North Philly’s Karl Dargan looks to stay busy

Posted: February 21, 2013

Karl Dargan's Saturday night bout on NBC Sports Network will be just his 12th in a little more than five years.

The North Philadelphia lightweight has not quite been the busiest fighter. And with a new promotional contract and television exposure, Dargan said that is about to change.

"I want to fight no less than three or four times a year," Dargan said Tuesday at Joe Hand Gym in Northern Liberties. "At 135 [pounds], I feel that they can put anybody in the ring with me."

Dargan (11-0, 6 KOs) will fight Ramesis Gil on Saturday at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, N.Y. Nicknamed "Dynamite," the 27-year-old Dargan has won his last two fights by knockout.

He signed a contract in January with Main Events, the same promotion company that helped propel the careers of Philadelphia's Bryant Jennings and Gabriel Rosado through their NBC television series Fight Night.

Dargan is trained by his uncle Naazim Richardson. Richardson also trains Bernard Hopkins and Steve Cunningham.

"He has a lot of knowledge, but if you told him he was the best trainer, he would tell you he was not," Dargan said. "Because he feels that he still has a lot to learn."

Cunningham-Fury. Philadelphia heavyweight Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KOs) will face Britain's Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KOs) on April 20 at Madison Square Garden. The fight will be televised on NBC, and the winner will be the mandatory challenger for champion Wladimir Klitschko.


Contact Matt Breen at mbreen@phillynews.com or @matt_breen on Twitter.

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