Bam on Boxing
Lost in the commotion over Mike Jones’ return to Philadelphia are a couple of junior middleweights trying to
avoid heading down the road to Palooka-Ville.
Kaseem Wilson, of North Philadelphia, and Phil McCants, of West Philadelphia, will kick off the June 25
card at the South Philly Arena in a scheduled six-round bout.
Wilson, 25, signed with Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., on the same day and at the same time as Jones.
That was in the fall of 2006. At the time, Wilson was considered the better prospect. But a drab ring style
and a somewhat questionable nightlife stalled the southpaw’s career.
Though his record (12-2-1, 4 K0s) does not appear shabby, it’s hard to think of an exciting fight in which
Wilson was involved. After being K0d by Russell Jordan, of Buffalo, NY, in the summer of 2007, he
disappeared for 15 months. He vanished again less than one year later after losing a dull eight-rounder to
Henry Crawford, of Paterson, NJ.
Now Wilson wants to fight again and says he serious.
McCants, 30, a tall, rangy fighter nicknamed The Mongoose, defeated Jones as an amateur. He is 8-2-1, 3
KOs, as a pro, but his career also has been marked by periods of inactivity, one lasting more than three and
one half years from March, 2006, to September, 2009. His style also does not send fans flocking to buy
Wilson and McCants agreed to fight each other in a loser-gets-a-day-job type of match because neither
fighter had any options.
When their fight is over, they can watch Jones from the back of the South Philly Arena, wondering how they
fell off the fast track. Despite their respective negative styles, hopefully they will find a way to make their
fight entertaining, since their professional careers depend on it.
Flores, Charles Talk Trash
Boxing is extreme; the buildup to a fight can be just as important as the fight itself. Without trash talk,
boxing would not be as attractive to the electronic media or the casual fan. Take a look at fighters such as
Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather, Bernard Hopkins and David Haye! They have built intensity
to their fights by causing commotion. When a fighter is big-headed, cocky or arrogant, it could be because
he is marketing himself, almost as if it were a publicity stunt. Other times it is because the fighters simply
crave the attention. Either way the public enjoys it.
Over the weekend controversy started. Where? On facebook! Lightweights Anthony Flores (9-3-1, 6K0s), of
North Philadelphia, and Osnel Charles (8-2), of Atlantic City, meet in a scheduled six-rounder on the Jones-
Munoz card and this fight has officially gained the attention it deserves.
On writer George Hanson’s facebook wall there were comments from Charles and Flores. Charles instigated
and ruffled Flores, who first tried to stay quiet. The two went back and forth debating one another’s skills,
heart, and talent.
Charles: “Flores you’re going have to kill me to win this fight believe that.”
Flores: “Ha Ha! I’m done with this dude; I got you all upset. Like I said talk is over, I know you’re kinda big
headed rite now but I’m about to humble you up real quick. See you in Philly when I hand you a L (loss).”
The thread is exciting, more exciting than most press conferences.
Charles is an athletic fighter with a stiff jab. Flores is a bit awkward, but relies on his boxing ability. The fight
has potential to be a war and with intensity growing the two fighters will be ready to box when they meet in
less than two weeks.
Philly’s Junior Middleweights
Fans can look forward to seeing Rosado (16-5, 9K0s) against Yorgey (23-1,11K0s) on July 15 at Bally’s.
Seems like Rosado has been waiting for this fight for years. He said in a 2007 interview: “Oh yeah, and
Harry Yorgey man up dawg, you are 17 – 0, don’t go fighting someone who is 14 – 22, pick on someone
your own size, hint hint!.”
Rosado finally gets what he wants. There is no belt on the line but this fight is huge for both fighters.
Currently Rosado is ranked No. 14 in the IBF. If he beats Yorgey, he will move higher; if Yorgey wins, he
could get Rosado’s ranking. The winner deserves to be recognized at Philadelphia’s top junior middleweight.
Philadelphia Area Casinos
Casinos seem like the place to be with boxing now-a-days. It would be nice for the Philadelphia area to have
a casino that is associated with boxing like Vegas has with the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay.
Joey Eye and David Feldman have promoted three cards at the Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA. They
appear to have been successful and more are scheduled.
Peltz Boxing has a show on July 1 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Welterweights Ronald Cruz, of
Bethlehem, and Doel Carrasquillo, of Lancaster, PA square off in the main event. The casino is building a
2,500-seat Events Center and it should be ready by early 2012. If the July 1 card is successful, Peltz
Boxing will be eager to work with Sands again.
In Bensalem, PA, the Parx casino is also expanding. Recent surveys indicate interest in boxing at their
venue. If Foxwoods Casino is ever built, maybe they will hold boxing events as well.
Each of the three (possibly four) casinos in the area have their pros and cons. Harrah’s appears huge; the
Sands is huge, and Parx a bit smaller, is more centrally located.
One downfall to boxing in Pennsylvania casino is youngsters under 21 are not permitted.
Many casinos give fights that big-time feeling. The atmosphere is terrific. Being able to put classic all-Philly
fights in casinos is great. Having a casino nearby that will be commonly associated with boxing would be
IN OTHER BOXING NEWS: Nothing planned in professional fights around the area this weekend…There is
an amateur show on Friday night June 17 at Roccos at Grant & Bustleton Avenues in the northeast...Also
on Monday June 20, there will be a Mike Jones workout, open to the public, from noon-2.30pm at the Joe
Hand Gym located on 3rd street above Spring Garden.
The author is a senior in sport and recreation management at Temple University. She recently joined Peltz
Boxing as an intern. This is the fifth in a series ofweekly columns. Follow Peltz Boxing on
twitter@PeltzBoxing and our intern @bamonboxing.
- Press Release from Peltz Boxing
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