Unbeaten junior welterweight Rock Allen, of Philadelphia, PA, will box Humberto Tapia, of Tijuana, Mexico, in the scheduled eight-round semifinal contest Friday evening, December 5, at The Reading Eagle Theatre at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA.
Telefutura/Univision will televise the Allen-Tapia fight and well as the scheduled 10-round main event between welterweights Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, and Luciano Perez, of Chicago, IL, on its popular Solo Boxeo series beginning at 8pm EST.
Allen, 27 was a member of the 2004 US Olympic Team, but his professional progress has been a slow. He has boxed only 20 times, 13-0 (7), after 40 months as a pro.
His only fight in the last 13 months came Sept. 12 in Grand Prarie, TX, when he earned a unanimous eight-round d ecision over Gilbert Vera, of Austin, TX. He boxed only twice in 2007.
“Today, there are too many microwave fighters,” said Nazim Richardson, father/trainer of Allen. “You pop them in and out comes a glamorous record. We’re trying to build a fighter the right way, not rush him along with a lot of meaningless fights.”
Tapia, 22, is 13-8-1 (7). He has fought better opposition that Allen, having lost a 10 round split decision earlier this year to Jeffrey Resto, of the Bronx, NY, in Boston, MA. He also lost on points to world-rated Jose Reyes, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, and he out-pointed Ramon Montano, of Las Vegas, NV.
Five additional bouts complete the card. The Sovereign Center is located at 700 Penn Street. First fight begins at 7p.m.
Tickets priced at $25, $35, $50 and $65 can be purchased at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. (215-765-0922) and at all Ticketmaster outlets. They also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com