By Rick Scharmberg
Former world title challenger and current USBA middleweight champion Lajuan “Simply Marvelous” Simon (22-2-2, 12 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA will face Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez (15-1-1, 2 KOs), of Bronx, NY in a ten round non-title bout at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino on Saturday June 26. Simon, rated #8 in the IBF and #13 in the WBA, received high marks for his March 14, 2009 strong effort against then-IBF middleweight champ Arthur Abraham. Rodriguez is coming off a nice win over Darnell Boone in January. Promoter Dave Escalet of Fisticuff Productions said, “Rodriguez is a tough fighter, and Lajuan has to win these types of fights to get ready for another title opportunity.”
In the six round junior middleweight co-feature, Russell “Spiderman” Jordan (17-7, 10 KOs), of Rochester, NY will face Mustafah Johnson (8-6-1, 2 KOs), of Indianapolis, IN.
In a female bout, Jackie Trivilino (3-2-1, 1 KO), of Plattsburg, NY will face Kara McLeod (3-0) of Hagersville, Ontario, Canada in a four round featherweight match.
Shawn Miller (2-0, 1 KO), of Troy, NY will meet Mike O’Conner (1-1, 1 KO), of New York, NY in a four round light heavyweight bout.
Reggie Scott (2-0), of Albany, NY takes on Edgar Sanjurjo (2-1) in a four round middleweight bout.
Stephen Scott (2-1), of Albany, NY will face Jason Bouvouso (5-4, 1 KO), of Utica, NY in a four round junior middleweight bout.
Nick Brinson (5-0-1, 3 KOs), of Geneva, NY, Andy Mejias (6-0, 2 KOs), of Utica, NY, and Brian Clookey (1-0, 1 KO), of Chase Mills, NY are all scheduled to appear in separate bouts against opponents to be determined.
Tickets are priced a $55, $40, and $30 and can be purchased by calling 1-877-833-7469. First bout: 7:30 PM