Serrano vs. Taylor on 1/25

New York (January 9, 2013) – Philadelphia’s Raymond ‘Tito” Serrano will battle Baltimore based Emmanuel ‘The Tranzforma” Taylor in a 10-round junior welterweight clash on FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013, at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, it was announced today by Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing®.

Broadcast on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME®

(10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) and promoted by Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, the Serrano/Taylor bout is the chief support to the 10-round junior middleweight title bout between world ranked Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade and former world title challenger Freddy “EL Riel” Hernandez.

“This is an excellent junior welterweight matchup between two young aggressive fighters. Serrano and Taylor have an outstanding opportunity to show the great boxing fans on Long Island and the nationally televised audience on SHOWTIME® that they belong in the mix with other top prospects in the division,” said DeGuardia.

“Ray has been working hard the last couple of months with his new trainer, Barry Hunter. He was very excited when we approached him about the fight. Ray wants to show that he is the prospect everyone thought he was, (winning his first 18 pro fights) before getting tagged against Karim Mayfield last May” said DeGuardia.

The 23-year-old Serrano, 18-1-0 (8KO’s), was stopped in the fifth round by Mayfield on MAY 18, 2012 in Albany, NY.

Just 21-years-old, Taylor has compiled an excellent record of 15-1-0 with ten knockouts since turning professional in 2009 following a highly decorated amateur career.

Earning his nickname through his transformation from a quiet persona outside the ring to an all-action fighter inside of it, Taylor returns to battle following a sensational decision win over then undefeated prospect George Sosa on October 12th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Advance tickets priced at $50, $100 and $150, are now on sale through Ticketmaster, (www.Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000) or through The Paramount Box Office, (631) 673-7300 in addition to the Star Boxing Office, (718) 823-2000 or on their website, www.StarBoxing.com. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7PM with the first bell at 8PM.

The Paramount is located at 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, New York, 11743. For directions and more information, please visit their website at www.paramountny.com

The First Junior World Team Open Champion is Crowned in First Day Action in Reno

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Female featherweight JaJaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) won the first gold medal of the inaugural Junior World Team Open in Reno, Nev., on Tuesday evening. The female featherweight championship bout was the final contest of the night with 10 bouts of action being contested on opening day. Gonzalez finished the night with a bang, taking the title with a stoppage win over Anna Crutchfield (Travelers Rest, S.C.).

Gonzalez won a third round stoppage win over Crutchfield as the referee called a halt to the bout at the 1:57 mark to give her the Junior World Team Open title. The event opened with nine bouts in male action and the light flyweight division kicked off the competition with several close opening round bouts. Two young boxers pulled out tiebreaker victories with Izaiah Bautista (Hercules, Calif.) and Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) each moving in on with razor thin wins.

Hometown boxer Alex Rodriguez (Sparks, Nev.) pulled out a 17-15 decision over Andrew Weaver (Zanesville, Ohio) in his first bout of the tournament in the bantamweight division. 2012 Veles Cup team member Edgar Berlanga (Brooklyn, N.Y.) claimed the final win in the male division, defeating Ferdinand Kerobyan (California), 16-11 in the lone light middleweight bout of the night.

Action will resume tonight at 6 p.m. with eight tournament bouts in the men’s light bantamweight, bantamweight and featherweight as well as two non-tournament contests in the female division. The bout sheet can be found below.

A live stream of Junior World Team Open tournament action can be purchased on USA Boxing’s website, www.usaboxing.org

Tuesday, January 8 results

101 lbs/male: Shon Mondragon, Commerce City, Colo., dec. Jose Cora, Abilene, Texas, 13-9

106 lbs/male: Izaiah Bautista, Hercules, Calif., dec. Kevin Montano, Concord, Calif., 14-14, 41-39

106 lbs/male: Freudis Rojas, Nevada, dec. Kristopher Alcos, Lihue, Hawaii, 12-10

106 lbs/male: Daniel Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, Calif., dec. Isaac Perez, Albuquerque, N.M., 18-18, 53-49

106 lbs/male: Adrian Servin, Phoenix, Ariz. won on disqualification over Saul Sanchez, N. Hollywood, Calif., DQ

119 lbs/male: Adolfo Alanis, Edinburg, Texas, dec. Enrique Manrajos, Ontario, Ore., 21-4

119 lbs/male: Alex Rodriguez, Sparks, Nev., dec. Andrew Weaver, Zanesville, Ohio, 17-15

119 lbs/male: Isidro Ochoa, Compton, Calif., dec. Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va., 11-8

154 lbs/male: Edgar Berlanga, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Ferdinand Kerobyan, California, 16-11

125 lbs/female championship bout: JaJaira Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., stopped Anna Crutchfield, Travelers Rest, S.C., RSC-3 (1.57)

Wednesday, January 9 Tournament Bout Sheet

114 lbs: Bryan Lua, Madera, Calif., vs. Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J.

119 lbs: Humberto Guillen, Jr., Reno, Nev., vs. Adolfo Alanis, Edinburg, Texas

119 lbs: Brandon Vega, Ohio vs. Alex Rodriguez, Sparks, Nev.

119 lbs: Isidro Ochoa, Compton, Calif., vs. Dominic Serna, Indio, Calif.

125 lbs: Gonzalo Rodriguez, Texas vs. Xavier Martinez, Sacramento, Calif.

125 lbs: Arturo Santana, Calif., vs. Michael Nelson, Mansfield, Ohio

125 lbs: Gabriel Chairez, Salt Lake City, Utah, vs. Garrett Rincon,

125 lbs: Damien Munoz, Carson City, Nev., vs. Mario Martinez, Sparks, Nev.

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).


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