12 years removed from his WBO title shot against Antonio Margarito, Kermit Cintron maintains his desire to climb boxing‘s ladder.
At the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, June 24, Cintron will fight Tyrone Brunson for the Pennsylvania State Junior Middleweight title in fight card presented by Kings Promotions.
A native of Reading, PA, Cintron has enjoyed home-court advantage in each of his last six bouts, going 5-0-1 in that span.
Cintron’s improbable career resurgence came after a two-plus year span of inactivity. A stoppage loss to Canelo Alvarez and a draw versus Adrian Granados looked to entrench Kermit’s role as a veteran test for up-and-coming fighters.
The former NABF champ impressively shook off his ring rust in 2016, however, going 4-0 while picking up a WBF title.
Earlier this year, Cintron received his break–as well as a step-up in competition–with a Premier Boxing Champions matchup against David Grayton.
A former HBO and ESPN mainstay, Cintron acquitted himself reasonably well on Bounce TV; at times getting the best of “Day Day.” Cintron, who endured a fifth-round knockdown, eventually settled for a controversial TD.
Cintron will square off with the battle-tested Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson in Saturday’s showdown. After bursting onto the scene with 19 consecutive first-round knockouts (albeit against suspect competition), Brunson is in midst of a 3-6-1 stretch, including losses to Tony Harrison and Caleb Plant.
In Saturday’s non-televised bout, both Brunson and Cintron will look to shirk their status as gatekeepers while solidifying their role in the Welterweight landscape.
Cintron and Brunson’s bout will cap a scheduled 10-bout card, including Philly products Steven Ortiz, Jerome Conquest, and Anthony Burgin.