On Friday, January 25th, Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions, Gary
Shaw Productions and Greg Cohen Promotions will present ESPN 2’s Friday
Night Fights featuring former WBO light Middleweight champion Sergiy
Dzinziruk. Dzinziruk will take on perennial contender and world ranked Brian
Vera in a 12 round bout for the NABO Middleweight championship that
will headline a night of boxing at the Turning Stone Casino Resort in
Verona, New York. The event will be broadcast live as part of ESPN 2’s
Friday Night Fights.
Dzinziruk, from Ukraine by way of Hamburg, Germany, has a record
37-1-1 with 24 knockouts. In 2005, He won the WBO light Middleweight
championship with 12 round unanimous decision over Daniel Santos and
made six successful defenses en route to compiling a perfect 37-0
record. On March 12, 2011, Dzinziruk moved up to challenge the
Argentine legend Sergio Martinez for the world Middleweight
championship. Dzinziruk fought a valiant fight before being stopped in
In his last bout, despite giving up seven pounds in weight to
undefeated Jonathan Gonzalez, Dzinziruk box his way to a draw on
September 1st as part of a card that was televised on HBO Boxing After
Vera of Austin, Texas has a record of 21-6 with 12 knockouts and is
generally in some classic brawls that make his fights very television
The thirty-year old has some great wins over the likes of Samuel
Miller (17-1); Max Alexander (14-1-1); Vera put the first loss on future
world title challenger Andy Lee. Vera also has wins over Sebastien
DeMers (31-2) and two victories over former world champion Sergio Mora
with the latter coming in his last bout on August 11th.
The ten round co-feature will pit the undefeated Jr. Welterweight Tony Luis against Miguel Gonzalez.
The twenty-four year old Luis (15-0, with 7 KO’s) of nearby Cornwell,
Ontario is coming off a spectacular first round stoppage over
thirty-seven fight veteran Andres Ledesma on September 1st at The
Turning Stone Resort and Casino.
Gonzalez of Cleveland, Ohio has a record of 20-3 with 15 knockouts
and has had solid wins over Tyrone Harris and Humberto Toledo .
Gonzalez will be looking to get back in the win column after dropping a
ten round unanimous decision to Michael Dallas on February 17th
to Doghouse Boxing.