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Tyrone Brunson v Ismael Garcia tops South Philly on Oct 14

Peltz 30/08/2016

It’s another Philly vs. New Jersey showdown when junior middleweight Tyrone Brunson hopes to pin the first loss on Ismael “Tito” Garcia in their scheduled eight-round main event Friday evening, Oct. 14, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights is at 7 p.m.

Brunson, 31, of North Philadelphia, set a record when he turned pro in 2005 and knocked out each of his first 19 opponents in one round. The streak ended in 2008 when Brunson was held to a six-round draw by Mexican Antonio Soriano in Canada.

In his last fight Aug. 5 at the 2300 Arena, Brunson got off the floor twice in the second round to score a spectacular one-punch knockout in the fifth round over Carlos Garcia, of Puerto Rico. That win brought Brunson’s 10-year pro record to 23-6-1, 22 K0s. More important, it gave him the boost he needed to refocus on his once-promising career.

“It’s an honor to be headlining my first main event at home on a great card with a legendary promoter (J Russell Peltz) throwing the show,” said Brunson.

Ismael Garcia, 29, of Vineland, NJ, also comes into the Oct. 14 fight with a win over Carlos Garcia, but it was a much tougher evening. Ismael earned a six-round split decision over Carlos on March 16 at the 2300 Arena.

A pro since 2014, Ismael is 10-0-1, 4K0s, but his career has been hampered by injury and long layoffs. He also has beaten Fred Jenkins, Jr., of Philadelphia, and previously unbeaten lefty Dushane Crooks, of New York.

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“I am excited to be fighting such a talented and devastating puncher in Tyrone Brunson,” Garcia said. “I can’t wait to show my critics why I am the best counter- puncher among the young prospects.”

The semifinal eight-rounder will feature unbeaten junior welterweight Mike Reed, of Baltimore, MD.

A slew of local favorites make up the undercard, highlighted by the fourth meeting between lightweights Victor Vasquez; of Philadelphia, and Osnel Charles, of Atlantic City, NJ. Charles leads the series, 2-1, but Vasquez won the last time by knockout.

Another six-round all-Philly lightweight contest pits Anthony Burgin against Gerald Smith.

Also on the card: junior middleweight Isaiah Wise; the return of welterweight Hasan Young; middleweight Fred Jenkins, Jr., lightweight Steven Ortiz; super bantamweight Nelson Acevedo.