The biggest weekend in boxing is bringing all of the boxing legends out to Turning Stone Resort Casino on June 7th for the 30th anniversary of the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend. Outside of the ring will consist of almost a week long of phenomenal events with some of boxing’s biggest stars. However, inside the ring, legacy’s will grow, some attempting to fill the footsteps of their famous fathers.
When JAMES “BUDDY” MCGIRT JR. (27-3-1 14KO’s) laces up his gloves on June 7th, an extra presence will be in the air. In the co-feature,McGirt Jr. will be facing undefeated Frenchman DAVID PAPOT (22-0 3KO’s), for the WBA Intercontinental & WBO International Middleweight Titles. In a sport that is the king of drama and storylines, it is fitting that McGirt Jr. is the son of “BUDDY” MCGIRT (73-6-1 48KO’s), storied multi-weight world champion and the first ever World Champ hailing from Long Island, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame after watching his son attempt to honor that induction.
Hailing from Brentwood, Long Island, McGirt Sr. made his pro-debut in 1982, working his way to a 38-1-1 record, before squaring off with Frankie Warren in 1988, at the Memorial Coliseum, in Corpus Christi, Texas, where Buddy won the IBF World Super Lightweight Title by TKO. Three years later, in 1991 McGirt challenged multi-time world champion Simon Brown, defeating him by unanimous decision for the WBC World Welterweight Title, his second world title.
On June 7th, James McGirt Jr. will be fighting in front of his father, as McGirt Sr. will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on the same weekend. McGirt has had success at the Middleweight division and hopes to add both vacant belts to his trophy case, on a path to become the second world champion bearing the name James “Buddy” McGirt.
The highly anticipated main event showcases 6-time world champion, ZAB “SUPER” JUDAH (Brooklyn, NY 44-9 30KO’s) against New York knockout artist, CLETUS “THE HEBREW HAMMER” SELDIN (23-1 19KO’s) for the NABA Super Lightweight Title. Judah, the last undisputed welterweight king, looks to add to his hall of fame worthy legacy, in search for another title shot at the super lightweight division. Seldin has hall of fame power in both hands. A win against a world class fighter like Judah will put Seldin right in the thick of the title chase of the super lightweight division. Both fighters know that the winner is likely to get a shot at the World Championship.
Prince Ranch Boxing’s 18-year-old featherweight sensation, Ricky Medina (3-0 2KOs) of San Antonio, Texas, will return to the ring this Friday for his fourth professional bout at The Casa Ahida Cafeteria Gourmet in Heroica Matamoros, Mexico.
For Medina, who is promoted by TMB & PRB Entertainment, this will be his first time fighting outside of his home state of Texas, let alone the United States.
“I am very excited to fight for the first time in Mexico. Mexico has a lot of great world champions over the years including Julio Cesar Chavez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and many more that I looked up to. For my promoter and manager to be able to put me in a situation to fight in such a boxing rich country and build fans out here, it is quite an honor.” said Medina about his upcoming fight on Friday night.
Medina, who faced an undefeated fighter in his last bout is looking to challenge himself in the professional game of boxing, early and often.
“What I love about Ricky Medina is how he looks for a challenge,” said Greg Hannley of Prince Ranch Boxing, Medina’s manager. “In his last fight, he fought Jose Casiano, an undefeated guy who was 1-0-1. A lot of young fighters wouldn’t fight a guy with that kind of record in their third fight, they’d talk about the business or want an easier fight. Ricky took the fight and won every round. Now three months later he is back in the ring ready to get a win in Mexico. He’s a star in the making.”
“Ricky Medina is a great, young fighter who we want to keep extremely active so he can develop into a world champion,” said Medina’s promoter, Rick Morones of TMB & PRB Entertainment. “I believe it is important to keep him busy as he has been fighting every three months or so since he turned pro last September. We expect great things from Medina and see him as a future world champion.”