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January 11, 2019


Press Release: A rare six-round contest between unbeaten welterweights--Marcel Rivers of North Philadelphia and Derrick Whitley, Jr., of Massachusetts-- highlights the preliminary card on Friday evening, Feb. 8th at Philadelphia's 2300 Arena. Headlining the eight-fight program is an eight-round bantamweight match-up between undefeated Christian Carto of South Philadelphia and Victor Ruiz of San Diego.
Rivers, 31, has won all six of his pro fights, four by knockout.  A single father, he balances boxing with a full-time, physically taxing job at Philadelphia Gas Works.  Rivers, the sole caregiver for his 6-year-old son, Cameron, recently added another "why" to his quest to become a world champion.  His new baby daughter, 4-month-old Jennah, provides him with new inspiration.
"I definitely have an incentive to work even harder now," said Rivers.  "It's an honor to be on this card, with all the talent. A lot of these guys have backing, but I have come out of nowhere and found my way, so I appreciate the opportunity to fight on this card."
Whitley, Jr, 27, a southpaw, is unbeaten in five pro fights with one draw.  He comes from a fighting family--his dad and uncle were veteran pros: Derrick Whitley, Sr., had 52 pro fights from 1995 to 2007.  Uncle Darren--twin brother of Whitley, Sr.-- had 44 pro fights from 1995 to 2003.  Both fought as super middleweights and light heavyweights.

The younger Whitley trains at the family gym.  He works with adults who have had brain injuries, a career he has pursued for many years.  He also plays semi-pro football.
"Rivers vs. Whitley was not the easiest fight to make," said matchmaker J Russell Peltz, "given the culture of boxing today where few fighters want to risk their spotless records at such an early stage.  These two guys are different and I applaud them for it."


Coatesville, PA, junior welterweight Gerardo Martinez (3-1, 1 KO) faces Haitian-born Osnel Charles (12-18-1, 2 KOs), of Atlantic City NJ, who has appeared at the 2300 Arena in four of his last seven fights.  This bout is scheduled for four rounds...
New Hope, PA, bantamweight Alejandro Jimenez (4-0, 1 KO) will mix it up with Edgar Cortes (6-4), of Vineland, NJ, in a six-round, bantamweight contest...

Puerto Rican-born Jonathan Torres (1-0), of Bethlehem, PA, faces Atlantic City bantamweight Dallas Holden (1-3) over four rounds.
"You have Gerardo Martinez with a 3-1 record going up against a 31-fight veteran in Osnel Charles," said Peltz.  "Or Alejandro Jimenez, at 4-0, fighting a capable ten-fight lefty in Edgar Cortes. There are times when four- and six-round fights are more appetizing than some of the so-called big fights you see on television."

The card also includes the professional debuts of two of heavyweight Sonny Conto of South Philly and bantamweight Jeremy Adorno, of Allentown, PA, who both announced last week that they had signed with Top Rank Boxing.

Conto, 22, was a standout baseball player at Rowan College at Gloucester County before turning his attention to boxing.  He takes on Jimmy Levins (0-4) of Buffalo, NY. 

Adorno, younger brother of fellow Top Rank signee Joseph Adorno, was born in Puerto Rico.  He boasts an amateur record of 106-17 with multiple Silver Gloves National titles and two Ringside World titles under his belt. 
In a six-round heavyweight bout on the Feb. 8th card, North Philadelphia's Darmani Rock (13-0, 8 KOs) will look to secure his 14th win-- but no opponent is named yet.  Rock won national and international titles as an amateur and is trained by his father, Wayne, AKA Whiz.

Tickets for the Raging Babe show can be purchased by calling 215-765-0922. 

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