On Wednesday night September 14th at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, Gulfstream Boxing and Gabe LaConte will present a boxing card that has just been enhanced by the announcement that “Irish” Micky Ward and former heavyweight champion “Merciless” Ray Mercer will be special guests in attendance. In the main event, Michael Torres (13-2, 7 KO’s) of Newark, NJ will take on Mark Alexander in a ten round Jr. Welterweight fight for the New Jersey title.
Ward was regarded as one of the mist action filled fighters of the last quarter century as he consistently was in fight of the year candidates and fought everybody and anybody.
He finished his career with a record of 38-13 with twenty-seven knockouts and is most remembered for his trilogy with Arturo Gatti and a classic war with Emanuel Augustsus.
Ward has one of the most fascinating stories of any boxers. The story of Ward was made into an Academy Award nominated film: THE FIGHTER
Mercer was a 1988 Olympic Gold Medal winner who compiled a record of 36-7-1 with twenty-six knockouts, won the WBO Heavyweight title with a ninth round stoppage over Francesco Damiani. He defended the title with a five round destruction over Tommy Morrison.
Mercer also challenged former world champions Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitshcko and Shannon Briggs.
Mercer also holds a win over former world champion Tim Witherspoon.
Aside from Torres and Alexander, the rest of the card is as follows:
Carlos Vinan (10-9-4, 2 KO’s) of Newark, NJ will take on Wanzell Ellison (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Newark, NJ in a sox round Lightweight bout.
In a six round Cruiserweight bout, Max Alexander (14-5-2, 2 KO’s) of Camden, NJ will take on William Bailey (10-20-2, 5 KO’s) of Chesapeake, VA
Thomas LaManna (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Millville, NJ will take on an opponent to be named in a four round bout for the BAM Youth Jr. Middleweight title.
Popular Welterweight, Vinny O’Brien (2-1, 2 KO’s) of East Hanover, NJ will take on an opponent to be named in a four round bout.
In a found battle of Newark based Middleweights, Eddie Edmonds (2-1-2, 1 KO) takes on Thomas Baldwin (2-0-1, 1 KO)
In a four round Lightweight fight, Tyrone Luckey (4-1, 4 KO’s) of Marlboro, NJ will take part in a four round bout against an opponent to be named.
In a four round Heavyweight bout, Tyabb Beale (4-3, 1 KO) of Newark, NJ will battle Taffo Asongwed (2-8-7) of Montreal, Canada
Two separate Heavyweight bouts scheduled for four rounds will round out the show that will feature John Lennox (6-0, 3 KO’s) of Carteret, NJ and Jon Bolden (2-1, 2 KO’s)
Tickets priced $100 (Limited VIP), $50, & $30 (Very Limited) and are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 973-350-9993 or 1-866-263-STAR
The Grand Ballroom at the Robert Treat Hotel is located at 50 Park Place, Newark NJ. Doors open at 6:30 PM, first bout 7:30 sharp.