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Melendez, Vidal headline June 7

Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment will present a ShoBox card on June 7th at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, headlined by rising stars and power punchers Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez (26-2-1, 25 KOs) and undefeated Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-0, 9 KOs). WBO Super welterweight Latino champion Melendez will face Mexican puncher Luis Grajeda (14-1, 10KO’s) in a 10-round bout main event. Unbeaten bantamweight Vidal also will face undefeated Mexican Mario Muñoz (13-0, 10 KOs) in an eight round fight co-main event.

“I feel honored to be chosen for this main event and to represent Puerto Rico and the new generation of the Puerto Rican fighters. I am very focused, and ready. We had a very intense training camp because I want to have a big victory over Grajeda. I have a strong commitment to my fans,” stated Melendez.

For his part, Vidal stated: “We’re excited, we’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. Was given when least expected and we accepted the challenge. Now we are preparing to capture the attention of fans and see in me a good contender for a world title.”

“This event at the Turning Stone Resort Casino marks the continuation of great events that our promotional company is promoting outside Puerto Rico. We have always matched up good quality fights. The fans can’t miss Showtime on the evening of June 7th”, stated the four-time world champion and promoter Miguel Cotto. “The weekend of June 7th will have many celebrations in New York. On Friday as we have the show at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center; on Saturday is the induction ceremony for the Boxing Hall Of Fame in Canastota; and on Sunday is the great Puerto Rican day parade! This will be a boxing weekend all over New York”, stated promoter and entrepreneur Héctor Soto.

Also in action the undefeated hard hitting sensation Jeffrey “Dynamite” Fontanez (11-0, 9 Ko’s) will clash in a 6 round fight against the Mexican veteran Alejandro “Soma” Rodriguez (19-10, 11KO’s).

“PR STRIKING FORCE: JORGE MELENDEZ & JONATHAN VIDAL” will take place on Friday, June 7th at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. The event is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions, in association with AASHA Record Brakers, and will be televised live on SHOWTIME® at 10:00 p.m. ET / PT (delayed on the West Coast) as part of its series ShoBox®.

Tickets are priced at $75, $45, $35 y $25 dollars, plus tax and service charges, and are on sale now and available for purchase at the box office of the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, by calling (315) 361-SHOW (7469) and also through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at and

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