BAM on Boxing
Styles Make Fights
(Also July 1st Boxing Results)
July 15, 2011
Bally’s Atlantic City
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali; Muhammad Ali beat George Foreman; George Foreman beat Joe Frazier.
A beats B; B beats C; C beats A. Why? Styles make fights and, in boxing, each opponent has to be taken
seriously regardless of who is on their resume. Look at Philadelphia junior middleweights Gabriel Rosado
and Derek Ennis and Allen Conyers, of the Bronx, NY.
Ennis faced Conyers, affectionately known as the Dream Shatterer, on Feb. 16, 2007, in Miami, OK. The
fight ended in the second round when Conyers landed a flurry of punches that had Ennis out on his feet.
Ennis has a suspect chin and Conyers knew how to make it work to his advantage.
Ennis and Rosado clashed July 30 2010, at the South Philly Arena. It was the fight of fights in Philadelphia
in recent years. The energy in the building resembled the energy of the old fights held at the Legendary Blue
Horizon throughout the 1980’s and 90’s. Ennis earned the 12-round decision.
Rosado (16-5, 9K0s) will meet Conyers (12-5, 9K0s) on July 15 at Bally’s Atlantic City. Conyers has a heavy
punch. Fortunately for Rosado (pictured above), he does not have a glass jaw or he would be in trouble.
Conyers’ knockouts have come from bunches of punches he throws at every opportunity.
In the ring, Rosado sits in and trades with his opponents. When Rosado stepped up to face hard-hitting
Alfredo Angulo nearly two years ago in Primm, NV, he could have taken the safe road and boxed. Instead,
Rosado stood toe-to-toe lost by knockout in the second round. Some felt the fight was stopped prematurely.
Rosado is committed to his career; he trains hard and studies tapes of fights. As dedicated as he is to his
career, he is even more dedicated to being the father of a little girl. She loves to watch her father work out at
the gym. She is his pure motivation to succeed.
Conyers represents Rosado’s next test on his road to the top. Just because Conyers beat Ennis and Ennis
beat Rosado, that does not necessarily mean Rosado will lose to Conyers. Remember, styles make fights.
Joe Frazier’s Gym, the Blue Horizon, Bennie Briscoe, Bouie Fisher…. Is it just me or does Philly boxing
have its back against the ropes. In the last few years we have lost historic landmarks and this year we have
lost two historic figures—Briscoe and Fisher. Fisher was best-known for training Bernard Hopkins for most
of Hopkins’ career.
Some people wonder what happened between Fisher and Hopkins. Why did they break up? It does not
matter anymore. Hopkins visited Fisher in the hospital a couple weeks before Fisher’s passing and the bond
between the two men was evident. Fisher worked with Hopkins when nobody else even knew who the fighter
was. Lucky for us he did or we might not have The Executioner still impressing us today.
I had the pleasure of meeting Bouie’s son, James Fisher, a couple years ago at a family gathering. I learned
through talking to James that his father was a stand-up guy. Bouie was one of the last “old-time” trainers
boxing has. He focused on the techniques of the sport, rather than the athleticism. Take a look at what
Hopkins is doing and take a look at Roy Jones, Jr., is doing! Obviously, Bouie was right in his teachings.
“…He went down swinging. He wouldn’t let anyone throw in the towel, the doctors, nobody. It wasn’t a TKO;
it was a knockout. He wouldn’t go down, man. He was a strong man. It was a beautiful thing."
-James Fisher on his father’s passing.
The Peltz Boxing show at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem (PA) last Friday was a rousing success both
in the ring and at the turnstiles. A standing-room-only crowd of close to 1,300 saw welterweight Ronald Cruz
(13-0,10 K0s) stop cross-state rival Doel Carrasquillo in the scheduled 10-round main event.
Cruz has a workman-like style and it served him well. He is the pride of Bethlehem and his fans have
followed him from the start of his career. Prior to the bout Carrasquillo appeared cocky and arrogant to some
ringsiders. To me, he appeared confident; he believed he could beat the younger Cruz.
The fight started slowly with the usual feeling-out process. Cruz (pictured above) began to throw
combinations, many of which were blocked. Carrasquillo was biding his time and looked very relaxed. As the
rounds progressed Cruz kept raising the ante with combination after combination to his opponent’s arms
head and body. Every now and then Carrasquillo would respond with two or three punches of his own.
Cruz's trainer (Lemuel Rodriguez) and manager (Jimmy Deoria) worked the corner professionally and
patiently. As the fight progressed, Cruz began landing more powerful and well-placed shots to the body. This
ultimately took its toll. In the sixth round, Cruz landed another hard body shot which broke Carrasqullo’s will.
He simply turned his back, walked away and took a knee. Carrasquillo's corner believed that their fighter
had suffered a bruised rib during the fourth round and Cruz’ constant body attack had done the trick.
In other results from Bethlehem: There were a pair of draws between featherweights Cesar Gonzalez, of
Reading, PA, and Joshua Arocho, of Vineland, NJ, and also between lightweights Eliud Torres, of Allentown,
PA, and Bryne Green, of Vineland, NJ…Junior middleweight Grayson Blake, of York, PA, out-pointed
Anthony Abrams of Philadelphia, PA…Popular Allentown heavyweight William Miranda made up for a
previous draw by beating Zeferino Albino in a fight that featured more action in four rounds than we saw in
12 on Saturday from Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye…Super Middleweight Rashad Brown, of Upper
Darby, PA, beat Omar Sims, of Baltimore, MD, to go to 5-0, but now enters the Police Academy and will be
out of action for six months…In a wild four-round walkout match between two welterweights who were
winless in five fights combined, Chris Plebani, of Bristol, PA, defeated David Navarro, of Philadelphia, PA.
- Press Release from Peltz Boxing
- Photos courtesy of Peltz Boxing
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