Serrano gets ready for big year

On January 29th, Star Boxing’s rising welterweight prospect, Raymond “Tito” Serrano (11-0, 6KO) will put his unbeaten record on the line when he takes on Ronnie “The Natural” Warrior Jr. (13-2-1, 4KO) at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV. Serrano-Warrior, scheduled for eight rounds in the welterweight division, will be the co-feature bout of the evening on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. The card, billed as Reno Extreme Fights II, and promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Let’s Get It On Promotions, is headlined by Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2, 15KO) taking on Reno’s favorite son, Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22) in an Official IBF Eliminator for the number two ranking in the super middleweight division.

“This is a great opportunity for Raymond to once again showcase his growing skills on the national stage,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. “This will be his first scheduled eight rounder, and his first nationally televised co-feature, and he is still only 20-years-old. Ray has a very exciting crowd pleasing style, and he has been working very hard on improving and fine tuning the other aspects of his game. We expect him to have a very big year in 2010, but first he must get by Warrior on the 29th.”

Born and raised in the fighting city of Philadelphia, Serrano was a decorated amateur, compiling over 100 victories, including winning the international jr. Olympic championship in 2005, as well as being the jr. Olympic national silver medalist in the same year. In 2006 he won the Pennslyvania Golden Gloves.

At just 18-year-old of age Serrano turned pro in October of 2007 scoring a first round knockout victory. Serrano has steadily continued to improve each time out, including winning an impressive six round decision over once beaten Jay Krupp on ESPN in March of last year. The peformance caught the eye of esteemed trainer Freddie Roach who later invited Serrano serve as one of Manny Pacquiao’s lead sparring partner in preparation for his fight against Ricky Hatton.

Reno Extreme Fights II, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Let’s Get It On Promotions. ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” will begin live coverage of the event at 10PM ET. The bout will take place at the Grand Theatre inside the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Doors open at 6PM with the first bout scheduled for 6:30PM. Tickets are priced at $100, $75, or $40 and are available at or by calling 1(800) 648-3568. Tickets for a King’s Row Booth for four are priced at $1000. Included in your V.I.P. ringside booth are light appetizers and one bottle of premium alcohol.

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