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Broadway Boxing Returns to the BB King Blues Club with Newly Crowned USBA Super Featherweight Champion Argenis Mendez

(July 6, 2010 – New York, NY) New York City’s longest running and most successful boxing series, Broadway Boxing, returns July 28 to the most intimate venue for boxing in the country, the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. In the main event, Argenis Mendez, who in his last fight won the USBA super featherweight title, returns to the ring in a non-title scrap. Tickets for Broadway Boxing are on sale now through DiBella Entertainment, and start at only $55..

Those scheduled to see action on the undercard include several of the most popular and exciting pugilists that the New York fight scene has to offer. All undefeated prospects and from New York, welterweight Gabriel Bracero, light heavyweight Joe Smith, Jr., middleweight Willie Monroe, Jr., flyweight Keisher McLeod-Wells, and heavyweight Sonya Lamonakis will do battle with opponents to be announced.

VIP Ringside tickets are $125, Floor Seat tickets are $75, and General Admission tickets are $55. Tables for groups of 5 are also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment: (212) 947-2577, and more information can be obtained by visiting www.dbe1.com.

Mendez (16-1, 9 KOs), 24, is fresh off the biggest win off the biggest win of his career, a 12-round decision over Martin Honorio for the USBA super featherweight championship. Entering the bout, Honorio was one of the hottest fighters in the world, coming off consecutive wins over the previously unbeaten John Molina and Wilton Hilario. Now, that distinction belongs to Mendez, a Dominican native currently living and training out of Brooklyn. Ranked WBC #14, WBA #8, and IBF #9, this Broadway Boxing outing could very well be Mendez’s last tune up before a crack at one of the recognized world champions.

Bracero (10-0), 29, another Brooklynite, has quickly become one of New York’s most popular attractions with his all-action style. His unanimous decision wins over Carl McNickles and Winston Mathis is his previous two Broadway Boxing appearances still have fans who were in attendance buzzing. In his last fight, on June 12, Bracero’s popularity helped pack the Theater at Madison Square Garden for a special show the weekend of New York’s Puerto Rican Day parade.

Smith Jr. (5-0, 5 KOs), 21, has been a professional fighter for only nine months, but has still made his presence felt in a big way. The Long Island native has not only stopped all five of his opponents thus far, he has finished off three of them in under a minute, including an 18 second destruction of Christopher Dammones in April. When Smith steps into the ring, the one guarantee is fireworks from the opening bell.

Monroe Jr. (8-0, 3 KOs), 23, has had boxing in his blood from a young age. His father was a middleweight contender in the 90s, and his great uncle was the famous middleweight contender out of Philadelphia Willie “The Worm” Monroe. Two and half years into his pro career, he has been carrying on the tradition nicely. In his last bout, Monroe, who lives and trains in Rochester, pitched a shutout against then 7-1 southpaw Ibahiem King.

McLeod-Wells (3-0, 1 KO), 33, and Lamonakis (1-0, 1 KO), 35, may fight at different weight classes, but they are both striving to become the first women of New York City boxing. Both are wildly popular and sure to bring their raucous supporters to BB King on July 28 for their respective bouts.

Tickets for Broadway Boxing are on sale now through DiBella Entertainment, and start at only $55. VIP Ringside tickets are $125, Floor Seat tickets are $75, and General Admission tickets are $55. Tables for groups of 5 are also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment: (212) 947-2577, and more information can be obtained by visiting www.dbe1.com.

Article posted on 07.07.2010



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