By Phil Doherty
It didn’t take long for Acquinity Sports to establish a boxing beachhead in South Florida this year. Acquinity literally came out swinging with their inaugural January 7th card from the Westin Diplomat Resort on Hollywood Beach. They followed that successful debut with a spectacular “D Day: Dominican Domination” card from the Diplomat on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fight series last month. That show was capped by an 8th-round knockout of the year-worthy effort by former two-division world champion Joan Guzman against Puerto Rican Jesus Pabon.
Now, much like the original D-Day, this newly-crowned “A-team” of South Florida boxing looks to break out inland and storm the 5,500-seat Seminole Hard Rock Live with a world-class card scheduled for Friday, May 18th. The 10-bout card features Hollywood’s own Dominican welterweight contender Ed “The Lion” Paredes (30-3-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round battle against former light welterweight world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-7-2, 19 KOs).
The 27-year old young “Lion” Paredes looks to pounce into world title contention with a convincing victory over the more experienced, powerful Guyanese-born Harris. Paredes comes off an impressive 8-fight win streak, highlighted by consecutive knockout victories on Acquinity’s previous two shows. Paredes, who holds top 15 rankings in the WBC, WBA and WBO respectively, promises fans his most exciting and resounding career performance against the dangerous Harris.
Paredes’ Dominican compatriot, lightweight Argenis Mendez (19-2, 10 KOs) squares off in the 10-round co-feature contest opposite southpaw Mexican slugger Leonilo “Veneno” Miranda (32-4, 30 KOs). Mendez, the 25-year old former 2004 Junior World Championship silver medalist, fully intends to fulfill his part of the bargain during the Dominican domination on deck for fight fans.
Ticket prices are $34, $54, $74 and $104. VIP tables are still available for just $2,500. This exceptional night of boxing will be streamed online for free at www.proboxeodr.com . Subscribers may access the video feed simply by registering online beginning May 1st. Fox Sports will rebroadcast the event within 1 month. Doors open at 6:30, first fight at 7:00PM.