Rees-Matthews on 10/1; Maddalone-Sheppard, Alvarez-Fernandez on 8/27; Nieves-Vargas on 8/26

Gavin Rees will defend his European Lightweight title against Derry Mathews at the Newport Centre in South Wales on Saturday 1 October.

The duo were set to meet in July but a hand injury forced Rees to withdraw from the contest. Mathews gets his shot at the title four months later though, having stopped fellow Liverpudlian Steve Jennings in the sixth round of their fight on Saturday (July 30). Tickets for Rees vs. Mathews will go on sale on Thursday 4 August from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900, with tickets priced from £30.

Rees claimed the vacant European strap in title in June with a points win over Irishman Andy Murray, and the Newbridge ace is aiming to defend his title against Mathews before landing a World title shot as he bids to become a two-weight World Champion having held the World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Welterweight title in 2007.

Rees v Mathews begins a massive night for British boxing as unbeaten Darren Barker takes on Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City, USA.

“Gavin’s European title defence is the perfect start for such a huge night of action,” said Eddie Hearn, who promotes both Rees and Barker. “Gavin is on the hunt for a World title shot and Derry will be a real test after coming of a series of impressive wins. He has promised to bring a great travelling support from Liverpool and he won’t want to leave them disappointed so fans can expect a real battle in Newport.”

Maddalone vs. Sheppard and Alvarez vs. Fernandez on August 27

On Saturday, August 27th, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing returns to the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, with an exciting six bout card in the Tropicana's beautiful Ballroom, featuring the always exciting heavyweight fan-favorite, Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24KO's) and Atlantic City's own, Shamone "The Truth" Alvarez (21-4, 12KO's) in separate bouts.

"We are really looking forward to returning to the Tropicana, and putting together another great night of exciting fights," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing. "The Tropicana has such a great venue for boxing, and the atmosphere in the Casino, especially during the summer-time is just so electric. When you combine that electricity with the fireworks that Vinny and Shamone are sure to produce, you just know you are in for one exciting night of entertainment."


Maddalone, a major attraction on the east coast, due to his never say die, warrior-like style, last fought at the Tropicana in March of last year, when he handed out a vicious beating to Dominque Alexander, dropping his opponent multiple times, before eventually scoring a 5th round TKO. Never in a dull fight, Maddalone has fought some of the top names in the Heavyweight division, including former undisputed heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield and current top ten contenders, Tomasz Adamek, Dennis Boytsov and Jean-Marc Mormeck. Maddalone is scheduled to square off against Mike Sheppard (19-12-1 9KO's) in a ten round heavyweight showdown.


The former, World Boxing Organization (WBO) NABO welterweight champion Alvarez also was in action at the Tropicana at the Star Boxing promoted show in March of last year. In his fight, Alvarez scored a brutal one-punch knockout over Alexis Camacho. Alvarez is set to meet the always tough and game Chris "Kid Kayo" Fernandez (19-13-1, 12KO's) in an eight round welterweight match-up. Fernandez has been in with former world champions, Devon Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi.


Tickets can be purchased by calling the Star Boxing office at (718) 823-20 [0.7642585551330798] 00 or visiting Tickets are priced at $30, $50, $100 and $200. Tickets may also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, or by going directly online to Tickets are also available for purchase at the Tropicana North Tower Box Office or by phone at (609) 340-4000. Doors for the event will open at 6:30PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:30PM. All action will take place in the Tropicana Showroom. The Tropicana Casino and Resort is located at 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ.

Nieves vs. Vargas on August 26

“THE REMATCH, RIVALRY: PUERTO RICO VS MEXICO” @ Kissimmee Civic Center on Friday, August 26

Kissimmee, FL: The successful series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns to the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL on Friday, August 26 with a show being billed as “THE REMATCH, rivalry: Puerto Rico VS. MEXICO”.

The main event will feature a rematch between World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino Jr. Featherweight Champion Jose “Miau” Nieves (18-2-3-8 KO’s) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will defend his Title against former World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas Champion Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-5-1-10 KO’s) of Mexico City, Mexico in a rematch bout. In their first encounter last April 29 at the Kissimmee Civic Center Nieves won a controversial split decision in an action packed fight.

Also in action hot Jr. Featherweight prospect Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (3-0-3 KO’s) of Miami, FL amongst others.

First bell at 8:30 PM, 5 mores fights with local talent round up the card. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise the main event at 11:35 PM live in the US and Televisa Deportes Network will televise in Mexico and Central America. Tickets are already on sale at Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave, Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412. The “THE REMATCH, RIVALRY: PUERTO RICO Vs. MEXICO” is being presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc.

Article posted on 02.08.2011

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