Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions will be returning to action this Friday night at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, bringing some familiar faces and upcoming stars to the stage. Among the combatants is lightweight Scott “Bang Bang” Burrell (9-2, 6 KOs), who will meet 12-bout veteran Moris Rodriguez in a six-round encounter.
“This training camp has been great,” Burrell stated. “In June, my brother (Dean, his twin) got married, so I had a lot of family here, but I stayed in the gym. Cat (trainer Leon Taylor) is really pushing me, and we have had a really good camp. I’ve learned some new things, and I’ve really pushed myself to the limit. The last three weeks, Joan Guzman joined our training camp, and he’s been helping me out a lot as well. It’s been a special camp, and I’ve had good sparring as well. I’ve pushed myself to the limit with the help of Cat and Guzman, and I feel great, man.”
A winner of six of his last seven fights, Burrell enters Friday night with the opportunity to increase his win total to double digits.
“I was hoping to get my 10th win earlier this year, but circumstances happened. You know how the game goes sometimes,” he remarked. “I’ve been waiting for this. Double digits in a good mark, and I want to push through to that number in style this fight. When you first turn pro, you imagine about getting to your 10th win, and it feels good to be on the verge of achieving that. I just want to get this 10th win in style.”
This contest marks the second consecutive bout for Burrell on an Uprising Promotions card, and he plans to prove why he was quickly invited back on Friday night.
“Expect me to be in great condition, physically and mentally,” he predicted. “We have been completely committed to the victory. As always, I am going to give my absolute best effort, and I am going to come away with the win. Hopefully a knockout, but coming away with the victory is the main thing. Expect to see me in top form and doing whatever I have to do to make this win and this knockout happen.”
Scheduled to headline Friday night’s show is a featherweight scrap between two aggressive fighters, with Dominican fighter Yenifel Vicente (26-3, 18 KOs) facing Manuel de los Reyes Herrera (21-16-1, 15 KOs) of Colombia. With 33 knockouts between the duo, sparks will certainly fly in this bout.
One fighter who no one will want to miss on this card is the New York debut of cruiserweight Alvin Varmall, Jr. (6-0, 6 KOs), a power-punching Louisiana native who has seen just two of his six professional victims make it to the second round. All six of his pro bouts have ended via knockout, so fans will want to make sure they are in their seats when the opening bell rings to start a scheduled contest opposite Lamont Capers.
Another key participant on the card is hard-hitting Queens native Joseph Williams (6-0, 5 KOs), who welcomes southpaw Michael Wilmer to New York in light heavyweight action. Also, New York native Jeff Laguree (1-0, 1 KO) will fight in front of his home crowd for the first time when he battles 28-bout veteran David Johnson of Los Angeles in a heavyweight tilt.
Also on the card is a middleweight contest between Akil Auguste (7-1, 6 KOs) and 16-fight veteran Justin Williams, while welterweight Julian Sosa (1-0-1) will face Jose Sanchez and flyweight Timmy Ramos (1-0, 1 KO) will battle Leonel Garcia. Also returning for his second straight appearance on an Uprising Promotions card will be Villi Bello (2-1), a converted mixed martial artist who will square off against Francisco Cruz.
Three significant professional debuts are on tap for Friday night, with must-see pro entrances by middleweight Nikita Miroshnichenko (facing Sean Nurse), welterweight Carlos Adams (facing Jeff Souffrant) and junior middleweight Matthew Armstrong (facing Anton Williamson).
The Brooklyn Masonic Temple is located at 317 Clermont Ave #4 in Brooklyn. The intimate setting ensures that there is not a bad seat in the house, and tickets are priced at $60 for general admission and $100 for ringside seating. There is also a table option with dinner, beer/wine and seating with a celebrity fighter. For pricing on those tables, call (516) 451-6773.
This show, titled Ring of Fire, will continue the initiative of Uprising Promotions to KO Autism, with proceeds from the night getting donated to The School For Language and Communication Development (SLCD) in Glen Cove, New York. This card is being sponsored by Charlie’s Auto Collision in Long Island City, Sleep Inn, Ronson Frank Fitness and Resolution Sports. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the first bout taking place at 7:00 PM.
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