Dynamic welterweight prospect Mark Reyes Jr. will face veteran Javier Garcia in a six round special attraction bout Saturday, June 16 at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL.
Fighting out of Tampa, Reyes Jr. is 6-0 with 4 wins by knockout. The popular 22-year-old possesses explosive athleticism and dynamic punching power, most recently dispatching Larry Yanez inside of three rounds. A top amateur prior to his pro career, Reyes Jr’s camp believes the sky’s the limit.
A 25 fight veteran, the Gurabo, Puerto Rico native faced a number of quality opponents. Garcia, 8-16-1 (5 KO’s), battled 11 unbeaten foes including title contenders Jose Gonzalez and Emmanuel de Jesus, Harold Calderon and Derrick Cuevas among others.
Having fought all of his bouts in the Tampa Bay area, Reyes Jr. expects another strong showing June 16.
“Every fight I look forward to showcasing my talent and hard work. June 16 is another chance to do so and I hope to impress new fans at the St. Pete Coliseum.”
Fire Fist Boxing has put together a solid card, headlined by an NBA Intercontinental middleweight showdown between unbeaten Ireland-based Tampa transplant Connor Coyle and rival Danny Pastrana of Orlando, FL.
The co-feature is an important 8 round matchup between cruiserweights Nicholas Iannuzzi (19-4) and Vincent Miranda (17-2). Featherweight phenom Jose “Lil Pacquiao” Resendez, Ricky “Cowboy” Tomlinson, Ali Tareh, Joseph Fernandez, Rodriguez Cade and Kendrick Thomas are all scheduled to appear in separate bouts.
“This card continues to get better and better,” said Jody Caliguire of Fire Fist Boxing Promotions. “We’ve got an awesome event scheduled for June 16 loaded with quality fighters. Mark Reyes Jr. is a talented fighter with a great fan base. I advise everybody to come out June 16 because you’ll get to see a number of quality fighters from difference backgrounds giving it their all”.
Big Punchers Liebau & Markic Clash For WBF World Title
A combined 43 knockouts from 50 victories paints the picture of a fight unlikely to go the full twelve rounds, when contenders Denis Liebau and Emil Markic clash for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Heavyweight title on Saturday May 19.
For both it will be by far their biggest fight to date, as they headline the third edition of a fight-series called Boss Art Championship, promoted by Diego Baldelli and the Talos Gym at the Bossard Arena in Zug, Switzerland.
Liebau, from Frankfurt in Germany, comes with a fine 23-1 (21) record in a professional career that started five years ago. The former IBA Continental titlist has only lost to undefeated compatriot Dominic Boesel (21-0 at the time), who currently holds the European Light Heavyweight crown.
Fighting out of Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina, where he was also born, Emil Markic made his professional bow in 2012. His record stands at 27-2 (22), coming off two victories since losing a title fight to 18-0 Russian Umar Salamov in New Zealand a year ago.
At thirty-six (Liebau) and thirty-five (Markic), the opportunity to become world champion has come late for both men. They both realize that the opportunity may never come again, and with big punching-power on both sides this one is expected to be a real barn-burner.