Bronx, NY – Apr 30, 2008 – 2004 U.S. Olympic team captain Devin Vargas (15-0 6 KO) will battle Philadelphia tough guy Dave Brunelli (8- 3 3 KO) in an 8 round Heavyweight bout, May 9th, 2008, taking place at Bally’s Atlantic City and to be telecast live on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights..
This will mark the television debut of Vargas who looks to place himself in the mix of young American Heavyweight prospects. Vargas had a storied amateur career culminating with a win over fellow undefeated prospect Chazz Witherspoon, which gave Vargas the Olympic team spot in 2004. Devin brings a crowd pleasing style into the ring with him and is very sound technically. He will face a stern test when he steps into the ring with Philadelphian brawler Dave Brunelli.
Brunelli does not have the amateur background of Vargas but has learned his trade the hard way, in the tough gyms of Philadelphia. Brunelli has become a fan favorite in the Philly area because of his brawling style and willingness to do what it takes to win. Brunelli is very excited about this opportunity and plans to make the most of it. Whatever happens, you can be assured that this will be an all action affair.
Star Boxing head Joe DeGuardia had this to say about the match, “I am very excited that the public will finally get a chance to see Devin Vargas in action. Devin is a good looking, young prospect and I expect big things out of him.”
The main event is a 12 round Jr. Welterweight fight between “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (18-2-2 9 KO) and Lanardo Tyner (19-0 11KO) for Arnaoutis’ USBA title.