Exclusive PHOTOS: Back Inside Johnny Tocco’s for First Friday Exhibition Sparring

Amateur prospect Daijon Carter, right, attempts to evade an onrushing Alex Thiel, also amateur, in their matchup this past Friday at Johnny Tocco’s (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

It was great to step back inside of Johnny Tocco’s this past Friday, Feb. 5, for another installment of their First Friday Exhibition Series.

The monthly showcase, which runs in conjunction with the city’s ongoing First Friday Celebrations, has brought out the best in some of the area’s top young prospects.

On this particular Friday, I didn’t know quite what to expect, as I was unsure of any particular matches being set or even who was going to be attending. But as the night wore on, everything came into play.

Check below for a highlight of some of the action and stay tuned for several highlight videos.

Alex Thiel warms up before his matcb

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“Bleu” Simpson, below, before his match

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Opening bout action

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Former super middleweight title challenger Merqui Sosa, left, tends to one of his fighters

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Trainer Luis Monda tends to his fighter,┬áJonny “Loco” Bailon

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Some of the fighters from the gym watching the action ringside

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Merqui Sosa wraps up amateur Erik Morales

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Diego Gomez and Bleu Simpson following their sparring

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Daijon Carter with Luis Monda before his sparring with Alex Thiel

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Alex Thiel in between rounds of his sparring with Daijon Carter

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Following the sparring with Zaquan Peterkin, Daijon Carter, and Jonny Bailon

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Carter and Thiel after their match

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“Cyclone” Mike before his sparring with Canada’s Evan Fogolin

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Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com

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