(APR 23) Philadelphia’s very own
Brian ‘Bionic Bull’ Cohen (9-2) heads up an awesome 10 fight card
when he faces Lafayette, Indiana’s Robbie ‘Taz Mexican Devil’ Tovar
(15-4-1) for the WBC Americas Light Heavyweight title at the Donna
Cohen promoted ‘Brawl On Broad Street’ event at South Philadelphia
High School, Broad & Snyder, Philadelphia on the 9th May.
In addition to the seven male
fights there will also be three female fights, although
unfortunately the highly anticipated and heavily publicized
debut at this event of former World Champions, the legendary
Smokin’ Joe Frazier and Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham’s protégé,
British Super Bantamweight Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston will
not be one of them due to the American authorities decision not
to grant her a visa in time to take part. Instead Donna
Cohen has bought in an exciting replacement in the form of No. 8
ranked Welterweight Olivia Fonseca (2-2-2) in addition to
Lightweight Lonnie Jackson Jr. (1-0) and the professional debut
of Lightweight Liz Sherman.
Cohen, who cuts an imposing figure due to his chiseled
bodybuilder style physique, is odds on favourite to add another
championship belt to his already impressive collection, which
includes the USA Mid American, USA Mid West, NABC, C.A.M. Land
Indiana State Light Heavyweight Titles, even though he failed to
capture the WBC USBN title in his previous outing in January
So why is Cohen such a sure fire bet? One thing for sure is it
isn’t because his opponent a lame duck, anything but, as Tovar
has an excellent pedigree and is a three time local champion at
two different weights, Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight.
The answer to this conundrum can be found elsewhere.
Firstly, Cohen’s January loss to Billy Bailey followed a freak
asthma attack bought on by the 95 degree heat in the arena that
day. Promoter, Donna Cohen, is taking no chances of a repeat
scenario on the 9th May by having an air-conditioned trailer
placed adjacent to the arena for Cohen on the day.
Secondly, and probably more relevant, is that out of the Cohen’s
nine victories to date all but one were by stoppage within three
rounds, with four of those being by way of knockout. Now that’s
impressive stats and surely answers the question.
Supporting Cohen vs.Tovar will be a card packed with local
talent including Super Middleweight Dennis Hassan (8-0),
Heavyweight ‘Big’ John Mercurio (2-0), Cruiserweight Pedro
Martinez (3-2), Super Middleweight Dhafir ‘No Fear’ Smith
(20-19-6), Featherweight Paul Fernandez (4-2-1) and Middleweight
‘Mighty’ Mike Tibberi (7-1). Source/PR