“Miguel Cotto Promotions” latest acquisition, power puncher, Jorge “Destroyer” Meléndez ( 24-2-1, 23 KO’s ) of Vega Baja,Puerto Rico will be facing off against James Winchester ( 15-6, 5 KO’s ) of North Carolina this Saturday, December 1st at the Madison Square Garden in New York, where the headliner, Miguel Cotto will face WBA light middleweight world champion, Austin Trout.
Meléndez vs Winchester bout is set for 8 rounds at the light middleweight division ( 154lbs ).
Winchester ( 15-6, 5 KO’s ), is a rival who has never been knocked out, and has faced in exciting matches, fighters such as Glen Tapia ( 16-0, 9 KO’s ), Joey Hernández ( 23-1-1, 13 KO’ s ), among others.
Meléndez is ranked # 7 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), and is the current interim WBO Latino light middleweight champion.( 154lbs )
“I feel great because the training has worked well and we are progressing on each fight” Melendez said “I wan to thanks my trainer Dennis Pantoja and my strength and conditioning trainer, Felix González for letting me be a part of their team, and on Saturday, my opponent (James Winchester) will have his first knockout loss of his career.”
Meléndez trainer Dennis Pantoja commented: “We have done about 50 rounds of sparring. We have focused a lot in the art of boxing because Meléndez already has great power, and once we get the victory this Saturday, we still need to stay focused for the next level opponents”.
Since capturing the Interim WBO Latino title in October 2011, Meléndez has looked impressive, with outstanding wins coming by way of knockout against power puncher, Milton Nuñez ( 24-6, 22 KO’s ), experienced Germaine Sanders ( 27-11, 17 KO’s ) and localist Marcus Willis ( 12-2, 3 KO’s ).
Also the young 23 years old slugger is active in the community by being part of the group called ‘Ponte pa’ lo Positivo’, who helps prevent “bullying”.
Unbeaten Jesse Hart Added to Dec. 8 NBC Boxing Card at Temple University
Philadelphia, PA—The next generation of boxing history is on deck.
Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, will be in action Saturday evening, Dec. 8, at Pearson/McGonigle Halls on the campus of Temple University.
Topping the 10-bout card is a scheduled 12-round USBA Heavyweight title bout, featuring the undefeated champion Bryant “B.Y B.Y” Jennings of Philadelphia, PA and his challenger Bowie Tupou of Tonga. First fight 7:00 pm.
Hart, 23, was a standout amateur and is 4-0, 4 K0s, as a pro since his June 9 debut in Las Vegas. This will be his first fight in his hometown as a professional.
“This being my first pro fight in Philly is huge because my fans, family and friends get to see things,” said Hart. “I’m bringing boxing back to the city so get ready.”
Hart has some shoes to fill. He is the son of legendary Philadelphia middleweight Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, who terrorized the 160-pound division in the 1970s with his murderous left hook.
Cyclone was around at a time when Philly fighters made their reputation by fighting each other. He is best remembered for his 10-round draw with Bennie Briscoe on Nov. 18, 1975 a The Spectrum in front of more than 11,000 fans.
Boxing has had many father and son duos over the years.
“With me and my dad, when it comes to boxing we are both very passionate,” Jesse said. “We think alike. We disagree on some things, but I know he looks out for my best interest. He knows me inside and out. He is the biggest part in training camp because he keeps me on my job.”
Hart, who was a two-time National Golden Gloves champion, is sure to impress in his hometown debut.