Just in case you didn’t satisfy your boxing fix with last week’s full time “The One” coverage, Lou DiBella and SMS Promotions keep the fight action going at the Resorts Casino in Queens, N.Y. tonight with a seven bout card including three fighters making their professional appearances for the first time.
Headlining the show is undefeated Mark Davis (17-0, 5 KO’s) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana meeting New Jersey’s Carlos Vinan (10-10-5, 2 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round lightweight bout. This is Davis’s second trip to New York; in 2011 he defeated Ramesis Gil at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. He was inactive for all of 2012, but came back earlier this year to win an eight round decision over Robert Osiobe in Connecticut. Vinan has fought up and down the east coast, California, and Las Vegas. He’s seen some quality opposition over the years, including Raymundo Beltran, Mercito Gesta, John Molina, and Diego Magdaleno. In June he dropped a 10 round decision to Teon Kennedy ay Bally’s in Atlantic City.
In an eight round co-feature, middleweights Lamar Russ (13-0, 7 KO’s) and Latif Mundy (10-7, 4 KO’s) square off. Russ’s last two appearances have been for DiBella’s Broadway Boxing shows at BB King’s Club in New York City. Mundy is on a five fight skid, and has basically become an opponent for up and coming talent.
Light heavyweights Travis Peterkin (8-0, 4 KO’s) and Michael Wilmer (4-6, 3 KO’s) meet in a scheduled six round contest, and five time New York Golden Glove champion Shemuel Pagan (2-0, 1 KO’s) faces Calvin Smith (2-4) (four rounds, light welterweights).
Opening the card, three young fighters make their professional debuts; Chris Galeano makes his professional debut against David Rohn (1-0) (middleweights), Joseph Williams debuts against Joe Powers (1-1, 1 KO) (cruiserweights), and Ryan Martin debuts against Darus Somieari (0-1) (light welterweights).
Unfortunately two major bouts were scratched from the card after complications with their opponents: featherweight prospect Luis Orlando Del Valle (17-1, 12 KO’s) was originally slated to fight in the cards main event and fan favorite Heather Hardy (6-0, 1 KO) had the lone female bout of the night but her opponent failed to make weight. According to Hardy’s Twitter page, her opponent came to New York 17 pounds overweight and never even attended the weigh in.