Hart looking for another knockout

CHARLES FOX / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jesse Hart (left) works with trainer Danny Davis at Joe Hand Boxing Gym.
CHARLES FOX / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jesse Hart (left) works with trainer Danny Davis at Joe Hand Boxing Gym.
Posted: September 29, 2013

PHILADELPHIA'S most prominent boxers fared well this summer, ousting whoever stepped into the ring against them.

Kensington's Danny Garcia (27-0) defeated Lucas Matthysse on the Mayweather-Canelo undercard. North Philadelphia's Bryant Jennings (17-0) managed a stellar knockout over Andrey Fedosov back in late May Middleweight Gabriel Rosado lost a split decision to J'Leon Love in May that was overturned when Love failed a drug test.

But with all that, it's likely that Jesse Hart put together the busiest and most prolific summer. The son of former professional boxer Cyclone Hart continued his unblemished run as a professional after picking up three more wins and improving his record to 9-0.

Hart will look to continue his torrid pace as he is scheduled for his fourth fight in as many months tonight, taking on middleweight Terrance Wilson (6-7) at Bally's Event Center in Atlantic City.

Bally's hosted Hart's fight back on June 1, when he knocked out contender Thomas Turner.

"Just the training camp was hard for this fight. We worked differently leading up to that fight because my dad said he wanted me at a certain weight," Hart said. "He wanted me up to 165, and I think I came in at 166. We did a lot of strength training in preparation for that fight, and I just felt stronger.

"I got with [trainer] Danny Davis with the strength and conditioning and I felt strong and I told him this isn't going to go long."

Sticking to his word, Hart dropped Turner before the completion of the opening round.

Hart laced his boots and wrapped his knuckles again as he got back in the ring on July 12 against Eddie Hunter. The lead-in to this bout was different than anything Hart had encountered.

"The kid [Hunter] was snapping out during the weigh-in. He started acting crazy and screaming and everything. He couldn't control his fear, but I kept my calm and stayed composed. When you see something like that, you know he's getting knocked out," Hart explained.

"When you get a guy who acts like that before the fight, you hope that he shows up later," D and D Management co-manager Doc Nowicki said of Hunter's theatrics.

The result was something that the young middleweight has grown accustomed to. In the second round, Hart delivered body shot after body shot followed by a left hook to the head. The crushing blow led to another knockout and his eighth win.

Fast-forward to Aug. 10, D and D Management matched Hart with his third challenger of the summer as he was scheduled to face a familiar foe in Steven Tyner. Tyner was a fill-in for his originally planned matchup against Adrian Lopez. Hart had scored a six-round unanimous decision over Tyner at Temple's McGonigle Hall in December.

"He was a fill-in. Did we really want to fight him? No," Nowicki said of the matchup.

Tyner went the distance the first time, but Hart's goal in the rematch was to knock him out and, as Hart put it, "add an explanation mark on it."

"Because he went the distance with me the first time, my goal was to knock him out as quickly as possible," Hart said.

Eighty-four seconds into the first round, Hart manufactured yet another knockout.

Even athletes like to enjoy their summer months with at least a little bit of rest and relaxation, but the determined Hart wanted to continue to grind it out each and every day en route to his goal of becoming champion.

"I didn't even get a chance to think about enjoying my summer," Hart said. "But I'm a guy who won't complain because I want to be champion of the world so bad. By the time I'm 28, I want to be champion of the world. That's my goal."

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