News: Final card set for "Halloween Havoc"; Luke Campbell Reunited with Former Team GB Coach Terry Edwards

YONKERS, N.Y. (October 23, 2009) – No Freddy Kruegers, Jasons or even Frankensteins are fighting on the October 30th (Halloween Eve) pro boxing card at the Yonkers Armory, but “Halloween Havoc” will feature some of New York’s most promising and entertaining young boxers.

O’Shea Brothers Boxing Promotion is bringing old-school boxing back to the fans, showcasing hungry fighters in action-packed, competitive bouts..

Puerto Rican heavyweight Alexis Mejias (10-1, 4 KOs), fighting out of Paterson, New Jersey, headlines against Josh Harris (3-3-1, 2 KOs) in the 6 round main event.

In two other 6-rounders, fan favorite “Crazy” Eddie Irizarry (7-1, 2 KOs) battles featherweight Joey Arroyo (2-1, 0 KOs) for Bronx bragging rights in the co-feature, while 1-0 bantamweights with a common past, Raul Lopez (1-0, 1 KO) and Jose “Chilli” Rivera (1-0, 0 KOs), rekindle their rivalry that started in the amateurs with Lopez winning two of three matches.

Highly-touted African welterweight prospect Issouf Kinda (5-0, 3 KOs), now living in Harlem, faces Melchor Guillen, Jr. (2-3 (1 KO) in a 4-round welterweight bout.

Also on the undercard in 4-round bouts are Yonkers super middleweight Shqiprim “ White Tiger” Muriqi (1-0, 0 KOs) meeting Manhattan’s Fasika Bezabeth (0-2); Astoria light middleweight Lambros “Lionheart” Karaolides (3-0, 2 KOs), by way of Cyprus, takes on Eusebio Flores (1-1, 1 KO), of Queens; 2- time New York Golden Gloves champion Adam Kownacki, fighting out of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and heavyweight Carosse Auponte (0-2) square-off in their pro debuts; Long Island lightweight Michael Brooks and the Bronx’ Jamel Brown also making their pro debuts; Yonkers super featherweight Angel “Terror” Torres (1-3-2, 1 KO) challenges pro debuting Takeshi Sato, of Manhattan. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $40.00, $60.00 and $100.00 (includes dinner), are available to purchase by calling 914.216.9381. For more information go on line at or call 914.216.9381. Doors open 6:30 PM/ET, first bout 7:30 PM/ET.

Boxer Of The Year Luke Campbell Reunited with Former Team GB Coach Terry Edwards MBE

Following his receiving the Ken Jones Amateur Boxer of the Year award, at the Boxing Writers' Association awards dinner at the Millennium Hotel in London, European Bantamweight Champion Luke Campbell took a short break in the capital.

Luke, who travelled to London from his home in Hull, was presented with the award in recognition of his magnificent achievement in becoming the first British boxer to become European champion since 1961.Whilst in the capital Luke took the opportunity to visit Rooney’s Boxing Gym to spend some time with his former Team GB coach Terry Edwards MBE.

Southpaw Luke, who is recuperating from tendon surgery on his left hand following an injury sustained earlier this year, spoke about the Amateur Boxer of the Year award, Terry Edwards MBE and his injury. “I feel really proud. I feel that I really want to get my head down even more now. It’s a huge honour and I want to be there again and not let any of them down that have supported me.

We met up at the awards and as we haven’t seen each other in a while I thought it would be nice to spend some time with Terry while I am in London.

I wouldn’t have had the success I have had if it wasn’t for Terry. He’s brilliant, every time I speak with Terry I learn something new, I feel good in myself, which is what it’s all about. It’s what I want to do. I want to learn, I want to improve.

My injury, well in March this year I was in a training camp in Kazakhstan and I split my tendon on my knuckle, and I put a hole in my joint as well. I’ve had to carry on fighting with a split tendon all the way until now, because I’ve been busy. Now I’ve had a bit of time to get things done. I’ve only just had the operation. It’s quite a serious operation as well. I’ll be out for anything between three to nine months. I’m hoping to be hitting on it in January.”

Luke, who has been tipped as one of Great Britain’s main medal hopes at the 2012 London Olympics, is expected to return to the Team GB training facility in Sheffield shortly to continue his preparations to defend his European crown in 2010.

Article posted on 23.10.2009

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