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All-star Italia looking to bounce back versus Ukraine

Lausanne, Switzerland, 05 December 2012 – After succumbing to defeat on British soil last time out, a full strength Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder will now be gunning for victory when they host a strong Ukraine Otamans side at the Mediolanum Forum this Saturday 8 December (21:00 local time). The Italians will be lining up some of their stellar performers, including Domenico ‘Mirko’ Valentino, William Mc Laughlin and Clemente Russo, to make the difference in this World Series of Boxing (WSB) Group B encounter.

Domenico Valentino of Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder

In the first contest of the night, the home team’s Italian Bantamweight (50-54kg) southpaw Jahyn Vittorio Parrinello will be tasked with overcoming the threat posed by dangerous Moldovan Alexandr Riscan, a two-time European bronze medallist. Parrinello is vastly experienced, having participated in both the Beijing and London Olympic Games, but with both boxers evenly matched in all departments, the onus will be on the Thunder’s 29-year-old to deliver before an expectant crowd.

2009 AIBA World Champion Valentino, one of the Thunder poster-boys, will then take to the ring in the Lightweight (57-61kg) contest to face tough Ukrainian Vyacheslav Kyslytsyn. The 28-year-old orthodox fighter struggled with injuries last season but after coming back to full fitness, the unpredictable Valentino is now ready to set the competition alight.

The tattooed Italian told us, “I feel strong. This will be my first fight of the season and I am really fired up. After my unsatisfying Olympic Games in London, I am now looking for redemption. I want to give to people a clear signal that Valentino is back, and back to defeat all before him”. On his opponent, he declared, “Ukraine has a great boxing tradition, so I know he will be dangerous. He is taller than me but I have devised a clever tactical plan and victory will be mine”.

The Middleweight (68-73kg) showdown between unbeaten Irishman McLaughlin and the Ukraine Otamans’ Dmytro Mytrofanov is guaranteed to be one of the night’s most explosive bouts. The Italia Thunder man is a class act but will have to wary of his rival with Mytrofanov having pushed two-time WSB champion Sergiy Derevyanchenko all the way in his last appearance.

The 23-year-old Ukrainian stated, “I am confident of victory in Italy after my good showing against Derevyanchenko. The pressure is on McLaughlin and I will be exploiting this. Training with the Ukrainian team has been fantastic and we are all pumped up”.

McLaughlin was also confident ahead of this match, telling us, “I am fitter and in better shape than I was last season so yes I am ready. I see Mytrofanov as being my toughest opponent to date. I know however that if I box at my best, I will beat him”.

In the fourth bout, Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder’s vastly experienced Hungarian Imre Szello will find himself giving a lot of height away to the tall Ukrainian Denys Poyatsyka at Light Heavyweight (80-85kg). Szello will be banking on his expert shot-making skills to give him the edge in this one. It will be very close.

WSB superstar Russo will seek to extend his perfect record in the competition to sixteen wins when the Italia Thunder team captain battles Rostyslav Arkhypenko of Ukraine. The two-time Olympic silver medallist always puts on a great show in front of his fans and this bout will be no different for the charismatic Italian.

The Mediolanum Forum in Milan always brings out the best from boxers and with Ukraine Otamans set to provide some stiff resistance, it promises to be a real nail-biter. Tickets are still available for this quality match, click HERE for more details.

International Fight Night Press Conference

QUEENS, NY (December 5, 2012)—Tuesday afternoon, fighters that will participate in Saturday night’s big boxing event at the Resorts World Casino were present for the final news Conference.

This historic boxing event is promoted by New Legend Boxing, Old World Boxing & W.O.N. Promotions, with the main event being promoted in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.

In the main event, popular Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (35-8, 26 KO’s) takes on Byron Polley (25-13-1, 11 KO’s) in a ten round Heavyweight bout. In the co-feature, undefeated Super Featherweight Juan Dominguez of Brooklyn, NY (via Dominican Republic) will battle veteran John Alberto Molina of Cartagena, Colombia.

Also seeing action will be undefeated Jr. Middleweight Frank Galarza battling Roberto Lopez. Galarza of Brooklyn, NY, with a record of (7-0-1, 4 KO’s) is a popular fighter who attracts a large fan base due to his crowd pleasing style. That style was evident in his last bout when he and Alantez Fox waged a memorable eight round slugfest which ended in a draw on September 22nd at the Resorts World


In a six round Featherweight bout, Rafael Vazquez (8-1, 6 KO’s) of Queens, NY, takes on Israel Suarez (4-3-1, 1 KO) of Luquillo, Puerto Rico

In a six round Bantamweight bout, Elton Dharry (10-5-1, 5 KO’s) of Queens, NY, looks for his ninth consecutive win he takes on an opponent to be named

In a four round Lightweight bout, Angel Garcia (3-1, 2 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY, battles Victor Galindo (1-0, 1 KO) of Puerto Rico

In a four round female Super Bantamweight bout, Heather Hardy (2-0) of Brooklyn, NY, fights Ivana Coleman (0-3) of Slidell, Louisiana

Bryant Cruz of Port Chester, NY makes his pro debut against Jonathan Caban (0-3) of Queens, NY in a four round Lightweight bout.

Forty-seven year old Rob Garris makes his pro debut after twenty-six years away from the ring when he boxes Abdellah Smith (1-4) of Queens, NY in a four round Super Middleweight affair.

Rounding out the card will be Neuky Santelises (1-0, 1 KO) of New York battles Micah Branch (1-2) of Cincinnati, OH in a four round Featherweight bout.

Tickets prices are $50 General Admission, $125 Ringside and $225 VIP (Includes Open Bar & Buffet) and can be purchased by calling New Legend Boxing 718-487-4474 and/or logging on to

A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy

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