PHILADELPHIA – Rising Philadelphia boxing star, Avery Sparrow, really made a career breakthrough in 2017. The junior lightweight won four bouts during the year, including two main events, and two national TV appearances. He started 2017 as a promising young local, but by the end of the year, Sparrow had broken into the world rankings.
On March 25, 2018, Sparrow will be honored with two Briscoe Awards for his accomplishments. First, he led the fan voting in the “Prospect of the Year” category, and also won the “Breakout Fighter of 2017” unopposed. Sparrow will receive his two awards at the 11th Annual Briscoe Awards ceremony, a party for the boxing community, at the VBA Clubhouse in Philadelphia.
“Sparrow really made a name for himself in 2017,” said John DiSanto, founder of the Briscoe Awards. “Big expectations have surrounded Sparrow since the beginning of his career, but last year he really showed everyone what big potential he has.”
A number of other fighters like Jaron Ennis, Tyrone Brunson, Dylan Price, Marcel Rivers, Kermit Cintron, and Jerome Conquest, will also be honored in various categories for their 2017 accomplishments.
Advance tickets for the March 25, 2018 Briscoe Awards cost $20 and are currently available for sale at BriscoeAwards.com, or by calling 609-377-6413. Tickets will not be sold at the door. The $20 admission includes food, draft beer, wine, soft drinks, and a souvenir program and ticket. The Briscoe Awards will be held at the VBA Clubhouse, 2733 Clearfield Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19134.
The Briscoe Awards are presented by Philly Boxing History Inc., a 501c3 Non-Profit organization dedicated to preserving and honoring the great legacy of boxing in and around the city of Philadelphia. For more information, call John DiSanto at 609-377-6413.
Philadelphia, PA (March 6, 2018) – Rising super middleweight, Brandon Robinson will take on veteran Oscar Riojas in an eight-round bout that will headline a huge night of boxing on Friday night, April 6th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
The 10-bout card is promoted by King’s Promotions.
Robinson of Philadelphia has a record of 9-1 with seven knockouts.
The 29 year-old Robinson is a two-year professional, and has won nine straight fights. He has a 1st round knockout over previously undefeated Brandon Clark, as well a eight-round unanimous decision over tough veteran Christopher Brooker. In his last bout, Robinson disposed of Juan Zapata in the 1st round on January 26th in Philadelphia.
Riojas of Monterrey, Mexico has a record of 16-8-1 with five knockouts.
The 34 year-old Riojas is a five year professional who won his first 11 bouts. Riojas has been in the ring with title challengers Ronald Gavril, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy as well as undefeated fighters Conrad Cummings, Immanuwel Aleem, Francy Ntetu, Enrique Collazo & Ronald Ellis.
Riojas is on a two-fight win streak with his latest triumph coming on October 28th as he stopped Ivan Lagunas in the 1st round in Mexico.
In the eight-round co-feature, former world title challenger Jose Gonzalez will take on Zac Ramsey in a super lightweight bout scheduled for eight-rounds.
Gonzalez of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico has a record of 24-2 with 19 knockouts.
The 34 year-old is 10 year professional won his 1st 22 bouts with wins over Osenohan Vazquez (1-0), Eric Cruz (5-1-2), Hector Marengo (5-0-4), & Edgardo Soto (12-2) before challenging Ricky Burns for the WBO Lightweight title.
In that fight, Gonzalez was well on his way to becoming a world champion before having to bow out of the fight with an injured hand.
Gonzalez went on to become a two-time WBO Latino Lightweight champion and defeated Marvin Quintero. In his last bout, Gonzalez lost to Diego Magdaleno when Gonzalez could not continue due to a severe low blow.
Ramsey of Springfield, Massachusetts has a record 8-2 with four knockouts.
The 28 year-old Ramsey is a six-year professional.
Ramsey won his first seven bouts, has two wins over undefeated fighters Edwon Soto (9-0-2) and Divante Jones (9-0). He is coming off close decision loss to Philadelphian Raymond Serrano on September 22, 2017.
In an eight-round battle of undefeated super bantamweights, Marcus Bates (8-0-1, 7 KOs) of Washington, DC fights Raeese Aleem (10-0, 5 KOs) of Las Vegas, NV.
Steven Ortiz (8-0, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia takes on David Perales (10-11-1, 5 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico lightweight fight.
In six-round bouts:
Carlos Rosario (7-3, 4 KOs) of Pennsauken, NJ fights Seifullah Wise (3-4, 1 KO) of Philadelphia in a super featherweight affair.
Jordan Peters (2-1-1, 2 KOs) of Washington, DC squares off with Joshaphat Ortiz (2-0, 1 KO) of Reading, PA.
In four-round bouts:
Colby Madison (6-0-1, 4 KOs) of Owings Mills. MD fights Guillermo Del Rio (2-2, 2 KOs) of South Houston, TX in a heavyweight battle.
Rasheed Johnson (3-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia takes on Latorrie Woodberry (1-6-1) of Roanoke, VA in a welterweight battle.
Poindexter Knight (2-0, 2 KOs) will fight Vincent Floyd (3-4-1, 2 KO) of Philadelphia, in a welterweight fight featuring fighters from Philadelphia.
Jesus Perez (3-0, 1 KO) of Reading, PA tangles with pro debuting Sultan Isakov of Philadelphia in a welterweight affair.
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Bethlehem, PA (March 15, 2018) – Junior Lightweight contender Frank De Alba returns to the ring when he takes on O’Shaquie Foster in the eight-round main event on Friday night, April 13 at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center.
The show is promoted by King’s Promotions.
De Alba of Reading, PA has a record 22-2-2 with nine knockouts.
The 30 year-old De Alba has a six-year professional who has wins over Andrew Bentley (1-0), Jose Bustos (8-2-3), Bernardo Gomez Uribe (16-3), Kiun Evans (12-2-1), De Alba has had some tough luck as he has had several fights fall through for different reasons. This will be his 1st bout in just over a year as in his last bout where he won a eight-round unanimous decision over Ryan Kielczewski (26-2) on April 4th at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center. De Alba has won five straight.
Foster, 24 years-old of Houston, Texas has a record of 12-2 with eight knockouts.
A highly decorated amateur standout, Foster advanced to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials where he lost to unbeaten contender, Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz. Before that, Foster was a 2010 PAL National Champion, a five-time Ringside National Champion and two-time National Junior Golden Gloves Champion.
Foster is a six-year professional who won his first eight bouts. Foster has wins over three undefeated fighters including Devin Parker, Lavisis Williams, and his last bout when he defeated Kaylen Alfred on January 20th in Houston.
In the eight-round cruiserweight co-feature, Luther Smith will take on Elvin Sanchez.
Smith, 39 of Bowie, Maryland has a record of 9-2 with eight-knockouts.
Smith is a three-year professional, who has stoppage wins over two undefeated foes Mike Marshall and Darnell Pierce.
Smith is coming off a 4-round split decision loss to perennial spoiler Lamont Capers on November 30, 2017 in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Sanchez of Paterson, New Jersey has a record of 8-3-1 with six knockouts.
The 37 year-old is a 10 year professional who has knockout wins over undefeated Venroy July (13-0-2) and in his last bout when he stopped Khalib Whitmore (6-1) on August 11, 2017 in Philadelphia.
A full undercard will be announced shortly.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $50, $75 and $100, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.