By Gary Purfield
On Saturday night from Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City Philadelphia’s talented undefeated Jr. Lightweight prospect, Teon Kennedy continues his ascent up the boxing ladder. The man once considered the “Technician” now turned furious fighting brawler with skills will take on yet another dangerous test, as he prepares for an inevitable date with boxing’s best of the smaller weight classes.
Kennedy 17-0-1 (7 KO) has been brought along with great precision by hall of fame promoter Russell Peltz. He has been matched against increasingly better opposition where he has had to use his wide skill set to maintain his unbeaten mark. Kennedy has taken on several veterans including Alex Becerra to make him a more seasoned fighter.
In his most recent outing on March 26 of this year Kennedy got his biggest test yet against fellow unbeaten Jorge Diaz in Atlantic City on the Yuriokis Gamboa card. What Diaz lacked in skill compared to Kennedy he made up for in pure unrelenting aggression. That aggression gave Diaz the edge early in the bout. But as rounds went by Kennedy’s superior skill along with his willingness to match Diaz’s tough attitude allowed the Philly native to take control. Kennedy scored a knockdown on the way to a clear unanimous decision that stole the show, sparked a fire in the crowd, and would easily be a fight of the year candidate had HBO been smart enough to televise the match.
Now Kennedy continues his learning process Saturday against talented Alejandro Lopez 21-2 (7 KO). Lopez lacks power demonstrated by his only having seven knockouts in twenty one wins making it a somewhat safe fight but many prospects have been derailed by lesser fighters than Saturday’s opponent. Lopez comes in with his only two losses being close decisions.
Headlining the card that will be televised on Fox Sports Net gives Kennedy the opportunity to showcase his skills and crowd pleasing style. His willingness to throw caution to the wind and fight with a fury that boxing fans love can make him a popular figure in the sport if he continues winning in impressive fashion. Rumors have swirled around Kennedy for some time that a title shot is not far away. Saturday he has another opportunity to keep the rumor mill flowing if he can score an impressive win for the live audience and viewers at home.
The card also features undefeated prospects Karl Dargan 9-0 (4 KO), Derrick Webster 9-0 (6 KO), and talented Cuban Yordenis Ugas 8-0 (4 KO). Opening the untelevised portion of the card will be local kid Fred Jenkins Jr. 3-0 (1 KO) and Camilo Perez 4-0 (3 KO).
Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or through Peltz boxing by calling 215-765-0922 for $75 and $50. The card goes live on Fox Sports net at 9pm eastern time.
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