Jul 072011

Atlantic City, NJ — A pair of light-heavyweights from Philadelphia, PA, Tony Ferrante and Andre Hemphill, square off in the eight-round semifinal contest on Friday evening, July 15, at Bally’s Atlantic City.  First fight is 7.30 p.m.  Topping the seven-bout card is a scheduled 10-round junior middleweight contest between Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, and Allen Conyers, of the Bronx, NY.

Tony Ferrante

Tony Ferrante

This will be the second time around for Ferrante and Hemphill, who battled toe-to-toe on Jan. 15, 2010, at the South Philly Arena.  Ferrante earned a six-round split decision in a fight many believed Hemphill had won.

A pro less than four years, Ferrante is 10-2, 5 K0s.  In his last fight June 3 at Harrah’s Chester (PA), he knocked out Joe Park, of Florence, SC, in four rounds.  Ferrante, 27, has lost only to Chuck Mussachio, of Wildwood, NJ, and to Ronson Frank, of Rosedale, NY.  He has defeated Simon Carr, of Philadelphia, PA, and Bill Bailey, of Bakersfield, CA.

Hemphill, 31, is only 10-17-2, 5 K0s, but he has made a career out of accepting hard fights on short notice.  For this one, however, he has had two months to get ready.

A pro since 2005, Hemphill also lost to Mussachio (majority decision) and beat Carr.  Both Hemphill and Ferrante also have defeated Tony Pietrantonio, of Youngstown, OH.  Hemphill has boxed 13 men who were undefeated at the time he fought them.

Andre Hemphill

Andre Hemphill

A six-round junior middleweight contest features Jamaal Davis, of Philadelphia, PA, against Eberto Medina, of Newark, NJ.  Davis is 12-8, 6 K0s, while Medina is 5-6, 1 K0.

Four four-round bouts complete the card.

Tickets priced at $50 and $75 are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions (215-765-0922) and through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000).  They also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

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