Undefeated Derrick Webster Headlines Parx Casino Tuesday Night Fights on Nov.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 19, 2014) – On Tuesday, Nov. 25th, undefeated super middleweight contender Derrick “Take It to the Bank” Webster will headline the third installment of Parx Casino Tuesday Night Fights at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

While Parx Casino joins the event as a title sponsor, Tuesday Night Fights will once again take place at 2300 ARENA, 2300 S. Swanson Street in South Philadelphia, and NOT at Parx Casino.

Webster, a 6-foot- 4 Glassboro, N.J., resident who owns an impressive 17-0 record with eight knockouts, will take on Obodai Sai (23-1, 17 KOs) of Ghana. Webster, who will compete in his fourth fight in 2014, is coming off a six-round, unanimous-decision win over Michael Gbenga on May 30. Sai currently resides in Washington, D.C., and is a former Commonwealth British Empire light middleweight champion with a seven-fight win streak.

In the co-main event, Philadelphia super bantamweight Antonio Dubose (6-0, 2 KOs) takes on Arturo Santiago (7-9-1, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico.

Presented by Joe Hand Promotions and D and D Management Team, Parx Casino Tuesday Night Fights showcases both amateur and professional fighters from boxing gyms throughout the Philadelphia area.

The November 25 card will feature five professional fights, including the return of fan favorite Avery Sparrow (2-0, 1 KO), who delivered a devastating knockout in his last performance at 2300 Arena. Sparrow takes on Jesus Lule (6-9, 1 KO) of Fort Myers, Fla., in a four-round featherweight bout.

Also, two four-round welterweight pro bouts will feature Jerome Conquest (1-0) and Blair Cobbs (3-0, 3 KOs), both from Philadelphia. Conquest will face Piotr Apostle (1-0) of Atlantic City, N.J., while Cobbs squares off against Julio Sanchez (1-0) of Houston, Texas.

Seven national champions from across the country, including National Golden Gloves champ Christian Carto of Deptford, NJ, will be featured on the amateur card. Carto, who has his sights set on the 2016 Olympics, faces a very tough 114-pound challenger in Jordan White, an eight-time national champion from Landover, Md.

Conquest, Sparrow & Wright Secure Wins at Tuesday Night Fights in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia (September 16, 2014)-It was yet another great evening of boxing as Joe Hand Promotions & D and D Management staged the 2nd installment of Tuesday Night Fights at a near capacity crowd at the 2300 in South Philadelphia.

The series which is designed to showcase young up and coming talent from both the professional and amateur ranks in the Philadelphia region delivered excitement for the 2nd consecutive show.

In the final professional bout, Donte Wright made a successful pro debut by winning a hard fought and grueling 4-round majority decision over Lionel Charles of New York.  Scores were 39-37 twice and 38-38

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Donte Wright working inside

In the middle bout, Avery Sparrow (2-0, 1 KO) scored an explosive 1st round stoppage over Hassan Wasswau of New York in a scheduled 4-round Jr. Lightweight bout.  

Sparrow landed a crushing right hand that sent Waswau plummeting to the canvas very hard.  The back of Wasswau’s head bounced off the canvas several times and he was knocked cold at 2:22 of the opening frame.  Waswau had to be laid out on a stretcher.

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Sparrow lands a left to the body

In the opening professional bout, Jr. Welterweight Jerome Conquest out hustled Sidney McCrow of New York to win a 4-round  unanimous decision in a battle of pro debuters.

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Jerome Conquest lands a left

Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 on two cards for the native Philadelphian Conquest.

In the amateur portion of the card,Jackie McTamney of Joe Hand Gym defeated Diana Cute in a women’s 125 lb bout.

Mark Dawson of D-Boys Boxing defeated Douglas Northern in a 141 lb. bout.

Brandon Pizaro defeated Kashad Elliot in a 125 lb. bout.

Dylan Price of D-Boys Boxing beat Dallas Holder in a 112 lb. bout.

Christian Carto got by Eric Gordon in a 110 lb. bout.

PHOTOS BY DARRYL COBB

Forgotten Legends: Kenny Keene

By: Steve Gallegos

We at TheTitlefight.com are proudly headquartered out of Boise, ID and in this week’s segment, we salute one of our own. While Idaho doesn’t have a rich boxing history, there was one man who put Idaho on the map for boxing in the 1990’s. That man was KennyThe Emmett EliminatorKeene.

A hard nose, in your face kind of fighter. Keene was a fan favorite who was in a bloody war just about anytime he stepped into the ring. Keene was born and raised in Emmett, ID just outside of Boise. He had at very good amateur career as he went 86-21 while representing the U.S.A. in international events.

He turned pro in 1990 and won his first 24 bouts, 17 by KO. He fought mostly at home in the Boise area, providing his hometown fans with many thrills. He got his first shot at a title when he faced very tough journeyman Bobby Crabtree for the minor WBF Cruiserweight title.

The two met on 03/05/94 in Caldwell, ID and Keene was spectacualar in scoring a fourth round TKO. Two fights later, he took to the road and faced the very tough slugger Terry Ray. They met on 10/08/94 in Ray’s hometown of Terre Haute, IN and it would be Keene’s national debut as the bout was televised on CBS.

The two men were throwing bombs from the opening bell. Keene was able to keep the fight on the inside which gave him the advantage over the taller Ray. As the fight moved through the middle rounds, both men continued to land hard shots, however Keene had the advantage as he controlled the pace of the fight by keeping the fight on the inside. Keene also had the edge in jabs as he was able to gain leverage on his left jab when he threw it upwards while mixing in a vicious body attack.

The two men exchanged punches for the full 12 rounds and the end result would be a 12 round majority decision win for Keene and it was 1994’s “Fight of the Year”. Keene would return home to score a third round KO in his next fight and then he fought a rematch with Bobby Crabtree in Crabtree’s back yard of Arkansas.

Keene would get his first taste of defeat by dropping a split decision to Crabtree in what many called a hometown decision. Keene returned to Boise and two fights later, won a fifth round technical decision over Terry Ray in a rematch to claim the IBC Cruiserweight championship.

In July of 1996, Keene would go back to Bobby Crabtree’s home turf of Arkansas and would taste his first loss with a ninth round TKO over Crabtree. Keene would win his next two bouts by KO before landing a spot on a huge fight card when he faced former world champion Robert “The Preacherman” Daniels on 03/01/97 in Atlantic City.

It was the co-feature on a pay per view card headlined by “Sugar” Ray Leonard vs Hector Camacho. Keene performed very well on the biggest stage of his career by getting the better of Daniels in many exchanges and appeared to win the first seven rounds convincingly. Daniels was the bigger man with the bigger punch and he began to come on in the 8th-12 rounds.

Despite, Daniels’ late rally, it appeared Keene had did enough to win the decision; however the judges decided differently. The result was a close split decision win for Daniels. Later on that October, Keene would make his USA Tuesday Night Fights debut in Boise, ID. He was originally scheduled to face former 2 time world champion James “Lights Out” Toney, however Toney pulled out a week before the fight due to an injury; therefore he was replaced with tough Mexican challenger Saul Montana.

They met on 10/14/97 in front of a packed, electric crowd at the brand new Bank of America Center in Boise, ID. It was a big night of boxing in which a young, up and coming U.S. Olympian named Floyd Mayweather fought in the co-feature.

The fight was an exciting war which had lots of great moments. Keene had difficulty with the much taller Montana and wasn’t able to get off first as he is used to. The end result was a close unanimous decision win for Montana.

1998 would be a great year for Keene as he fought on ESPN 2 regularly, exposing himself to a national audience in impressive fashion. He began the year with an exciting 12 round decision over unbeaten Richard LaMontagne at the Bank of America Center in Boise. He would return to the same arena four months later when he faced the tough, exciting Rocky Gannon.

The two met on 05/15/98 and it was the first ever boxing match that “Your’s Truly” attended live. It was an exciting, bloody war for 11 rounds, before referee Mills Lane stopped the bout in the 11th round. Keene followed up this win with another exciting victory over another tough fighter in Dominick Carter just three months later. Keene would close out 1998 with a 10 round decision over Rod Bensonhaver in Boise, ID.

Keene would fight and win three times in 1999 all in Boise before calling it a career, however it wouldn’t be the end of Kenny Keene. He would return to the ring in February of 2002 in Boise, ID and he would return in impressive fashion, knocking out Tony Menefee in the second round.

Keene would go 3-0 from 2003-2006 and was in line for a world title shot. On 07/29/06, Keene met former world champion Arthur Williams on a Pay Per View card headlined by Roy Jones at the Qwest Arena in Boise, ID. Keene had a title shot guaranteed against Cruiserweight champion Virgil Hill who was sitting ringside commentating for the Pay Per View telecast.

Williams was a very skilled experience veteran who was able to dominate the fight with his height and jab. Keene pressed forward trying to force the fight, however he just couldn’t get off his shots. Williams would stop Keene in the 10th round. It was the end of a very exciting career for Kenny Keene. He would retire for good after that fight with an impressive record of 51-4 with 28 KO’s.

Today, Keene resides in Emmett, ID and owns a successful bail bonds business. While he wasn’t able to reach the next level of the elite, he definitely showed tremendous heart and passion for the sport of boxing. He was a true blood and guts warrior; therefore Mr Keene, we proudly salute you.

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