BAM on Boxing
July 15, 2011
Bally’s Atlantic City
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Two respected Philadelphia trainers, English “Bouie” Fisher and James “Jimmy” Lowry, Sr., were buried over
the weekend. I attended both viewings and others did the same. Lowry, who worked at the Harrowgate
Boxing Club in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, has been overlooked by the media.
Lowry had a strong connection with many Philadelphia fighters. Local welterweight Danny “Swift” Garcia had
this to say: “R.I.P. Jim Lowry, he was a great man and trainer. He schooled me to game since I was 10. He
made me believe in myself when I didn’t as a kid.” Garcia was just one of many fighters Lowry influenced.
While one Golden Boy fighter, Garcia, was saying his goodbyes to Lowry, down the road another Golden
Boy fighter and Philly native, Bernard Hopkins, was saying his goodbyes to Fisher. Garcia and Hopkins lost
two men who believed in them before anyone else did.
Hopkins gave a wonderful speech at Fisher’s funeral that shed light on how strong their relationship truly was.
It’s nice to see successful fighters remember those who supported them in the beginning.
Garcia (on the right) and Hopkins have something else in common. This Friday, July 15, at Bally’s Atlantic
City, their chief sparring partner, Gabriel “King” Rosado, will look to make a statement. Rosado (on the left)
will face Allen “Dream Shatterer” Conyers.
Conyers recently lost to Carlos Molina, who beat Kermit Cintron last Saturday in Las Vegas on the
undercard of the Brandon Rios—Urbano Antillon bout televised by Showtime. I had to decide between
Showtime and HBO Saturday night. I made the right choice, watching Showtime live and HBO on delay.
Molina ran over a rusty Cintron and coasted to a unanimous 10-round decision win. Meanwhile, in Atlantic
City, junior middleweight Paul “the Punisher” Williams got the gift of all gifts over Erislandy Lara after 12
rounds. Not sure who was behind that decision, but the judges definitely need their eyes checked.
As long as Rosado gets past Conyers, rumors have it--and fans believe--Rosado has the goods to take on
either of the real winners from that night, Molina or Lara. As for now, Rosado is not even thinking about that.
He is focused solely on Conyers.
Conyers (12-5, 9 K0s) has made a career out of taking risks. He has beaten Derek Ennis and James de la
Rosa and he has lost to James Kirkland, Said Ouali and Molina. Each of the five fighters who have beaten
Conyers has gone on to much bigger tests and succeeded.
The New York-based Conyers fights with a unique style. He tries to control the fight from the outside with his
jab. When he goes inside, Conyers looks to throw combinations and work as much as possible. Before he
was knocked out by Kirkland, Conyers was a brawler who would throw more punches than necessary.
Rosado (16-5, 9 K0s) also has made his career out of taking risks. He could have been undefeated at this
point had he fought bums. Instead, Rosado stepped up again and again. Two of his losses were against
contenders, lefty Fernando Guerrero and hard—punching Alfredo Angulo. Rosado is one of the few fighters
around who will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Another great thing about Rosado is that he is always willing to test himself. He will take in as much as he
can from each fight, sparring session, training session or any interaction with those involved in boxing.
Rosado is trained by Billy Briscoe, who not only has prepared Rosado physically, but also mentally for this
fight. Briscoe represents simply the beginning of Rosado’s support system and that system is growing.
Rosado recently set up his fan page on facebook, facebook.com/KingGabRosado as well as his twitter
account @KingGabRosado. Not all fighters take the time to prepare this aspect of their career; they think if
they fight well that is all they need to do. Having the skills is step one to becoming a successful fighter;
building a fan base is another step because fans ultimately pay the bills.
Risk after risk
Fighters often end up with controversial wins. Take a look at last Saturdays’ Williams-Lara fight. It is part of
the business! It’s what happens after that controversial win that tells you a little bit more about fighters.
Nearly 18 months ago, light-heavyweight Anthony Ferrante (10-2, 5 K0s) gained a split decision win over
fellow-Philadelphian Andre Hemphill (10-17-2, 5K0s) in an eight-round fight which could have gone either way.
Ferrante and Hemphill meet again Friday night at Bally’s Atlantic City. Why did Ferrante agree to the
rematch? What does he have to gain? People asked the same thing when welterweight Mike Jones agreed
to fight Jesus Soto-Karass earlier this year after barely escaping the first time with the decision.
By agreeing to fight Hemphill again, Ferrante gained respect. I am sure Ferrante will be looking for a more
convincing victory this time, which is what Jones successfully did in his second bout with Soto-Karass.
Ferrante still has a lot to prove and this is the first step.
The first bout between Ferrante and Hemphill was enticing. It helped Ferrante develop and he probably
realizes that if he can get through the first couple rounds he has a better chance of out-schooling Hemphill in
the later rounds.
Hemphill believes he won the first fight and he wants to make it more decisive the second time. Ferrante
wants to see if he has improved and is ready to convince us that the first decision in his favor was the right
one. Both fighters are ready
to make an impression. Do not miss this fight!
- Press Release from Peltz Boxing
- Photo courtesy of Peltz Boxing
- Poster by Philly Boxing History
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