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Guerrero-Brewer, Forbes-Mayfield on Friday; Reynoso-Almaraz on 6/24; Serrano captures NABF title

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will originate from Austin, Texas June 17 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com when undefeated junior middleweight Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KOs) and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (35-9, 11 KOs) are featured in co-main events. Friday’s fights will take place at the Erwin Center, home to many Longhorn Network college basketball games this coming season. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside describing the action, while studio host Jonathan Coachman will present all the latest boxing news and highlights. The card is presented by Prize Fight Promotions.

Friday’s telecast will feature an interview with “Sugar” Ray Leonard, who talks about his problems with alcohol, drugs and domestic violence caused by being sexually abused by one of his boxing coaches as a young man. Leonard, widely considered to be one of the best boxers of all time, is best known for winning world titles in five weight divisions and defeating future Hall of Famers Wilfred Benitez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler. In 1981, Leonard was named “Fighter of the Year” by The Ring and The Boxing Writers Association of America and was also named “Athlete of the Year” by ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Leonard was named boxer of the decade for the 1980’s.

Friday’s fights features Maryland’s Guerrero, coming off a February 10-round decision win over Derrick Findley, taking on Oklahoma’s Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (27-12, 15 KOs). After Guerrero’s last fight, ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael wrote, “Guerrero, the 24-year-old blue-chip prospect, has one thing going for him that most other prospects don't: a rabid fan base. So his fans (in Salisbury Md.) turned out to see him headline ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, on the first card ever televised in 3D in the United States. Guerrero fought a smart fight, looked in great shape and picked his punches well. He was also patient. He didn’t try to rush toward Findley. Instead, when there were openings, he took advantage by firing solid combinations.”

Detroit’s Forbes, a former IBF junior lightweight champion will take on San Francisco’s Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (13-0-1, 8 KO’s). Forbes is looking to rebound after a February sixth-round technical decision loss against Jo Jo Dan on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

“I know Mayfield’s tough, he’s got an unbeaten record, but this is a big, big, jump in competition for him,” said Forbes. “He doesn’t have that experience. It should be interesting. I’m looking forward to it. I think he’s in trouble.”

REYNOSO AND ALMARAZ STEP UP INTO "LOCKED N' LOADED" MAIN EVENT ON JUNE 24

Orange, CA (June 14, 2011) - With Efrain Esquivias sidelined due to a cut suffered while training, Thompson Boxing Promotions' "Locked N' Loaded" event on Friday, June 24th will now see Jose "El Nino" Reynoso's junior welterweight showdown with Esteban Almaraz move into the main event slot at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario.

In the co-main event, scheduled for eight rounds in the featherweight division, Colombia's Daulis Prescott (22-0, 17 KOs), the younger brother of Breidis Prescott, the only fighter with a win over current WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan, will make his Thompson Boxing debut against rugged veteran Juan Jose Beltran (20-24-2, 12 KOs).

Tickets for "LOCKED N' LOADED" are priced at $75, $45, and $30. They are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900.

In undercard action...

A six-round welterweight event features big punching Artemio "King" Reyes Jr. (11-1, 10 KOs) against Louisiana's Chris Gray (13-15, 1 KO). Reyes, a lean fighting machine, has earned all but one of his victories by knockout, and Thompson Boxing Promotions is looking to move him up to bigger fights in the near future.

Rounding out the card will be a four round junior flyweight bout pitting Riverside's Sindy Amador (3-0, 1 KO) against Laredo's Cristina Fuentes (1-0-2), a lightweight duel between debuting Santiago Guevara and Jesus Juarez (0-1), and a welterweight match between another debutant, Roberto Crespo, and Laredo's John Montes (1-0, 1 KO).

"Locked N' Loaded" is presented by LUCAS OIL "It Works!" and will be aired on FOX DEPORTES at a later date to be announced.

Bouts subject to change. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first bell rings at 7:30 pm. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 North Vineyard Avenue in Ontario. The hotel phone number is 909-937-0900.

Amanda Serrano wins NABF title

NEW YORK (June 14, 2011) – Unbeaten, 22-year-old Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano captured the vacant NABF super featherweight title, stopping Jennifer Scott at 1:46 of the opening round, last Saturday night at historic Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

Serrano (10-0-1, 6 KOs), a native of Puerto Rico who lives in Brooklyn, was fighting at home in New York City for the first time as a professional. “It was awesome,” the stylish southpaw spoke about fighting at home and winning her first title belt. “I felt it when my music started playing as I walked to the ring. I heard everybody yelling my name and I could feel the blood go from my toes to my head. It was extra special because I won my first title, in New York City, in front of my father (Ismael) who was watching me fight for the first time as a pro.

“From the first punch I knew I had my opponent, so I kept putting pressure on her. I dropped her and when she got up, I knew she hadn’t recovered, and I jumped on her. I’m not sure what’s next for me. I’ll fight anybody my promoter, Boxing 360, and manager put in front of me. I always train hard and will be ready for my next fight.”

Amanda is presently rated No. 4 by independent source WBAN, as well as No. 6 by the WIBA.

Boxing 360 Founder/CEO Mario Yagobi doesn’t want to rush his budding star. “She’s a young fighter who hasn’t fought eight rounds, yet,” he explained. “She needs ring experience. She’s a great prospect. She was very exciting for the minute or two this fight lasted, but the fans really loved her. I believe she’s going to be a big ticket seller in New York City. Within a year, she will be ready to fight anybody in the world but, for now, she has a belt she can defend and gain valuable experience. Boxing is Amanda’s world. All she does is box and her time is coming.”

“Amanda looked good,” Boxing 360 Director of Boxing Bob Duffy commented. “She was very impressive. Both women came into the fight in great shape. Amanda’s young and talented. She was fired-up for this fight, fighting for national pride on a Puerto Rican celebration card.”

Other members of Boxing 360’s stable include USBA heavyweight champion Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, World Boxing Council (WBC) #4 super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore, former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio, WBC Caribbean & NY State super middleweight champion Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen Dominican lightweight champion Eudy “AK47” Bernardo, KO king Tyrone Brunson, Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal, middleweight prospect DonYil Livingston, Emad Ali, Mike Mollo, “King” David Estrada and Angel “Toro” Hernandez.

Go to www.Boxing360.com for more information about Serrano, Boxing 360 or any of its other fighters.

Article posted on 15.06.2011



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