The talented, popular world-ranked super featherweight Undefeated Diego Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KOs) will face fellow southpaw Fernando Beltran Jr. (36-7-1, 20 KOs), of Tijuana, Mex., in the 130-pound main event this Friday, March 23, in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
In a battle of unbeaten junior welterweights in the ShoBox co-feature at the Conference Center at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz., former international amateur standout and 2008 Cuban Olympic Bronze Medalist Yordenis Ugas (11-0, 5 KOs), of Miami, will be opposed by by Johnny Garcia (11-0, 8 KOs), of Holland, Mich., in an eight-round bout.
Tickets for the Top Rank event, priced at $100, $75, $50 and $35, are available at the casino box office and on www.casinodelsol.com.
IABA UPDATE (IRELAND V HOLLAND)
IRISH AMATEUR BOXING ASSOCIATION
The Irish Amateur Boxing Association have confirmed their squads for two meetings with Holland in Dublin and Cavan this weekend.
Both countries clash in the first ever women’s boxing international in Ireland at Dublin’s National Stadium on Friday night and 48-hours later at the Cavan Crystal Hotel.
World and European lightweight champion Katie Taylor faces Dutch southpaw Jessica Belber at lightweight (60Kg) on Friday and Willeke Verdellen at light-welterweight (64Kg) on Sunday.
The Taylor versus Belber contest is a repeat of the 2011 four-rounder which Taylor comprehensively won (21-1) on a St John’s BC hosted show in Cork last October.
Belber was edged out by a single point by Aizanat Gadzhieva of Azerbaijan at the 2011 European Women’s Championships in Holland. Taylor beat Gadzhieva in the quarter-finals en route to claiming her fifth European title in-a-row in Rotterdam.
Welterweight Laoise Traynor, a team-mate of Taylor’s at the Bray BC, is in action Sunday versus Lisa de Vilder.
IABA President Tommy Murphy said that the upcoming internationals will play their part in Ireland’s preparations for the 7th AIBA (2012) World Women’s Championships and only Olympic qualifier for female boxers in Qinhuangdao,China between May 8th and 20th.
Female boxing will make its historic debut at the 30th Olympiad in London. The three women’s Olympic weight categories are: flyweight (52Kg), lightweight (60Kg) and middleweight (75Kg).
“This will be the first time that Katie Taylor has boxed in a women’s international at the National Stadium. We’ve put together a talented young squad and everyone involved with the sport is looking forward to what will be marvelous occasions. Both sides contain some world class boxers and both internationals promise to be very competitive, said IABA President Tommy Murphy.
“The final European Olympic qualifier for men is in Turkey next month and then we have the women’s Olympic qualifiers in China in May. I would encourage sports fans to come along and support our talented young international boxers this weekend as they embark on what is a crucial period for Irish amateur boxing.”
Waterford flyweight Lynne McEnery and Holland’s Alicia Holsken meet in Friday’s curtain raiser, while 2011 AIBA World Youth bronze medalist Michaela Walsh is in against Joyce van Ee at featherweight at the National Stadium.
Sarah Close, Claire Grace and Sinead Kavanagh will also line out for Ireland at the South Circular Road venue.
Australian bantamweight Bianca Elmir and Scottish featherweight Kristen Fraser feature at the National Stadium versus Ireland’s Michelle Lynch and Dervla Duffy.
Boxing begins at 7.30pm Friday.
Ireland v Holland National Stadium Dublin: Friday March 23rd (7.30pm)
52Kg: Lynne McEnery (St Pauls) v Alicia Holsken (Holland)
57Kg: Michaela Walsh (Holy Family GG) v Joyce van Ee (Holland)
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) v Jessica Belber (Holland)
64Kg: Sarah Close (Holy Family GG) v Willeke Verdellen (Holland)
69Kg: Claire Grace (Callan) v Lisa de Vilder (Holland)
75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) v Nouchka Fontijn (Holland)
54Kg: Michelle Lynch (Golden Gloves) v Bianca Elmir (Australia)
57Kg: Dervla Duffy (Ryston) v Kristen Fraser (Scotland)
Ireland v Holland Cavan Crystal Hotel: Sunday March 25th (7.30pm)
52Kg: Michaela Jannick (Cavan) v Alicia Holsken (Holland)
57Kg: Dervla Duffy (Ryston) v Joyce Van Ee (Holland)
60Kg: Carla Wright (Gleann) v Jessica Belber (Holland)
64Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) v Willeke Verdellen (Holland)
69Kg: Laoise Traynor (Bray) v Lisa de Vilder (Holland)
75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) v Nouchka Fontijn (Holland)
48Kg: Oliwia Samsanov (Cavan) v Lynne McEnery (St Pauls)
52Kg: Jade Corcoran (Crumlin) v Daria Lach (Cavan)
57Kg: Michaela Walsh (Holy Family GG) v Kristen Fraser (Scotland)
Boxing returns to Twin River!
Limited seats available for tomorrow as CES launches Thursday-night fight series
LINCOLN, R.I. (March 21st, 2012) – The weights are in, and, as the old saying goes, the hay is in the barn. The only thing left is for the bell to ring, kicking off Providence’s newest Thursday-night attraction.
On Thursday, March 22nd, 2012, Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports will launch its 2012 Thursday Night Fight Series at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I., with “Home Invasion,” the first of four Thursday-night boxing shows scheduled in the next three months.
“Home Invasion” is Twin River’s first boxing event since October. Limited tickets are available at $50.00 and $75.00 dollars and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.
“This is going to be a spectacular event,” Burchfield said. “We’re thrilled with the card we’ve put together and the feedback from boxing fans has been tremendous.
“Don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets, because this show will sell out!”
“Home Invasion” features the long-awaited return of super middleweight Vladine Biosse (11-1-1, 6 KOs) of Providence, R.I., who will face George Armenta (14-7, 11 KOs), a dangerous veteran from Silver Spring, Md., in the six-round main event; while New Bedford, Mass., welterweight Jason “School Boy” Pires (22-4-1, 9 KOs) – an active member of the New Bedford Police Department and SWAT Team – will face Eddie Soto (12-3, 4 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., in a six-round special attraction.
Fan-favorites Alex Amparo (2-0, 1 KO) of Providence and Benny Costantino (7-0, 4 KOs) of Warwick, R.I., will also return to Twin River following victories in October. Costantino, 40, will continue his comeback in a four-round super middleweight bout against Yolexcy Leiva (4-2, 3 KOs) of Nashville, Tenn.; Costantino’s victory over Odias Dumezil in October was his first fight in 10 years. Amparo will be featured in a four-round bout against Spencer, Mass., newcomer John Downey, formerly a competitor in mixed martial arts.
Unbeaten middleweight prospect Thomas Falowo (5-0, 4 KOs) of Pawtucket will face Troy Artis (3-2-1, 2 KOs) of Bronx, N.Y., while light welterweight Carlos Hernandez (1-2) of Bridgeport, Conn., will battle Robert Brando-Hunt (0-1) of Hyannis, Mass., who is searching for his first professional win. Female welterweight Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (5-1, 1 KO) of Quincy, Mass., will face Ashleigh Curry (4-6-2, 1 KO) of St. Joseph, Mo.; and, in a separate four-round bout, New Bedford welterweight Johnathan Vazquez (4-1-1, 3 KOs) will face Pawtucket’s Jeff Anderson, a mixed martial arts veteran making his professional boxing debut.
(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for “Home Invasion.” Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance.)