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News: Gennady Golovkin; Unthank-May; ESPN FNF

Atlantic City, NJ—Light-heavyweight Todd Unthank-May, of Philadelphia, PA, goes for his seventh win in seven pro fights when he boxes Hamid Abdul-Mateen, of Brooklyn, NY, in a scheduled six-round contest on Saturday evening, Feb. 23, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City.

Topping the seven-bout card is a scheduled 10-round middleweight contest between Patrick Majewski, of Somers Point, NJ, and Jamaal Davis, of Philadelphia, PA.       The show will be streamed live by www.gofightlive.tv .

Light-heavyweight Chuck Mussachio, of Wildwood, NJ, opposes Lionel Thompson, of Buffalo, NY, in the eight-round semifinal.

Unthank-May (right), 24, turned pro 17 months ago and is 6-0, 2 K0s.  He was busy in 2012, winning all five fights, including his last one Dec. 8 in Philadelphia when he got off the floor in the first round to earn a four-round decision over fellow-Philadelphian Taneal Goyco.

As an amateur, Unthank-May won the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves light-heavyweight championship three times en route to a 22-8 record.  He is a graduate of Academy Park High School in Sharon Hill, PA.

Mateen, 34, sports only a 3-3-2 mark, but he has fought much better opposition, including Atlantic City prospect Lavarn Harvell, who eked out a six-round split decision over Mateen in 2011 in Atlantic City.

Four four-round fights complete the Feb. 23 Bally’s card:

Anthony Burgin, of Philadelphia, vs. Elvis Rodriguez, of Manchester, CT, 4 rounds, featherweights; Saud Clark, Philadelphia, vs. Anthony Prescott, Cherry Hill, NJ, 4 rounds, welterweights; Alex Sanchez, Camden, NJ, vs. Greg Jackson, Philadelphia, 4 rounds, junior middleweights; Joshua Reyes, Vineland, NJ, vs. Tommy Garcia, Hartford, CT, 4 rounds, featherweights.    

LOS ANGELES, CA - Gennady “GGG” Golovkin was named today the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) Fighter of the Month for JANUARY 2013 following his devastating seventh round stoppage of Gabriel Rosado on JANUARY 19 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, “The Mecca of Boxing.”

Broadcast on HBO, Golovkin’s win over Rosado represented the seventh defense of his WBA Middleweight Title and kicked off a huge upcoming 2013 for THE most talked about fighter in boxing.

“I’m very thankful to the WBA for this honor and I look forward to defending my title against Nobuhiro Ishida on MARCH 30 in Monte Carlo, Monaco” said Golovkin as he prepares to return to Big Bear, California and commence training under the watchful eye of Abel Sanchez at The Summit Training Center.

Fighting for K2 Promotions, Managing Director Tom Loeffler spoke about the upcoming year for Golovkin.

“As we’ve said since after the Proksa knock out in September of last year, we want Gennady to fight often and our plan is to have him fight five times this year. If all goes well against Ishida we’re looking at a return in June in the United States and then two more fights in 2013” said Loeffler.

In regards to future opponents this year, Loeffler as always was emphatic about Golovkin’s opposition, “Gennady wants to face the other top middleweights to prove in the ring who is the best as it should be, not to have the top slot dictated by outside the ring influences. He is ready right now to face any of the top names; Sergio Martinez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Daniel Geale, Dmitry Pirog, Felix Sturm, Matthew Macklin or Peter Quillin.”

“Gennady is ready to line then up and face them in any order they wish.  At the end of this year he wants there to be no doubt as to who the best middleweight in the world is and who the 2013 Fighter of the Year should be.”

NEW YORK - Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing has compiled a sensational undercard for this week's ESPN Friday Night Fights event at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut which is headlined by the return of East Coast fan favorite and world ranked contender Delvin Rodriguez in a ten round clash against undefeated Native American Indian, George "Comanche Boy" Tahdooahnippah of Lawton, Oklahoma.

"We've put together an action packed ten round co-main event between 'The Mongolian Mongoose" Bayan Jargal and "Hurricane" Chris Howard which will provide an excellent lead-in to the Rodriguez/Tahdooahnippah headliner" said DeGuardia.

"Delvin has fought at the Mohegan Sun four previous times and Star Boxing also promoted two ESPN Friday Night Fights cards in the Arena last year headlined by undefeated world title contender Demetrius Andrade. It's always a great night with the terrific Mohegan Sun fans and our co-main and undercard fights are a perfect compliment to the main event."

A native of Ulan Bator, Mongolia, now fighting out of Alexandria, Virginia, Jargal, 17-3-3 (11KO'S), carries a well-deserved reputation as an aggressive, hard throwing fan favorite.

Fighting twice in 2012, Jargal is returning to action following a devastating first round knockout of former world champion Eric Aiken on NOVEMBER 12 in Washington, D.C.

In his prior start last year, Jargal battled to a decision win over Luis Rodriguez at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury, New York on OCTOBER 13.

A professional for five years, the 24-year-old Howard, 14-2-1 (6KO's), has most recently faced very tough competition hitting the road in 2012 from his native Crossville, Tennessee.

Undefeated in his first fourteen professional bouts, Howard comes off a ten round split decision loss to undefeated hometown prospect Mark Salser on AUGUST 18 in West Salem, Ohio. 

In a special attraction eight round welterweight bout, popular New England female fighter Adelita Irizarry will battle Quincy, Massachusetts native Aleksandra Lopes.

A favorite at the Mohegan Sun where she has fought six previous times, Irizarry, 8-6-0 (2KO's), will be looking to bounce back in the win column after a losing a very close six round majority decision to Sarah Kuhn on JUNE 16 in Albany, NY.

Lopes, 8-1-0 (1KO), originally from Gilwice, Poland, has won eight in a row since losing her pro debut. Winning all three of her starts in 2012 Lopes capped off the campaign with a unanimous decision over Yvonne Reis on NOVEMBER 10 in Derry, New Hampshire for the New England Welterweight Title.

Junior middleweight newcomers will also see action this Friday night as New York City's Enver Halili, 2-0-0 (1KO), clashes with Antonio Marrero, 0-0-0 (1NC) of Hartford, Connecticut in a four round tilt.

The 24-year-old Halili returns after impressing the Long Island, New York crowd by taking a four round decision over Raul Nuncio on JULY 28 at The Paramount in an action packed war.

In a four round junior lightweight bout, Yonkers, New York native Bryant Cruz, 1-0-0 (1KO) will face off against Bridgeton, New Jersey's Pedro Andres, 0-2-0.

Rounding out the undercard, heavyweights will clash as heavy handed Constantin Bejenaru, 2-1-1 (2KO's), formerly of Romania, now fighting out of Castkill, New York, battles Augusta, Georgia's DJ Hughley, 1-7-0 (1KO) in a scheduled four rounder.

Tickets, priced at $75, $45 and $30 (plus a $5 facility fee), are available through Ticketmaster, www.Ticketmaster.comphone (800) 745-3000, the Mohegan Sun Box Office, the Star Boxing website, www.StarBoxing.com or by calling the Star Boxing Office at (718) 823-2000. Doors will open on the night of the event at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:30pm.  The televised bouts go live on ESPN2 at 9pm.

The Mohegan Sun is located at I Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT 06382. For more information please visit their website at www.mohegansun.com

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