Next Wednesday, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) returns to NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill for the latest edition of its Broadway Boxingseries. Headlining the card is “The First Lady of DBE” Heather “The Heat” Hardy (10-0, 2KO’s), as she puts her undefeated record on the line and looks to add another title to resume when she squares off against Las Vegas-native Crystal Hoy. The bout between Hardy and Hoy is scheduled for 10 rounds, and will be for the WBC International junior featherweight championship.
Light heavyweight prospect Travis Peterkin (12-0, 5KO’s) will also be featured on the card when he takes on veteran Otis Griffin (24-16-2, 10KO’s) in the eight-round co-feature bout. The bout against Griffin will be the first scheduled eight-rounder for the 24-year-old Brooklyn-native, and former NY Golden Gloves champion who has been a staple on the Broadway Boxing series since signing with DBE in 2012. Promising up-and-comer Patrick Day (8-0-1, 5KO’s) will be looking to make it a perfect 4-0 with four knockouts this year when he squares off against Felipe Reyes (5-3, 3KO’s) in their six-round junior middleweight matchup.
The former #1-rated US amateur, Day won the USA Boxing National Championship, PAL National Championship and NY Golden Gloves all in 2012, before turning pro in January 2013. The 22-year-old Freeport, Long Island-native has looked better and better with each outing, and, in this year alone, his three previous opponents have yet to make it out of the second-round. With quick hands and explosive power, Day is truly one of the bright young stars on the loaded DBE roster.
Making his much-anticipated DBE debut will be rising super middleweight star Steed Woodall (4-0, 3KO’s), as he faces the always-tough Azamat Umarzoda. The British-Irish Woodall, now living and training in Palm Beach, FL, was a five-time National champion in the UK as an amateur before relocating to the US and making his pro debut in March of this year. The 20-year-old Woodall, nicknamed “The Stallion” has a tremendous fan-friendly style and carries absolute dynamite in both hands. Umarzoda is expected to give Woodall a sturdy test.
He has only been stopped once in his career, in his pro debut way back in 2010, and he has draws with former amateur standouts Kareem Martin and Kevin Newman this year. Also seeing action on the card is one half of DBE’s recently-signed Ukrainian amateur stars, as Ivan Golub (1-0) fights Kirk Huff (3-1, 1KO) in a six-round middleweight showdown. Golub, a 25-year-old Ukraine-native, had an astounding amateur career, which saw him become a five-time Ukrainian National champion, win a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in 2006 and bronze at the World Championships in 2009, amassing a record of 270-32 in the process.
Golub has also competed in the World Series of Boxing, winning all five of his bouts. Golub made his debut in June, winning a four-round shutout decision over Javon Wright. Also on the card will be 2012 Olympian Wellington Arias Romero (4-0, 2KO’s), as he squares off against Lazar Stojadinovic in a four-round welterweight matchup. The Dominican Romero holds two wins over Jose Ramirez from his amateur days, and picked up one win at the 2012 London Games, before losing in the following round to eventual gold medalist and current world champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
After the Olympics, Romero relocated to the US and the 23-year-old southpaw is now living and training in Newburgh, NY. Rounding out the card will be undefeated super middleweight Lennox Allen (17-0-1, 10KO’s), as he takes on Julio Garcia (6-6, 3KO’s) in a scheduled six-rounder. Allen was scheduled to appear on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights this summer, but was forced to withdraw after suffering an injury to his ribs. Now fully healed, Allen is looking to get back to his winning ways and set himself up for a breakout year in 2015.
The event on Wednesday, October 15, is sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group and Everlast and is being held in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. T ickets are currently on sale and are priced at $125, $100, $75 and $55. Tables are also available for purchase for this event, with VIP tables going for $1,000 per table (5 seats at $200 per seat) and $375 tables (5 seats at $75).
Tickets are available for purchase by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:00pm.