Jesse Hart comes home
Jesse Hart wants to reignite the boxing scene in Philadelphia.
While the city has been a beacon of hard-nosed, blue-collar-type fighters, there have been few fight cards in the city in which a well-known fighter headlines a fight card.
The unbeaten super middleweight will fight Dashon Johnson at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 10-round bout will be televised live on www.GFL.tv.
Coupled with the fact that there has not been a fight card in the “City of Brotherly Love” in some time and Hart’s popularity has increased with each passing fight, the event is sold out.
Hart (19-0, 16 KOs) was victorious in his last bout on Dec. 12, stopping Andrik Saralegui in the first round. He has stopped his last six opponents in a row.
Hart’s most impressive win to date was a sixth round technical knockout win over Mike Jimenez last May in a clash of unbeaten super middleweight prospects.
Tonight will mark the first time in over 15 months that Hart has fought in Philadelphia. He has only fought twice before in the city as a pro.
His fight tonight may not be a cakewalk, despite Johnson’s record as a pro.
Johnson (19-18-3, 6 KOs) has faced a number of unbeaten fighters and prospects in recent years, proving his worth as a tough out against anyone he has faced, including a few upset wins.
In his last bout on Jan. 15, Johnson defeated former amateur standout Izaak Cardona by split decision over 10 rounds. He has won his last four bouts in a row.
Also on the card, unbeaten junior welterweight Mike Reed will fight Samuel Amoaka in an eight-round bout.
Seven more fights round out the Peltz Boxing/Top Rank Promotions card.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since Oct. of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.