By Kurt Wolfheimer
Boxing will make its triumphant return to the scenic town of Wilkes-Barre PA on Saturday night April 11th at the beautiful Woodlands Inn and Resort. Headlining the card which is promoted by Andre Kut of KEA Boxing Promotions is the hard hitting former Scranton Police Officer, Jason Gavern (16-5-3, 8 KOs) in the six round main event. Gavern the former 2001 PA State super heavyweight champion, recently captured a unanimous decision victory over Butler, PA’s Jim Emrick (7-3-1, 2 KOs) and looks to take that next step up as he moves toward national contention, when he tangles with Michael “Big Daddy” Rhodes (3-4-3, 1 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA. Doors open at 7 PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:30 PM. Tickets are priced at $100, $60, and $40. For more information contact the Woodlands Inn and Resort at 574-824-9831.
Gavern was eager to get back and put a great showing on for his friends and brethren throughout the region. “It is great to be back near Scranton and I will have the Police and Firemen rooting me on,” said Gavern. I need to put on a good show for my fans. It just hasn’t happened when I fought up here. I just want to let my fans know that I am going to do my best to have them get their money’s worth. I have always seemed to fight down to competition and I heard Rhodes went the distance with Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson and has fought several other good prospects, so it should be one hell of a test for me.”
The inaugural card at The Woodlands Inn and Resort will also feature local fan favorite Anthony Cusumano (2-2-1) of Old Forge, PA. The exciting super featherweight avenged a loss to scrappy Markel Muhammad with a clear cut unanimous decision victory in his last bout. Cusumano will look to continue his winning ways against Emanuelle Rosas (0-4). The hard luck fighter has tested several top prospects, including undefeated fighters, such as Joselito Collado (6-0, 2 KOs) and Lou Del Valle (5-0, 3 KOs) and should provide quite a test for the Old Forge native.
New Jersey welterweight Antonio “Tony the Tiger” Espinoza (9-0, 1 KO) will try to keep his undefeated record intact in a six round contest against upset minded Darrell Martin (4-7, 1 KO). Jules Blackwell (8-2-2, 3 KOs) was the most recent fighter to feel the sting of Martin, going down by KO in the third round. Could Espinoza be next?
Irish eyes will be smiling in a special women’s junior middleweight contest featuring the professional debut of Julie “The Irish Fury” Albanese against April Richards (Pro Debut). She is the sister of heavyweight Adam “Swamp Donkey” Richards (21-2, 14 KOs). If she is anything like her brother, Albanese will have one tough test on Saturday night.
Philly lightweight prospect Clinton Douglass (2-2-2) is set to swap punches with Baltimore, Maryland’s Raymondo Elliott (0-1) in a four round scrap.
New York City light heavyweight Denys Lozada (5-2, 2 KOs) will be tested by tough Philadelphian Reshawn Scott (1-2).
Undefeated welterweight prospect Issouf Kinda (2-0) is also scheduled to appear against an opponent to be announced.
The Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre, PA offers a restaurant, four bars and a hotel that is the ideal setting for fans looking to enjoy a great night at a reasonable price. This is world class boxing in an intimate setting that is hosted by the owners who are boxing enthusiasts. A combination like this will bring many nights of quality action packed entertainment to those KEA BOXING fans, which have enjoyed the extras and have come to expect nothing less.
The Woodlands Inn and Resort is located in the foothills of the beautiful Pocono Mountains and is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstates 80, 81 and 84.
Fight night is this Saturday night at 7 PM and the first bout is scheduled for 7:30 PM. Tickets are priced at $100, $60, and $40. For more information contact the Woodlands Inn and Resort at 574-824-9831.
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