On Friday August 19, Golden Boy Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing are teaming up to present the latest installment of the "Punchin at the Paradise" fight series. The card, which will be broadcast live on TeleFutura’s "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" will be headlined by Newark’s undefeated prospect Michael "The Artist" Perez (13-0-1, 7KO’s) taking on Miguel Rodriguez (7-2, 3KO’s) in an eight round lightweight match-up.
Fighting in the co-featured bout of the evening will be the Bronx’s 18-year-old boxing phenom Eddie Gomez (5-0, 4KO’s) who will look to keep his perfect record intact when he takes on, Marcus Hall (5-3-1, 2KO’s) in a six round jr. middleweight showdown. For Gomez, a two-time National Jr. Olympic Champion and 2010 New York Golden Gloves Champion, the fight on August 19 will mark the first time he will have the opportunity to showcase his skills as a professional in front of his hometown fans in New York. Gomez has tremendous speed and power in both his hands and proof of that comes in the fact that all four of his knockout victories have come in two rounds or less, including his most recent victory, a first round technical knockout over Jonel Tapia who at the time was 8-1 and 5 KO’s.
Also scheduled to see action on the card are two Long Island natives, as former nationally ranked amateur and now undefeated professional, Mike "The Nassau Nightmare" Brooks (4-0, 1 KO) of Oceanside will look to remain unbeaten when he takes on Rochester’s Jamell Tyson (2-2-1, 1KO) in a six round lightweight contest. Brooks had a standout amateur career which saw him become a two-time Metro Champion as well as a two-time Northeast Regional Champion before turning professional in late 2009.
In a battle of pro-debuting welterweights, Westbury’s Rich Neves takes on Newark, New Jersey’s Latwon Halsey in bout scheduled for four rounds.
Opening up the professional portion of the card, in another battle of New York vs. New Jersey will be New Jersey’s Todd Eriksson squaring off against Queens’ Borngod Washington in a four round light heavyweight match-up.
Also scheduled on the show will be two exciting amateur bouts featuring some of New York City’s top up-and-coming amateur prospects and champion hopefuls; including New York Golden Gloves Champions Pedro Sosa, Louis Cruz and Wesley Ferrer. Sosa and Cruz, who both hail from the Bronx, are returning to the ring for the first time since competing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Boxing Trials. Cruz is scheduled to take on New Rochelle’s Bryant Cruz in a rematch of their highly entertaining scrap (Bryant Cruz W-3) that opened up Star Boxing’s July 15 show at Roseland Ballroom, with Sosa taking on Long Island’s Ferrer in the other scheduled match-up.
August 17, 2011