Star Boxing in conjunction with Resorts World Catskill’s held the final press-conference ahead of Catskills Clash, which is set to take place this Friday (6/28) night. The great night of fights features three up and coming, undefeated prospects in, “ACTION” ANTHONY LAUREANO (10-0 3KO’s), DYLAN “THE REAL DEAL” MORAN (10-0 5KO’s) and RICHIE “POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN” RIVERA (10-0 11KO’s), all looking to stake their claim as an ABO America’s Champion. Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA kicked off the presser and said, “we are at a beautiful casino here at Resorts World Catskills, and there is nothing like live boxing. Resorts World Catskills has committed to bringing boxing back to the Catskills. We have three great ABO Championship features, all of which are worthy of a main event. Be sure to get your tickets or tune in on FITE.TV.”
Media in attendance and fans watching on Star Boxing’s Facebook page next heard from COO of Resorts World Catskills and General Manager, KEVIN KLINE, who was very excited for the upcoming night of fights, “we want to be apart of the revitalization of the Catskills. We are bringing back boxing to the Catskills…it’s going to be a fantasitic night on Friday and I see this as being one of many oppurtunities for us to bring additional boxing and other sporting events to the venue.”
Next, the fighters took to the podium speaking on the great opportunity they have to fight at Resorts World Catskills for their respective ABO Title’s. Anthony Laureano spoke first, stating, “I am so happy to be fighting again. I am taking this fight like every fight, full force. I am so blessed and all thanks to my team, I cannot say enough.” Dylan Moran gave his thoughts on fighting in the US for the first time, “I have a great team here with me, and they have been here with me since day one. Where I come from in Waterford, there hasn’t been any pro-boxers before me, but I have made a great name for myself there, and I plan on doing the same here in the US.” Finally Richie Rivera had this to say about the opportunity in front of him on Friday night, “Strong to the finish with this spinach. They are saying i have the oppurtunity to fight at the Catskills, and I said what?! I can’t wait to put on a great show for you all…”
Dylan “The Real Deal” Moran
Irish Welterweight Sensation Moran, born in Waterford, Ireland, the 24-year-old has successfully won bouts in the UK, Ireland and Mexico, with plans to lay roots in the United States. Moran earned his nickname by rising through the ranks in Irish amateur boxing, winning 6-county titles as well as, 6 provisional and national titles. As a true combative, Moran also earned 7 national titles, 1 European Title, and 3 World Titles as a kickboxer.
Action” Anthony Laureano
Making his professional debut in September 2016, the East Hartford, CT native has not looked back. In November of 2018, after a fantastic year, including four victories, Laureano was honored as the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Fighter of the Year. Laureano is known for his come forward, all action style, hence his nickname. With a relentless work ethic and a work rate inside the ring that is second to none, Laureano is a force to be reckoned with in the super lightweight division.
Richie “Popeye the Sailor Man” Rivera
Undefeated Cruiserweight Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera is arguably the most popular boxer and hardest hitter in New England. The 28-year-old has almost single handedly resurrected an otherwise dormant boxing scene of late in the Hartford market, which dates back a full century.
Considering the region’s undeniable tie to entertainment,countless boxing greats, including Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali, spent decades visiting Sullivan County to train for upcoming championship fights and faced-off against the best, making the recent addition of the Catskills Clash to the RW Epicenter line-up a natural fit.
“Boxing champions made a name for themselves in the Catskills years ago, and we look forward to bringing that same excitement back to the area”, said Kevin Kline, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Resorts World Catskills. “We have established Resorts World Catskills Casino Resort and the RW Epicenter as a premier destination for live entertainment in the region, and we look forward to adding sporting events, including boxing, to our list of offerings”.
In addition to the casino resort’s luxury hospitality, distinctive dining and Las Vegas style gaming, the Epicenter has already hosted the best in entertainment with the likes of legendary comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin James and Sebastian Maniscalco and musicians Clint Black, Paul Anka and Brett Michaels. With a strong line-up of local and nationally recognized acts, Resorts World Catskills Casino Resort is helping to restore the Catskills as a premier getaway and true destination.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 14 at 10am. To purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.com, or for more information visit rwcatskills.com.
Star Boxing is pleased to announce the card for CATSKILLS CLASH at Resorts World Catskills on June 28th. The much-anticipated night of fights is expected to be the first of many professional boxing cards at Resorts World Catskills. Fans will enjoy an ABO America’s Championship Triple Header, and a night of fights featuring five undefeated prospects.
2018 Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Fighter of the Year, and undefeated super lightweight, “ACTION” ANTHONY LAUREANO (Hartford, CT 10-0 3KO’s) will look to make it eleven straight victories as he takes on DIEUMERCI “ELEPHANT” NZAU (11-8 8KO’S), fighting out of Silver Spring, Maryland, by way of Kinshasa, Democrat Republic of the Congo. Laureano has looked particularly impressive in his past three victories, earning wide unanimous decisions, highlighted by a disciplined body attack, and an incredible work rate. Nzau’s previous three opponenets have a combined record of 37-4-1 and he hopes that a win against a fighter with the caliber of Laureano will put him on track for even bigger fights in the future. This bout is for the ABO America’s Super Lightweight Championship and is scheduled for 8-rounds.
Power punching East Hartford standout, RICHIE “POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN” RIVERA (11-0 10KO’s) will take on BRIAN “MVP” HOWARD (14-2 11KO’S) fighting out of the fighting city of Philadelphia, by way of Atlanta, Georgia. Rivera has devoured his competition with incredible punching power, which led to Rivera becoming the ABF Continental America’s Cruiserweight and UBF All America Light Heavyweight Champion. Rivera hopes to add the ABO America’s Cruiserweight Championship to his trophy case, but Howard has other plans. The Georgia native is coming off of a big first round KO of Garret Wilson and hopes to repeat his success on June 28th. This is a scheduled 8-round cruiserweight bout.
Making his United Stated debut, #2 rated Irish welterweight sensation, DYLAN “THE REAL DEAL” MORAN (Ireland, 10-0 5KO’s) will look to impress the American fans with his quick hand speed, and power, as he takes on, DENNIS OKOTH (2-2-1 1KO) fighting out of Silver Spring, Maryland, by way of Siaya, Kenya. Moran, having fought in Mexico, the famous York Hall, in Britain, and in his home country of Ireland, is no stranger to getting the job done on the road. The amateur boxing standout and the former kickboxing world champion, Moran, hopes to return to Ireland with the ABO America’s Welterweight Title. This is a scheduled 8-round welterweight bout.
The undercard will feature ROBERT DURAN JR. (3-0 2KO’s), son of the legendary Roberto Duran, who is coming off of a fantastic win at Turning Stone Resort Casino, earlier this month against the previously undefeated Jonathan Pierre. Duran Jr. will face off against JERMAINE CORLEY (1-6 1KO) of Rochester New York. This will be a 4-round welterweight scrap. In the opening bout of the evening, LAWRENCE KING (1-0 1KO) who works as the Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy, will be making his second professional appearance against PEREZ AUGHTRY (0-1) of Buffalo, in a 4-round cruiserweight bout.