YORK - The next wave of standout New England
boxers, headed by undefeated prospects Ryan "Polish Prince" Kielczweski
(15-0, 3 KOs) and Luis "KO King" Rosa Jr. (12-0, 6 KOs), will showcase
their talents on March 1, on the undercard of the ESPN Friday Night Fights event, airing live from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
The ESPN Friday Night Fights card, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and 50 Cent's SMS
Promotions, will air live at 9 p.m. ET. The 12-round main event features
International Boxing Federation (IBF) Featherweight Champion Billy "The
Kid" Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21 KOs), who is promoted by 50 Cent, defending
his title against undefeated Russian challenger and IBF No. 11-rated
Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs).
In the 10-round ESPN FNF co-feature, North
American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight champion Willie
"The Great" Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) makes his first title defense
against Michael "El Magnifico" Medina (26-3-2, 19 KOs). The
Nelson-Medina fight is being promoted in association with Rumble Time
fighting out of Quincy (Mass.), and New Haven's (Conn.) Rosa are both
scheduled to fight in eight-round fights against opponents to be
determined. They are following in the footsteps of another New Englander
and DiBella stable-mate, Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez, of Worcester
(Mass.), one of the top super middleweights in the world.In fact,
they've fought on several cards headlined by "La Bomba" and each hope
that another impressive performance will help to elevate them to heights
reached by Rodriguez, now a championship-caliber, top-rated contender.
angelic-looking Kielczweski has a crowd-pleasing style and proudly
wears his red-and-white Polish colors in the ring for his growing legion
of fans. The flashy 23-year-old junior lightweight has boxed since the
age of six. He accumulated an amateur record of 118-26, highlighted by
his runner-up finish in the 2008 National Golden Gloves Tournament. A
merchandiser for Polar Beverages, as well as a carpenter, Ryan trains at
the Cyr-Farrell Boxing Gym in Quincy.
Luis "KO King" Rosa, Jr.
(Photo by John James)
21-year-old Rosa is trained by his father Luis Rosa Sr., in New Haven,
alongside current world light heavyweight champion "Bad" Chad Dawson. A
2007 National PAL Tournament amateur champion, "KO King" also won a
silver medal at the Ringside World Championships and was a member of the
2009-2010 US Boxing Team. The compact, well-rounded super bantamweight
is a consummate boxer.
popular New Englander on the March 1 card in a female six-round match
is New London's (Conn.) unbeaten Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent (7-0),
who is trained by Peter Manfredo Sr. in Rhode Island. The popular junior
featherweight is coming off of her best performance, a win by six-round
decision over Nydia Feliciano in January.
former Southern Connecticut State College football player, junior
middleweight Jimmy Williams (1-0, 1 KO), is also slated to fight in a
four-round bout. The New Jersey transplant lives in New Haven.
The full undercard will soon be announced.
priced at $200, $100, $75 and $40, may be purchased online at
foxwoods.com, by calling the Foxwoods' box office at 800-200-2882, or in
person at the Foxwoods' box office.
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