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Sumpter Brothers Fighting Together Again

On “Pandemonium At The Palladium 3” Card!

(February 28th) The Sumpter brothers will be fighting on the same card for the first time in 21 months on the March 23rd “Pandemonium at the Palladium 3” card, presented on Granite Chin Promotions (GCP), at the famed Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

 

“Pandemonium at the Palladium 3” will be streamed live on BXNGTV.com.

 

Fighting out of Pittsfield (MA), undefeated IBA Americas Super Middleweight Champion Steve “The Savage” Sumpter (9-0, 7 KOs) takes on Antonio Louis “Tony The Best” Hernandez (7-18-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-round, non-title fight, while his older brother, heavyweight Quintin Sumpter (6-2, 4 KOs), faces Zach Calmus (3-2, 2 KOs), of Gloucester (MA), in a four-round bout.

 

The Sumpters aren’t the only siblings fighting on this card as the fightin’ Whitley brothers, undefeated welterweight Denzel (13-0, 7 KOs) and junior welterweight Derrick Jr. (7-4-1, 0 KOs), will be fighting on the same card as professional boxers.

 

Junior North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Welterweight Champion Denzel “Double Impact” Whitley will make his first title defense in a rematch with Kenny “Lionheart” Larson (7-1-1, 5 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Last December 19th at The Palladium, Whitley captured the vacant Junior NABF title with a 10-round split decision over the previously unbeaten Larson, who fights out of Salem (MA), by scores of 99-90, 97-92, 92-97, also at The Palladium

 

Whitley’s older brother, southpaw Derrick, will be fighting former New England Welterweight Champion Mike “Bad Man” Ohan, Jr. (19-2, 9 KOs) in the 10-round co-featured event.

 

Steve Sumpter was scheduled to fight last week, but his opponent pulled out of the fight late, and he has been added to “Pandemonium at the Palladium 3” show. As Sumpter explained, the delay is only 30 days and he’s stayed in the gym training hard and sparred quality, experienced fighters from Canada, two-time world lightweight heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (36-7-1, 20 KOs) and two-time world middleweight title challenger Steven Butler (33-4-1, 27 KOs).

 

“It’s been a while since I fought on the same card as my brother,” Steve said. “We feed off each other. We’ve always supported each other whenever we fight whether it’s on the same show or not. We’re fighting not too far from home (Pittsfield, MA) and should have a good crowd there for us.

 

“I’ve watched my opponent fight on tape. He’s a tough opponent with a deceiving record. He’s fought a lot of good fighters. I never look past anybody because they all have a puncher’s chance. In 2024, I hope to be fighting on a bigger stage because I’m a grinder”

Quintin, who will be fighting on the same card as Steve for the fourth time as professionals, hasn’t fought since last August and he’s raring to go.

 

“It’s always better for us (brothers) to fight on the same card because we push each other and not nicely,” Quintin explained. “We talk trash but it’s good training. We pretty much have the same fans from Pittsfield, Springfield and New York (where he was born). I love fighting in Worcester; anywhere is good, but at the Palladium we want to perform extra good.

 

“I know my opponent is a bare-knuckles fighter. He works like a machine and brings a lot more offense than I’m used to. I was a little down after my last fight (controversial loss by decision), but I’ve been working on my offense since then.”       

Junior North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Welterweight Champion Denzel “Double Impact” Whitley will make his first title defense in a rematch with Kenny “Lionheart” Larson (7-1-1, 5 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

 

 

Last December 19th at The Palladium, Whitley captured the vacant Junior NABF title with a 10-round split decision over the previously unbeaten Larson, who fights out of Salem (MA), by scores of 99-90, 97-92, 92-97, also at The Palladium

 

Whitley, of Holyoke (MA), is also the reigning Massachusetts and USBF Atlantic Welterweight Champion.

 

“Why not do it again,” Whitley rhetorically asked. “I normally don’t do rematches, I mean I haven’t as a professional, but I always say if I’m going to benefit from it by moving up in the rankings or fighting for more money, then I’m all for it. The first fight was good, the crowd went crazy and was so involved, and the second will be even better. I’m shooting for the same outcome to be victorious.

 

“Me and my brother being on the same card is a bonus added to the night. Ever since we turned pro, of course, he’s been a pro a little longer, and when I turned pro it was always something we talked about. We wanted to make it happen and now we get to do it on the big stage with him in the co-feature and me as the main event. He’s going to go out there and warm up the crowd and all our people there for us, then I’m going to put the finishing touches on the night in the grand finale. I’m happy that we are finally getting to live out our dreams together.”

 

Larson, of course, believes the result will be much different in the rematch, saying: “Because Christmas is over and there are no more gifts to give.”

 

Whitley’s older brother, southpaw Derrick, will be fighting former New England Welterweight Champion Mike “Bad Man” Ohan, Jr. (19-2, 9 KOs) in the 10-round co-featured event.

 

“I’m very excited to fight on the same card as my brother,” Derrick commented. “It’s been a long time coming and so exciting that our first time is in the main event and co-feature. Our name generally speaks for itself due to the past, but I feel that me and Denzel have created a new conversation, and this is just another page in that story. I’m definitely excited to be starting 2024 off with a great matchup and I’m definitely looking to steal the show from Denzel.”

 

Ohan, 30, has been inactive since last August when he won an impressive eight-round unanimous decision over Harry Gigliotti.

 

“At this point of my career,” Ohan noted, “I’m just taking fights that will make me better. No other reason.”

 

“In order for Granite Chin to be the most dominant promotion company in Massachusetts,” GCP President Chris Traietti explained, “we have to put on the best fights and that is exactly what we are doing on March 23rd. Denzel and Kenny put on a barnburner in December, and everyone wants the rematch. The fighters want it, the NABF wants it, and the fans want it. So, we are going to give it to them. As great as the December 19th show was, it was missing something, a solid co-feature, so we remedied that by putting Denzel’s older brother in with one of the top junior welterweights in New England, ‘The Bad Man.' The plan is to make every show at the Palladium better than the last. This might be the Number 3 Pandemonium at the Palladium thus far, but it will be Number 1 in quality.”

 

Additional bouts will soon be announced. Card subject to change.

 

Tickets are priced at $50.00 (balcony), $90.00 (mezzanine), $125.00 (floor) and $650.00 (booth of 4) and available for purchase online at www.ThePalladium.net.

 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET, first bout at 7 p.m. ET.

 

About Granite Chin Promotions

Granite Chin Promotions is the fastest growing boxing promotion in New England.

 

Granite Chin Promotions is New England’s fastest-growing boxing promotion. Headed by Chris Traietti, Granite Chin Promotions is committed to giving local fans action-packed fight cards and developing fighters to reach their full potential.

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