Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

DiBella Ent. Puts Together Historic Bill on February 12

New York, NY - After the most successful and entertaining year in the series' 11+ year existence, DiBella Entertainment will kick of the 2014 season of Broadway Boxing with the final boxing card ever to take place at NYC's famed Roseland Ballroom, with an event titled "The Last Dance".  Having promoted a number of cards at the venue over the years, the historic ballroom will be closing its doors in April after more than 50 years of operation at its current location.

Featured bouts on the card will see New York fan-favorites Heather "The Heat" Hardy, an undefeated super bantamweight (7-0, 2KO's), and West Point graduate junior middleweight Boyd "The Rainmaker" Melson (13-1-1, 4KO's) in separate eight-round bouts. An opponent for Hardy will be announced shortly while Melson is set to go toe-to-toe against Mike Ruiz (17-8, 9KO's) in what promises to be an all-action affair. 

"I am sad that Roseland is closing and that this is the last boxing card we will ever promote there. 'The Last Dance' will not only be a celebration of New York boxing, but a celebration of a legendary hall.  This boxing card will help say goodbye to Roseland in style," stated promoter Lou DiBella.

The popular Melson has gained national exposure and was featured on HBO's Real Sports last year for his involvement with Team Fight to Walkand the Just a Dollar Please organization.  Melson has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Spinal Cord research through his effort, which includes donating his entire purse from each fight.  With an exciting come-forward style, Melson's efforts in and out of the ring have seen him continuously pack venues every time he climbs through the ropes.  Melson is hoping to move into more significant fights in 2014, but he must first get past the battle-tested Ruiz on February 12.

Like Melson, Ruiz has fought primarily in New York.  Ruiz, a Puerto Rican-native now living and training in Queens, has seen his career take a number of ups and downs, which included starting off 0-2 before putting together a string of eight straight victories. Ruiz is 9-4 in his last 13 and was coming off back-to-back stoppage victories prior to dropping a razor-thin eight-round majority decision in an absolute war last time out to world-rated contender Charlie Ohta (24-1-1, 16KO's, WBO #4, WBC #9 & IBF #11).  A win over the once-beaten Melson will put Ruiz' career back on track and set him up for much bigger opportunities in the talented junior middleweight division.

Ever since she turned pro in August 2012, Hardy's stardom has continued to rise.  Hardy, a NY Golden Gloves champion, signed an exclusive long-term promotional contract with DBE last year and has quickly become one of the main boxing attractions in all of New York. Each time she has stepped into the ring, she has thrilled her adoring and growing fan-base with her exciting and relentless come-forward style. Hardy is coming off back-to-back stoppage victories, with the latter earning her the vacant Universal Boxing Federation International female super bantamweight title. Hardy is looking to continue moving up the world rankings in 2014 and hopes to challenge for her first world championship sometime before the end of the year.

Additional bouts featuring many of the most talented and promising young prospects on the DBE roster will be announced soon.

The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and is sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group and Everlast. SNY will broadcast the event tape-delayed. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling (212) 947-2577. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. VIP tables, holding eight seats, are also available for $150 per seat. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 6:45 p.m. ET. Bouts are subject to change.

Tags: Heather Hardy image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by APBrooklyn on 01-11-2014

This is the best live boxing for the money - it might sell out quickly Even the 45 tickets allow you to wander wherever you want and sit on the carpeted area along the wall/get drinks easy etc. - all…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines British Board Confirm Tyson Fury's UKAD Hearing For December Jason Sosa Seeks Own Impressive Comeback on Kovalev Card Bob Arum To Hearn: 65-35 is More Than Fair For Joshua-Parker Andre Dirrell vs. Jose Uzcategui Rematch in Play For January 27 Khan is Reportedly Highest Paid Contestant Ever on "I'm a Celeb" Duva: Kovalev Looks Better Physically, Happier, With New Coach Photos: Orlando Salido Putting in Work For Roman Clash WBC Prez: GGG Conquered The Hearts of Mexico, I Was Humbled Joshua Promoter: Our Offer is 'Five Times' Parker's Biggest Purse Salido: I Will Show Why So Many Champions Are Afraid of Me! Hearn Says Anthony Joshua Social Media Mess is 'Major Problem' Tyson Fury's Promoter Gives Statement on UKAD Hearing Delays UK Boxing News: Welborn, Hennon, Connor, Beech, More Photo: Tyson Fury Shows Off Bloated Form in Training Camp Joshua: I'd Knock Wilder Out With One Shot, Smack Parker Around! Manny Pacquiao Hints That He Wants Conor McGregor Next Groves: Eubank Improved, But Never Boxed Anyone on My Level Photos: Devon Alexander Returns Strong, Dominates Castillo Barrera 'Bitter' About Shabranskyy Getting Title Shot Before Him Austin Trout: Jacobs Beat Golovkin, He's The Best at 160! Kovalev: Loss to Ward in Our Rematch Didn't Break Me Mentally Saunders: I'll Beat Lemieux Convincingly, No Robbery Worries Frank Warren Says Door is Wide Open For Scott Quigg To Join Parker: I'm a Big Risk - Joshua Needs Over 65%, Rematch Clause Parker Promoter: More People Contacted Us About Joshua's Chin Joshua's Promoter: I Can't See a Wilder Deal, Parker More Likely Video: Golden Boy's Diaz Talks Cotto vs. Ali, Arum's Beef, More Alexander Dimitrenko Back on December 22, Adrian Granat Too Sergey Kovalev - From a Single Point to a Question Mark Wilder To Hearn: Add Joshua To Whyte Deal - I'll Whip Their Asses! Video: Kathy Duva Breaks Down HBO Triple, Kovalev's Return Video: Jason Sosa Discusses Yuriorkis Gamboa Showdown Sullivan Barrera to face Sergey Kovalev or Dmitry Bivol in 2018? Farmer Confident of Title Win: None of These Dudes Can Beat Me! Austin Trout: I Would Love To Fight Julian Williams Shabranskyy Sparred With Bivol, Benavidez for Kovalev Fight Video: Yuriorkis Gamboa Discusses Career, Jason Sosa Clash Video: Sergey Kovalev Talks Ward, Shabranskyy, Car Accident David Haye Vows To Recover, To Come Back Strong in 2018 Golovkin Blown Away By Treatment in The Motherland - Mexico
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement