West Philly lightweight Frank Nitty Trader (12-2-1) heads into a crossroads fight on June 15th gainst Jerome Conquest (10-3) of Strawberry Mansion, in an eight-round contest at the Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA. The 33-year-old Trader, a graduate of West Philly High School, turned pro 11 years ago and won his first five fights, then suffered a full or partial left shoulder dislocation in his sixth fight when he outpointed Francisco Palacios, of Stamford, CT, in a six-round fight at Bally's Atlantic City. Incredible as it seems, Trader never got his shoulder fixed and he kept fighting, going 10-2-1 through April, 2014. His losses were by close decisions to Adrian Perez, of Sarasota, FL, in 2012, and to Anthony Burgin of North Philly in a 2014 fight where he knocked Burgin down.
After losing to Burgin, Trader retired and got his shoulder fixed later in 2014.
For the next four years Trader worked as a medical supply technician, a job he still holds. He also devoted his time to raising his four kids: Nadaish, 16; Nalah, 12; Frankie, Jr., 11; Noah, 2.
It's a cliche to say life has not been easy for Trader, but his 16-year-old brother was murdered in 2005, the same year his 36-year-old father died from drugs. He is determined to find a better life for himself and his family.
He always had the "boxing bug" and with his kids watching fights on TV and asking questions, he decided last year it was time to fight and and he reunited with long-time trainer Aaron Ford.
It wasn't easy finding fights so Trader signed with manager Shaheed Purnell, who owns Barber of Falah barber shop in West Philly. Trader has since defeated a pair of Mexican lightweights--Pablo Cupol in November and German Meraz in February. The June 15 fight with Conquest (10-3) is the biggest of his career and he knows it.
Tickets for the eight-fight card are on sale at Joe Hand Promotions (215-364-9000).