Jamaal Davis addresses the fans about Cancer Awareness
Boxing fans this is a one and only chance for you to support Cancer Awareness and win an autographed T-Shirt signed by many of the great boxers featured and in attendance at the Shamrocks and Dreams Event in Philly on October 4, 2008. The shirt has been signed in person by Hall of Famer Jeff Chandler, Former Heavyweight Champ Tim Witherspoon and his son Tim Witherspoon Jr. (who just got his first victory), IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham, Former World Junior Middleweight Champion Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma, Current NABA Light Heavyweight Champ Yusaf Mack, Irish Boxing Up and Coming Stars Paul Hyland, Simon ‘Slick Fighting Irish’ O’Donnell, Patrick Hyland.
Jamaal Davis with the autographed shirt being auctioned for Cancer Awareness
This pink cancer support t-shirt has a special meaning and it’s a symbol of the Courageous efforts of Philadelphia Boxer Jamaal Davis, who is doing what ever it takes to highlight the importance of cancer awareness, Davis is a young middleweight from Philadelphia who lost his wife Patrilla, who passed away at the age of 25 last December after battling breast cancer for years. Davis who was decked out in pink for Cancer Awareness Month, fought a four round bout on the October 4th Shamrocks and Dreams Event in honor and memory of his wife. Davis and his kind hearted trainer Sharron Baker have also autographed this shirt. All proceeds from this auction will be donated to The American Cancer Society in memory of Patrilla Davis.
Adamek and Cunningham set to battle for the belt on December 11th
Steve Cunningham current IBF Cruiserweight Champ who is preparing for his December 11th title defense against Tomasz ‘Polish Warrior’ Adamek at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Is also contributing to this great cause and supporting Davis his gym mate by giving the winner of this auction a chance to meet him and watch one of his training sessions at The James Shuler Memorial Gym.
Steve Cunningham with IBF Championship Belt at Shulers Gym
Champion Steve Cunningham will also sign a pair of boxing gloves for the winning bidder.
Please help KO Cancer by bidding on this awesome boxing package all proceeds (100%) from this auction will be donated to The American Cancer Society. Winning bidder has the option to make a check payable to the American Cancer Society for the total of the winning bid.
Sharron Baker (left) and Jamaal Davis (center) surrounded by family
Steve Cunningham and the winning bidder must agree on a mutual time for the meet and greet.
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Reporting Ringside: Diane Bennett October 4, 2008
Boxing fans who attended the Shamrocks and Dreams event promoted by Philadelphia Worldwide at The Northeast National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania were treated to a card full of hard punches, knockouts, upsets, first time victories, comebacks and one heart warming story.
You will read about Tim Witherspoon Jr. first professional victory, Paul Hyland’s first career defeat and Kassim Ouma’s first victory in his last four fights.
This night however, belonged to Philly’s own Jamaal Davis a young middleweight who took on another Philly boxer Chris Hall in a 4 round battle. Davis was not fighting for a championship belt, he was fighting with a champion’s heart while supporting cancer awareness month. It was not to long ago, last December that Jamaal’s young bride Patrilla passed away at the age of 25 after battling breast cancer for years. Davis all decked out in Pink entered the ring for the second bout of the night with the thoughts of his wife in his heart. Davis who has dedicated his career to honor his wife was determined to get back on the winning track after suffering three straight defeats. Tonight Jamaal did not let her down he simply out boxed his fellow Philadelphian Chris Hall for four rounds just like his trainer Sharron Baker planned. Davis earned a unanimous decision victory. All three judges scored the fight for Davis who improved his record to 8 -4.
Jamaal Davis works on the inside
After the fight the humble Davis with his whole family in the center of the ring, this included his two children, his mother, his mother in-law and his trainer Sharron Baker. Davis, thanked all his fans for their support, love and most important asked everyone to be aware of Cancer. Davis who plans to fight on not only for the love of boxing but for the determination to do what ever he could to help raise funds for the fight against the deadly cancer disease. Along with Diamond Boxing, Davis has his sights sets on other events to help promote Cancer Awareness. It’s Jamaal Davis on this night that should get the headlines for his courageousness, for the love and devotion he gives to his family, to his sport and his never give up attitude. IBF Cruiserweight champion Steve “USS: Cunningham who was on hand to support Davis also saluted the efforts of Davis.
Jamaal Davis addresses the fans about Cancer Awareness
Davis along with Diamond Boxing will be auctioning off a autographed pink T- shirt which was signed by many of the boxers who participated on the card and by many of the champions in attendance. The auction will take place on E-Bay and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Former world junior middleweight champion Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma, 26-5-1 (16 KOs) was pitted against Martinus ‘Magnificent’ Clay 13-19-4 (5KOs) from Wilson, North Carolina in a 10 round junior middleweight battle. Ouma coming off three straight defeats was looking to get his career back on track. At the early stages of the match Ouma who was sizing up Clay was able to land a few jabs but in most part was not that active. Ouma started to get into a groove in the third round while producing more output. Through the first four rounds the game Clay was able to hold his ground and actually buckled Ouma twice in the forth with powerful combinations that woke Ouma up. From that point forward Ouma dominated Clay, looking very sharp in the fifth round Ouma with the momentum now on his side dropped Clay twice in the sixth. After the second knockout with the agreement of Clay’s corner the fight was stopped at the 1:38 mark of the round.
Ouma works off the ropes
Clay takes a knee and gets counted out
The amazing and challenging life story of Kassim Ouma is being made into a motion picture which will be released this winter. Legendary Academy Award winning actor Forrest Whitaker is one of the Executive producers. The movie portraits Ouma’s incredible life journey from his days of being kidnapped from school at the age of six by the rebel army who was seeking to overthrow the Ugandan government all the way through his championship boxing days.
Kassim Ouma close up
In a four round Featherweight clash Paul Hyland from Dublin, Ireland put his undefeated record on the line against Lucian Gonzales. Both boxers came to battle slugging it out throughout. It was Gonzales who got the better of Hyland in round three landing solid body shots which he followed with a wicked combination knocking Hyland to the canvas. The hurt Hyland was able to finish the round the dazed Hyland after the bell walk to the wrong corner. In the forth round Hyland demonstrated his toughness and was able to gut out the round, while warding off the blows from the tough Gonzalez. In the end the three judges scored the fight for Gonzales 39-36,38-37 and 38-37. With the win Gonzales advances his record to 8-4, while Hyland’s record now stands at 12-1.
Gonzales lands to Hyland’s body
In one of the co-featured fights up and coming star middleweight Simon ‘Slick Fighting Irish’ O’Donnell, 7-1 (4 KOS),a native of County Galway who fights out of Philadelphia. O’Donnell took on Antonio Baker (3-11-1, 4KOs) in a 6 rounder. O’Donnell in workmen like fashion was able to break down Baker and take him out in the fifth round. O’Donnell come away with a TKO victory after the referee stopped the fight at the 58 second mark of the fifth round.
Team O’Donnell with IBF Champ Steve Cunningham
All the way from Dublin, Ireland, Patrick Hyland 15-0 (8KOs), faced off against Santiago, Dominican Republic native, Elvis Luciano Martinez 11-27-2 (5KOs), in a four round super featherweight battle. Martinez was no match for Hyland who just dismantled him in the second round. Hyland floored Martinez with a beautiful right in the first round and finished his business in the second round, dropping Martinez for a second and third time.
Elvis Martinez gets counted out after being knockdown by Patrick Hyland
To start the evening off Tim Witherspoon Jr. the son of Former Heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon in his second professional fight took on Julius Edmounds in a four round welterweight clash. Witherspoon Jr. did enough to earn his first professional victory by majority decision, two judges scored the fight 39 -37 for Witherspoon and the third judge had the fight even at 38-38.
Tim Witherspoon Jr. and Witherspoon Sr. raise fist in victory
Philly’s James Shuler Memorial Gym the Foundation of Boxing Champions
BY: Diane Bennett www.diamondboxing.com
When you write about James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym and its boxers your words need to be golden, each word needs to be carefully thought out each word must be crisp and precise. Most of all your thoughts need to have passion and desire, you need to be dedicated to your story and be able demonstrate commitment. Since these are the keys to the James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym from the crispness of their hits, to their passion, dedication and desire to be successful, the boxers, trainers and coaches at Shuler’s expect only the best of themselves. Commitment runs rampant within the gym walls from the up and coming amateurs to the experienced professionals they all share the same goals. When it comes to boxing history especially the rich Philly Boxing History no one at Shuler’s comes up short either. They can tell you about the greats from Jolting Jeff Chandler to Bernard Hopkins, from Bob Montgomery to Tim Witherspoon.
Each boxer training on the day we visited wasted no time to show us the love they have for their sport and for each other within the gym. And it was for the love he had for the late James Shuler that Percy “Buster” Custus opened the James Shuler Memorial Gym in 1994.Cutus a trainer had met Shuler while he was working out at Joe Frazier’s Gym the two established a special relationship. They were friends for over 14 years, until Shuler’s life was cut short when he passed away from a fatal motorcycle accident in March 1986.
The city of Brotherly Love holds true to form in Shuler’s when we chatted with Gee Culmer, Jamaal Davis, Steve Cunningham, Marianne Marston, Jason Sia, Sharron Baker and Percy Custus himself each one in their own words described the support and encouragement they exude for each other. It was Jamaal Davis who said it best if it wasn’t for everyone in my Shuler Gym family I would not have been able to go forward with my career after the passing of my wife Patrilla to cancer last year “There is nothing else I would rather do than be in this gym”. Davis spoke about how at 4AM he can call his trainer Sharron Baker and without hesitation she will pickup the phone and listen to him. He told us how Steve Cunningham and his family was there every step of the way to help him deal with the challenging times he was facing and how Nazim Richardson (trainer of Bernard Hopkins) and Percy Custus guide him, “They are my father figures” Davis says. Davis who has dedicated his career to his wife is scheduled to fight on October 4th at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia.
The training is fierce no session goes without extreme intensity as their trainer’s guide them through their workout the Shuler Boxer’s push each other along. Each one rooting on the other to throw a harder punch, to snap the jab, to get the extra sit up in it just does not stop. Inspiration does not fall short at Shuler’s either. Gee Culmer easily pointed to IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham when asked who inspires him to work hard. Culmer stated “Steve Cunningham has the blueprint of hard work locked up “He Cunningham is always in top shape before a fight, after a fight, six month’s after a fight, he is always in the same top shape”. Cunningham who works out each day with a chest protector (flack jacket) filled with 25 to 30 pounds of weights draped over his body has one of the top physics in the sport to go along with his 21-1 record. Cunningham who is waiting to hear a date for his mandatory title defense against number one challenger Tomasz Ademek, which he is anticipating will be scheduled for late October or November. Cunningham has not fought in the United States since his January 2006 knockout victory over Bryon Lloyd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cunningham is anticipating the fight against Ademek to take place on home soil. In the meantime it’s business as usually for Cunningham who has been in two training camps and has been sparring throughout the year to stay sharp. Cunningham is setting his sites on being the true unified champion, he wants to hold all the Cruiserweight belts and after a recent trip to the Induction weekend at the Boxing Hall of Fame, Cunningham has set another goal for himself. He was so taken by the Hall of Fame experience that it’s now a goal of his to be inducted one day. The Hall of Fame experience as Cunningham says “Motivated me so much that all my punches have extra snap on them now”.
There have been many legendary boxers to come out of Philly the list is pages upon pages long with the names of George Benton, Boogaloo Watts, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Joe Frazier and Bernard Hopkins. Well Gee Culmer and the rest of the boxers at Shuler’s know there boxing history, they can tell you stories about all of them. Through films, videos and books they have learned the history of their sport. Culmer who has achieved a 15 -1 record and has fought 10 of his fights at the Philly landmark The Legendary Blue Horizon, can tell you how Archie Moore ended Philadelphia’s own Harold Johnson’s unbeaten streak at 24 when he recorded a unanimous decision victory over Johnson on April 26, 1949 at Convention Hall in Philly. Culmer can tell you how Jeff Chandler beat Julian Solis twice the first time taking the WBA bantamweight title from Solis and the second time defending the title. It’s this type of passion Culmer has about the sport he loves. Culmer also has the love of fighting in The Legendary Blue Horizon were the who’s who of Philly Boxing have fought. Culmer says ‘It’s like a ritual fighting at The Legendary Blue Horizon” “It has a tradition of its own, so many greats have fought there” “It’s the ghost of past fighters, there spirits are still in the building”. Culmer knows so much about the sport if there was a Jeopardy show on boxing Culmer would be the Champion. However, the only championship Culmer has on his mind right now is working his way up towards the Super Middleweight Championship.
Without doubt it’s true Philly Brotherly Love that these boxers, trainers and coaches have for their sport and each other inside and outside the walls of Shuler’s Gym. They say that Madison Square Garden in New York is the Mecca of Boxing well then Philly’s James Shuler Memorial Gym has to be the Foundation of Boxing Champions.
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