GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO- World ranked Christopher "Pitufo" Diaz and Luis "Popeye" Lebrón showed part of their training today en route to their bouts this Saturday in the new edition of the series "Sabado de Campeones en Casino Metro Boxing Nights Casino", to be held at the San Juan Ballroom of the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), in association with Spartan Boxing and Top Rank, which will be broadcast live on Wapa Deportes.
The fighters trained with their teams at the Félix Pagán Pintor Gym in Guaynabo for the Saturday show, which will feature four other matches in which will fight, among others, the Top Rank prospects, Joseph Adorno and Henry "Moncho" Lebrón.
Pitufo Diaz (23-1, 15 kos), also from Top Rank company and ranked # 6 by the WBO at 126 pounds, will face the Hungarian David Berna (17-5, 16 kos) to 10 rounds and 127 pounds in the main event. Diaz is coming off an unanimous decision defeat on July 28 in Kissimmee, Florida, against Japanese Masayuki Ito fighting for the vacant WBO world title at 130 pounds.
"From the defeat we learn and this is the beginning of a great stage. The fight against Ito was a great experience. I had never had such a brawling fight. From now on they will see better things of Pitufo," Diaz said. "Here there's nothing to prove, people know what I'm giving, I'm a warrior and they know I can fight the 12 rounds, I prepare well, I have a commitment with my daughters, with my wife, it's doing my job, which is fight".
Meanwhile, the WBO Latino champion at 126 pounds and ranked # 12 by the WBO in that weight, Popeye Lebrón (13-0-1, 7 kos), will expose for the second time his belt against Mexican Luis May (21-10 -1, 8 kos). In his most recent clash, Lebrón beat Darryl Hayes by TKO on September 1st.
"I'm happy to do my second defense here, in front of my people and share the ring with Pitufo Diaz, a great warrior," said Lebrón, who, as regards the change of rival, from José Luis Gallegos to Luis May, indicated that "we are prepared for. As you have seen, that has happened to us before, it does not worry us, we prepare ourselves for any kind of combat."
The rest of the undercard features six rounds bouts with Joseph Adorno (10-0, 9 kos) making his Puerto Rico's debut when he takes on Mexican Luis Gerardo Avila (6-14-3, 3 kos) at 130 pounds; at the same distance and in the same weight, also unbeaten Moncho Lebrón (6-0, 4 kos) wil face the Hungarian Mark Szoros (5-4, 3 kos).
Meanwhile, undefeated fighters Patrik Cora (3-0, 3 kos) and Alfredo Mejías (3-0, 1 kos) will fight at 154 pounds in a four round scheduled clash.
Welterweight contender Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella recently returned from a two week training camp in Las Vegas, NV. Along with head trainer Michael Nowling and strength coach Pat Wilson, Perrella made his presence felt in multiple Sin City gyms.
During his trip, the Fort Myers, FL native sparred and worked out with some of boxing’s best, something Perrella acknowledges he needed to take his career to the next level.
“We’ve wanted to do this for a long time and I’m thrilled my team made this trip a reality. My time in Vegas showed me that I’ve got what it takes to compete with the best and this is the kind of training environment needed to be a top fighter.”
Perrella’s outstanding work ethic and boxing skills created a buzz during gym sessions. The man Perrella left the biggest impact on was none other than legendary trainer Jesse Reid.
“Jesse was on hand for my sparring sessions against a top fighter,” said Perrella. “He told me he was impressed with how I performed and asked how he could help me. We had a great talk and he’ll be joining Team Perrella as a coach. This is an incredible honor because Jesse worked with many of the all-time greats. His boxing brain and presence will have an immediate impact.”
Perrella, 15-2 (13 KO’s), is targeting a return in early 2019 and prefers to do so against a top opponent.
“I’ve only gotten better since the Collazo fight and I went into full beast mode in Vegas. My confidence is at an all-time high and I’m ready to show the world that I’ve taken my career to the next level.”
Tori Nelson will defend her UBF Middleweight world championship against Sanna Turunen in the ten-round co-main event on Saturday night, December 1st at The Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.
That title bout will be the chief support fight to the previously announced main event between the returning Dusty Harrison taking on James Winchester in a ten-round super welterweight bout.
Nelson of Ashburn, Virginia has a record of 18-2-3 with three knockouts.
The 42 year-old Nelson is an eight-year professional who won the WBC Super Welterweight title with a 10-round split decision over Lorissa Rivers on July 29, 2011. On February 11, 2012 Nelson won the WIBA Middleweight title with a unanimous decision over Vashon Living.
On September 13, 2013, Nelson won the WIBA Welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Aleksandra Magdziak Lopez (10-1). Nelson made four defenses of the title over the likes of Kali Reis (5-1) and Mia St. John.
Nelson also captured the UBF Welterweight, Super Welterweight, Middleweight and Super Middleweight world titles, which included a win over undefeated and current world champion Alicia Napoleon.
Nelson has shared the ring with world champions Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer. Nelson is coming off a 6th round stoppage over Tiffany Woodward on August 4th in Sterling Virginia.
"I have been lucky to travel the country, fighting for, and defending my world titles. I have fought everywhere, but surprisingly, living in Ashburn, VA, I have never fought in DC. Now to be a part of this groundbreaking show at the Arena of the Washington Mystics is very special to me. My opponent lost in her first chance at a world title, and I know she does not want to lose a second time. What she does not yet know is that she is traveling a long way to fight me, and I will do everything in my power to make sure that's she does not leave with my belt," said Nelson.
Turunen of Tuusula, Finland has a record of 4-1-1 with one knockout.
Turunen is coming off a loss to Hannah Rankin on June 16th in England.
Also on the will be 2018 National Golden Gloves champion Kiante Irving (2-0, 2 KOs) of Beaver Falls Pa, in a four round super middleweight bout against George Sheppard (1-4-1) of Virginia,
Irving, 24 years old, has had two consecutive 1st round stoppages, including his last bout when he took out Brandon Clark on October 20th in Pittsburgh.
"In the amateurs, I traveled everywhere, but never fought in D.C. I know that the audience here is as knowledgeable about boxing as any city in the country. I am hoping to put on a good show for them, and earn some new fans from DC. I am extremely grateful to the promoters, Erwin Pendergrast and Sean Magruder to give me this opportunity."
In an eight-round bout, Alexander Johnson (16-4-1, 7 KOs) will take on Mengistu Zarzar (6-5-1, 5 KOs) of Palmer Park, MD in a light heavyweight bout.
In six-round bouts:
Kareem Martin (10-2, 3 KOs) of Washington, DC takes on Juan Arturo Esquivel (10-8, 2 KOs) of Chihuahua, Mexico in a welterweight bout.
Sam Crossed (7-0, 5 KOs) of Greenbelt, MD will fight Twon Smith (3-1, 2 KOs) of Oklahoma City, OK in a cruiserweight contest
In four-round bouts:
Antonio Magruder (5-0, 4 KOs) of Washington, DC will fight Gabriel Gutierrez (7-5, 3 KOs) of El Paso, Texas.
George Harris of Washington, DC will make his pro debut against Lamar Lewis (0-3) of Arkansas in a heavyweight bout.
Jordan White (5-1, 4 KOs) of Washington, DC will take on an opponent to be named in a super welterweight fight.
Tyrell Boyd of Baltimore, MD will take on an opponent to be named in a middleweight contest.
Tricky Entertainment has been promoting music, entertainment and lifestyle events in D.C. for the past ten years, and is run by Erwin Pendergrast.
DCFightNight is run by Sean Magruder, and this will be his second boxing show in DC.