A Dickey trying to make a play at first went down to the ground in pain and its not clear how much damage was done,he will be inspected early friday in new york,regardless the mets didnt look good this week,even…
Livingstone Ras-I Bramble
Born September 3, 1960
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Ras-I Alujah Bramble (born Livingstone Bramble on September 3, 1960 in Saint Kitts and Nevis) is a boxer. However, Bramble was raised on Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He became the first world champion from Saint Kitts and Nevis. As of 2005, Bramble is still active in professional boxing. Although his last recorded fight occurred on June 26, 2003, he has never officially announced his retirement, and constantly hints that he wishes to fight on. His current record stands at 40-26-3(25).
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Bramble began boxing professionally on October 16, 1980, knocking out Jesus Serrano in round one. Later, he beat Serrano again, by a six round decision. In his fourth fight, he faced the more experienced, fringe contender Jorge Nina, winning by a disqualification in the second round.
On June 4, 1981, he beat Ken Bogner by a knockout in seven, but later that year, on August 31, he lost for the first time, outpointed over eight rounds by Anthony Fletcher. After that loss, he built a streak of thirteen wins in a row, including wins over former world title challengers James Busceme and Gaetan Hart, as well as top ten ranked fighters like Jerome Artis and Rafael Williams.
He was given a shot at a world title when the WBA pit him and Ray Mancini for the organization’s world Lightweight title on June 1, 1984. Despite the fact Bramble entered the ring sporting a record of 20 wins and only one loss, with thirteen knockouts, Mancini was widely expected to win: He had fought fourteen rounds with Alexis Argüello before, and he was coming off a successful title defense on January 14 against two time world champion Bobby Chacon, who had been beaten in three rounds by Mancini. Furthermore, talks about a super-fight between Mancini and IBF world Jr. Welterweight champion Aaron Pryor were under way. Nevertheless, Bramble cut Mancini in round one and went on to become the WBA world Lightweight champion by a fourteenth round knockout in Buffalo, New York. After this, The Ring published a cover of him, WBA Jr. Lightweight world champion Rocky Lockridge and their trainer, Lou Duva. The cover read: The championship season.
After defeating Edwin Curet by a ten round decision in a non-title bout, he and Mancini met again. In what marked the debut of the Compubox system, he defeated Mancini by an extremely close but unanimous fifteen round decision to retain his world title at Reno, Nevada, in front of an HBO Boxing audience, on February 16, 1985.
After that, and more specifically after Héctor Camacho defeated José Luis Ramírez to claim the WBC title on August 10 of that year, there was widespread talks about a series of fights between Bramble, Camacho and IBF world Lightweight champion Jimmy Paul, to see who would become the unified world champion.
Bramble was not able to fight, however, for exactly one year after defeating Mancini for the second time. On February 16, 1986, he defeated the WBA’s number one challenger, Tyrone Crawley, by a knockout in round thirteen.
Bramble’s next defense was supposed to be a preparation fight for him to meet Camacho in his next fight. He and Camacho defended their world title crowns on September 26, in what was nicknamed, as a matter of a fact, The Preamble to Bramble. Once again fighting in front of an HBO Boxing audience, however, he was defeated in what many saw as a surprise by Edwin Rosario, who knocked him out in two rounds at Miami.
After this loss, Bramble never regained his status as a top lightweight. He fought on, and met some future or former world champions such as Freddie Pendleton, Charles Murray, James “Buddy” McGirt, Roger Mayweather, Rafael Ruelas and Kostya Tszyu, as well as world title challengers like Wilfredo Rivera, Oba Carr and Darryl Tyson. On most of these fights, he came on the losing end, in fact his record is 16-24-2 as a former champion.
When Bramble became a world champion, rumors of him practicing witchcraft became widespread. He did not deny these rumors. It was said that he would cut off either a dog or rabbit’s ears before fights, for good luck. It was also said that he often cut off bird heads to offer their blood to witch spirits so that he would not shed any blood of his own during the upcoming fights. Bramble did enjoy walking around with a snake, he used to walk into the boxing ring with one on his neck, and he was pictured, again on the cover of Ring Magazine, with his snake.
During the 1990s Bramble went through several name changes, often fighting under the names of Ras-I-Bramble or Abuja Bramble. This caused some boxing magazines to make mockery of him, including one that said Bramble would soon be known as The boxer formerly known as Livingstone Bramble, in a reference also to the singer, Prince.
An avid marathon runner, Bramble competes each year at the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s celebrity marathon. He is one of the most sought after autograph signers there every year.
Bramble currently lives in Saugerties, New York and is a personal trainer at his own gym in Saugerties.
Klitschko and Adamek shake hands at press conference
Photo credits: SMG Polska
Highlights from Press Conferences Held in Poland and Germany for Adamek - Klitschko Fight September 10th
Kathy Duva addresses Vitali at Presser
Credits: SMG Polska
Press Conference Wroclaw, Poland, Regional Center for Business Tourism
"I like Poland. I’ve been here many times. I’ve lived here before. I have a lot of friends here. I have many good memories linked with Poland, they’re positive. It just worked out that now I’ll be fighting a Polish boxer. The most important thing to me will be the result. What more can I say? I think that it’ll be a positive moment that will represent our countries. To quote Nelson Mandela: ‘Sport has the strength to change the world’."
"You are a bad boxer if you don’t wish to win a world title. Tomasz has a chance to become one. In this situation the only questions can be: Is this too important for him? Is it too late? It’s never too early, never too late. He got his chance and he definitely has a chance if he wants it. The question is though, if I will let him take that chance."
"He’s (Adamek) not an easy opponent, good technique, good condition, and a big heart to boxing, strong character and a strong desire to win. Those are the most important elements in boxing."
Reporter: Your fight with Adamek will be in Wroclaw, Poland on September 10, with approximately 40,000 fans. The Ukraine and Germans will come but there will be a dominance of Poles. Do you worry about a loud uproar for Adamek? “I’ll repeat one more time that boxing fans are there to watch the fight. I understand that Tomasz will have a huge fan base. For me that’s not the first time. I’ve fought in Germany against a German, in America against an American, in Britain against a Brit. So now that I’m fighting in Poland against a Pole, it makes no difference. The ring is always the same.”
Adamek and Klitschko at new soccer stadium
Credits: SMG Polska
"I fight differently than I used to. I take a lot less hits, I’m more balanced. If you have a knack to box I think it’s impossible not to keep learning. Everything is possible. You have to have faith and never give up. If you give up, you’ll never win."
"In both Heavyweight and Cruiserweight they all said I was too small, and now it’s (heavyweight) a hard weight class. As he (Vitali) gets older he’s trying to do impossible things. I have shown that with determination you can win. I have a great trainer who taught me a lot since I started working with Andrew and they used to pound me. This lets me know that you can always beat the strongest people."
Reporter: In one of your last interviews, you said Vitali is getting older. Do you foresee maybe by the 7th or 8th round that he will become winded? “If I keep pushing a high
pace then definitely because he is a bigger and taller guy so he tires faster. I have to keep changing my position while striking. This is what I’ll be working on with Roger. I’ll be working on being fast. This is an area where I’ll be able to beat him.”
Reporter: In boxing you say that if you want to tire someone out, you hit them hard, is this true with Klitscko? “Absolutely. I’ll have to work up and down. He’s a big guy. We’re working on that. I have a good trainer.”
"I’ll definitely have to keep a low position so I can get away from some serious strikes. That’s the key. The rest you’ll have to wait until September 10th to see. I have to represent myself well for Poland and the rest of the world."
"If I take on a challenge I’m going to put 120% into it. I invite you all to the fight on September 10th. You can watch it live in the stadium, or on TV. Best wishes to all.."
PHILADELPHIA BOXING ROYALTY TO APPEAR ON 950-AM ESPN RADIO’S THE BOXING SHOW TONIGHT AT FINNIGAN’S WAKE AT 8PM
Special show featuring book launch for Bert Sugar with, Mike Jones, Eddie Chambers, Steve Cunningham, Chazz Witherspoon plus a tribute to Bernard Hopkins and more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PHILADELPHIA (May 26, 2011)—TONIGHT!!! at Finnigan’s Wake in Philadelphia, some of the brightest world champions will join legendary boxing scribe Bert Sugar on the Boxing Show which is broadcasted LIVE on 950-AM ESPN RADIO.
The Boxing Show, which is hosted by Joe Krause and Henry Racich will have Sugar Live on hand at Finnigans Wake along with the biggest names in not only Philadelphia boxing but fighters who are known worldwide.
Sugar will be promoting his new book “The Ultimate Book of Lists” which is a compilation of best and worst of’s in the world of boxing that Sugar has seen during his Hall of Fame Writing career.
Krause and Racich will pay tribute to newly crowned and oldest boxing champion in history Bernard Hopkins, Also in attendance will be Number-one ranked Welterweight Mike Jones; IBF Cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham; Number-one ranked Heavyweight “Fast” Eddie Chambers; Heavyweight contender Chazz Witherspoon; Jr. Middleweights Harry Yorgey and Gabriel Rosado (who will meet in a highly anticipated fight on July 15th) as well as some of the top young prospects in the city.
The special show will begin promptly at 8pm and runs through 10pm.
There will be Autograph and Photo Opportunities as well as Prizes for fans in attendance
WHO: Bert Sugar—Hall of Fame Author
Steve “USS” Cunningham—IBF Cruiserweight world Champion
Mike Jones—Number one Welterweight Contender
“Fast” Eddie Chambers—Number-one Heavyweight Contender
Chazz Witherspoon—Top Heavyweight contender
Harry Joe Yorgey—Jr. Middleweight Contender
Gabriel Rosado—Jr.Middleweight contender
Danny Garcia—Undefeated Jr. Welterweight star
Joe Hand Sr.
Joe Hand Jr.
Tribute to Bernard Hopkins
PLUS MANY MORE OF THE TOP FIGHTERS IN PHILADELPHIA
WHAT: Live Broadcast of the 950-AM “Boxing Show”
WHEN: TONIGHT—-Thursday May 26, 2011
WHERE: Finnigan’s Wake
537 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123-2936
TONY FERRANTE TOPS IMPRESSIVE UNDERCARD AT ROUND 3 FRIDAY JUNE 3RD AT HARRAH’S IN CHESTER, PA
Ocasio; Brown; Tiberi; Jenkins and the pro debut of Naim Nelson highlight ROUND 3 Undercard at Harrah’s Chester on June 3rd
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHESTER, PA (May 25, 2011)—On Friday night June 3rd at Harrah’s in Chester, Joey Eye Boxing along with David Feldman will present ROUND 3 that will be headlined by a six round Lightweight scrap between Philadelphian’s Victor Vasquez and Gutavo Daily.
Fans in attendance will be treated to a six bout undercard that will feature some of the most popular and up and coming talent in the Philadelphia.
Topping the undercard will be popular Light Heavyweight Tony Ferrante of Northeast Philadelphia taking part in a six round bout against Joe Park of Florence, South Carolina.
Ferrante, 26 years old, won his first nine bouts which included wins over Anthony Pietrantonio (6-1) and he won the WBF United States title with a eight round majority decision over Billy Bailey.
Ferrante lost that title when he dropped a ten round unanimous decision to Chuck Mussachio (15-1-2).
Ferrante will be looking to get back in the win column after he was stopped in three rounds to undefeated Ronson Frank (15-0) on January 28th
The Thirty-seven year old Park of Florence, South Carolina has a respectable record of 8-5 with six knockouts and will be a good test for Ferrante as he has fought some top prospects.
Park won his first four bouts via stoppage before dropping an eight round unanimous decision to undefeated Shane Benefield (11-0).
After three more wins, Park lost to former world title challenger LaJuan Simon (13-0-2).
Park has also fought Marcus Upshaw (3-0) and his last bout came against undefeated knockout artist Jason Escalera (5-0) where Park was stopped in three rounds back on June 25th, 2009.
In a four round Lightweight bout, undefeated Lightweight Angel Ocasio will see action against Randolph Scott.
Ocasio, twenty-one years old of Philadelphia, has a record of 4-0 with one knockout is coming off an impressive four round unanimous decision over George Santiago as part of ROUND 2 that took place on March 18th at Harrah’s in Chester.
Besides his exciting style, Ocasio brings a rabid fan base that has supported him emphatically through his first four bouts
Scott, twenty-seven of Sailsbury, Maryland has a record of 0-3 and is coming off a six round unanimous decision to Jamie Palma (13-13-1) on May 9, 2009.
Twenty-two year old undefeated Middleweight Rashad Brown (3-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will battle Phillip Burnette (2-2, 1 KO) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Brown will making his first start in his home state after three straight wins in Atlantic City.
In his last outing, Brown stopped undefeated Darryl Parker (2-0) on March 26th as part of the Yuriorkis Gamboa – Jorge Solis world Featherweight title card.
Burnette, twenty-six, will be looking for his third straight win as he is coming off a unanimous decision victory over experienced William Wilson (8-6) on February 18th.
Part of the “Delaware’s First Family of Boxing”, Super Featherweight Joey Tiberi (3-1, 3 KO’s) will be looking to thrill his fans when he battles Jonathan Ocassio (0-7) of Philadelphia in a bout scheduled for four rounds.
After his scintillating pro debut knockout as part of ROUND 2 in March, Super Middleweight Fred “Freddy J” Jenkins Jr. of Philadelphia will take on six fight vet Corey Preston.
The twenty-four year old Jenkins, who is the son of longtime and well known Philadelphia trainer Fred Jenkins, looked explosive in taking out Scott Brunner in two rounds on March 18th.
Preston, 1-5 of North Carolina has been in with tough competition and Jenkins will be the fourth undefeated fighter that he has faced.
Rounding out the card will be the pro debut of Lightweight Naim Nelson taking on Kywame Hill.
Both Nelson and Hill are from Philadelphia so bragging rights will be at stake.
Hill has a record of 1-7 but the combined record of the thirty-three year old is 21-3-3.
The fights will be recorded for a tape delay broadcast by www.gfl.tv
THERE WILL BE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT LOU TURK’S—500 POWHATTEN AVE. IN ESSINGTON, PA ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 1st at 7pm
THE WEIGH IN WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY NIGHT JUNE 2nd at 6pm AT LOU TURK’S
BOTH EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Tickets are now on sale for $100 (VIP); $60 (Ringside) and $45 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Harrahs Chester Gift Shop; By calling Joey Eye (267-304-9399); David Feldman (610-291-0806); 800-480-8020 or on www.webtix.net
BACK TO THE FUTURE
People often ask: “Why is the Philly fight game not what it used to be?” Fighters like Joey Giardello, Gypsy Joe Harris, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Eugene Cyclone Hart, Stanley Kitten Hayward, Bennie Briscoe, Willie The Worm Monroe, Bobby Boogaloo Watts, Charlie Choo Choo Brown and Richie Kates helped to build their reputations off inner-city rivalries. Talented local warriors would fight each other two or three times. It helped to build competition and energy, pitting neighborhood against neighborhood, city against city. What happened? Where did it go? Why did it all disappear?
Rivalries spin when fighters from different local areas meet in the ring, even when they don’t live in the same city. Future light-heavyweight champion Saad Muhammad, of South Philadelphia, and Kates, of Millville, NJ, met in a classic on Feb. 10, 1978 at the Spectrum. That all-out war never will be forgotten in Philadelphia history. The same goes for the two Spectrum brawls between Hart and Briscoe, a pair of North Philadelphia neighbors who met in 1975 and 1976. Long before, Giardello’s wars with Gil Turner and Henry Hank were classics. What about Gypsy Joe’s big win over Hayward?
Is there a change coming? Do we smell something in the air? Are we going back to the future?
Up-and-coming welterweight Ronald Cruz (pictured on the left) will box Doel Carrasquillo on July 1 at the new Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. Hometowns located so close make for passionate fans. Cruz is from Bethlehem; Carrasquillo from Lancaster, PA. Their hometowns are approximately 60 miles apart and that should make for its own intense, in-state rivalry. Cruz is 24, unbeaten, and on the way up. Carrasquillo is 38, with a good punch and a good chin and a reputation for knocking off young prospects. Passion and a challenge like the one Cruz is taking on makes for energy in the audience.
That energy needs to return. Philadelphia junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado is bringing back the importance of rivalries in the Philadelphia area. Last summer, Rosado met Derek Pooh Ennis at The Arena in South Philadelphia. Their 12-rounder for the USBA title had the liveliness to it that fight fans want. Why? It was because of the rivalry between two fighters and their neighborhoods, North Philadelphia (Rosado) and Germantown (Ennis). The atmosphere resembled a Big Five basketball game at The Palestra. Rosado lost the fight but it hardly put a dent in his career.
Rosado is making a name for himself. He has the heart and the confidence to step into the ring with any fighter willing to fight him. He did it earlier this year when he knocked out Philly rival Jamaal Davis at Bally’s Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Now he’s doing it again. Rosado will showcase his skills against another local fighter, Harry Joe Yorgey, of Bridgeport, PA, on July 15, again at Bally’s. Though we would have liked to have seen Rosado vs. Yorgey in Philadelphia, it still will be a night and a fight to remember. Yorgey jumped at the chance to fight Rosado and that’s what we want to see from our local attractions.
Rivalries build a fighter’s resume and give the fighter the confidence and experience to help him on his way to, hopefully, a world championship opportunity.
COMING HOME: Philadelphia’s undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones will stay busy when he faces Raul Munoz, of Leon, Mexico, on June 25 at The Arena in South Philadelphia. Jones built his resume locally before taking his show on the road to Dallas, TX, and Las Vegas, NV. Now he’s coming back to Philly for the first time in more than two years. Stablemate Teon Kennedy, a world-ranked super bantamweight, is right behind Jones on the international scene. He returns Aug. 13 at Bally’s. Looks like this will be a busy summer for Peltz Boxing!
IN OTHER BOXING NEWS: I would like to congratulate Bernard The Executioner Hopkins for becoming the oldest World Champion in boxing history, moving past the great George Foreman. BHop did this by exposing (former) light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal last Saturday night in Montreal, Canada. Hopkins is a Philadelphia fighter who continuously had to prove himself and he added to his legacy. Gabriel Rosado (pictured with BHop), who sparred with Hopkins for the Pascal fight, said it best: “I can't stop thinking about Bernard’s big win last night. Classic! I'm so blessed to be around a legend and learn the old school craft hands on. Philly doesn’t know what they got in a champ like Bernard. It’s time he gets the love he deserves.”…Philadelphia junior welterweight Steve Chambers’ scheduled fight on ESPN this Friday has been postponed…Boxing returns to Harrah’s Chester on Friday, June 3, and the next night, Saturday, June 4, there will be boxing in Atlantic City as well as Hamilton Township, NJ.
The author is a senior in sport and recreation management at Temple University. She recently joined Peltz Boxing as an intern. This is the second in a series of weekly columns.
Bethlehem, PA—Undefeated welterweight prospect Ronald Cruz (left), of Bethlehem, PA, faces hard-hitting Doel Carrasquillo (right), of Lancaster, PA, in the scheduled 10-round main event of the first-ever boxing card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem on Friday evening, July 1.
Cruz will headline a card for the first time as well as engage in his first scheduled 10-round bout in a temporary 1,600-seat tent on the grounds of the Sands.
”The Sands is proud to present its first professional boxing event featuring Ronald Cruz from Bethlehem,” said Robert DeSalvio, President of the Sands. “The fans will see a great card from Peltz Boxing.”
Cruz, 24, has developed a following while boxing 11 times in Philadelphia, PA, and Atlantic City, NJ. A pro since 2009, Cruz has won all 12 of his fights, nine by knockout. He has knocked out his last five opponents, including former national amateur standout Jeremy Bryan, of Paterson, NJ, and local rival Manuel Guzman, of Lancaster, PA.
Managed by ex-pro Jimmy Deoria, of Phoenixville, PA, and trained by Lemuel Rodriguez, of Bethlehem, Cruz had a brief amateur career, fighting 28 times in a13-month period from July, 2007, until August, 2008.
Carrasquillo, 38, has fought nearly every good prospect up and down the East Coast while compiling a record of 15-17-1, 13 K0s.
Known for a good punch and a solid chin, Carrasquillo knocked out previously unbeaten Denis Douglin, of Marlboro, NJ, in his last fight Feb. 18 in Salisbury, MD. Douglin, who was 12-0 at the time, is one of 11 undefeated fighters Carrasquillo has boxed.
Carrasquillo has boxed only four men (out of 33) with losing records, an incredible statistic in today’s boxing world.
Proving he doesn’t mind fighting local heroes in their hometowns, Carrasquillo knocked out Jorge Melendez last year in the loser’s backyard of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Melendez was 13-1-1 at the time. Two years earlier, at Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY, Carrasquillo snapped the 13-fight unbeaten streak of hometown hero Wayland Willingham with a first-round knockout.
“Tell Cruz he’d better be in top shape because Doel will be looking for him,” said Albert Solis, who trains Carrasquillo. “He’s never fought everyone as tough as Doel.”
Six preliminary fights complete the card, which begins at 7.30 p.m. and is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
“It’s an honor to stage the first boxing card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem,” said International Boxing Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz. “Ronald Cruz has been bringing fans with him to his fights in Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Now he has a chance to showcase himself at home. This could be the first step in helping boxing to become a fixture at the Sands.”
Tickets priced at $51 and $78 and go on sale next week in the gift shop of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem and online at www.ArtsQuest. org. Tickets also can be purchased at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions (215-765-0922) and online at www.peltzboxing.com.