On Friday night, April 2, Derek “Pooh” Ennis will make the first defense of the USBA Jr. Middleweight title against an opponent to be named shortly in a bout that will be the main event of a terrific night of boxing dubbed “Spring Fling” that will be promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Inc.
Ennis of Philadelphia has a record of 20-2-1 with thirteen knockouts and is coming off a fifth round stoppage over Edwin Vazquez on February 5 at The Legendary Blue Horizon.
Ennis won the USBA Jr. Middleweight title with a tremendous back and forth brawl as he won a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Eromosele Albert on October 16 and The Legendary Blue Horizon.
Ennis and Albert exchanged hard combinations in close and the near-sellout crowd at The Legendary Blue Horizon was entertained as the fight was one of the best in Philadelphia in the past few years.
Ennis won by scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113 in the bout for which most ringside observers thought could have gone either way. That win catapulted Ennis into the world rankings as he is now ranked number-thirteen by the IBF.
The win over Vazquez was Ennis’ eighth straight victory and he holds win over Albert (22-3-1), John Mackey (11-3-2) and Troy Browning (20-2-1) in that streak.
This will be Ennis fifth appearance at The Legendary Blue Horizon (4-0, 3 KO’s) with his most recent bout being the impressive performance against Vazquez.
In the co-feature, Derek Ennis’ brother, undefeated Super Middleweight, Farah Ennis will make his Legendary Blue Horizon debut as he competes in an eight round bout against an opponent to be named.
Ennis of Philadelphia, like his older brother is trained by his father, Derrick “Bozy” Ennis and has built up a reputation as a top prospect in the Super Middleweight division.
He is coming off a third round stoppage over Emanuel Gonzalez (9-6) on February 27 in Allentown, PA. Also seeing action will be Super Featherweight prospect, Anthony Flores of Philadelphia.
Flores will be looking to rebound from his first pro defeat that came in his last bout when he dropped a hotly contested unanimous decision to Victor Valenzuela (6-0) on September 19 in Atlantic City. In that bout, Flores fought very valiantly as he suffered a broken orbital bone in that fight.
Flores, 22 years old, has a record of 8-1 with five knockouts and will be making his second appearance at The Blue Horizon. In his maiden fight at The Blue, he scored a first round stoppage over twenty-two fight veteran Carlos Diaz last May 1.
Exciting and undefeated Heavyweight, Maurice Byarm will make his Legendary Blue Horizon debut on April 2.
Byarm, 6-0 with four knockouts is originally from Philadelphia but now calls Washington, DC home and has been thrilling the locals with his all out, crowd pleasing style.
Byarm is coming off a first round knockout over Maurice Winslow on January 31 in Fort Washington, MD. On a side note, Byarm’s father, Lionel Byarm was the first ever professional opponent for Evander Holyfield in 1984.
In other bouts, John Bolden (1-0, 1 KO) returns to The Legendary Blue Horizon after his devastating knockout over Nathan Perrott in a four round Heavyweight bout.
Philadelphia’s Ruben Ivey will make his pro debut in a four round Heavyweight bout. Tim Johnson (4-1, 2 KO’s) and Taneal Goyco (3-1, 1 KO) square off in a four round cruiserweight affair featuring Philadelphia fighters.
Clemente Bethea (1-0) is back at The Blue after his pro debut win on February 5 and now he will take on fellow Philly fighter, Jason Sia (0-1) in a four round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Jose Ortiz (2-2, 1 KO) of Jersey City, NJ will see action in a four round Featherweight bout against an opponent to be named.
Ticket prices for this great night of boxing are $200 for Queen Seating, $125 for Presidential Seats, $65 for VIP Seating, $55 for Ringside Seating and $45 for General Admission Seating. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-763-0500 or through PayPal by clicking www.legendarybluehorizon.com/html/tickets.html Doors open at 6:30 PM / First Bout begins at 7:30 P.M.