Olusegun Ajose takes on Hank Lundy on July 19th on ESPN
New York, NY (7/12/13) – Next Friday, July 19, ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns to the historic Rockingham Park in New Hampshire, with a scintillating 10-round main event featuring WBC #3-rated junior welterweight Olusegun Ajose (31-1, 14KO’s) taking on longtime lightweight contender “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (22-3-1, 11KO’s).
In the co-feature bout, undefeated up-and-coming prospects Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczweski (16-0, 3KO’s) and Miguel “Mikito” Soto (11-0, 11KO’s) put their unblemished records on the line in an eight-round super featherweight showdown.
The rest of the card features a bevy of both New England and regional talent including highly regarded undefeated heavyweight prospect Alexis Santos (9-0, 8KO’s) from Lawrence, MA taking on his toughest opponent to date when he squares off against Newark, New Jersey’s Marlon Hayes (23-11, 11KO’s). The bout is scheduled for six rounds.
The three additional heavyweight bouts scheduled for the card, are highlighted by St. Louis, Missouri’s Charles Martin (8-0-1, 7KO’s) putting his undefeated record on the line against Aaron Kinch (5-1-1, 1KO) and Jonathan Hamm (7-1, 5KO’s) squaring off against fellow once beaten Daniel Martz (8-1, 6KO’s). Both bouts are scheduled for six rounds.
The remainder of the card features four top young fighters out of the New England boxing scene, squaring off against fellow local talent. The all New England match-ups will undoubtedly make for an electric atmosphere at the historic park.
Chris Gilbert (8-0, 6KO’s) who resides in Windsor, VT looks to make it a perfect 9-0 when he squares off against fellow New Englander Luis Viramontes (3-2-1, 1KO) from nearby Brockton, MA. The bout is scheduled for 6 rounds in the junior middleweight division.
Portland, Maine’s Russell Lamour (3-0, 1KO) is set to also see action on the card when he takes on Worcester’s Ralph Johnson (0-2) in a six-round middleweight match-up.
Making his much anticipated pro-debut on the card is former New England Golden Gloves Champion Gerald Schifone (CORRECTION) from Brockton, MA taking on Springfield’s 20-fight veteran Noel Garcia. The bout is scheduled for four rounds in the junior middleweight division.
Rounding out the card will be undefeated heavyweight Julian Pollard (2-0, 2KO’s) from Bridgewater, taking on an opponent TBA. The bout is scheduled for four rounds.
The entire card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Gary Shaw Productions, Classic Entertainment & Sports, and Rumble Time Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET, with the first bout scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. The televised portion of the card will be aired at 10:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.
Tickets are priced at $75 VIP reserved, $45 reserved and $35 for general admission and are currently on sale. Tickets can be purchased by calling 603-898-2311
MSG Network’s Friday Night Fights
Tonight at 9:00 p.m. on MSG Network’s Friday Night Fights, hosted by John Duddy and Mark Breland: Hector “Macho” Camacho vs. Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini (3/6/89).
After a four-year retirement, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini stepped back into the ring in March of 1989 to face undefeated Hector “Macho” Camacho for the WBO junior welterweight title. The two fighters, who weren’t afraid to express their distaste for each other before the bout, showcased two very different styles with Camacho dodging Mancini’s charge the entire night. “Macho” took the 12-round split decision to the dismay of Mancini, who believed he had won the fight at the bell, and the Reno crowd that chanted “Boom Boom” throughout the night.
In the episode, Duddy and Breland talk about the difference between the two fighters.
Duddy: “Many people remember Hector as being the party boy, the wise guy, dying hair and fancy clothes, but he still could fight.”
Breland: “Right. Regardless of what he did outside of the ring, he took care of business inside.”
Duddy: “Mancini was a fan favorite…”
Breland: “Because he would take a shot and then give it right back to you. I know a guy like that…this Irish guy named John Duddy.”
Friday Night Fights is part of MSG Network’s Summer Block Party. For more information go to www.msg.com/summer and join the conversation on Twitter with @MSGNetworks.
Leroy Davila and Cam F. Awesome to Box for Gold at the 2013 Makar Mazai Memorial in Ukraine
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Two United States’ boxers will compete for their third international gold medals of the year at the 2013 Makar Mazai Memorial in Mariupol, Ukraine on Saturday. It will be the largest and smallest members of Team USA stepping in to the ring for final round action as light flyweight Leroy Davila (New Brunswick, N.J.) and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) compete for gold. Flyweight Malik Jackson (Washington DC) and heavyweight Michael Hilton (Trenton N.J.) both fell to Ukrainian foes in their semifinal bouts on Friday.
Awesome won his second bout of the tournament on Friday with a 2-1 victory over Russia’s Gasan Gimbatov to advance to the final round contest. He will take on a Ukrainian boxer in the super heavyweight final on Saturday.
Jackson and Hilton both suffered 3-0 losses in their semifinal contest with home nation boxers, but will return home with bronze medals from the event.
Davila won his semifinal round contest on Thursday and will join Awesome in the tournament finals on Saturday when he faces Ukraine for gold. Davila and Awesome, who are once again serving as Team Co-captains, took gold in two events in Puerto Rico in June, and hope to add an additional gold medal to their international records on Saturday.
Awesome is undefeated in 2013, winning the USA Boxing National Championships and National Golden Gloves as well as gold medals in his international bouts. Known for his vegan lifestyle, which he’s introduced to several of his teammates, Awesome is the most internationally experienced boxer on the elite men’s squad.
After falling one win short of competing for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team last year, Davila opened the year in international action, taking silver at the Independence Cup in February before winning his first USA Boxing National Championship in April.
The four medals Team USA is guaranteed in Ukraine brings the international total to 64 for the year for USA Boxing squads. The Makar Mazai Tournament is the eighth international event of the year for USA Boxing.
Coaches Kevin Benford (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Kenneth Sims, Sr. (Chicago, Ill.) are leading the team into action in Ukraine.
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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