In another exciting Philly vs. Philly showdown on NBCSN Fight Night, Karl "Dynamite" Dargan (15-0, 7 KOs) will defend his USBA Atlantic Coast Region Lightweight Title in ten rounds against Anthony Flores (11-4-1, 6 KOs) on June 21 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes Barre, PA.
The both comes in chief support to the evening's main event, as Anatoliy "The Gladiator" Dudchenko and Nadjib Mohammedi engage in a twelve-round light heavyweight battle for the #1 position in the IBF.
Both bouts will air live on NBC Sports Netowrk; the NBCSN Fight Night telecast will begin at8 pm ET/5 pm PT.
This will be the second ten round fight in Dargan's career. The first was the ten round unanimous decision over Michael "Lefty" Brooks of Oceanside, NY when Dargan won the USBA Atlantic Coast Region Lightweight Title on the special edition of Fight Night on NBC on Nov. 16, 2013 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. A lot of buzz has surrounded Dargan, 28, lately and his high-profile relationship with singer/reality star Lil' Mo but he insists he is focused on the big picture, "This is bigger than Philly vs. Philly. I already own Philly. I am on a whole bigger mission. Come Jun. 21st if he is not special he is not going to last all these rounds with me. People ain't seen the best of me yet."
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva likes what she sees from Dargan: "Dynamite seems very focused on this fight. He knows he has to go out there and really make a statement. At 15-0, it's time for him to move up to a bigger stage. This is the first step. With an impressive win, we'll be knocking on the doors of the lightweight champions, but no one should ever take a fight against a tough Philly fighter like Flores lightly."
"It is always hard to find opponents willing to get into the ring with Dargan. We knew we wanted Dynamite to be the co-feature on Jun. 21 and I was turned down by ten different potential opponents," said Main Events' matchmaker Jolene Mizzone. She added, "It says a lot about Flores that he was willing to take this fight."
Flores, 26, is coming off a huge upset unanimous decision six-round win over then-undefeated Mike Faragon last month. This will be Flores' first career ten-round fight. Flores has won two straight decisions (the other a six-round unanimous decision victory over Ramesis Gil Feb. 7 in Philadelphia), but he has some losses on his record so this fight may be do-or-die for him. "I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to fight on NBCSN. This is exactly the type of fight I need to take my career to the next level," said Flores. About the Philly vs. Philly match-up, he added, "Both me and Dargan are from Philly and we know each other so I can promise you this, my fight with Dynamite will be explosive!!"
Greg Cohen, Flores' promoter, said, "Anthony Flores is a kid who put himself in this terrific position by beating top prospect Mikey Faragon. He is now looking to take on another undefeated top prospect in Karl Dargan and when he wins this bout he will have to be considered a top contender in the lightweight division. It's always great working with Main Events and I'm sure this will be another first class promotion.