BETHLEHEM, PA. (March 16, 2016) – Lightweight contender Ivan Redkach (19-1, 15 KOs) will face-off against Puerto Rico’s Luis Cruz (22-4, 16 KOs) in a 10-round headlining event on Tuesday, April 19 on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a pair of exciting eight-round middleweight showdowns pitting top rising prospects and contenders. Brawling 160-pound prospect Immanuwel Aleem (15-0, 9 KOs) takes on Jonathan Cepeda (17-1, 15 KOs) while Delaware’s Kyrone Davis (10-0, 4 KOs) will face Dominican Olympian Junior Castillo (9-0, 9 KOs).
“I am really looking forward to headlining this event on April 19,” said Redkach. “I know that I have a strong opponent, but I am determined to impress the fans and show that I am ready to challenge the elite in my division. I’ve trained very hard and I’m ready to fight.”
“I plan on rejuvenating my career with this fight,” said Cruz. “This is an interesting fight and I’ve been training really hard. Redkach is a tough fighter, but it is nothing that I haven’t seen before. I want to get this big win. It’s now or never for me.”
Boxing By the Beach, an evening of eight professional matches under a big top that was set up in Veteran’s Park in Beach Haven on Saturday, Sept. 26 was somewhat reminiscent of the nearby Surflight Theatre, which used to promote itself as “Broadway on the Beach.” The two-hours-plus display of the “sweet science” was vastly entertaining but, unfortunately, apparently not a financial success.
The night’s lineup wasn’t up to the standards of even the undercard of a big pay-per-view event, despite its pay-per-view like prices (tickets ran from $50 to $125). There were no champions on display; in fact, there were no ranked contenders in the ring.
But there were some pretty good boxers, such as Thomas “Cornflakes” Lamana of Millville, a middleweight who upped his record to 18-1 in the night’s main event by earning a sharp unanimous decision over Albany, New York’s Ayi Bruce “Lee,” who came into the match with a respectable 23-10 record that included 15 knockouts. Then there was an Olympian, Meng Fanlong, a 27-year-old light heavyweight from Inner Mongolia who fought for China in the 2012 London Games. There was a local favorite, Little Egg Harbor’s “Brutal” Brendan Barrett, a six-time MMA heavyweight champ who was switching to boxing as well as making his first foray into promotion via a new company, HITM (History In The Making) Promotions. Finally, there was a real prospect, a 25-year old welterweight from Monmouth by the name of Dustin “White Tiger” Fleischer. More, much more, on him later.
The fights were sanctioned by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB), the regulatory agency that licenses and supervises all contests and exhibitions of “unarmed combat,” professional or amateur, in the Garden State, including mixed martial arts and kickboxing as well as boxing. Its chairman is Larry Hazzard Sr., a three-time New Jersey Golden Gloves champ who became a referee and was the third man in the ring for over 40 world title fights, and is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
A fight will go down at Veterans Park in Beach Haven on Saturday, Sept. 26, and everyone is welcome to watch. Boxing by the Beach, which will showcase some of the greatest talent in boxing from all over the world, is Tuckerton resident “Brutal” Brendan Barrett’s first fight back since he shattered his hand defending his Ring of Combat Heavyweight title at the Tropicana Casino Showroom in Atlantic City more than a year ago. The six-time heavyweight mixed martial arts champion and four-time submission grappling victor will go up against Satario Holdbrooks in his first boxing match after crossing over from MMA.
“It’s been almost a year and a half since I’ve been able to fight and over six years since I last stepped foot into a professional boxing ring. I feel truly blessed to be able to fight on an event that is sure to leave its mark on local history,” said Barrett, who spent some of his time retraining at the park this summer.
The event is being hosted by HITM Productions, a promotional company Barrett started in July, after he got stuck waiting for the right opportunity in boxing.
“It is an honor and a pleasure to have such great athletes competing on our first show, and we are very excited to bring boxing to Beach Haven,” he said.
Other fighters slated for the event include Dustin “The White Tiger” Fleischer, one of the top welterweight fighters in the U.S. right now, who will be taking on Ira Frank just coming off a win in his June 12 bout. Thomas “Cornflake” Lamanna, boasting a record of 17-1 with seven KO’s, will be taking on Ayi Bruce, bearer of 15 KO’s, for the middleweight fight that night. Middleweight Ian Green (6-0) is paired with K Lon Spencer of Texas (4-2) to see who emerges victor of that bout after six rounds. Four rounds of light heavyweight fighting will transpire between Chinese Olympian Meng Fanlong and Michael Mitchell, presently ranked 72nd in the U.S. O’Shanique Foster (7-0) will take on newcomer Darius Jackson for four rounds of lightweight boxing. Sidney Outlaw, also a fellow pro-MMA fighter, will be making his professional boxing debut as well, against Angel Concepcion (6-0) in the light heavyweight division. Undefeated Arturo Trujillo (6-0) will be taking on North Carolina native Alex Asbury (0-2) for four rounds of middleweight fighting.
“Young General” Ian Green looks to move to 7-0 on September 26, 2015 in Beach Haven, NJ at Boxing by the Beach by H.I.T.M. Promotions. Doors open at 4:30PM and fights start at 5:30PM. Click here for more details. http://www.hitmpromotions.com
July marked the return to boxing action for the “Young General” Ian Green. After a busy start to his pro career where he won his first five fights Green took a short break in June to spend some well deserved time with his family. The tough veteran Lekan Byfield was all that stood in the way of Ian’s pursuit to move to 6-0 at the Empire Casino and Racetrack in Yonkers, NY on July 29th.
Yonkers, New York, August 12, 2015 (Newswire) -Ian was up to the challenge! Fighting in the main event for the first time in his career he utilized his lightening quick hands and feet to combat Byfield’s unorthodox style. Byfield had no answer for the Young General’s superior skills. He tried to lure Green into a street brawl and used head butts and rabbit punches to try and slow down the younger fighter. Ian did not fall into this trap. He kept his composure and continued to land punches, eventually flooring Byfield with a body blow in the 5th round. By the end of the fight the judges witnessed what the capacity crowd at the Empire City Casino had and awarded the Young General a unanimous victory which improved his record to 6-0 with 4 KO’s.
“This was the next step in Ian’s development as a complete fighter. He showed great maturity and composure by not letting it turn into a street fight and instead, used his superior boxing skills to walk away with his 6th win in 6 pro fights.”
JASON UMLAH, GENERAL PARTNER; KRAN SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT
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