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Boxing back in Yonkers

O’Shea Bros. Boxing Promotions kicks-off its 2010 schedule on January 15 at the Yonkers PAL Gym. The eight-round main event pits Bronx welterweight Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez (14-1-1, 2 KOs) against battled-tested veteran David Toribio (16-12, 10 KOs), who has proven to be an upset specialist having beaten previously unbeaten prospects (11-0) Juan Camilio Novoa (TKO1) and (14-0-2) Ishmail Arvin (DEC8). Toribio has also been in against the likes of James Kirkland, Oscar Diaz, Daniel Edouard and Marco Antonio Rubio, among the more notables.

The 6-round co-feature showcases undefeated African welterweight Issouf Kinda (6-0, 3 KOs), now fighting out of Harlem, versus dangerous Dominican slugger Franklin Gonzalez (13-3, 10 KOs).

“Our goal is to bring old-school boxing back to the fans,” promoter Brian O’Shea explained. “We have some of the best young local fighters on this card in real fights. We don’t want protected fighters trying to build-up their records. Some guys are stepping up in terms of the level of talent they’re in the ring with and those just starting their pro careers are fighting opponents of equal talent, from rival or even the same neighborhoods in some cases, just like in the old days.”

On the undercard in 4-round bouts are Bronx bantamweight Raul Lopez (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Alex Nonte (1-0, 0 KOs), New Rochelle super flyweight Jose “Chilli” Rivera (1-0, 0 KOs) vs. pro debuting Miguel Diaz, Bronx featherweight Nydia Feliciano (1-0-1, 0 KOs) vs. pro debuting Norma Faris, 2-time New York Golden Gloves champion Adam Kownacki (1-0, 1 KO), fighting out of the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, vs. Bronx heavyweight Abdighano Bousman in his pro debut; Manhattan super featherweights Takeshi Sato (0-1) and Jonathan Cuba (1-1, 1 KO), Yonkers hometown favorite Chazz McDowell makes his pro debut against Bronx featherweight Alex Cooper (0-2). All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $40.00, $60.00 and $100.00 (includes dinner), are available to purchase by calling 914.216.9381. Doors open 6:30 PM/ET, first bout 7:30 PM/ET.




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