Undefeated bantamweight prospect Ja’Rico “Great Lakes King” O’Quinn continued building his reputation as one of Detroit’s most promising young fighters on Friday night with a second-round stoppage of former world-title challenger Christian “Italiano” Esquivel of Mexico.
Fighting at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, O’Quinn (now 10-0-1, 7 KOs) showed why he is so highly regarded by sending Esquivel through the ropes for a TKO victory at 2:56 of round two.
Esquivel, a former NABF, WBC Continental Americas, WBC Youth Intercontinental, WBC FECOMBOX, and WBC Silver Bantamweight Champion, had no answer to the fast and powerful hands of O’Quinn. He falls to 30-16-1, 23 KOs.
“Christian Esquivel was a world title challenger and an experienced fighter. My goal was to make a statement,” said a happy O’Quinn, post-fight. “I did what was expected of me and rose to the occasion. I’m looking forward to having another impressive win before the year’s ends and starting next year with my TV debut. I am bringing world championship glory back to the city of Detroit. It’s just a matter of time!”
O’Quinn’s promoter, Dmitriy Salita, said he expected a strong showing from O’Quinn and says he got even more than he hoped for from the 23-year-old.
“Ja’Rico is one of the most gifted prospects in all of boxing! I was very impressed with his dominating performance. He is on his way to winning a world title and joining the list of the great champions from the city of Detroit.”
Hard Hitting Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of undefeated bantamweight prospect Emmanuel “Salserito” Rodriguez to a promotional contract.
Rodriguez, 25 years old of Newark, New Jersey by way of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico has a record of 3-0.
Rodriguez had an amateur career that saw him compile a record of 78-11, which included a being a New Jersey Golden Gloves Championship, three-time Diamond Gloves champion, two-time New Jersey state champion, two-time Puerto Rico national champion, Elite Heat champion and a bronze medal winner at the Wilfredo Gomez International Tournament.
He turned professional on April 22, 2017 with a four-round decision over Jaxel Morrero. In his last outing, Rodriguez won a four-round unanimous decision over Ndira Spearman on June 29th in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
“I am happy to be with Hard Hitting Promotions. They are one of the best promoters on the East Coast, and I like the way they work with people,” said Rodriguez.
“I am looking to fight five or six times in the next year. This is the way that I feed my family, and I am grateful that Hard Hitting Promotions is given me that opportunity. I can not wait to start, and show the world my talent.”
“We are excited to add Emmanuel to our roster,” said Manny Rivera of Hard Hitting Promotions. “Emmanuel is a good prospect and we see a lot of potential in him. He fits right in with all of our other young talent, and we see big things in his future.”
Rodriguez joins Hard Hitting Promotions stable of fighters which includes junior welterweight Branden Pizarro (12-1, 6 KOs); lightweight Jeremy Cuevas (11-0, 8 KOs); junior welterweight Samuel Teah (14-2-1, 7 KOs); super featherweight Gadwin Rosa (8-0, 7 KOs); super featherweight Christian Tapia (6-0, 5 KOs); light heavyweight Benny Sinakin (1-0).
The Hockessin PAL Center, 7259 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707, Dee Lee Promotions, LLC along with Nick Tiberi, Matchmaker, Dee Lee brought The First State, Delaware it’s first ever Championship fight 19 years ago and she decided to bring them another championship fight. ,,,, Anthony “The Bull” Caputo Smith (16-8-0/11 ko’s) and Prince Badi “The Boxing Prince” Ajamu (29-5-1/15 ko’s) in Hockessin, Delaware.
The World Boxing Foundation Silver Cruiserweight title belt will be on the line when Caputo Smith of Kennett Square, PA faces off with Ajamu of Camden, NJ. With 26 knockouts between these two big men.
The Co-Main on this terrific fight card features the return of fan favorite Stefan “The Freak” Talabisco (1-0-0/1 ko) of Elsmere, DE. The local heavyweight is sure to help pack the house and when he steps into the ring the crowd will be ROCKIN’!
The undercard jam packed with a young hungry crew of Delaware fighters led by “Joltin” Joey Tiberi (16-3-0/9 ko’s), Middleweight Schmelle “The Real Deal” Baldwin (2-0-0/1 ko’s) of Newark, Vinny Kirkley (1-0-0/1ko) of New Castle, DE is fresh off his impressive knockout pro debut and can’t wait to get back in the ring, Middleweight Maurice “The War Time” Horne (3-0-0/ 2 ko’s) of Middletown, and Brandon Mullins (2-0-0 /1 ko) of Newark, Delaware. Lightweight Adonis Wilkins (Pro Debut) middleweight Anthony Miller (3-2-0/3 ko’s) and Light heavyweight David Murray all Delaware natives.
Come out and support these young fighters! Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with the first bout slated for 7:00 p.m. Tickets prices are; General Admission $45 in advance ($50 at the door), Ringside $60 in advance ($65 at the door) For more info contact: Promoter Diane Fischer 609.868.4243, Matchmaker Nick Tiberi 302.540.7203 or Joey Tiberi 302.650.8678.
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Dee Lee Promotions, LLC. is owned and operated by New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame & Atlantic City boxing hall of Fame promoter Diane Fischer-Cristiano of Vineland, NJ.