In exactly two weeks, on Thursday, June 14, DiBella Entertainment returns to New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom for the latest installment of its Broadway Boxing series. The card is headlined by Long Island’s fan-favorite undefeated light heavyweight prospect, “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (13-0, 8KO’s). The card, eight bouts in all, will also feature world-rated welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (14-0, 11KO’s), widely considered to be one of the top up-and-coming fighters in the sport today..
The other six bouts on the card will showcasesome of the New York area’s most exciting and popular fighters including Will Rosinsky, Gabriel Bracero, Boyd Melson, Sonya Lamonakis and Floriano Pagliara, all in separate bouts.
Rosinsky (15-1, 9KO’s), a four-time New York Golden Glove Champion, is set to square offagainst the very dangerous Aaron Pryor Jr. (16-5, 11KO’s) in an eight-round light heavyweight showdown. Rosinsky bounced back nicely after suffering his first pro defeat at the hands of top-rated contender Edwin Rodriguez on SHOWTIME last October, by handing out a vicious beating on his way to scoring a third-round TKO over Zane Marks on the most recent Broadway Boxing card in New York back on March 7. Rosinsky is looking to work his way back into a major fight but he must first get past Pryor. Pryor, the son of hall-of-famer Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, is 2-3 in his last five fights, but the three losses have come against top-level opposition in Adonis Stevenson, the aforementioned Edwin Rodriguez and Thomas Oosthuizen. Pryor’s last two wins have come against WBA #4 rated super middleweight Dyah Davis and three-time world title challenger Librado Andrade.
Looking to follow in Rosinsky’s footsteps and regroup from his first pro defeat will be the former NABF light welterweight champion, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (18-1, 3KO’s), as he takes on Jermain White (17-4, 9KO’s) in an eight-round junior welterweight matchup. Bracero was defeated in his last outing by former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, who most recently upset top-rated contender Paul McCloskey, stopping the Irishman in Ireland on May 5.
After tasting the canvas three times in the first five rounds of their scheduled 10-round contest, Bracero bravely and gamely got himself back into the fight, eventually sending Corley to the canvas in an action-packed eighth. In the end, though, it was a little too late, as Bracero dropped a close unanimous decision by scores of 96-90 and 94-92 twice. Bracero is determined to put the Corley defeat behind him and climb back up the ladder of the junior welterweight rankings.
Boyd “The Rainmaker” Melson (8-1, 4KO’s) will also attempt to get himself back into the win column, as he vies against Enrique Gallegos (6-5, 1KO) in a six-round junior middleweight matchup. Melson is coming off easily the most exciting fight staged as part of the Broadway Boxing series thus far in 2012 against fellow unbeaten prospect Delen Parsley. In an absolute war on March 7, Melson dropped Parsley once in the second and sixth rounds before tasting the canvas himself in the eighth and final stanza. Just when it looked as though Parsley was going to earn himself a stoppage, Melson stormed back rocking Parsley again toward the end of the frame. After eight raucous rounds, Parsley was awarded a narrow unanimous decision, winning by scores of 75-74, and 76-73 twice.
Every time that Sonya Lamonakis (6-0-1, 1KO) steps into the ring, one thing is for certain, you are going to be in for a treat, especially when she is matched up against Tiffany Woodard (4-6-2, 3KO’s). The bout on June 14 will be third matchup between Lamonakis and Woodard, and if you had the pleasure of seeing either of the first two, you know that you will not be disappointed. Lamonakis owns two razor thin six-round decisions over Woodard, once each in 2010 and 2011. Now the two will have the chance to do it all over again when they face off in an eight-round female heavyweight showdown.
Rounding out the card will be junior lightweight Floriano Pagliara (12-4-1, 7KO’s) challenging Rynell Griffin (6-9-2, 2KO’s). The bout is scheduled for six rounds.
Pagliara is of Italian descent but is now living and training out of Brooklyn, NY. Pagliara made his successful Broadway Boxing debut on the March 7card at B.B. King Blues Club dominating James Lester over six action-packed rounds.
Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45, with a limited number of VIP tables available for purchase as well. VIP tickets are priced at $150, and there are four seats to a table. Tickets can be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577. Call soon as tickets are already going fast and a third consecutive sellout for the Broadway Boxing series is expected.
CARD SHAPING UP FOR JUNE 13TH CARD AT THE ROBERT TREAT HOTEL IN NEWARK
RICHARD PIERSON TO BATTLE GARY JONES FOR THE WBC FECARBOX TITLE IN MAIN EVENT
NEWARK , NJ (May 31, 2012)–—On Wednesday night June 13th, The Robert Treat Hotel in Newark will play host to a night of championship boxing which will feature Richard Pierson boxing Gary “Fast Hands “Jones for the WBC Fecarbox Super Middleweight Title
That fight will be the main event of a boxing night of boxing promoted by Gabe LaConte’s First Round Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.
An outstanding undercard has been assembled that will feature some of the best talent in The New York/New Jersey area.
Taking part in a six round Bantamweight bout will be Qa’id “Kid Dynamite” Muhammad.
Muhammad of Atlantic City has a perfect mark of 7-0 with six knockouts and is coming off a third round stoppage over Steven Johnson on April 18th at The Robert Treat Hotel. Muhammad’s opponent will be named shortly.
In a six round Jr. Middleweight bout, Tommy Rainone (17-4, 4 KO’s) of New York takes on Keenan Collins (14-7-3, 9 KO’s) of York, PA
John Lennox (10-1, 5 KO’s) of Carteret, NJ will take on Rodricka Ray (3-5-1, 1 KO) of Jackson, TN in a six round Heavyweight bout
Anthony “Juice” Young (4-0, 2 KO) of Atlantic City battles Christian Steele (2-3, 1 KO) of Staunton, VA in a four round Welterweight bout.
Aaron Kinch (3-0-1, 1 KO) of Newark, NJ will get it on with Khuzaymah Al Nubu (0-2) Fostoria, OH in a four round Heavyweight bout
Thomas Baldwin (2-0-2, 1 KO) of Newark will fight Fotzgerald Johnson (2-6,1 KO) Asheboro, NC in a four round Jr. Middleweight bout
Heavyweight Dan Mayfield of Dover, NJ will make his pro debut against an opponent to be named.
Tickets for this outstanding night of boxing are $1500 for Tables; $100 (Front Row); $75 VIP
and $50 for General Admission and can be purchased at:
206 Bloomfield Ave
MIKE JONES, TEON KENNEDY, JESSE HART TRAINING CAMP NOTES
For June 9 Fights On Pacquiao-Bradley Card
Philadelphia, PA – As training camps for Philadelphians Mike Jones, Teon Kennedy and Jesse Hart are winding down for their fights on June 9 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley championship card, all three are confident in bringing glory back home.
In perhaps the biggest night-ever for Philly fighters, Jones (26-0, 19 KOs) will battle Randall Bailey (42-7,36 KOs) of Miami, FL for the vacant IBF world welterweight title, Kennedy (17-1-2, 7 KOs) will challenge WBA world super bantamweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KOs), of Cuba, while amateur star Hart, son of former middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, will make his pro debut.
Here are some of their comments from training camp:
MIKE JONES, #1 Rated Welterweight
“It is a lifelong dream to fight for the title. All I know is I’m 100% confident in myself and my abilities. I come to win and I will not lose.”
“I never get too high or too low. I never need acceptance from anybody, whether I score a knockout or get a decision win. I stay true to myself. I believe in God and I believe in myself. That’s what matters to me.”
“He’s (Randall Bailey) a banger, definitely likes to bang. I can do more than just slug. I’ll do whatever it takes to win, even if I have to pound him out, but I want to be moving to set everything up. I don’t know if he can take my power. My plan is not to give him anything and not to give him any advantage.”
“It’s like game planning for a tough defense in basketball. You have to take Bailey’s best attribute – his banging – away from him. Once you do that, things become a lot easier.”
“He’s a strong guy. He hits hard with that right hand and that left hook is not too weak, either. I’m looking for the best Randall Bailey and I want him to bring his best because I know that will bring out the best in me.”
“He has to watch out for my big shots, too. He’s shown he can be knocked out as well. He has his weak points; he doesn’t have a real good jab and he doesn’t put combinations together well. His thing is just trying to bomb you out with one punch. I just want to use my speed and show that I’m the better fighter all around.”
“Making a statement in this fight is showing my best, winning the fight and looking fantastic. The plan always is for me to show the world something better each and every time out.”
“I don’t have a prediction, but I’m just going to beat him down.”
“I always dream about them holding my hand up and I’m the new world champion. There’s no doubt that I’ll be the new IBF world welterweight champion.”
TEON KENNEDY, In His First World Title Fight
“I’m excited about the fight. Whenever I go to bed all I do is dream about it.”
“I feel great. I’m in shape. I’m ready to go right now. Rigondeaux has quick feet, quick hands. My heart and determination will bring the title home.”
“I can’t let him fight his fight and let him get comfortable. I have to force him to make mistakes and take it to him in the first few rounds to show him that I’m there to fight. I believe that I can win a decision. I’m ready mentally and I’m in shape physically. I can’t wait for the fight. It’s a special night to have all of us Philly fighters on the same show.”
“I’m still going to use an aggressive style because he likes to be comfortable. I’m going to put different angles in, not going to go straight to him.”
“Anything can happen, so don’t blink.”
JESSE HART, Amateur Star In His Pro Debut
“Its big, real big, to be fighting my pro debut on the Manny Pacquiao show in Las Vegas. For all the years my dad (Cyclone Hart) fought, he never fought in Las Vegas, so it’s a big thrill for both of us to be in Vegas. This is dad’s dream. It will make for a great show to have us Philly fighters out there. You can’t go wrong.”
“Bernard Hopkins came to me and told me, ‘You’re going to be the next one up, you’re going to be the next great middleweight of Philadelphia,’ and that meant a lot to me.”
“Philadelphia embraced me as a fighter because of my dad. I had to display skill and show that I could stand on my own two (feet). If my dad wasn’t Cyclone Hart, I would still be able to have a name and solidify my boxing credentials. I plan on becoming another great Philadelphia middleweight.”
“My dad is a big, big part of the reason why I was so successful in the amateurs and why I will be successful as a professional. When I was an amateur, my dad surrounded me with great amateur coaches, but he was my head trainer and we were successful.”
“I’d like to think that I was made for a reason. That’s to be a champion. I wasn’t born to do nothing else, but box.”