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Santana-Jones on 5/5; Asselstine in action on 6/24; Andy Lee vs. Alex Bunema on 5/18

On Thursday May 5th, Popular welterweight prospect, Edgar Santana (24-3, 15KO's), returns to the ring, and will do it in front of his hometown fans in the Bronx, when he fights in the main event of the first of Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing's, five scheduled shows in 2011, at the beautiful and historic Paradise Theater on Grand Concourse. Star Boxing, which began the "Punchin at the Paradise" series in 2006, has locked in five dates at the Theater for the remainder of 2011, starting with the first show on May 5th.

"So many boxing fans here in the Bronx and New York, are excited for Edgar's return to the ring on May 5th," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing. Edgar actually made his pro-debut on one of our shows, and now he is making his much anticipated return to the ring, in some ways his second debut, on yet another Star Boxing card. So not only is it fitting for him, but also fitting for us that we are getting our Bronx series back underway and featuring it with one of the most popular fighters from the Bronx in the main event."

Santana was riding a three-fight win streak, including his most impressive as a pro, when he won a ten round decision, in a war against current NABF Light Welterweight Champ, Joselito Lopez on Showtime's Showbox: The New Generation back in April of 2008. While Lopez would go on to win seven fights in a row, including picking up the NABF title in his last fight against unbeaten Mike Dallas Jr., Santana was forced to wait on the sidelines, after running into some legal problems outside of the ring. With those problems behind him now, Santana has re-dedicated his life to the sport and looks to pick up right where he left off and continue on his quest to becoming world champion. Santana is set to square off against Robert "Wolf" Jones, a veteran of seventeen professional fights, in a scheduled eight rounder.

Tickets are priced at $30, $50 and $100 and can be purchased by calling the Star Boxing office at 718 823-2000, visiting www.starboxing.com or simply by CLICKING HERE: Tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Paradise Theater box office, located at 2417 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY.

Superstar-In-Wait Asselstine Ready For Next Conquest

TORONTO, ON – (Wednesday, April 27, 2011) In the world of professional boxing, prospects come along on a daily basis. Most merely have youth and the veneer of potential on their side. Rarely, however, does a fighter emerge from a successful amateur career seemingly hardwired for professional superstardom.

24 year-old Tyler Asselstine is one of those precious exceptions.

The southpaw hailing from Ottawa, Ontario has burst upon the professional scene with a vengeance, winning his first five professional fights in startling fashion, including 4 via stoppage.

And on June 24th, at Mississauga’s Hershey Centre, Asselstine will look to continue turning heads of experts and opponents alike when he steps into the ring at “Friday Night at the Fights” presented by United Boxing Promotions, in association with Hennessy Sports Canada.

Asselstine is considered one of the best prospects to ever come out of Ontario, and with just a handful of fights on his professional resume is already being called by some the best Super Bantamweight and Featherweight in Canada.

But it’s not just the 2010 Ringside World Champion’s undefeated record and 80% KO rate as a professional that has the experts salivating, it’s the tools he’s utilizing to tear an early swath through the boxing world that has spawned visions of greatness.

“Tyler doesn’t just dominate with one aspect of the sport. He’s dominant on so many boxing fronts that it’s almost dizzying,” said Jason Toufexis, Director of Boxing operations for Hennessy Sports Canada, the company that won out a star-studded bidding war to procure Asselstine’s promotional rights.

“If a guy starts his careers by blowing fighters away, you generally wonder what he could do against a guy who has a fighting chance. With Tyler, you see him and you know he’s suited to dominate any type of fighter he faces.”

But according to Toufexis, it’s not just Asselstine’s in-ring qualities that set him apart from other amateur standouts vying for professional success.

“Here’s a kid who could have signed with any prominent promoter in North America, he was that sought after. But Tyler is so grounded and such a solid individual, he decided to base himself here at home, instead of uprooting everything and relocating to Vegas or Los Angeles.”

“Tyler’s the real deal in every aspect, and a true superstar in waiting.”

Tickets for this stellar 10th Anniversary boxing event priced at $30 and $50 are available now at the Hershey Centre box office, or through Ticketmaster by calling (416) 872-5000 or logging onto www.ticketmaster.ca.

Andy Lee Ready for Action in ‘Rosemont Rumble’ on May 18

Andy Lee, Irish Kronk middleweight fighter, currently ranked # 3 in the World Boxing Association (WBA) and # 10 in the WBC rankings will be in action against Alex ‘The Technician ‘ Bunema on Wednesday, May 18 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, United States.

Lee (25 -1, 19KOs) V Bunema (31-7-2, 17 KOs) will be the main event of Hitz Boxing’s mid-week promotion dubbed ‘Rosemont Rumble’ and the victor of the 10 round battle will be crowned North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Middleweight Champion.

The Irish middleweight’s last outing was on March 12 live on HBO television against previously unbeaten Golden Boy Promotions’ fighter, Craig McEwan. Lee registered a thrilling last round knockout in a bout were he showed plenty of heart and a desire to win.

Bunema born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been a professional boxer in the US since his pro debut in June 1996. The veteran warrior has had a distinguished career to date in fights with Sergio Martinez, Jermain Taylor, Kassim Ouma, and Bronco McKart and he also has beaten former world champions Roman Karmazin and Vince Phillips.

As Lee pursuits his world title ambitions he plans to stay busy and ring sharp in preparation for any title shot that comes his way.

Speaking from a training session at the Detroit Kronk Gym, Lee commented ‘I'm really looking forward to fighting for the NABF title. Bunema is a very strong opponent, very experienced and very tough. I expect a hard fight from him. But I'm prepared and ready to win. I'm in excellent shape; after my last fight I took a little time off and have been working hard in the gym ever since. I want to win this title and bring the NABF belt back to Ireland."

Lee’s Manager and Trainer, Emanuel Steward commented ‘We’re looking forward to the fight on May 18. There is no substitute for the real thing of being in a competitive fight and learning from your performances.’

‘ I like Andy to stay busy, you can learn a lot from experienced fighters like Alex Bunema and with the NABF title on the line it makes for a very interesting bout and adds a more competitive edge to the fight for the fighters and fans.’

Tickets for the ‘Rosemont Rumble’ are $100 ringside and $30 g/a and are available through Ticketmaster, the Rosemont Theater Box Office or Fanfueled.com (search Hitz Boxing). Donald E. Stephens Convention Center is located at 5555 N. River Road.

Article posted on 27.04.2011



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