By Gary Purfield
This weekend at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic an all Philly showdown highlights an entertaining night of fights. Gabe Rosado will be taking on Jamaal Davis in a junior middleweight action in the main event with a co-headliner of rising Ronald Cruz taking on Dillett Frederick. Five more bouts are scheduled for the night featuring fighters from the Philly and New Jersey area.
The main event figures to be an exciting battle. Gabe Rosado 15-5 (8 KO) has not taken the easy road at any point in his career. Instead of fighting soft touches Rosado has faced whatever challenge came his way leading to a win over Kassim Ouma. Rosado also took on heavy handed Angulo losing by knockout and lost a competitive decision to rising star Fernando Guerrero. Davis 12-7 (6 KO) is coming off a loss to once top contender Joel Julio and will be looking to get back in the win column.
Junior Welterweight Ronald Cruz 10-0 (7 KO) will look to stay unbeaten against the dangerous Dillet Frederick 7-3 (4 KO). Both are coming off big wins. Cruz recently knocked out previously unbeaten Jeremy Bryan. After being out boxed for three rounds Cruz took over to score a sixth round KO. Frederick beat then undefeated Raymond Charles via third round TKO in his last bout and will be looking to knock off another unbeaten fighter against Cruz this weekend.
The entire card should feature completive matches and exciting fights. While the odds of any fighters on this card being a major champion or P4P guy one day is unlikely that is by no means reason to ignore this card. If you are a fan of boxing and “competitive” fights this should provide an action packed evening.
For this writer it will provide a first in my new found days of writing about and covering boxing. This will be my first foray into ringside coverage of a card with media credentials and in all honesty I have to admit I could not be more excited. As much as I love covering from the couch or buying a ticket in the cheap seats this should be a great experience working from ringside to cover the action.
So if you are in the Philadelphia-New Jersey area and call yourself a boxing fan get down to Bally’s Saturday night for a great night of fights and come by to say hello (you can’t miss me, short guy with a red fitted Saint Joe’s hat). If you are not in the area no excuses, the fight is on go fight live for only $9.99 (see link below).
To finish up I simply want to thank a few people. First thanks to trainer Freddy Marratto who gave me the chance to start writing about boxing and giving me the idea at all (and thanks for teaching a martial arts guy how to box). John Disanto of www.phillyboxinghistory.com for giving me the chance to put an opinion piece on his great site and to cover a fight as well. One more thanks to CJ at www.nowboxing.com for giving me the opportunity to reach a wide and passionate boxing audience. This has been a lot of fun and can’t wait to keep writing about the fights. Oh yeah, thanks Urch for being the loyal first reader when I am pretty sure you were the only one reading what I wrote (not counting my mother who would read an article I wrote if I spent ten pages talking about a tree falling in the woods). Sorry to get all mushy on everyone but sometimes it has to be done.
Have a great weekend everyone.
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