News - Mendez, Torres and Hamer fight on Aug 26th; West-Andrews on August 1st

(July 24, 2009) DiBella Entertainment is bringing its signature series, Broadway Boxing, back to the place it was meant to be: under the bright lights of New York City. The popular series will return August 26th and BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square. The main event will feature unbeaten junior welterweight Joel Torres (10-0-1, 6 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

The undercard is already shaping up as former Olympian Argenis Mendez, unbeaten heavyweight Tor Hamer, and exciting youngsters Luis Del Valle and Eddie Irizarry are on tap to perform.

Promoter Lou DiBella is excited by what is in store for fight fans when Broadway Boxing returns to New York City, featuring some of the world’s best young talent.

“There’s no place like New York City for boxing, and there’s no place for boxing in New York City like BB Kings,” said DiBella. “It brings me great pleasure to bring the Broadway Boxing series back to Times Square, and I promise to deliver a night of hot, summer action.”

Since its inception, the mission of Broadway Boxing has been to bring the world’s most exciting young fighters to forefront. Joelo Torres certainly fits the bill. Not only does he boast an undefeated record, but his power has been evident as of late, with four of his last five wins coming by way of knockout.

Already a popular fighter in his native country, Torres now has his sights set on making a name for himself in the big city.

“This is my second home,” said Torres. “I’m always excited to come to New York, especially to fight on Broadway Boxing. I can’t wait for the bell to ring and show the fans what I’m made of.”

The co-feature will showcase Mendez (13-1, 8 KOs), who represented the Dominican Republic at the 2004 Olympic Games, and is one of the newest additions to the DiBella Entertainment stable. His slick, yet crowd pleasing style, has made him widely recognized as one fighter to keep an eye on in the years to come. In his last fight, Mendez returned home to the Dominican Republic to win a decision over Arturo Gomez.

Hamer (7-0, 6 KOs), fighting out of New York, NY, is already on the fast track to being boxing’s next sensation in the heavyweight division. A graduate of Penn State University and with an education in power, Hamer stole the show in his last fight - a brutal first round knockout of Marcus Dickerson.

Del Valle (5-0, 3 KOs), fighting out of Newburgh, NY, was one of the most accomplished amateurs in the world, and is no stranger to the Broadway Boxing audience. In his last fight Del Valle, whose amateur triumphs include first place finishes at the 2004 National Golden Gloves and the 2005 Under 19 National Amateur Championships, won a 4-round unanimous decision over Tommy Atencio in front of a packed crowd at BB Kings.

Irizarry (6-1, 2 KOs), fighting out of the Bronx, NY, is one of the most popular fighters in New York City due to his all action style. August 26th will mark the sixth time in his young career that Irizarry has fought in New York, but his first appearance on Broadway Boxing.

Tickets for Broadway Boxing are on sale and can be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment at 212-947-2577. Tickets are $55 for General Admission, $75 for Floor Seats, $100 for Ringside Tables, and $125 for VIP Ringside. Additional Information can be found by visiting DBE on the web at


Moreno Valley, CA — After an 8 month hiatus, female sensation Kay “Wild Wild” West will be stepping back in the ring on a mission to fight for a world title and show women’s boxing that she a force to reckoned with.

On August 1, 2009, West (10-1-0, 2 KO’s) will be squaring off against veteran boxer Rolanda Andrews (8-7-1, 4 KO’s) at the Agua Calienete Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. West is coming off a tough loss but is eager to get back in the ring and show everybody who Kay West really is.

Although West normally fights in the bantamweight division, this bout will take place at 125 lbs. When speaking to Manager and Trainer Juan West, he stated that “Team West has been trying to find a viable opponent at 118 lbs.; however, there are currently no bantamweights that want to get in the ring with Kaliesha. This makes it tough for me as a manager to get her fights, so to keep her active we took the fight with Rolanda.” Contrary to reports that Andrews accepted a challenge from West, Kay is coming to fight and have Rolanda accept the fact that she’ll have her eighth loss by the end of the night.

Speaking over the phone from training camp in Moreno Valley, Kay expressed the following thoughts on her bout with Andrews; “I’m just ready to get back in the ring and do my thing. It’s been 8 months since I’ve been in the ring and I’m ready. I’ve been training hard in the gym these last 8 months so I’m ready physically and mentally to take on Rolanda Andrews. I appreciate the opportunity that Gary Shaw Promotions has given me and I promise to give the boxing fans in my home town a great show.”

This six-round bout will be on the undercard of Showtime Championship Boxing which will be featuring the WBO Light Welterweight Championship between Timothy Bradley and Nate Campbell in the main event. This event is being brought to you by Gary Shaw Promotions and tickets for and can be purchased at the Agua Caliente Casino box office or online at

Article posted on 24.07.2009

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