Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Ares Promotions will launch it’s 2013 campaign with Fight Night X on Thursday, April 25th. Headlining the show will be a battle of stablemates for the New York State Middleweight title. Champion Nick Brinson (13-1-2, 6 KOs) will defend his belt against experienced upset king, Jose “Stinger” Medina (17-12-1, 7 KOs) over ten rounds.
Brinson is on a seven fight unbeaten streak after suffering his lone defeat to Lennox Allen in trynog to seize the New York Super Middleweight belt back on November 12, 2010. This will be Brinson’s second defense of the middleweight belt which he won in a thriller via eight round majority decision over Michael Walchuk on June 6, 2011.
Medina for his part is looking to bounce back big from a three bout losing streak, all suffered in hostile territory against former champ Bronco McKart (MD12), Fernando Guerrero (UD10) and Lamar Russ (UD8). Medina joined ARES stable after dispatching two of their house fighters in Chris Fitzpatrick, then 14-0 and Marcus Williams, then 7-1, both in 2011.
ARES head Adam Neary beamed about his promotional firm’s initial 2013 offering, “We’re getting back basics with this show. We started out making fights the fans in the Upstate New York region wanted to see. After getting away from that for a bit, we’re returning to our original format. Two of our guys are fighting each other. Both have a following, one guy likes to come forward and the other is a counter puncher, so we’ll see who’s style prevails on April 25th.”
While the final matches of the card are still shaping up, two other bouts already signed include:
Vincent Miranda (15-1, 9 KOs) vs. Brian Barbosa (31-6, 23 KOs) Light Heavyweights
Sarah Kuhn (5-3-1, 1 KO) vs. Nicole Woods (11-11-2, 3 KOs) Welterweights
Joe Gbolo making his pro debut vs. TBA Welterweights
Wesley Tucker (1-0, 1 KO) vs. TBA Welterweights
Fight Night X will take place under “The Egg” at the Empire State Convention Center, Albany, NY. For ticket info call 518-527-2331 or visit aresboxing.com.