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News: Reyes-Vazquez, Carto-Melendez, Selina Barrios, Williams

Junior flyweight Edwin Reyes will face his most experienced foe to date when he battles spoiler Armando “Chiquita” Vazquez in an eight round contest Friday, September 15 as part of “State Fair Boxing Showdown 2” from the Fairgrounds Sports Arena in Nashville.

The card is presented by Tri Star Boxing in association with Blue Chair Bay Rum and tickets can be purchased by going to tristarboxing.com/tickets.

Originally from Guatemala, Reyes is 6-2-2 with five of those victories by knockout. His exciting style immediately made him a fan favorite in his hometown of Nashville, where he's 4-0 with three KO's.

Living and fighting out of Mexicali, Mexico, Vazquez has a record of 25-18-1 (6 KO's). A pro for 12 years, Vazquez faced world champions Donnie Nietes and Brian Viloria along with nine undefeated fighters. He conquered three of the then unbeaten foes (5-0 Jose Luis Alvarado, 2-0-1 Pablo Cruz Ortega and 10-0-1 Ricardo Armenta) while also besting 10-1 Juan Carlos Hernandez.

Headlining the card is fellow Nashville transplant Sena “African Assassin” Agbeko versus Johnson City, TN’s Brad Austin in a six rounder for the Tennessee Light Heavyweight championship. Originally from Ghana, Agbeko has an impressive 18-1 ledger and 17 wins by knockout. With close to 40 bouts under his belt, Austin’s fought many top opponents including Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, Yunieski Gonzalez, Ismayl Sillah, Isiah Thomas and Edwin Rodriguez.

In a battle for the Tennessee State Welterweight crown, DeMarcus Rogers and Dedrick Bell will battle it out over six rounds. A native of Chattanooga, Rogers has 11 wins against only three defeats with four wins by KO. The Memphis bred Bell’s a veteran of 48 fights and virtually all of his losses came against world class opposition.

Middleweight rising star Winfred “Hot Boy” Harris Jr. travels from his boxing-crazed hometown of Detroit, MI to meet Tennessee based Cuban Yolexcy Leiva in a six round affair. Harris, 14-0 (8 KO's), is only 22-years-old and coming off a career best win against highly regarded Lanardo Tyner. Having faced a number of quality fighters, Leiva owns a deceptive record of 5-6 with four knockouts. In 2012, he knocked out previously undefeated Benny Costantino (7-0) and is confident he'll upset Harris.

Rounding out the card is debuting junior welterweight Eduardo Aguiar fighting Augusta, GA's William Ware in a four rounder.

“We've had a few changes but I'm still very pleased with how this card looks heading into Friday,” said Tri Star Boxing’s Matt Young, who is also a firefighter in nearby Murfreesboro, TN. “Our plan is to keep building Nashville's interest in local boxing and the best way to do that is showcasing talented fighters from the area. The Tennessee State Fair is a huge event and Tri Star Boxing's goal is to provide affordable entertainment while creating new fans for the sweet science.”

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Undefeated bantamweight sensation, knockout artist, Christian Carto has been added to an already loaded night of boxing on Friday night, September 29th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

Carto (11-0, 11 KOs) is set to take on Alonso Melendez (14-1, 11 KOs) of Chihuahua, Mexico in a bout scheduled for eight-rounds.

The show is promoted by King's Promotions.

The 20 year-old continues to step up in competition, and on  September 29th, he will be taking on his toughest foe in Melendez

Carto has kept extremely busy as he fought all eleven of his bouts  in a 13-month span, with his latest being a 2nd round stoppage over Phillip Adyaka on August 11th in front of a sold-out crowd at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia.

He will making his 1st appearance at the 2300 Arena.

Melendez will making his United States debut.  He has won three in a row, and the five-year professional has a win over previously undefeated Edgar Garcia.  Alonso is coming off a 7th round stoppage over Jesus Limones on September 9, 2015 in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Carlos Rosario (7-2, 4 KOs) of Pennsuaken, New Jersey and Jerome Conquest (8-2, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will meet in a highly anticipated eight-round lightweight bout.

In a ten-round super middleweight attraction, Junior Castillo (14-1, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic takes on Gabriel Pham (9-1, 4 KOs) of Atlantic City.

Mykal Fox (14-0, 4 Kos) of Forestville, MD will take on Marlon Aguas (9-1, 4 KOs) of Quioto Ecuador in a eight-round welterweight bout.

In six-round bouts:

Maynard Allison (9-1, 6 KOs) of Philadelphia meets Juan Rodriguez (7-7-1, 5 Kos) of Haymarket, Virginia  in a junior lightweight bout.

David Gonzales (8-2-2, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia battles Darius Ervin (4-1) of Los Angeles in a super lightweight bout.

Erik Spring (9-1-2, 1 KO) of Reading, PA will fight Anthony Prescott (6-7-2, 2 KOs) of Cherry Hill, NJ in a super welterweight fight.

In four-round bouts:

Robert Irizarry (3-1-1) of Cherry Hill, NJ fights Bryan Perez (2-7-1, 1KO) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a super featherweight fight.

Rasheed Johnson (1-1) of Philadelphia battles Demetrius Williams (1-3) of Philadelphia in a welterweight tussle.

Sultan Zamir Ululu of Philadelphia will make his pro debut against Christopher Burgos (0-1) of Philadelphia in a junior lightweight bout.

Amir Shabazz (4-1) of Philadelphia will square off with Alan Lawrence (1-0, 1 KO) of Newark, NJ in a light heavyweight bout.

Tickets for this great night of boxing can be purchased at www.2300arena.com for $100, $75 and $50

SAN ANTOINIO, TX - This past Saturday at the San Antonio Event Center, Selina "Aztec Queen" Barrios (2-0, 1 KO), remained undefeated with a dominating four-round unanimous decision victory against Jasmine Clarkson (4-10).
 
From the opening bell, Barrios applied a tremendous amount of pressure, never letting Clarkson breathe.  Hard shots to the body and head forced Clarkson to fight going backwards the entire bout.  The bout almost ended when Selina stormed landed a barrage of punches at the end of round three, but Clarkson was saved by the bell. Clarkson was able to survive and make it to the final bell.  Score cards read 40-36 twice, and 39-37.
 
"I felt really good going into this fight and it showed in my performance," said Selina Barrios. "I was able to cut off the ring and put a lot of pressure on Jasmine.  She was very tough and I give her a lot of credit for going the distance.  I felt I won every round but one judge didn't see it that way. My goal is to get back in the ring as soon as possible."

Popular New England fan favorite "MARVELOUS" MYKQUAN WILLIAMS (7-0, 4 KOs), of East Hartford, Connecticut, will return against battle-tested EVINCII DIXON, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, over six rounds this Friday night, September 15, at Foxwoods Resort Casino, fighting on the acclaimed "Broadway Boxing" series presented by DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT.
 
Just 19 years old, the all-action Williams, guided by the legendary JACKIE KALLEN, will be making his seventh start at the legendary venue, home to decades of boxing's most epic battles.
 
"I've been training at my home gym, Manchester ROCS Boxing Club, with my trainer Paul Cichon for this fight. My main sparring partner has been Matt Remillard. He's been a huge help to me while I work on different things.
 
"I actually got started in boxing at the age of seven when I went to the Manchester P.A.L. with my aunt and watched her train. Her name is Adelita Irrizarry. Once I saw her fight I was hooked.
 
"I was a five-time national champion in the amateurs, but always felt my style was more suited for the professional ranks. I had accomplished everything I wanted to as an amateur so I turned professional."
 
Williams turned professional 10 days after his eighteenth birthday celebrating with a first-round knockout of Dean Walsh on April 16, 2016, at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
 
"I'm thrilled with the way my professional career is going. Everybody on my team has done a terrific job.
 
"I love fighting at Foxwoods. I always get a wealth of fan support there. It truly feels like home.
 
"I want to have a career like Terence Crawford or Floyd Mayweather, fight the best and beat the best. Friday night is another chance to put on a great performance for the fans as I aspire to be like those two."
 
Tickets for the event, promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Murphys Boxing and presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House, are priced at $125, $75 and $45, and can be purchased online at Foxwoods.com, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-200-2882, or visiting the Foxwoods box office. Foxwoods Resort Casino is located at 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, Connecticut 06338. Doors will open to the Fox Theater at 7:00 p.m. ET with the first bell at 7:30 p.m. ET.
 
Headlining the night of action in a 10-round heavyweight battle of local rivals, ALEXIS SANTOS (18-1, 15 KOs), of Lawrence, Massachusetts, clashes with Ireland's NIALL KENNEDY (8-0, 5 KOs), fighting out of Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., middleweight contender IEVGEN "THE UKRAINIAN LION" KHYTROV (14-1, 12 KOs), of Brooklyn, New York, battles upset-minded specialist DERRICK "SUPERMAN" FINDLEY (27-21-1, 18 KOs), of Gary, Indiana, over eight rounds in the co-main event.
 
In a special feature attraction women's eight-round junior lightweight battle, SHELLY "SHELITO'S WAY" VINCENT (19-1, 1 KO) squares off against ANGEL "NONSTOP" GLADNEY (9-12-1, 6 KOs).
 
Junior middleweight prospect HURSHIDBEK NORMATOV (3-0, 1 KO), born in Uzbekistan now living in Brooklyn, New York, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. and managed by David McWater's Split-T Management, will compete in a scheduled six-rounder.
 
Additional information on the undercard will be announced shortly.
 
Broadway Boxing is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House.

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