Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
World-ranked knockout specialist Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez (26-2-1, 25 KO’s), of Bayamon, P.R., and former amateur standout Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (14-1-2, 6 KO’s), of Rochester, N.Y., made weight on their first attempts Thursday for their 10-round main event fight tomorrow/Friday on ShoBox from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.
There will be a new co-feature, undefeated Jeffrey Fontanez (11-0, 9 KOs), of Caguas, P.R., taking on Jose A. Rodriguez (18-10, 11 KOs), of Detroit, Mich. The Fontanez-Rodriguez lightweight bout was elevated to the telecast after a scheduled match between Jonathan Vidal and Mario Munoz was cancelled by the New York State Athletic Commission when Munoz could not make the weight. Vidal weighed in at 118 pounds, but Munoz came in at 125. When Munoz returned to the scale, he still weighed 125 and the commission called the fight off.
Jorge Melendez 158 vs. Nick Brinson 157.7
(WBC International Silver Title)
Jeffrey Fontanez 132 vs. Alejandro Rodriguez 132
Jonathan Vidal 118 vs. Mario Muñoz TBA
Samuel Neequaye 134.2 vs.Guillermo Sanchez 133
John Franklin 118.5 vs. Joshua Reyes 120
Jose Saenz 13s vs. Rynell Griffin 138
Venue: Event Center at Turning Stone Resort Casino
TV:Showtime, ShoBox The Next Generation
Promoter: Miguel Cotto Promotion, H2 Entertainment and AASHA Record Breakers
Tickets available on Tickermaster with a price of: $75, $45, $35 and $25