This Friday night, rising heavyweight Joey Dawejko will look for his fifth consecutive win when he takes on Rayford Johnson in the 8-round main event at Harrahs Philadelphia in Chester, PA.
The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing and XFE.
Dawejko of Philadelphia has a record of 12-3-2 with 5 knockouts and in his four bout winning streak, the last two have ended in explosive first round stoppages.
The 24 year-old Dawejko was a former world junior amateur champion which was part of a 56-12 record in the non-paid ranks.
He turned professional in 2009 with a 6-round unanimous decision over Royphy Solieau. He won his first six bouts (and was 7-0-1 in his first eight) which included knockout wins over undefeated fighters Ricardo Johnson and John Lennox.
“I don’t know much about Johnson other than he is tough and has been the distance with a lot og good fighters,” said Dawejko.
Dawejko is coming in off two consecutive first round knockouts for which he registered three knockdowns in each fight for a total of six knockdowns in just his last three minutes and twenty-two seconds worth of work.
“I always had power but I was always saving energy to go the distance. I am now in shape to knock these guys. I have proved I can got the distance with top class fighters before. I now know that I am in the right position to knock these guys out now.”
Johnson wasn’t the first choice of opponents but Dawejko is looking for big named opponents with a win this Friday.
“We offered the fight to a lot of guys and they all turned it down. In 2015, I want to make my move and step up the competition. The guy I would really like to fight is Amir Mansour.”
Johnson of Longview, Texas has a record of 10-15 with six knockouts.
He is a good foe for Dawejko as despite his record, he is very capable with quality wins over Terrrence Woods (7-0), Arman Mrkanovic (4-1), former world title challenger Will Mcintyre (40-5-1). In his last two bouts, Johnson has two great wins over Ernesy Reyma (4-0) and his last bout which was a 6th round stoppage over Vincent Miranda (16-1) on August 15 in Saratoga Springs, NY.
In the six-round co-feature, Raymond Serrano (18-2, 8 KO’s) will be back in action when the Philadelphia native takes on Wilfredo Acuna (15-15, 12 KO’s) of Managua, Nicaragua in a Jr. Welterweight bout
In Six round Bouts:
Immanuel Aleem (10-0, 6 KO’s) of Richmond, VA will take on Angel Antonio Martinez (6-8-3, 1 KO) in a Middleweight bout
In four round bouts:
Alex Barbosa (4-1-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will take on Benjamin Burgos (1-9-1) of Mount Pocono, PA in a Super Bantamweight bout.
Nathaniel Rivas (5-0, 2 KO’s) of Berlin, NJ will take on an opponent to be named in a Welterweight bout.
(2-4-1, 2 KO’s) of Williamsport, PA will fight Dan Bolden
(2-3, 1 KO) of Louisiana in a Heavyweight bout.
David Grayton (9-0, 8 KO’s) of Washington, DC will take on Donald Ward (7-5, 3 KO’s) of Memphis, TN in a Welterweight bout.