By Mark Vaz
Live pro boxing returns to the city of Miami on Friday night with “Back Alley Brawl,” a 9-bout card presented by GD Big Promotions in association with DeCubas Presents. The show will be held at La Covacha, one of Miami’s most popular night clubs located at 10730 NW 25th Street. Headlining the show will be the popular welterweight contender Ed “The Lion” Paredes, (22-3-1, 13 KOs) out of nearby Hollywood, Florida facing former title holder Oscar Leon, (28-10, 18 KOs) of Columbia over 10 rounds. Cuban Olympic Silver Medalist Yudel Johnson, (3-0, 1 KO) will face veteran Louie Leija, (21-13-1, 15 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas in an 8 round junior middleweight bout.
Cuban Olympians Yunier Dorticos, (1-0) will face Tampa’s George Nowell in a 4-round cruiserweight bout while light heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne, (3-0, 3 KOs) faces Reggie Pena, (4-1, 1 KO) who is coming off an upset win over previously undefeated Haitian Olympian Eli Augustama.
Another Cuban amateur standout, Yoandris Salinas, will be making his pro debut in the featherweight division against 25-fight veteran Felix Flores of Columbia via Miami.
Hot prospect Stalin Lopez of Miami puts up his undefeated (5-0) record against San Diego’s power-punching Joshua Marks, (6-1, 6 KOs) in a 6-round junior welterweight brawl.
Miami lightweight contender Richard Abril, (11-1, 5 KOs) faces tough Puerto Rican Juan Ramon Cruz, (16-6-1, 12 KOs) in an 8–round bout.
Turkey’s Savas Kaya, 1-0, makes his US debut facing undefeated MMA fighter Jose Jaguer of Orlando in a super-middleweight bout.
Possibly the most intriguing fight on the card will pit former world amateur champ Uberto Savigne against former world title challenger Epiphanio Mendoza. At just (1-0), cruiserweight Savigne will try to make a statement early in his career against the (29-8-1, 25 KOs) power puncher out of Columbia, fighting out of Miami.
General admission tickets are $35, but for $50 dinner and dessert will be provided as well, a great value for dinner and a night at the fights. Doors open at 6:30, first bout scheduled for 7:00 pm.