WHO ARE THEY: Teon Kennedy (17-2-2) is a junior lightweight boxer from Philadelphia who previously held the USBA and North American super bantamweight titles. Kennedy won the USBA belt in November 2009 with a knockout over Francisco Rodriguez in the 10th round. Although it was an exciting victory for Kennedy, the night took a tragic turn as Rodriguez collapsed in his corner and eventually died. In September 2010, Kennedy defeated Alex Becerra to win the vacant NABA title. In August 2011, Kennedy lost both titles to Alejandro Lopez in a 12-round bout.
Carlos Vinan is a 33-year old fighter with a 10-9-5 record. Vinan is originally from Ecuador, but lives in Newark, and has had impressive victories over Eric Hunter and Victor Vasquez.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Philadelphia junior lightweight Kennedy hopes to return to his winning ways Saturday night when he takes on Vinan in a scheduled 10-round bout at Bally’s Atlantic City. It’s been a year since Kennedy (17-2-2) has stepped into a ring, with his last fight being a tough loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux in Las Vegas. Meanwhile Vinan (10-9-5) has fought world-class fighters throughout his 8-year pro career, so he’s more than up to the challenge of taking on Kennedy. The evening’s fight card also includes a scheduled 8-round semifinal featuring Camden lightweight Jason Sosa (8-1-3), who has won his last three fights by knockout. There will also be five preliminary fights, the first of which begins at 7:30 p.m.
WHAT’S NEW: Saturday night’s fight will be Kennedy’s first since June of 2012 when he suffered a defeat at the hands of Guillermo Rigondeaux in a WBA super bantamweight title match.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50 and $75, and the event begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Bally’s.