Broadway Boxing Returns to Worcester, Mass. on June 24 Featuring Undefeated Hometown Prospect Edwin Rodriguez

(June 2, 2010 – Worcester, MA) It may not be the Big Apple, but the bright lights will be shining on Worcester, Massachusetts June 24 when DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing returns to Mechanics Hall. In the main event, Worcester’s own undefeated prodigy Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, coming off two nationally televised knockout wins, steps in with rugged veteran Gabriel Holguin of Corpus Christi, Texas in a super middleweight contest..

In the co-feature, local favorite and undefeated junior welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor of nearby Framingham, MA steps in takes on hard-nosed Brooklynite Shamir Reyes. Junior lightweight Ryan Kielczewski of Quincy, MA, and heavyweight Rashad Minor of Worcester will also see action, along with fast rising light heavyweight Isiah Thomas out of Detroit, Michigan.

Tickets for Broadway Boxing at Mechanics Hall are available at or by calling the Mechanics Hall box office at (508) 752-0888. Prices are $155 for VIP Ringside, $80 for Front Row Balcony, $60 for Floor Seats and $40 for Balcony Seats.

Rodriguez (15-0, 11 KOs), 25, is looking to add to what has been an already sensational 2010. In March, “La Bomba” wowed fans of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights by stopping the normally durable George Armenta in just 49 seconds on a single shot to the body. Returning to action five weeks later, Rodriguez knocked out 17-2 Kevin Engel in six rounds, again on a blow to the body, on Showtime’s ShoBox series.

“Since his last appearance in Worcester, Edwin Rodriguez has established himself as not only one of the best stories in boxing, but as an up and coming star,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “This is another great time for a homecoming, as he enters the contender stage of his career and aims for a world title shot.”

Against Holguin (25-8, 9 KOs), Rodriguez will return to the site of one of his biggest triumphs. Last March at Mechanics Hall, in against respected veteran Patrick Thompson, Rodriguez put the boxing world on notice with an emphatic second round knockout.

“I am thrilled to be back fighting in my hometown of Worcester,” said Rodriguez. “It is always special to be able to perform in front of so many friendly faces. I plan on giving my family, friends, and fellow residents of Worcester what they came to see: a vicious knockout.”

O’Connor (12-0, 3 KOs), 25, is another native New Englander on the fast track to success. Since turning pro in 2008, O’Connor gradually increased his level of opposition, each time passing with flying colors. His slick southpaw style has many people touting O’Connor as a future world champion.

Kielczewski (7-0, 2 KOs), 20, known as the “Polish Prince” is known mainly for his boyish looks, but don’t let those looks fool you. A two time New England Golden Gloves champion and national runner up, Kielczewski is priming himself for a run up the world rankings in a few years.

Minor (3-1, 3 KOs), 32, has a flare for the dramatic whenever he steps in the ring. The Worcester native has three knockouts in his three wins, all coming in the first two rounds. His one loss was a second round knockout at the hands of respected veteran Shawn McLean.

Thomas (6-0, 4 KOs), 21, has been groomed for success from a young age when, as an amateur, Emmanuel Steward deemed him a future world champion. Although not still coached by the famed Steward, Thomas has had nothing but success in the pros. In 2009, after stating his career 3-0, Thomas signed with DiBella Entertainment.

Tickets for Broadway Boxing at Mechanics Hall are available at or by calling the Mechanics Hall box office at (508) 752-0888. Prices are $155 for VIP Ringside, $80 for Front Row Balcony, $60 for Floor Seats and $40 for Balcony Seats.

Article posted on 01.06.2010

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