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.

 

Philadelphia’s Loss

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.

 

Bethlehem Boxing

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.

 

 

The author is a senior in sport and recreation management at Temple University. She

joined Peltz Boxing as an intern. Follow Peltz Boxing on twitter@PeltzBoxing and our

intern @bamrogers.

 

 

 

 

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- Press Release from Peltz Boxing

- Photos courtesy of Peltz Boxing

 

 

Subject to change

 

 

 

(7/5/11)