DEERFIELD, Fla. (August 9, 2013) - One
of the most avoided welterweights in the world, Ed "The Lion" Paredes
(33-3-1, 22 KOs) returns to the ring August 23 on the "Iron Mike
Returns!" card, representing the debut promotional event for Iron Mike
Productions, formerly Acquinity Sports, at Turning Stone Resort Casino
in Verona, New York.
Sports, under CEO Garry Jonas, partnered with Hall of Famer Mike Tyson
to form Iron Mike Productions, which is presenting "Tyson Is Back!" in
association with Greg Cohen Promotions.
"Tyson Is Back" features a World Championship doubleheader on ESPN Friday Night Fights,
headlined by International Boxing Federation (IBF) super featherweight
champion Argenis "La Tormenta" Mendez (21-2, 11 KOs) making his initial
world title defense, in the 12-round main event against IBF No. 13-rated
Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs).
Claudio "The Matrix" Marrero (14-0, 11 KOs), rated No. 2 by the WBA,
meets WBA No. 4 Jesus Cueller (22-1, 18 KOs) in the 12-round co-feature
for the Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight
his impressive win against former world champion Vivian Harris by TKO
in July 2012 in Florida, Paredes has since registered two more
victories, the first against Hector Munoz by unanimous decision on
November 30, along with a third-round knockout of Basilio Silva on April
13 in the Dominican Republic.
28-year-old Paredes is one of only two welterweights in the world who
is currently ranked among the top 15 in all four major sanctioning
bodies: World Boxing Council (WBC) & WBA #3, World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 11, and IBF No. 13. Paredes
will also be participating in the WBC World Cup, organized by the World
Boxing Council (WBC) and its President, Mr. Mauricio Sulaiman.
The hard-hitting Paredes is scheduled to fight Mexican invader Noe "Platanito" Bolanos (24-8-1, 16 KOs) on Aug. 23rd in a 10-round bout. "We are now very close to a title shot," Paredes said from his Miami training camp. "I
need to stay near the top in the rankings to achieve that world title
fight. I'm determined to look good and impressive on August 23rd. I'm excited to be fighting on this card and can't wait to get in the ring. I'd also like to thank the WBC for allowing me to compete in the World Cup."
have an amazing schedule for the second half of 2013 in which we
anticipate having the world title fight that Ed Paredes is looking for,"
Iron Mike Productions COO Henry Rivalta said. "We are
making our debut under the Iron Mike Productions banner, but our
fighters are experienced and ready, and Ed Paredes will be better
prepared to face the best welterweights in the world after his August 23rd fight."
scheduled to fight in the "Tyson Is Back!" card is Cuban KO specialist
Alexei "The Hurricane" Collado (16-0, 15 KOs), who will meet Mexican
featherweight Hugo "Guerrero" Partida (19-4-2, 15 KOs) in a 10-round
fighting on the undercard in six-round bouts are undefeated Bahamian
light heavyweight Ryan "Big Youth" McKenzie (13-0, 11 KOs), now residing
in Canastota, New York against an opponent to be determined, and
unbeaten Virginian middleweight Antoine Douglas (8-0, 6 KOs) squares-off
against Russell "Spiderman" Jordan (15-10, 10 KOs), of Rochester (NY).
Toledo-Ohio-based amateur star, Albert "Prince" Bell (1-0, 1 KO), is
back in action against New York City super featherweight Angel Siguenza
(0-1) in a four-round match. The 20-year-old Bell captured
gold medals as an amateur at the 2011 National PAL Championships and
2012 National Golden Gloves Tournament.
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Marrero, Collado, Paredes and Bell were promoted by Acquinity Sports
and are now fighting under the Iron Mike Productions banner.
priced at $150, $95, $55 and $45 are on sale and available to purchase
at the Turning Stone box office, by calling (315) 361-7469, or visit www.Ticketmaster.com.
open at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center at 6:00 p.m. ET,
Friday, August 23. The first undercard bout starts at 7:00 p.m. ET. The
live ESPN2 telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Mike Productions, previously Acquinity Sports, is a boxing promotion
company co-founded and led by Acquinity Interactive CEO Garry Jonas. It
is a partnership with Hall of Famer Mike Tyson committed to changing
traditional boxing promotion by advocating for its fighters' successes
inside the ring and out, throughout their professional careers and into
For additional information go online at www.IronMikeProductions.com or www.TurningStone.com.
Pictures by Rey Sanchez / Courtesy of Acquinity-Sports
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