Teon Kennedy Inks With Club 1957 Management

PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 7, 2014)–Mark Cipparone’s Club 1957 Management is proud to announce the signing of former world title challenger Teon “The Technician” Kennedy to a management contract.

Kennedy of Philadelphia has a record of 19-2-2 with 7 knockouts.

The 27 year old won his first 13 bouts which included an explosive 2nd round stoppage over the undefeated Thomas Snow.

Kennedy went on to win the USBA Super Bantamweight title with a 10th round stoppage over Francisco Rodriguez. He defended the the title with a 12 round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Beranza. Kennedy added the NABA title with a 10th round stoppage over Alex Beccera.

Kennedy scored his best win when he dropped previously undefeated Jorge Diaz (15-0) two times and won a thrilling 12 round unanimous decision on March 26, 2011 as part of the Yuriorkis Gamboa -Jorge Solis undercard in Atlantic City.

After suffering his 1st pro defeat to Alejandro Lopez (21-2), Kennedy had a draw with Christopher Martin (23-1-2) that headlined an ESPN Friday Night Fights card.

Kennedy then challenged the highly respected Guillermo Rigondeaux for the WBA Super Bantamweight crown on June 9, 2012 as part of the Manny Pacquiao – Timothy Bradley Pay Per View undercard.

Although Kennedy came up short, he showed heart by continuing to get off the canvas until the bout was stopped in 5th round.

Since that defeat, Kennedy has fought very well as he moved up to Jr. Lightweight and has scored wins over Carlos Vinan and in his last bout when he fought through a broken jaw but still was able to win a 10 round unanimous decision over Joselito Collado (13-2) on August 24, 2013 in Atlantic City.

“I decided to sign with Mark after what I have seen what he has done with his other fighters”, said Kennedy.

“He takes good care of his fighters and I don’t mean with money. He gives great advice about life and he has already provided me with a good strength and conditioning program.”

“I feel I need two more fights and I will be in a good spot. I know that Mark and my promoter Russell Peltz are on the same page and have a good plan going forward.”, finished Kennedy.

“We are very happy to have Teon in the fold and part of our team”, said Cipparone.

“He is a proven fighter who is just a couple fights removed from fighting for a world championship. He is a great talent and we look forward to getting him back to that title fight and we have the confidence that he will be a world champion.”

Kennedy is promoted by Peltz Boxing and is trained by Wade and Randy Hinnant.

Heralded Amateur Damon Allen Makes Pro Debut

PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 17, 2013)—This Friday night at Harrahs Philadelphia, one of the best amateur boxers in the United States is set to make his pro debut as Lightweight Damon Allen will take on Joseph Ahaamid in a bout scheduled for four rounds.

The fight is part of a packed nine bout card promoted by Joey Eye Boxing and David Feldman.

The main event will feature a ten round bout for the Pennsylvania State Light Heavyweight bout featuring Dhafir Smith (26-23-7, 4 KO’s) of Upper Darby, PA and Anthony Caputo Smith (13-1, 10 KO’s) of Kennett Square, PA.

Allen of Philadelphia competed in over 160 amateur bouts and looks forward to his debut.

“I am feeling good.  I just came back from the USA Championships and I am anxious to turn pro.” said Allen.

The twenty year-old’s amateur pedigree is long and decorated.

Allen was a top-two junior and then went on to win the bronze in the United States Championships which gained him an automatic qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Trials.

After competing in the 2013 Championships, Allen is ready for his pro debut.

Allen is signed to powerful D & D Management.

The management team consisting of Doc Nowicki and David Price have a strong stable of fighters between them which include former world title challengers Mike Jones and Teon Kennedy as well as contenders Emanuel Taylor and top prospects Naim Nelson, Jesse Hart, Mark Rideout and Todd Unthank-May.

“D & D Management is the hottest management team around and I just want to be added to the list of great fighters that they already have.  That will start on Friday as I am ready to take over the pro ranks and am excited to make my debut in front of a lot of family and friends.”, finished Allen.
Allen is trained by his father Damon Allen Sr.

Besides the Allen – Ahaamid fight and the main event, the rest of the card is as follows:

In an eight round Jr. Middleweight bout, DeCarlo Perez (9-2-1, 3 KO’s) of Atlantic City takes on Julius Kennedy (7-4-1, 3 KO’s) of Windsor Mill, MD.

In a six round Lightweight bout, Victor Vasquez (16-7-1, 7 KO’s) of Philadelphia takes on an opponent to be named.

Julio DeJesus (7-3-3, 4 KO’s) of Chester, PA battles Ariel Duran (7-3-1, 4 KO’s) of New York in a six round Jr. Welterweight bout.

Javontae Starks (6-0, 5 KO’s) of Minneapolis, MN takes on an opponent to be named in a six round Jr. Middleweight bout.

Alex Barbosa (4-1-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will box Jose Del Valle (0-1-2) of Corozal, Puerto Rico in a four round Super Bantamweight tilt.

Super Bantamweight Arthur Parker (1-8-1, 1 KO ) of Lancaster, PA takes on debuting Drew Aguillar of Philadelphia in a four round Super Bantamweight bout.
Welterweight Anthony Prescott (1-1-1, 1 KO) of Cherry Hill, NJ takes on an opponent to be named in a four round bout.

Eric Hunter to Step in Against Jerry Belmontes on Dec. 8th NBC Sports Network Fight Night

PHILADELPHIA – When word came this weekend that an injury was forcing Teon Kennedy to pull out of the December 8th nationally televised NBC Sports NetworkFight Night co-feature bout with undefeated Jerry Belmontes, another hungry Philly fighter jumped at the chance to take his place. West Philly’s Eric “Outlaw” Hunter, 16-2, 9 KOs, has signed to face the rising Belmontes, 17-0, 5 KOs, in an extremely attractive matchup of up and coming prospects. The Fight Night telecast will begin at 9PM ET.

Hunter is a fighter with a big reputation in the tough boxing gyms of Philly. He’s been touted by many since his amateur days as one of the most talented boxers on the local scene.

Eric Hunter
Photo credits: phillyboxinghistory.com

In July, Hunter returned from a lengthy layoff with a flashy stoppage of Jason Rorie in Philadelphia. It was a fight that Hunter vowed would be the launching pad for the rest of his career, and the first step in reaching his potential. He promised to stay active and look for the key fights that would move him up the ranks. Clearly a nationally televised 10-rounder against the talented Jerry Belmontes was exactly what he was looking for.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Eric Hunter,” said Hall of Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, matchmaker for the Fight Night series. “Here is a young fighter with a lot of ability but his career was in limbo and all of a sudden he gets a chance to fight on the hottest boxing series on television and it’s in his hometown. Most fighters would give their eye teeth for this kind of opportunity and Eric jumped at it. Good for him!”

Eric Hunter appears ready to keep his word and fight his way to the top of his division.

However, Jerry Belmontes has his own plans and high expectations to meet. As an amateur, Belmontes, was a superstar, and the “Corpus Christi Kid”, as he is known, has knocked off every professional fighter put in his path. In his last start, Belmontes made his East Coast debut with a solid 8-round unanimous decision over Joselito Collado in Newark, NJ.

Peltz sums it up by saying this match up is ” a crossroads fight between two very good junior lightweights, the winner of which should be rated in the top 15 when the fight is over.”

ABOUT DECEMBER 8TH

Pearson/McGonigle Halls, a 4,500-seat venue at Temple University located at 1800 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121. It has hosted both professional and amateur boxing in the past, but when NBC Sports Network broadcasts the sixth installment of its Fight Night series on Dec. 8, it will be the first professional boxing event held at Pearson/McGonigle Halls in over 19 years.