NEW YORK (March 8, 2013) Coming off a sensational, nationally televised debut on JANUARY 25, hot junior welterweight prospect Emanuel “The Tranzforma” Taylor makes his second start of 2013 challenging former world title challenger and world ranked Dominican Victor Cayo in the main event of ESPN Friday Night Fights tonight from Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Fighting on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® and in front of a sold out Long Island boxing crowd at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, the 22-year-old Taylor introduced himself to the boxing industry with a dominant sixth round knockout of highly regarded Philadelphia prospect Raymond Serrano.
“We’re excited to bring Emanuel back to the ring only six weeks from his terrific performance on JANUARY 25” said Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing®.
“Emanuel is relatively young for the sport, but he showed terrific poise in his first televised bout. Some fighters don’t always respond well to the pressure of fighting on TV, but he handled himself like a real veteran.”
Sporting a record of 16-1-0 with 11 knockouts, Taylor’s bout against the much more experienced Cayo, 31-3-0 (22KO’s) will lead to an IBF Title Eliminator for the winner in the junior welterweight division.
“It’s a great opportunity for Emanuel and he’s very confident. Having worked with numerous world champions I’m familiar with how much work is involved for the fighter,” continued DeGuardia.
Speaking specifically about the start of 2013 for Star Boxing, DeGuardia continued, “We’re off to an excellent start with three televised events showcasing our brightest stars in front of huge crowds.”
“Demetrius Andrade had the shutout win on JANUARY 25 in the main event against Freddy Hernandez, Delvin Rodriguez stopped George Tahdooahnippah on ESPN Friday Night Fights in front of a massive crowd at the Mohegan Sun on FEBRUARY 15 and Chris Algieri put on a sensational performance defeating Jose Peralta on NBC Sports Network on FEBRUARY 23 in front of another sold out crowd, our sixth straight sellout at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.”
“It’s a busy time and out top guys are winning big televised fights, we hope to keep the streak going with Emanuel on Friday night.”
Taylor vs. Cayo will be televised live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights (10 PM Eastern on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, online through WatchESPN.com, and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.)