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Dynamite Dargan, From The Concrete Jungle And a Family of Fighters

 
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August 11, 2011 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

 
 
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Undefeated Lightweight Karl “Dynamite” Dargan, who fights Tuczon, Arizona tough-guy Juan Suazo for the vacant UBO Inter-Continental title on Saturday August 13 at Bally’s Atlantic City, lives and breathes boxing. He probably couldn’t stop doing so, even if he tried.

 
 

Not only is he from Philadelphia, a city known for its history of producing world class boxers, but Dargan comes from a family packed with fighters. His brother Mike is also a professional boxer, as are cousins Rock and Tiger Allen, while a third cousin, Bear Richardson, who as an eight year old set a Guinness record by doing 1000 pushups, is still an amateur.

And his uncle happens to be one of the most respected trainers in the game.

Besides his nephews and sons, Naazim Richardson, known widely as Brother Naazim, trains living legends Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins and Sugar Shane Mosley, so there is no shortage of inspiration around for the 26-year-old Dargan.

A member of Philadelphia’s Concrete Jungle Boxing Tribe, the pro and amateur boxing team Richardson started around 20 years ago, Dargan and his brother and cousins have enjoyed the wisdom and tutelage of Brother Naazim from a young age.

Rock Allen went as far as qualifying for the 2004 Olympic Games, where he was eliminated in the second round of the tournament by a Bulgarian.

UBO Title-Challenger Karl "Dynamite" Dargan in Action

 

And Bear could have done 1500 pushups, but only did 1000 because he had a cold, said Richardson at the time.

However, Dargan is probably the most talented of all the fighters in his family, and unfortunately it looks like he may be the only future professional champion among them. Brother Mike seems to be semi-retired with a 1-1-1 record, and it is very possible that Rock and Tiger, 15-0 and 3-0 in the pros, will never fight again after a serious car accident this past June landed the twins in intensive care with critical injuries.

But then again, this is a family of fighters and doctors said Coach Richardson might never walk and talk normal again after suffering a massive stroke in early 2007. He recovered in amazingly quick time, and has not slowed down his activities as a trainer at all. Who is to say that Rock and Tiger won’t also recover enough to continue their careers in boxing?

Tiger is out of hospital, but Rock reportedly remains hospitalized and is looking at a long road back to normal life.  

Uncle Naazim gave Karl the “Dynamite” nickname when he was only six years old, and the experienced trainer saw something special in the young pugilist. Dargan proved him right as he went on to win the United States Amateur Championships in 2004 and 2005 and competed in the 2005 World Championships.

After winning gold at the Pan American games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dargan turned pro in 2007 on the undercard of current UBO World Middleweight Champion Bronco McKart’s rematch with Enrique Ornelas at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.   

Since then Dargan (9-0, 4 KOs) has impressed fans and insiders, and countless rounds of sparring with future hall-of-famer Sugar Shane, the former Lightweight, Welterweight and Super Welterweight World Champion, as well as soaking up advise from The Executioner, has surely made a positive impact on his progress.

In fact, despite the August 13 bout only being Dargan’s tenth paid fight in a little over three and half years, Richardson has called his nephew “the future of the lightweight division”, and believes it won’t be long before he is ready to fight for a world title.

“I feel that if things go as planned this year with the plans we have laid for him, if Karl stays focused, then we can see him challenging for the title by next year. By the end of next year he should be challenging for a world title”, Richardson recently told one website.     

The first big step on the way is winning the UBO Inter-Continental title against the upset minded Juan Suazo (8-4-3, 5 KOs), who is coming off his best results, a draw against prospect Gabriel Tolmajyan in June and a clear victory over rugged veteran Ramon Montana in July.

Suazo  also holds a draw with then reigning WBC CABOFE titlist Pedro Navarette, and he knows what it takes to win as the underdog.

But, unlike his opponent on Saturday, he won’t have an entire Concrete Jungle Tribe cheering him on!

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Top Rank Boxing and Peltz Boxing Promotions presents Karl Dargan vs. Juan Suazo for the vacant UBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title on August 13 at the Grand Ballroom at Bally's Atlantic City. Six additional fights complete the card. First fight will begin at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets priced at $50 and $75 are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions (215-765-0922) and all Ticketmaster outlets (800-736-1420). They also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com and www.Ticketmaster.com. 


 

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