Joe DeGuardia hopes to put a bow on the wrapping of an outstanding 2015 tomorrow night (Saturday, December 19), in what would be an early Christmas gift from a pair of Star Boxing® pugilists – Yunieski Gonzalez and Joshua Clottey – fighting on the HBO Latino® card at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.
On the heels of the December 5 clean sweep at Barclays Center by the DeGuardia-promoted trio of Chris Algieri, Joe Smith, Jr. and Johnny Hernandez, Star Boxing now looks to run the table on 2015.
In the HBO Latino®main event, Star Boxing’s Cuban light heavyweight contender Yunieski Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) fighting out of Miami, Florida takes on the undefeated power-puncher, Vyacheslav “Lion Heart – Chigonskyy” Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs) of Los Angeles, in the 10-round light heavyweight headliner. Both fighters weighed in today at 175 lbs.
“Every aspect of my training has been elevated to be able to make a great impression,” said Gonzalez. “A victory on Saturday will keep me on the right track as I climb to the top of the mountain and establish myself as an elite fighter in the light heavyweight division. I have focused on turning my punches to maximize my power.”
In the co-main event, former world title contender, “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia makes his highly anticipated return to the ring against Star Boxing’s former IBF Welterweight World Champion Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) of Accra, Ghana, in a 10-round junior middleweight contest. Rosado tipped the scales at 158 lbs., while Clottey weighed in at 157 lbs.
“I’m approaching this fight, like all of my other fights: I train hard, eat correctly, get my rest properly and win,” says Clottey. “I know Gabe is very tough and always comes to fight, so I expect a hard fight from him. I just need to stay focused and do what I need to in order to win. I want to be champion again, and I believe my experience to be one again.”
The HBO Latino Boxing event will start at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT (tape delay) or immediately following the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast. The Boxing After Dark main event is Bryant Jennings vs. Luis Ortiz in a 12-round heavyweight bout for the WBA Interim Heavyweight Title. Nicholas Walters vs. Jason Sosa is a 10-round junior lightweight bout.
Tickets for the Dec. 19 HBO Boxing After Dark and HBO Latino Boxing event start at $25, $35 and $60 for ringside seats plus applicable fees and are available at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office by calling 315-361-7469 or online at Ticketmaster