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News: Dib-Gradovich Card; Verdejo; Gonzalez; Fresno

Professional Boxing comes to Fresno and the Central Valley on March 1st.

The Central Valley Showdown - Volume II, will take place on Friday, March 1st, 2013 in the Regency Room at the International Catering Company located at 4277 N. West Avenue in Fresno.  Live professional bouts will showcase boxers hungry to put their skills to the test and entertain fight fans around The Valley.

Dale Morris, promoter of One World Boxing, promises an evening of excitement with a diverse group of boxers including Fresno’s own Julian Lopez, Anthony Smith and Luis Villagomez.

In his second career bout, Lopez (1-0) will be facing San Leandro’s Abraham Morones, who will be making his pro debut.  Smith, extremely exciting about making his pro debut in his hometown, will be facing Carlos Morales (0-1-3) from Pasadena.  And Villagomez (1-0) will be fighting for the second time against Sun Valley’s Christian Silva (1-1).  Also on the fight card is Dinuba’s Rodolfo Martinez, who will be debuting against Omar Barefield from Southern California.

And in one of the more anticipated fights of the night, Visalia’s Jose Leon Jr. (3-1-1) will be taking on Alonso Loeza from Gilroy, who is coming off a knockout win this past November.

"The fighters are excited and ready to put on an excellent show for The Valley!” said Morris.

Doors open at 6:30pm and the first bout will begin at 7:30pm.  General Admission tickets are $30 and Ringside Tickets are $50.  For more information call 559-241-9933.

Weigh-In’s will be on Thursday February 28th, 2013 at 5:00pm at International Catering, 4277 N. West Avenue, Fresno, CA.

The next wave of standout New England boxers, headed by undefeated prospects Ryan "Polish Prince" Kielczweski (15-0, 3 KOs) and Luis "KO King" Rosa Jr. (12-0, 6 KOs), will showcase their talents on March 1, on the undercard of the ESPN Friday Night Fights event, airing live from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

The ESPN Friday Night Fights card, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and 50 Cent's SMS Promotions, will air live at 9 p.m. ET. The 12-round main event features International Boxing Federation (IBF) Featherweight Champion Billy "The Kid" Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21 KOs), who is promoted by 50 Cent, defending his title against undefeated Russian challenger and IBF No. 11-rated Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs).

In the 10-round ESPN FNF co-feature, North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight champion Willie "The Great" Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) makes his first title defense against Michael "El Magnifico" Medina (26-3-2, 19 KOs). The Nelson-Medina fight is being promoted in association with Rumble Time Promotions.

Kielczweski, fighting out of Quincy (Mass.), and New Haven's (Conn.) Rosa are both scheduled to fight in eight-round fights against opponents to be determined. They are following in the footsteps of another New Englander and DiBella stable-mate, Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez, of Worcester (Mass.), one of the top super middleweights in the world.In fact, they've fought on several cards headlined by "La Bomba" and each hope that another impressive performance will help to elevate them to heights reached by Rodriguez, now a championship-caliber, top-rated contender.

The angelic-looking Kielczweski has a crowd-pleasing style and proudly wears his red-and-white Polish colors in the ring for his growing legion of fans. The flashy 23-year-old junior lightweight has boxed since the age of six. He accumulated an amateur record of 118-26, highlighted by his runner-up finish in the 2008 National Golden Gloves Tournament. A merchandiser for Polar Beverages, as well as a carpenter, Ryan trains at the Cyr-Farrell Boxing Gym in Quincy.

The 21-year-old Rosa is trained by his father Luis Rosa Sr., in New Haven, alongside current world light heavyweight champion "Bad" Chad Dawson. A 2007 National PAL Tournament amateur champion, "KO King" also won a silver medal at the Ringside World Championships and was a member of the 2009-2010 US Boxing Team. The compact, well-rounded super bantamweight is a consummate boxer
 
Another popular New Englander on the March 1 card in a female six-round match is New London's (Conn.) unbeaten Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent (7-0), who is trained by Peter Manfredo Sr. in Rhode Island. The popular junior featherweight is coming off of her best performance, a win by six-round decision over Nydia Feliciano in January.

A former Southern Connecticut State College football player, junior middleweight Jimmy Williams (1-0, 1 KO), is also slated to fight in a four-round bout. The New Jersey transplant lives in New Haven.

The full undercard will soon be announced.

Tickets priced at $200, $100, $75 and $40, may be purchased online at foxwoods.com, by calling the Foxwoods' box office at 800-200-2882, or in person at the Foxwoods' box office.

After a short break on his first professional loss to Chris Eubank Jnr, Stranraer Middleweight Paul Allison is determined to capture his first professional title as he headlines an eleven fight card on Glasgow’s Gary McCallum on March 8th at Ravenscraig Sports Facility in Motherwell.

Reflecting on his last bout the part time tattoo artist said “I felt the fight was stopped premature, however since I got the nod for the fight with Gary McCallum, I have been in the gym working hard and improving my power and technique.

“This is my first ten round fight and my first title fight, I am not just fighting for my pride I am fighting to bring the Scottish Championship belt back to Stranraer so they can share in my success.

I have had a good camp so far, but in the last few weeks (in the run up to March 8th) I am taking myself away to a secret training camp so I can focus my training and my sparring, and for the first time in my pro career I am seeking the help of a dietician to make sure I give 100% on March 8th”

He adds “While I will be away from my family and friends, the sacrifice will be worth it when the referee lifts my hand on March 8th !Being away will let me focus more on my fight as I will be away from any distractions.

“I can promise the people who come to see the fight a good, entertaining bout. I am not going there to lose or make the numbers up. It should be a good night and with another ten fights on the card it will definitely give my fans value for money.

Paul Allison (5-1-1) fights on March 8th at Ravenscraig Sports Facility, Motherwell in a ten round fight against Glasgows Gary McCallum (8-0) for the vacant Scottish Middleweight Title. With a ten fight under card, tickets are priced at £30 and £40 and avail by calling 07709812220 or the Millennium Amateur Boxing club, 75 George Street, Stranraer or by calling 01776707457 / 01776707676

  The undefeated Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez, Felix “Diamante” Verdejo and Glen Tapia will headline the first 2013 show of Solo Boxeo Tecate in Puerto Rico to be broadcast on UniMas (formerly Telefutura) on March 23 at the Ruben Zayas Montañez Coliseum in Trujillo Alto, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation in association with Top Rank.

            “We have a venue for this show. It will be the Ruben Zayas Montañez Coliseum, where we were on September, 2012, in a successful show. Trujillo Alto is a city with great boxing fans and we have Felix Verdejo, who trains in this town, as one of the co-main bouts”, PRBBP President Ivan Rivera said. “Besides Bomba Gonzalez, Verdejo and Tapia, we will have in action a good group of Puerto Rican prospects”.

The main event presents the WBO Youth flyweight champion and WBO flyweight #12 ranked, Bomba Gonzalez (11-0, 10 KOs) against a foe to be named in a fight scheduled to 10 rounds. Gonzalez come off a “no contest” bout against Omar Salado on February 2 when the fight ended in the very first round after an unintentional right hook by Gonzalez hit Salado on the back of his head and the Mexican couldn’t continue.

While, London 2012 Olympian, Verdejo (3-0, 2 KOs) will fight again in Puerto Rico and after his February 2 third round TKO over Jose Santiago. Verdejo will fight in a junior lightweight division bout scheduled to four rounds against a rival to be determined. The Puerto Rican prospect debuted on December, 2012, with an unanimous decision win over Leonardo Chavez in Las Vegas and then on January 19, 2013, scored a first round KO victory over Tomi Archambault.

In a six rounds junior middleweight fight, Glen Tapia (17-0, 10 KOs) will face a fighter to be named. For Tapia this will be his second fight in Puerto Rico. On July, 2012, Tapia won by a first round KO over Carlos Garcia in a show held at the Antonio R. Barcelo Coliseum in Toa Baja.

Prospects John Karl Sosa (5-0, 4 KOs), Osenohad “Cano” Vazquez (6-1-1, 2 KOs), Rafael “El Pollo Blanco” Gonzalez (8-1, 6 KOs) and Jeffrey Ramos (3-0, 2 KOs), among others, will fight in the card.

Tickets for this show are availables at Ticketcenter ( www.tcpr.com ) calling 1 787 792-5000. Prices are $18 and $33.

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