New Haven, CT: In an eight-round featherweight showdown for New Haven bragging rights, Elm City's Nate Green (9-0, 2 KOs) takes on long-time cross town rival and New Haven native, Josh Crespo (7-5-3, 3 KOs). The bout will be presented as the co-feature on the Thursday, October 5 installment of the Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series. The bad blood between Green and Crespo goes back to Green's professional debut in 2011 when he handed Crespo his first loss.
Since their 2011 match-up, the two have crossed paths professionally at various times. When Crespo traveled to Rochester, NY three years later to defeat Sammy Rodriguez in Rodriguez' hometown, Green worked Crespo's corner. According to Green, "After I beat him, he came to my gym and he was training with my club. Then he left my gym and he needed a coach because he had a fight. He asked me to be in his corner. I had to give him instructions during the fight and I was his head coach" Green continued. "It's crazy to me that he thinks he's going to be able to beat me when he used me to get a win. One of his wins is because of me!"
It is this inside knowledge, coupled with his previous win over Crespo, that has convinced Green he will dominate Crespo on Oct. 5. He added, "I know what he's good at and I know what he's not good at. That's why he used me [in his corner]. "He knows I know what he does best and what he's good at. I guess that's why he wanted me to be in his corner."
Despite assertions to the contrary from Crespo, Green does not believe there is any tension between himself and his opponent. "I don't think it's bad blood," said Green. "I don't know. He was talking junk like some people talk some junk while somebody around him almost talks at him junk. But come October 5th, he's going out there, he's gonna eat his words and nobody's going to be able to fight for him. So, he's in trouble!" Green continued, "He just better be ready and I hope he's in great condition. I just don't want no excuses after this. Because every time he loses it's always: It's because this happened and that happened. Man, no excuses man. When you lose it's because I'm better. Even his fans are going to want to cheer for me after they see what I do to him."
Green not only sees this fight as a chance to secure New Haven bragging rights against his long-time rival. It is also an opportunity to step up in weight for the first time to the featherweight division. His previous fights have been at bantamweight. When asked how he sees the future after this fight Green was emphatic. "I just want to be able to fight more consistently. Having the talent that I have (there) shouldn't be no reason why I'm not on any of these cards and I'm not fighting more actively. That's all I hope to achieve is that I just continue to fight. This will be my second fight back to back so I just want to continue fighting and not take no more setbacks. Just keep moving up the ladder and ultimately fight for a world title."
Star Boxing announced a terrific undercard for, Rockin' Fights 28 on September 28th at the Paramount in Huntington, NY. The main event features the highly anticipated return of Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin vs. former French Jr. Welterweight champion, Renald "Le Lion" Garrido.
Star Boxing's newly re-signed prospect, Danny "El Gallo" Gonzalez (14-0-1 5KO's) highlights the terrific undercard in the co-feature vs. Milwaukee's own Deonte "Bomaye" Wilson (7-2 3KO's) in an 8 round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Returning to The Paramount for the 7th time, Gonzalez is coming off a convincing win against veteran Samuel Amoako and is looking to continue his rise in the Jr. Welterweight division. "El Gallo" has no easy task in front of him as he takes on the athletic Deonte "Bomaye" Wilson hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gonzalez hopes to remain undefeated and continue his very active 2017, with this being his fourth fight in the calendar year.
Connecticut native and recent Star Boxing signee, "Action" Anthony Laureano (4-0 2KO's) will make his New York debut taking on Oscar Valdez (2-2 1KO) of Little Rock, Arkansas in a 6 round Jr. Welterweight bout
Laureano is one of the hottest prospects in New England. Laureano is an all action fighter and is never in a bad fight. The knowledgeable fans at the Paramount are going to love this kid.
Vinny D'Angelo (2-0-1, Queens, NY) will look to continue his undefeated streak against Brandon Bey (pro-debut, Bronx, NY) in a 4 round Super Middleweight bout
D'Angelo is no stranger to The Paramount as he will be returning for his third fight there against Bronx native, Brandon Bey who is making his pro debut. Bey is looking to get his career started in the win column, and beating the undefeated D'Angelo would be a great start.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these comments about the undercard, "We are ecstatic to bring this talent packed undercard to Long Island. Having just re-signed Danny Gonzalez, we are pleased to highlight him as the co-feature of the card. Anthony Laureano has been a great addition to our stable and we are very excited for our New York following to see him and his fan favorite style, live at The Paramount. These fights will be sure to bring the action from the moment the doors open, you will not want to miss it!"
In the 10 round Jr. Welterweight main event, tough Frenchmen Renald Garrido will be making the trip across the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to derail the long awaited return of "The Hebrew Hammer" Cletus Seldin, 19-0 16KO's (Long Island, NY) in the main event of Rockin' Fights 28 on Thursday, September 28th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.
Tickets are $50 and up and are available now at Star Boxing 718 823-2000 or by going to www.starboxing.com, the Paramount Box Office 631 673-7300, or through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1 (800) 745-3000.
Rockin' Fights are sponsored by Modell's Sporting Goods, Legacy Advisors, The Inn at Fox Hollow, Camelot Limo, Montauk Ice Tea, TiedIn Media, and WBAB.
The first-ever "doubleheader weekend" for the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series saw the four-month old, fan-friendly Facebook platform attract more than 188,000 views via back-to-back, Friday and Saturday shows in New England with DiBella Entertainment and CES Boxing.
Furthermore, the interactive series that - among other aspects - prides itself on the real-time conversations held between fight commentators and the viewing audience recorded a new high-mark with 40,714 Likes, Loves, Comments and Shares on Friday from Foxwoods. The ultimate result of all of the show-by-show views, the series interactivity and the global reach of the Facebook platform throughout the U.S. and also to significant audiences in the U.K., Mexico and South America - FIGHTNIGHT LIVE surpassed a new milestone by reaching its 750,000th view in only its seventh show.
"We're extremely proud that Facebook FIGHTNIGHT LIVE has provided free, action-packed events for more than three-quarters of a million fans in just over four months, by posting a show-by-show average audience of 108,000," said Mark Fratto, Principal and Director of Business Development, Linacre Media. "But beyond the numbers, we're really pleased with the way the shows have been presented and produced. We've been able to showcase up-and-coming fighters to fight fans all over the world, and help them expand their bases. And we've been able to invite our viewers to be part of the action by fostering real-time interaction between our broadcasters and viewers on the fight activity, the decisions and the knockouts; it's the next-best thing to having a ringside seat."
Over the first four-plus months of programming, the numbers on the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series have showed promise and potential for the new platform with an average of almost 108,000 fight fans tuning in per event. The Sept. 9 "Real Deal Promotions: Empire State" from Resorts World Casino (225,000), the August CES "Super Saturday" from Foxwoods (203,000), the Sept. CES "Twin River Twinbill" from Lincoln, R.I. (157,000), the July Roy Jones Jr. "Desert Showdown" from Phoenix (63,000), the May "Slugfest at the Sun" from Mohegan Sun (45,000), the June "Rosemont Rumble" from Chicago (32,000) and the Sept. DiBella "Friday Night Foxwoods Fights" (32,000) saw a total of almost 14,000 total hours of Facebook video consumed by 755,253-plus users across all devices.
In addition to the raw viewership numbers, the fully-interactive, fan-friendly productions have seen more than 122,819 collective live post engagements (17,700-plus per show), including almost 88,000 "likes" or "loves," more than 13,000 comments and 4,200-plus shares. FIGHTNIGHT LIVE broadcasts are viewed by 76 percent men, 24 percent women. The top demographic is comprised of males aged 25-34, which encompasses approximately 30 percent of the audience, on average.
The Sept. 9 "Real Deal Promotions: Empire State" set a new bar with 224,658 views and the Sept. 15-16 DiBella-CES doubleheader carried the series to three-quarters-of-a-million views in just over four months. The Aug. 26 Foxwoods "Super Saturday" show stands out individually with 3,336 live hours of content viewed, while the Sept. 15 DiBella card saw more than 40,000 viewer interactions including almost 39,000 "likes" or "loves."
Facebook FIGHTNIGHT LIVE has been delivered to fans absolutely free since its May 2017 launch courtesy of series corporate partners like Barbour One 9, Talent Management and Entertainment Production (www.barbourone9.com) and Northeastern Fine Jewelry (www.nefj.com).
Many FIGHTNIGHT LIVE cards are called by world-renowned blow-by-blow announcer Ray Flores of Premier Boxing Champions, Showtime Boxing, HBO Boxing and CBS Sports Networks. Often joining Flores ringside are analysts like Michael Woods of the TalkBox Podcast, NYFights.com and Ring TV. Locally-based ringside reporters with significant social media followings are often employed for weigh-in day "behind the scenes" taped interviews and post-fight reports.
Created and produced by Linacre Media out of New York City, the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series features professional announcers, multiple camera angles, television graphics, replays and behind-the-scenes access and interviews. The streamed shows are available globally wherever Facebook is available. The initiative not only enables fans from around the world to tune in, but also gives up-and-coming fighters a global platform to showcase their abilities, gives promoters an accessible "broadcast" solution and gives sponsors the ability to reach a mass audience via branded content.
More FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Fall 2017 dates will be officially announced in the coming weeks.