BROOKLYN, NY - Coney Island attracts people from all corners of the world who hit New York to experience the Big Apple brand of entertainment and aura by the sea-shore. Many Irish eyes will be smiling the night of Tuesday, August 25 at Coney Island, when people get a chance to see two-time Olympian John Joe Nevin in action at MCU Park.
Promoter Dmitriy Salita has put together a top-tier fight card, with a wide array of talented hitters ready to put on a show at the vacation destination featuring surf, sun, sand and carnival rides...and now the sweet science.
A 2012 silver medallist at the Olympics, Nevin is 3-0 (2 KOs) as a professional, and is pumped up to be part of his first "Brooklyn Brawl.
"I'm excited to be boxing in New York for the first time ever," the 26-year-old Mullingar, Ireland native said. "I've fought all over the world but I've always dreamed of boxing in New York. I know there are lots of Irish fans in the area and hopefully we can bring some out."
Fans will enjoy his two-fisted fury, his constant aggression and desire to achieve a KO; it will be Nevin's first tangle in 2015: "I haven't fought since last year so we're looking forward to getting the rust off and showing what I can do."
Nevin promises to be in fine form and has gotten the prep work needed to show off his top fighting form. "The boxing I get in Philly gyms is just what you need, working against world class boxers in the summer heat. I'm ready for the challenge. I can't wait to get back in the ring and get my career moving again."
Salita is proud to add this Irish prospect to a card topped by 25-3-1 featherweight contender Alexander Miskirtchian, born in the republic of Georgia. "John Joe Nevin is a great prospect and I am very happy that he will make his American debut in NYC on the "Brooklyn Brawl" series," Salita said. "The Irish community has a very rich history of coming out in droves to see great boxing champions and I believe John Nevin has all the tools to follow in that rich lineage and impress the boxing fans, of all cultures, in NYC! John Joe is managed by one of the best managers in the sport, Cameron Dunkin, who has a great eye for elite talent, so we can all be assured he is the real deal. As a fan, I am excited about the John Joe Nevin fight August 25th in Coney Island, at MCU Park!"
In the main event, former world title challenger Alex Miskirtchian (25-3-1, 9 KOs) tops the slate against well-known Brooklyn battler Cornelius Lock (22-7-2, 14 KOs) in a featherweight clash scheduled for 10 rounds. NYPD officer Niyazov (7-0-3, 5KOs) meets Ariel "Fuego" Duran (8-7-1, 5KOs) of Queens in a highly-anticipated lightweight bout scheduled for eight rounds. Salita is also particularly excited about a six-round junior welterweight clash between Treysean "Trigger" Wiggins (6-1, 5KOs) of Newburgh, N.Y. and Francisco "El Gato" Figueroa (20-7-1, 13 KOs) of The Bronx.
Gates open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. as "Brooklyn Brawl: Boxing At The Beach" brings pro boxing to the Coney Island boardwalk for the first time in 14 years. The last professional boxing event at the Brooklyn Cyclones' venue occurred on July 8, 2001, when Hector Camacho Jr. defeated Jesse James Leija via a controversial, referee-halted TKO.
Snag your tix for "Boxing At the Beach" today, to insure you wind down the season with a rock em, sock em evening of pugilism.
Doors open at 6 PM. Log on to BrooklynCyclones.com to get your tickets or call 718-507-TIXX (718-507-8499).