Saturday, April 16, has two Lou Dibella Entertainment fight cards where action will be second to none. Beginning at 6:30PM MST, Premier Boxing Champions (NBC) presents a fight card held at the Barclay’s Center in New York, featuring Errol Spence, Jr. (19-0, 16KO’s) taking on Chris Algieri (21-1, 8KO’s) in a welterweight clash and Steve Cunningham (28-7, 13KO’s) battles Krzysztof Glowacki (25-0, 16KO’s) in a WBO World cruiserweight title bout. The under card features two Colorado boxers, junior lightweight ‘Red Hot’ Rob Frankel (34-16-1, 7KO’s) vs Luca Giacon (27-1, 23KO’s) and junior welterweight Jeremy Ramos (9-3, 4KO’s) who takes on Lukasz Maciec (22-3-1, 5KO’s).
Denver junior lightweight Rob Frankel is salivating at this opportunity where an impressive win assures him of a 2-fight contract with DiBella Entertainment, that guarantee coming from Lou DiBella. Frankel is confident this particular fight is just what the doctor ordered when saying, “I’ve seen film of Giacon and he’s a straight ahead, come right after you fighter. I’m the same way and not having to chase someone around the ring is something I look forward to next Saturday night. His fight style fits me perfectly and we’ll be right in front of each other going at it. I’m going to the Barclay Center to win”.
Colorado Springs junior welterweight Jeremy Ramos is coming off two straight losses and is fully aware a win in this fight can turn things around in a hurry. “My dad got the call with what he said was a great opportunity and asked me to check it out”, began Ramos. “I saw that Maciec had most of his fights in his native Poland and he’s a come straight ahead, no nonsense fighter who is in great shape. I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s got. Fighting in New York will be interesting for sure”.
Beginning at 9PM MST, SHOWTIME BOXING and Lou DiBella Entertainment present a fantastic doubleheader with American Gary Russell, Jr. (26-1, 15KO’s) vs Dublin, Ireland’s Patrick Hyland (31-1, 15KO’s) for the WBC World featherweight title and Puerto Rico’s Jose Pedraza (21-0, 12KO’s) takes on Stephen Smith (23-1, 13KO’s) of the United Kingdom for the IBF World super featherweight belt. Russell, Jr. hasn’t fought in over a year after hs spectacular knockout of Jhonny Gonzalez back in March 2015 while Pedraza makes his first bout of 2016 a title defense against Smith, who is looking for the chance at wining his first World title.
Of little interest to most, also on Saturday, April 16, The Trust Arena, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Auckland, New Zealand, is the site of Royal Rampage (Lisa Lewis) where 7 bouts showcasing 14 female fighters from around the world look to promote their boxing skills. There are 2 bouts (Herman Ene Purcell vs Thomas Heads and Junior Fa vs Jayson Aloese) on the card just to make sure the men were not feeling excluded. It’s been a tough road for Lewis with every imaginable path to this venture put in front of her and being potentially a deal breaker but her resolve remains steady. Highlighting the card, Ronica Jeffrey battles Gentiane Lupi for the vacant WBC Silver female featherweight title, Melissa St. Vil takes on Baby Nansen for the vacant WBC Silver female Super featherweight belt, Kali Reis and Maricela Cornejo tangle for the WBC World female middleweight title and Rebecca Jennings tangles with Nydia Feliciano for the vacant UBF International female featherweight belt. Exciting matchups of Noemi ‘NONO’ Bosques vs Michelle Preston, Kirsty Lupeamanu vs Nailini Helu and Mia St. John will put on a show against the debuting Lisa Lewis in what should be an entertaining event. The opportunity to support a show highlighting female boxers and promoted by a woman SHOULD easily be a success with women around the world but, as with most ventures involving women and boxing at this stage of the game, we shall see. Tickets: 0800 BUY TIX. (0800289849).