MARCH 27 @ 2300 ARENA


Ortiz Defends PA State Lightweight Title

In Philly vs. Philly Main Event

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- It should be another all-Philly classic when lightweights Stevie Ortiz and Damon Allen collide over 10 rounds for Ortiz’ Pennsylvania state lightweight championship on Friday evening, March 27, at the 2300 Arena.


The Ortiz-Allen showdown will headline a seven-bout card dubbed Philly Special by Raging Babe, aka Michelle Rosado.  First fight will start at 7:30 p.m.


“The recipe for success in Philly always has been Philly vs. Philly,” said Rosado.  “It’s what made Philly a great fight town. The hard part today is getting Philly fighters to fight each other so I’m thankful that Steve Ortiz and Damon Allen bought in.  


“This fight is happening at the right time for both of them.  The winner can break into the world rankings.”


Ortiz won the vacant state 135-pound title last year when he scored a pair of knockdowns en route to a unanimous eight-round decision over another Philadelphian, Jeremy Cuevas, at the Met.


The 26-year-old Ortiz last boxed Sept. 20 at the Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA, when he got off the canvas twice to earn an eight-round majority decision over Alejandro Salinas, of Youngstown, OH.  Scores were 75-75, 76-74, 76-74.  


A pro since 2015, Ortiz is 11-0, 3 KOs, and he has boxed only two men with losing records.  Ortiz is managed and trained by Chino Rivas and promoted by DiBella Entertainment.


“It’s a big fight because we are both very talented,” Ortiz said.  “It will draw a lot of attention because of our amateur backgrounds.  A lot of people always wanted to see us fight.


“As amateurs, Damon was always the top guy in his division.  I was the top in my division. We went to the National Golden Gloves together and we fought great fights.  This match-up is going to bring the best out of us.”


"This is a great opportunity for Stevie Ortiz in a hometown, Philly Special main event against Damon Allen,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "This is reminiscent of the great Philly fights of old. The card is stacked and will be a great representation of Philly boxing and the best of local shows. I look forward to working with Raging Babe to secure a television or streaming partner for the March 27 Philly Special. Philly Special will be special and I can’t wait for fans to see it."


Allen, 27, last boxed Oct. 25 at the 2300 Arena when he scored a unanimous six-round decision over Dieumerci Nzau, of Silver Spring, MD.  That marked Allen’s first fight in his hometown in more than four years.


A pro since 2013, Allen is 16-1-1, 5 KOs.  He owns a pair of victories over Mexican veterans Gamaliel Diaz and Martin Honorio.


Allen is managed by Tim VanNewhouse and David McWater, and he is trained by Brian McIntyre.


“I never wanted to be the best in the city; I want to be the best period,” Allen said.  “I know he’s looking at it like it’s a big fight. This isn’t my first rodeo in a fight like this.  I know what to bring and what not to bring. My mind is straight. He is going to be game.  


“I have more experience in and out of the ring.  He’s just another fighter in front of me. I live a boxing lifestyle.  I told him to ‘come ready and prepared’ because I’m coming 110 percent.”


Philly Special is promoted by Raging Babe, in association with DiBella Entertainment. Hall-of-Fame promoter, Russell Peltz will handle the matchmaking duties.


Six preliminary fights open the card, which kicks off at 7:30 in the evening on March 27.  Tickets priced at $50, $75 and $125 go on sale Friday at noon, and can be purchased by visiting or by calling 267-273-0945. 


PHILADELPHIA -- “Raging Babe” Michelle Rosado returns to 2300 Arena, with the second installment of Philly Special, on Friday evening, March 27. This boxing series showcases up-and-coming local talent in competitive matches. The action begins at 7:30 p.m.


The event will build on a successful 2019 for Rosado, which kicked off with her first self-promoted Philadelphia event--Philly Special on Feb. 8--and included her Oct. 4 card, “Blood, Sweat & 50 Years,” celebrating the 50th anniversary in boxing for Hall-of-Fame Promoter J Russell Peltz. Rosado was mentored by Peltz in Philadelphia until she struck out on her own. He will handle matchmaking duties for March 27.


“Philly Special will showcase the type of fights that make Philadelphia a legendary fight town,” said Rosado. “Fighters that would rather be carried out than quit, and fights that are more about left hooks, and less about managers' checkbooks. Real fans, real fighters, real fights."


Club shows have been Rosado’s passion since she promoted her first event in 2011.


“Not every fighter is getting signed to a big promotional agreement out of the amateurs,” said Rosado. “Not every fighter is going to have a manager throwing money at his career. These boxers deserve a platform and an opportunity to advance in boxing--fighters that work their day job during the day, and train at night…they all deserve a shot.”


“Robert Hines, Gary Hinton, Jeff Chandler, Charlie "Choo Choo" Brown, Charles Brewer, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Bernard Hopkins, Jason Sosa, Tevin Farmer, and Julian Williams all began their careers fighting on the Philly club show circuit and went on to become world champions. Club shows matter!”


The Philly Special lineup will be announced Wednesday, February 5th.





A long-awaited comeback, Philly vs. Philly fights,

plus the ring debut of a high school football star



PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The undercard of Raging Babe’s March 27 Philly Special is shaping up to be a classic. 


With the comeback of a local favorite, a pair of Philly vs. Philly matches, and the debut of an elite multi-sport athlete to complement the main event, the card promises to delight fight fans at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.


Popular bantamweight Christian Carto, of South Philadelphia, returns in his first bout since his first loss in 18 bouts nearly 14 months ago.  Carto will fight Mexico City’s Roberto Pucheta in a six-round contest.


In an all-local, six-round junior lightweight fight, Coatesville’s Gerardo Martinez faces a more experienced foe in West Philadelphia’s Frankie Trader.  Martinez, who has only one loss in six fights, works as a landscaper and personal trainer during the day, but recently has scaled back his outside work outside to focus on his boxing career. He defeated Osnel Charles in a pair of back-to-back bouts in 2019, first by majority decision, then unanimously last October. 


Trader is the veteran, with a record of 13-2-1, 3 K0s.  This will be Trader’s first fight after aggravating a previously dislocated shoulder last June during a fight with Jerome Conquest. He would go on to finish the fight, winning an eight-round unanimous decision and showing incredible heart. 


Hall-of-Fame Promoter J Russell Peltz, who is making the matches for Philly Special, sees the bout as a great style match-up. 


“I told Martinez that I’m not going to sugar coat it,” said Peltz.  “He has to get inside, because he’s not going to outbox Trader. This fight is a step-up in class for him and he’s got a shot to win. Too often fighters ask what will happen to them if they lose.  They need to focus more on what will happen if they win.


“On the other hand, if Trader fights the right kind of fight against a guy who walks in like Martinez, he could look like Sugar Ray Robinson.  Martinez is the perfect foil if Trader gets his punches off and doesn’t let Martinez get inside. Neither guy is a big puncher -- it should go the distance and be a good fight, style-wise.” 


Another local attraction sees Daiyaan Butt, undefeated in five bouts, against lefty Seifullah Jihad Wise in a six-round, junior welterweight contest. Butt, 22, is young and energetic, with charisma and talent that has seen him sail through his earlier bouts.  Wise, 27, who represents a step-up in competition for Butt, who is coming off a unanimous decision win over Vinnie Denierio, which followed a string of losses against undefeated boxers in their backyards.  


The March 27 card also will feature the professional debut of Tommy Santiago, a standout football player at William Tennent High School, and brother of pro boxer Milton Santiago, Jr.  With an amateur record of 119-2, Santiago launches his career with a goal of being a multi-sport professional athlete - a boxer who hopes to play in the NFL one day. Santiago is pursuing a college football career with a resume full of high school accolades. He will face Angel Vasquez, of Springfield, MA, in a four-round, light heavyweight bout. 


Rounding out the card: super middleweights Christopher Brooker (14-7, 5 K0s), of West Philly, against Isaac Rodriguez (25-3, 20 K0s), of Brazil, now living in South Jersey, in a six-round bout; welterweight Tahmir Smalls will appear in a four-round contest. 


The card is topped by the highly anticipated Philly vs. Philly match-up -- Stevie Ortiz vs. Damon Allen, in a 10-round bout for Ortiz’ Pennsylvania State Lightweight Title. 


The card kicks off at 7:30 in the evening on Friday, March 27.  Tickets priced at $50, $75 and $125 are on sale now, and can be purchased by visiting or by calling 267-273-0945.