By Gary Purfield
This weekend two major fight cards are featured in the Philadelphia region. The once proud fighting city of Philadelphia rarely sees action inside the city anymore but new and old hot spots Chester and Atlantic City keep the tradition alive to provide a place for local talent to showcase their skills.
Kicking things off this Friday Joey Eye Boxing and David Feldman have their fourth card at the new Harrah’s Casino in Chester PA right outside of Philly. The card has five fights that should provide an exciting night of action. Part two will preview the Telefutura televised card featuring Teon Kennedy vs. Alejandro Lopez at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday.
Again at the top of the card for the third time is Philly’s own Victor Vasquez who headlined the last Chester Card in June when he stopped Gustavo Dailey in the fourth round. It was an action packed fight with plenty of hard hitting bodywork capped off by a headshot knockout from Vasquez that left his opponent dazed and confused.
Vasquez 13-5-1 (7 KO) is known for being in exciting fights and bringing a crowd. His tough attitude and crowd pleasing style lead to his recently signing an exclusive deal with Joey Eye Boxing meaning he should be a regular at the Chester shows.
Vasquez is taking on one time prospect Angel Rios 9-5 (6) who is coming off a loss in July of this year and has not been very active prior to that time. Rios began his career 9-2 in 2001 but then lost his next three fights (one of those losses in 2001, one in 2003, and then July of 2011). Regardless of inactivity or a losing streak Rios does bring speed and skill to the ring to provide a good match for the Brawling Barber Vasquez. Victor will be in another fight with trainer Billy Briscoe in his corner and continues to employ Briscoe’s unorthodox training methods which include training in a gas mask to improve endurance and MMA training for physical conditioning.
Co-headlining the card is popular local light heavyweight Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante 11-2 (6 KO) coming off his KO victory of Andre Hemphill. Also local talented lightweight prospect Angel Ocasio 5-0 (KO) is featured in a six rounder and popular Delaware fighter Joey Tiberi 5-1 (4) will help pack the seats as he did at the last round at Harrah’s. Rounding out the card is a heavyweight bout scheduled for four rounds featuring unbeaten Joey Dawejko 4-0 (1 KO) who had a promising amateur career.
With several fighters who believe entertaining the fans is just as important as getting the win it should be a good night of fights. Vasquez is can’t miss action, he is clearly as one of my favorites Doug Fisher of Ring Magazine would say, a “card carrying badass.” The crowd figures to be lively outside of the ring as Vasquez, Ferrante, Ocasio, and Tiberi all bring a raucous fan base. If it is padded undefeated records you are looking for then don’t waste your time but if a tough night of fights is what you crave check out the action for some fun boxing.
Tickets are now on sale for $100 (VIP); $60 (Ringside) and $45 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Harrah’s Chester Gift Shop; By calling Joey Eye (267-304-9399); David Feldman (610-291-0806); 800-480-8020 or on www.webtix.net
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