The No. 4 WBC welterweight from Philly the “New” Ray Robinson, 20-2 (9), returns Friday after an 18 month lay-off due to an auto accident in January of this year to headline at the SugarHouse Casino at 1001 N. Delaware Ave. in the city of Brotherly Love, Philly. It will be telecasted over Telemundo channel 62.
The promotion is another Hard Hitting Promotions event put on by Manny Ramirez and Will Ruiz who also serves as matchmaker. At the Local 57 Labor Union Wednesday night they held a press conference attended by many and most of the boxers on the card.
Ring Announcer Pat Michael Fattore did his usual excellent job introducing all six boxers in attendance including the main event boxers in Robinson and his opponent Nicaragua’s hard hitting Santos “El Toro” Benavides, 25-10-2 (19), now out of Houston, TX, who will be in an welterweight 8 round bout.
Robinson has won his last nine fights and has not lost since 2010. The lanky southpaw is a spoiler and made it clear he’d like nothing better than to challenge WBC champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, also of Philly. Robinson said he has been ducked by many top contenders. An elimination match between him and No. 1 WBC contender Andre Berto would be welcomed.
The undercard consists of six bouts including New York’s Steve Martinez, 16-3 (13), who could not make the event and he will be meeting Jeremy Ramos, 9-4 (4), from Colorado in a super welterweight match. The Pizarro brothers Angel, 1-0 (1), and 17 year-old Branden who will be making his debut are both trained by their father. Also appearing will be hard hitting David “One-Two” Murray, 5-1 (4), Christian Carto, 3-0 (3), an outstanding amateur who turned pro this year and another top Philly amateur making his debut in Jeremy Cuevas who was a NJ and PA state champion.
Doors open at 6 and the first fight at 7 per PR man Kurt Wolfheimer.