Duva adds Alvarez vs. Gutierrez to Nov. 3 AC card

New York, October 20—Duva Boxing has a signed a knockout co-feature to get the crowd on its feet for the blockbuster Kendall Holt vs. Isaac Hlatshwayo main event on Friday night, November 3, at Bally’s Casino Ballroom in Atlantic City: local hero and number one Atlantic City attraction Shamone Alvarez (15-0, 10 KO) will take on Enrique Gutierrez (9-0, 7 KOs) in a welterweight attraction..

Alvarez, the “Pride of Atlantic City” and a rising welterweight star comes into the fight undefeated in 15 fights, with 10 of his victories coming by way of knockout. Santa Monica’s Gutierrez, another welterweight prospect and former Golden Gloves Champion, also enters the fight undefeated.

The card will be highlighted by appearances by Newark, NJ’s rising star Steven Ham (10-1, 9 KOs), and Venezuelan former amateur World Champion Patrick Lopez (8-0). Raymond Biggs Jr. (5-0) of Brooklyn, a two-time New York Golden Gloves winner will also see action on the card, as well as Vince Irwin, the popular slugger from Bayonne, NJ, and Puerto Rican amateur champion Roberto Acevedo complete the Duva card.

“This undercard, headlined by Shamone Alvarez, supports the world class main event of Holt vs. Hlatshwayo, and ensures this will be one of the best cards in years in Atlantic City,” said Dino Duva. “And Bally’s AC and their magnificent ballroom playing host is icing on the cake.”

ShoBox: The New Generation, the popular Showtime series showcasing boxing’s young stars, will televise live at 11 PM/ET (delayed on the West Coast).

In the crossroads main event in the 140 pound division, two of the brightest young super lightweight talents in the world collide when Holt (20-1, 12 KO’s) squares off against DiBella Entertainment’s Hlatshwayo (20-0, 9 KO’s) for the vacant NABO Super Lightweight Championship. Holt, the Paterson, NJ native, has reeled off five wins in a row, after his only career setback two years ago. Hlatshwayo has not yet tasted defeat during a six year pro career fighting mostly in his homeland of South Africa.

“Kendall has always been regarded as one of the top prospects in the division, but has had some injury setbacks recently,” said Duva. “Now, he is healthy and ready to become one of the top super lightweights in the world. First, however, he must beat Hlatshwayo, who has also made his mark recently as a rising young star with victories over world contenders Nate Campbell, and Phillip N’dou. This combination makes the bout an exciting and intriguing match up and very important to the future of the super lightweight division.

“The super lightweight division is stocked with talent like Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, as well as Castillo, Corrales and Gatti. The winner will be in line for a big fight in one of the most lucrative and glamorous divisions in boxing.”

Tickets are priced at $75 and $50, and are available at the Bally’s box office, or by calling Duva Boxing 973-237-0999, Ticketmaster at 800-736-1420 or Bally's Park Place at 609-340-2000.

Article posted on 20.10.2006

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