Joel Diaz Jr. Fight is Off, Ellison Withdraws With Injury
NEW YORK CITY - An arm injury has forced Wanzell Ellison (9-0-1, 5 KOs) to withdraw, forcing the cancelation of his scheduled 10-round main event fight this Friday night against undefeated beaten junior lightweight prospect Joel Diaz, Jr. (13-0, 11 KOs), on the SMS Promotions-presented "Big Apple Boxing" card at Resorts World Casino NYC in Jamaica, Queens, New York.
The 10-round bout for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) junior welterweight title, matching undefeated Amir "Young Master" Imam (11-0, 10 KOs) against Mexican veteran Sergio "Sirenito" Perez (28-15, 9 KOs), has been elevated to the main event.
Promoter/rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and newest boxer in his SMS Promotions stable, world junior middleweight contender James Kirkland, will hold a meet-and-greet prior to Friday night's fights between 6:30-7 p.m. ET at Resorts World Casino NYC
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect "Magic Man" Luis Olivares (6-0, 4 KOs) will be showcased in a six-round bout against Tony "Sugar Boy" Walker (5-3-1, 3 KOs). Also fighting on the undercard in six-round matches are undefeated Puerto Rican junior middleweight Emmanuel "Pirata" De Jesus (8-0, 5 KOs) vs. Antonio Fernandez-Chaves (4-13-2), super bantamweight Thomas "KO" Snow (16-1, 10 KOs) vs. Nate Green (4-0, 1 KO), and welterweight Donte Strayhorn (3-1) vs. Sam Moura (0-2). Scheduled to fight in four-round matches are lightweight Ryan "Blue-Chip" Martin (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Eric Jamar Goodall (1-2), and pro-debuting bantamweight Mafato Kamogawa vs. native Michelle Cook (0-0-1).