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Thursday
May172012

Velasquez Wins Eastern PA Junior Olympic Championship...Moves On!

The "Young Stunna” headed for Junior Olympic Regionals!!!

 

North Philly’s sizzling 132lb prospect T.J. “The Young Stunna” Velasquez looks to continue his rise towards national stardom when he travels to the Junior Olympic Regional in Chesapeake, Ohio this weekend.

Fresh off a dominating performance at the Pennsylvania eastern regionals, Velasquez finally gets his chance to test himself against national competition on his quest for national excellence.

MAK Boxing is very proud of T.J. Velasquez and we wish him all the best this weekend. You are family to us and we are behind you 100%.

 Lookout Ohio!!! The “Young Stunna” is coming strong and prepared!!!!      

Tuesday
May082012

Velasquez impresses at Junior Olympics

Rising North Philly amateur boxing sensation T.J. Velasquez made an impressive showing in the PA eastern regional’s of the Junior Olympics on Saturday night at the famed Front Street Gym. The sixteen year old Velasquez, having recently fought as light as 109lbs, is quickly growing into the upper weight classes and faced his first test Saturday night at the 132lb division.

T.J. Velasquez looked primed and ready as he entered the ring on Saturday night in the Eastern Regional Cadet division, semi-final bout. His opponent was Juan Sanchez of the Allentown Boxing Club. Sanchez looked confident as he stepped into the ring. Little did he know that his chances were slim as he faced the human whirlwind called “The Young Stunna.”

Once the opening bell rang, Sanchez chose to trade with the lightning quick and powerful Velasquez. This proved futile and he immediately reverted into a defensive minded-counter punching style as he retreated to the corner and bent down to avoid flurries. Velasquez didn’t mind, as he stepped in and bombed away, racking up the points. Sanchez could only cover up and hastily retreat around the ring, landing the occasional counter in desperation.

The third and final round belonged to the young upstart from the Philly Rumbler’s Gym, as he battered Sanchez from corner to corner. When the final bell sounded, the local crowd erupted into to cheers for the honors student from Elverson Military Academy. The lopsided point victory moved T.J. Velasquez into the cadet division finals this weekend at the legendary Front Street Gym.

Come out and cheer on one of MAK Boxing’s potential future stars and as Velasquez attempts to win the 132lb final of the Middle Atlantic Association Junior Olympics on Saturday night, 5/12.

The address for the Front Street Gym is: 2076 East Clearfield Street Philadelphia PA 19134.

The first bout is scheduled for 7pm. And tickets will be available at the door.

 

Monday
Apr232012

Ocasio and Sosa Deliver Action & Excitement, but Again No Winner!

by Gary Purfield

In what will definitely be in the running for Philadelphia Fight of the year when the Briscoe Awards roll around, Angel Ocasio and Jason Sosa gave the crowd an electric fight in their rematch Friday night. After a disputed draw in January at the National Guard Armory, where both Ocasio and Sosa felt they won, they returned to same venue to settle the score.

 Fortunately for the fans both fighters wanted it bad enough they were willing to lay it all on the line for eight rounds in a back and forth battle. Unfortunately for everyone involved, these two are oil and water and picking a winner is no simple task. Once again, rounds were close and hard to call. These two could fight twenty more times without ever having a clear winner.

The action started fast from the opening bell. In a battle of the bridge with Ocasio from Philadelphia and Sosa coming over the water from Camden, NJ, the two young fighters were eager to take control from the start. The smoother boxer, Ocasio used fluid footwork to move in and out to operate. Ocasio had a good jab working that he used to set up a solid body to head attack. Meanwhile, the pressure fighting Sosa used determination to make up for his opponent’s skill and marched forward throwing hard punches at every opportunity.

The majority of rounds were difficult to call. After two rounds, the Boxing Tribune had it two to nothing for Ocasio. Other ringside media had it one to one or two to nothing Sosa. It was obvious early on this fight would need a knockout to have a decisive winner.

But neither fighter was going to allow himself to be put out of this one. Each side had a large and vocal following in the audience that made for an electric atmosphere. From the moment the fighters entered the ring to the final bell you had to scream to be heard when talking to the person next to you. Every punch drew a roar from the crowd. Every chant of Sosa-Sosa was combated by chants of Angel-Angel.

The action only got hotter as the rounds went by. Sosa was at his best in rounds three and five, applying pressure. Ocasio was at his best early in the fight and then was tremendous in round six where he used boxing and brawling to punch Sosa around the ring. It appeared several times in round six Ocasio might have his man hurt. But Sosa was not going to go away.

Rounds seven and eight were close and, again, tough to score. The crowd clearly played a part as each man fought through fatigue. Both warriors fired combinations and attacked with bad intentions up until the final bell.

When it ended, nearly everyone had differing scorecards, but the three that mattered once again could not determine a winner. In the first fight it was one card for Ocasio and two for a draw. Tonight it was one card for Sosa 77-75 and two cards a draw at 76-76 (the Boxing Tribune also scored the bout a draw 76-76).

Each man believed he had won the fight. Ocasio 6-0-2 (1 KO) discussed his opinion.

“I thought I won the fight. Five rounds, maybe six. I don’t know what’s going on with the judges right now, I don’t know if the promoters just want to make money. I think I did a better show than the last fight. I feel as though I won the fight five rounds to three.”

When asked if Sosa’s pressure swayed the judges, Ocasio believed that boxing skills are more valuable than pressure.

“Pressure doesn’t mean anything to me because if I’m boxing right, landing clean shots, working the jab. This sport is called boxing. Pressure doesn’t mean anything if you know how to box and control it with your footwork. I thought I did that enough but the judges were watching something else but I thought I came out victorious.

Sosa 4-1-3 (1 KO) was clear as well that in his mind he won the fight and was unable to get a fair shake coming to Philadelphia from his home across the bridge in Camden, NJ.

“Disappointment, I believe I had control of the fight. It’s disappointment man. I can’t even say any more.

“I won. I mean I won the first fight. I won this one, but you know what, I won’t ever fight here again cause it’s always favoritism. I don’t know what I have to do to win this fight. Do I really have to knock him out to win the fight. Favoritism, he’s from Philadelphia, I’m from the city of Camden.”

Where they go from here is not certain. Fans would certainly be up for a third fight, but each fighter had their take when asked afterwards. Ocasio stated that he had no reason to fight Sosa again. Sosa stated that he would fight a third time but it would have to be in his home town of Camden, NJ.

It was a bitter pill for both fighters to swallow after giving everything for eight hard fought rounds. It is always bitter-sweet in boxing when a great fight fails to deliver a great, decisive ending. But easily lost in the disappointment of a draw is the fact that everyone was treated to a great fight, fantastic action, and an electric atmosphere that is not seen often enough in this sport.

Under-Card Report

Well regarded prospect, Miguel Cartagena 5-0 (3 KO) got what was probably the best test of his young career thus far from late substitute, Luis Ortiz 2-11 fighting out of Puerto Rico. Cartagena, a highly decorated amateur and one of Philadelphia’s top young boxing talents was scheduled to take on Jose Rivera in a six rounder. He learned this week he would have a different opponent and the bout had been dropped to four rounds.

Ortiz came out attacking and put pressure on the young talent that he has not seen thus far as a pro. Cartagena quickly adjusted and began gaining tactical control of what turned out to be a one-sided, but exciting fight. Cartagena won every round, 40-36 on all three cards, but each round was competitive with back and forth action. Ortiz was badly outclassed, but made a fight of it by applying pressure and absorbing Cartagena’s hard shots well.

By round three, Cartagena started to really pull ahead and land heavy shots at will, but still Ortiz came forward and landed some punches of his own. Cartagena assessed his performance after the fight.

“I would say an eight. Of course I wanted to land a lot more punches, get hit with a lot less punches. It’s all stuff I’m going to work on in the gym. It’s a moving process. I didn’t know anything of him. I just found out his name today. I’m not too angry at myself, I’m not angry at myself at all but I am going to work on some things when I get back to the gym.”

For Cartagena, it will go down as a good win and more importantly a solid learning experience. He showed he can fight through some pressure and adversity. He came out well ahead despite a difficult matchup from a late notice opponent and can gain far more from this win than steam rolling an easy opponent.

Georgiy Guralnik 3-0 (1 KO) of Philadelphia took a unanimous decision over Taffo Asongwed 2-11-7 (0 KO) of Montreal, Canada in a four round heavyweight bout by scores of 39-37 on all three cards. Guralnik came out strong and Asongwed had no interest in engaging early as he ran around the ring avoiding the taller Guralnik. Asongwed came on in the last rounds as Guralnik tired from his pursuit, but couldn’t do enough to get out of the early hole.

In the opening bout of the evening John Bowman 2-0-1 (0 KO) of Dover, DE won a unanimous decision over Brian Donahue 2-2 (0 KO) of Philadelphia in a four round Super Middleweight bout. Bowman was the more complete boxer and his skill allowed him to control the fight. Donahue, who is coming back from some tough years including being homeless and drug addicted, looked to land the equalizer, but Bowman was a step ahead at every turn. Bowman won by scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37.

Notes

  • The ten bout card was cut to four on fight day due to several drop outs and cancellations for various reasons
Thursday
Apr192012

Sosa and Ocasio lightweight title fight, weigh in live at Chickie’s and Pete’s on Thursday night at 7PM

For immediate release: (Philadelphia, PA)

The camps are ready and the rematch for the USBC Lightweight title is on the line on Friday night at the National Guard Armory as Mak Boxing’s Angel Ocasio (6-0-1, 1KO) and Jason Sosa (4-1-2, 1KO) look to settle unfinished business in the long awaited eight round main event of Greg Robinson’s Power Productions “Philly Barnburner 3” professional boxing extravaganza.    . 

The hard work is done and the two will face off one more time as they weigh in Thursday night at 6:30PM before a live audience at Chickie’s and Pete’s on the Roosevelt Boulevard. Come catch some fine food and get a glimpse of the fighters as they see the highly coveted USBC belt for the first time. Watch as the fighters step on the scales and go face to face for the last time before the long awaited showdown goes down. 

It should be a live night as both participants are in the best shape of their careers and will show off their physiques before they step onto the scales.

If you can’t make it to the event, ESPN Radio’s Henry Racich and Joe Krouse of “The Boxing show” will be cover the weigh in live on ESPN950AM beginning at 7PM.

See the inside of what really goes on in boxing before the fight goes down. Live Thursday night at:

Chickie’s and Pete’s.   

11000 Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania 19116.

Time: 6:30PM

The weigh in is free and the public is invited to attend.

 

Thursday
Mar292012

Ocasio is ready to settle unfinished business!!!

Friday night April 20th at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia, rising North Philly and MAK Boxing Management lightweight prospect Angel Ocasio (6-0-1,1KO) is ready to settle unfinished business when he faces Camden New Jersey’s Jason Sosa in an eight round rematch.

Both fighters knew their chance to rise above the best local lightweights went through each other and they decided to put it all on the line back on January 13th at the National Guard Armory in a six round contest. In what was easily the fight of the evening, both fighters went at it in a back and for affair that left the raucous crowd on the edge of their seats. The bout appeared on the line as the bell rung to begin the sixth and final round. Sosa tried to press the attack, but Ocasio was stronger down the stretch and seemed to capture the last round and the fight. The judges thought differently and ruled the bout a majority decision draw with one card going to Ocasio. The crowd rose to their feet in appreciation of the efforts of both fighters.

Both fighters claimed victory and immediately a rematch was talked about to settle the score. Power Productions Promoter Greg Robinson knew the importance of the fight, so he raised the stakes for a rematch. The USBC lightweight title is now on the line and the Main Event for April 20th has been elevated to the eight round limit. 

Ocasio promises that this time he will leave no doubt in the judge’s eyes as to who will be the winner. With just four weeks to go, Ocasio is near the lightweight limit and in top condition for the biggest fight of his career. Sparring partners are now feeling the speed and power of a man driven to rid his record of its only blemish. Come Friday April 20th, there will be no excuses. You will see the best Angel Ocasio has to offer.

The co –feature of the evening, undefeated North Philly bantamweight Miguel Cartagena, will fight his toughest test to date when he squares off against New York’s Jose “Chili” Rivera (3-5-2).

There will surely be a star studded cast in attendance for this fight. Some of the notables expected to attend will be newly crowned WBC junior welterweight champ, Danny “Swift” Garcia and former world renowned heavyweight legend “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon.

Tickets for this can’t miss card are priced at $60 Ringside, $50 Floor Seats and $40 General Admission.

Get your tickets early for this one as it is sure to be a sellout.

Tickets can be obtained by calling MAK Boxing at 267-325-9963 or 610-864-0945.

Please purchase your tickets though MAK Boxing, so that we can continue to take Angel Ocasio to even greater heights.