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Undercard Announced for This Week’s ESPN Thursday Night Fights from Hialeah Park in South Florida



The undercard has been announced for this Thursday’s (May 1, 2014) very special edition of ESPN Thursday Night Fights, entitled “Noche de Combates” and emanating from the iconic Hialeah Park in South Florida.

Several exciting fights are scheduled in support of the night’s 10-round welterweight main event between Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (34-3, 22 KOs) of Weslaco, Texas, and Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (32-4, 23 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and the 10-round middleweight co-feature between undefeated Jonathan “Mantequilla” González (17-0-1, 14 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Sonora, Mexico’s Rogelio “Porky” Medina (32-5, 26 KOs).

Tickets for “Noche de Combates,” are priced at $20, $35, $50 and $100 and are on sale now. They can be purchased at ticketforce.com, as well as hialeahpark.com, and also at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino box office. For more information, call the special Boxing Hotline at 786-483-7444.

The chief supporting bouts will feature a trio of recent Warriors Boxing and Miami-based G&A Boxing Promotions’ co-promotional signees, super middleweight southpaw James “Buddy” McGirt Jr., of Vero Beach, Florida, and twin-brother featherweight contenders, Juan Carlos Velasquez and Carlos Ivan “Twin Dream” Velasquez, from Catano, Puerto Rico, now living in Miami.

Having his first fight in over three years, McGirt (22-3-1, 11 KOs) will be taking on Larry Smith Jr. (10-21-1, 7 KOs) of Dallas, Texas in a six-rounder.

As for the Velasquez brothers, Juan Carlos (11-1, 5 KOs) will face a stern test in comebacking former world title challenger Rogers Mtagwa (27-16-2, 19 KOs) of Philadelphia, via Tanzania. Carlos Ivan (16-1, 11 KOs) will be facing an opponent that is still TBA.

Also that night will be an eight-round light heavyweight bout, featuring knockout artist Yunieski Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs) of Havana, Cuba, who will put his perfect record on the line against Arpartado, Colombia’s Jaison Palomeque (14-9-1, 9 KOs); and a six-round cruiserweight affair between undefeated Cuban Vilier Quinonez (7-0, 4 KOs) of Havana taking and Edgar Perez (5-8, 3 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In preliminary action, Cairo Egypt’s Ahmed Elbiale (3-0, 3 KOs) will see action in a light heavyweight four-rounder against Steven Chadwick Jr. (2-5, 1 KO) of Jacksonville, Florida; and in the four-round welterweight opener, Bogota, Colombia, via Hollywood, Florida’s Jorge Quintero (0-1) will face Davie, Florida’s pro debuting (and Florida 2012 Golden Gloves Champ) Jeff “Rambo” Souffrant.

Hialeah Park & Casino is located at 2200 E 4th Avenue in Hialeah, FL. On fight night, Thursday May 1, 2014, gates will open at 6:30 PM ET and the first fight will be at 7:00 PM ET. All bouts are subject to change.