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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Monday, March 28, 2011


South Philadelphia heavyweight John Mercurio saw William Miranda win a heavyweight fight last week at Harrah's Chester, and he had an idea: Challenge Miranda.

Challenge accepted.

So it will happen Friday night at the South Philadelphia Asylum Arena, at 7 W. Ritner Street. Sounds like an interesting fight card.

Here is the press release, provided by one of the great boxing writers, Kurt Wolfheimer:

" . Ticket will be available at the door or from your favorite fighter."
Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions returns to South Philly Asylum Arena on Friday night, April 1st with an explosive night of action appropriately titled "Unfinished Business." The main event of the evening will feature the homecoming of undefeated welterweight prospect and North Philadelphia’s own Raymond "Tito" Serrano (14-0, 7KO’s).

Serrano last fought in the "City of Brotherly Love" back in 2008. Serrano steamrolled Jimmy LeBlanc, dropping him three times en-route an impressive two minute and thirty seven second knockout on that August night in 2008. Since that time, the explosive North Philadelphian has reeled off seven consecutive victories.

Serrano’s opponent on Friday night is Corey Alarcon (14-16-1, 4KO’s) of Denver, Colorado. Alarcon has tested some of the best in the world, including Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Chad Broussard, Mike "No Joke" Stewart and owns a disqualification victory over "Vicious" Victor Ortiz.

In The co-feature of the evening Johnstown PA cruiserweight sensation Andres "Taylor Made" Taylor makes the trek across the state to show the Philly brethren what has made him a rising cruiserweight contender and huge crowd favorite throughout the rest of the state. Taylor, with an outstanding record of 16-1-2, 7KO’s is ready for whoever they put in front of him.

Undefeated Polish middleweight Patrick Majewski (15-0, 10KO’s) is also scheduled for action in a six round contest against Allen Medina (8-18, 1KO).

In a special four round heavyweight attraction, John Mercurio (3-0, 3KO’s) is set to swap punches with William Miranda(2-2). Mercurio’s people know Miranda well, as he upset his stable mate Jamie Campbell on March 18th at Harrah’s Casino in Chester PA. Is a payback in store?

Hard hitting Union City New Jersey and KEA Boxing regular Juan "The Beast" Rodriquez (5-0 3KO’s) returns to the South Philly Asylum Arena against Andrew Jones (0-4) in a four round welterweight scrap

North Philadelphia’s "Killer" Keenan Smith (3-0, 1KO) is also slated for action on the card in a special four round super featherweight attraction against Jose Padilla (0-2).

Exciting Philly welterweight sensation Ardrick "The Hit Man" Butler (5-4, 2KO’s) is set to swap punches with Felton Delaware’s Mike "Strictly Business" Denby (3-8-3, 2KO’s).

Rounding out the card will be a four round will be a four round super feather weight bout featuring undefeated polish knockout artist, Kamil Laszczyk (2-0, 2KO’s) against Puerto Rico’s Javier Ramos (2-5).

Tickets for this explosive night of boxing are as follows: VIP Ringside $100, VIP Upper Box $100, Ringside $65 and GA $45.
To purchase advance tickets go to KEA Boxing’s website at



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