By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Correspondent
New York, NY ( April 4th, 2013)– With Edwin Valero no longer with us, and Adrien Broner having departed the lightweight division for Paulie Malignaggi and higher weight skies, Karl ‘Dynamite’ Dargan could be and should be the next championship superstar of the lightweight division. Granted, Dynamite Dargan is not yet a household name or a marquee name in boxing such as the late heavyweight champion Michael ‘Dynamite’ Dokes once was. However, Dargan will appear on the six bout undercard of Steve Cunningham versus Tyson Fury at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2013. Television viewers and Garden fans may get a look at this exciting fighter.
Dargan, a Philadelphia fighter, age 27, has a professional record of 12-0 with six knockouts, and is currently ranked number 18 in the United States on BoxRec. A solid six round fighter, Dargan owns six round decision wins over Ramesis Gil, Randy Arrelin, Samuel Santana and Rynell Griffin. Dargan has already fought in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Texas.
Dargan was the 2004 and 2005 United States Amateur Light Welterweight champion, and won the Gold Medal at Light Welterweight at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He is trained by his nephew Nazim Richardson, best known as the longtime trainer of World Light Heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins.
Dynamite Dargan is clearly a fighter on the rise.
Other fighters on the Madison Square Garden undercard coming up include Hughie Fury, Curtis Stevens, Chris Eubank Jr., Sevdail Sherifi, Adam Kownacki,, Calbert Lewis, Derrick Findley, and Josh Harris. None of these names seemed destined for stardom.
Chris Eubank Jr. certainly would be known in Great Britain due to his father being a former world champion. As Ronald Hearns, Aaron Pryor Jr., Pipino Cuevas Jr., Salvador Sanchez II, Bobby Quarry, Marvis Frazier and others can attest, merely having a famous relative who fought before you does not guarantee future stardom.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Floyd Mayweather Jr., Laila Ali, and the children of Julian ‘The Hawk’ Jackson seemed to have faired better than most who followed famous fathers into the ring. Robbie Simms (bother of Marvelous Marvin Hagler) and Roger Leonard (brother of Sugar ay Leonard) and Mark Holmes (brother of Larry Holmes) all had winning records, but did not enjoy championship success as their famous brothers did. Siblings keep trying, though. Luis Cream, grandson of the late World Heavyweight champion Jersey Joe Walcott, won his three professional bouts at welterweight in 2011 ands 2012. Steven Gamache, son of former world champion Joey Gamache, won his four professional bouts in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Dargan is related to and trained by his nephew Nazim Richardson, a big name today in the boxing game. It does seem like the big names trained by the likes of Freddie Roach, Emanuel Steward, Angelo Dundee, Ray Arcel, Richardson and similar big name trainers have a much better chance of success, but in a tough competitive sport like boxing, it can be hard to tell. April 20 will be another test for Karl Dargan, and will determine for the critics whether Dargan is on the right trail. Nazim Richardson is one of boxing best known winning trainers, and is undoubtedly the fuse behind the Dargan dynamite.