Robinson, Riley lookin’ to make noise

On July 16th, two of Joe DeGuardia’s brightest stars, “The New” Ray Robinson (10-0, 4 KOs) and Yathomas Riley (5-0, 3 KOs) will look to stay unbeaten as they battle it out against two tough veterans on the Star Boxing promoted show at the beautiful Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY.

Robinson will be taking yet another step up in competition when he squares off against seasoned veteran Harrison Cuello (18-10-3, 14KO) while the light heavyweight Riley will battle it out against Andre Hemphill (8-11-2, 5KO). Both fights are scheduled for six rounds.

Neither Cuello or Hemphill are easy opponents. Cuello has been in with the likes of jr. welterweight contender Mike Arnaoutis, undefeated jr. middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan, former jr. welterweight champion Randall Bailey, and even holds a third round TKO of then highly touted jr. welterweight contender Edgar Santana.

Riley’s opponent Hemphill has only been stopped twice in his career, with his eleven losses coming against opponents with a combined 84-7 record.

The last time both Robinson and Riley fought it was back on February 13th, on the nationally televised ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast. Both were equally impressive, with Robinson scoring a third round TKO over previously unbeaten Darnell Jiles in the co-feature bout of the evening, and Riley handing a vicious four round beat down to Julius Jackson in the TV opener.
“I believe that one day you may see both Ray and Yathomas as world champions of their weight divisions,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO and founder of Star Boxing. “Stylistically they are complete opposites, with Ray being more of a flashy type of fighter, that puts his combinations together well and boxes beautifully. He has lightning quick hands and uses his size (Robinson is extremely tall for his weight class, standing in at six feet even) very well to keep his opponents off balance.

“Yathomas on the other hand is an absolute terror inside that ring. He comes straight forward and if he catches you, you better believe you’re going to feel it. When he connects it almost sounds like thunder he puts so much force behind it. There is no question that Yathomas has tremendous power in both of his hands, and as seen in his last fight he is also a devastating body puncher. Both of these guys are very entertaining and always put on a good show. We expect them to both come out victorious on the 16th and continue to move forward in their respective careers.”

Both the 24-year-old Robinson and the 26- year-old Riley are highly skilled fighters, with good amateur backgrounds. Robinson boxed for the U.S. National team, and was ranked as one of the top three fighters in the world as an amateur in his weight class. Riley was a 2006 National PAL and National Golden Gloves champion, and also competed at the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials. Robinson was born in raised in the fighting city of Philadelphia, while Riley hails from Miami-Dade County, but now lives and trains out of the Bronx. Look for these two prospects to continue to progress in the professional careers as they gradually climb the latter towards world title contention.
Tickets can be purchased through the Star Boxing office by calling (718) 823-2000 or by visiting the Star Boxing website ( Tickets are priced at Gold Ringside – $100, Silver Ringside – $60 and reserved seating for $40. The Hilton Rye Town hotel is located at 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, New York, 10573. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the first fight scheduled to take place at 7:30. Free parking will be provided to all guest attending the night of fights.

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