TO FIGHT ON CATSKILLS CLASH ON JUNE 28TH
AT RESORTS WORLD CATSKILLS
HARTFORD, Conn. (June 20, 2019) – JOE DEGUARDIA’S STAR BOXING is pleased to announce the signing of undefeated light heavyweight/cruiserweight, Ric
The 28-year-old Rivera (11-0, 10 KOs), born and raised in Hartford, CT, is scheduled to fight on the CATSKILLS CLASH card on Friday, June 28, on FITE.TV($9.99), live from Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, New York.
Rivera will face BRIAN “MVP” HOWARD (14-2, 11 KOs), fighting out of Loganville, Georgia, in an eight-round fight for the vacant American Boxing Organization (ABO) America’s Cruiserweight title.
“I’m excited and ready to go,” an ecstatic Rivera said between training sessions at the Hartford Boxing Center. “I was very nervous about the whole thing (process). I don’t just sign a paper put in front of me. I read everything closely and ask questions. I really thought Joe worked with us and met our demands. I’m very happy to move on to the next level.”
“I’ve worked with (Star Boxing’s former world champion) Joe Smith Jr. for the past two years. It started with the (Andrzej) Fonfara fight, then (Bernard) Hopkins, and I’m helping him now (as a sparring partner). He’s mentioned a few things, gave me some good advice to be cautious with all my decisions, and to listen before speaking.”
Rivera is partners in Hartford Boxing Promotions with his adviser/head trainer Tony Blanco and Michael Tran.
Blanco drew a different analogy in terms of co-promoting Rivera with Star Boxing, saying: “The plane was on the runway, Richie is the engine, and now we have the pilot (DeGuardia) to take us where we want to go.”
One of the key reasons for partnering with Star Boxing, according to Blanco, is DeGuardia’s success working with former world light heavyweight champions Antonio Tarver and Smith Jr..
“I like what Joe [DeGuardia] has done in the light heavyweight division, starting with Tarver, and more recently Smith Jr.,” Blanco commented. “It’s good for Richie because that’s his division. This was kind of a no-brainer. Joe is reachable (in NYC), which is something I like to do business with him. Some promoters sign fighters for no real reason and then they end up on the shelf, which is a fighter’s worst nightmare. I think Joe is one of the top 10 promoters in the world, but it seems like the top three are always bickering with each other. I like the fact Joe works with all other promoters. He’s low key and I think a perfect fit for us.”
“Another reason for us is Joe’s new deal with NESN (home of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins), which is a New England regional network but available to watch nationally. It’s huge for Richie to be on television. You just put the cameras on Richie, give him a microphone, and he does the rest. And Richie can really fight, too. I think he has the most star power in New England.”
“The plan for Richie in 2019 is for him to continue developing, fighting a lot, and getting exposure. He’s self-motivated, always working hard in the gym, and hungry. We’re on the right path.”
Star Boxing has another undefeated Hartford prospect in its stable, junior welterweight “Action” Anthony Laureano (10-0, 3 KOs), who is also scheduled to fight on the June 28th card.
“We’re excited to sign Richie and work with Hartford Boxing Promotions to guide him to the top,’ CEO of Star Boxing, DeGuardia added. “Richie has so much potential. He’s extremely strong, dedicated, hard-working, and charismatic. We learned a lot about Richie during his training and sparring sessions with Joe Smith Jr.. Star Boxing has committed itself to further developing New England boxers and Richie has everything we look for, and more, to build him into a star.”
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CATSKILLS CLASH: Laureano, Moran, Rivera June 28th
Star Boxing presents: Catskills Clash, an ABO America’s Championship Triple Header at Resort Worlds Catskills on June 28th.
On June 28th Star Boxing brings boxing back to the Catskills at Resorts World Catskills for an ABO America’s Championship Triple Header. The thrilling night of fights will include three undefeated rising stars, looking to claim their stake as ABO Champion.
Undefeated, “Action” Anthony Laureano (10-0 3KO’s) of East Hartford, Connecticut will bring his come forward, all action style to Resorts World in search of his 11th consecutive win, in an effort to take home the ABO America’s Super Lightweight Title. Every time the 2018 Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Fighter of the Year steps in the ring, it’s guaranteed to bring the crowd to their feet.
Undefeated Irish sensation, Dylan “The Real Deal” Moran (10-0 5KO’s), will be making his United States debut as a large contingent of Irish fans will be watching the #2 rated Irish welterweight take his chance at the ABO America’s Welterweight Title. Moran, a 6 time Irish National champion, has been creating extreme buzz in Irish boxing, and is ready to preform under the bright lights of Resorts Word Catskills on June 28th.
Undefeated power punching cruiserweight, Richie “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera (11-0 10KO’s) will be vying for the ABO America’s Cruiserweight Title in his first bout under the Star Boxing banner. Always bringing excitement whenever he fights, Rivera tends to finish the night before the distance, so he sure to get to Resorts World Catskills early, to not miss this Hartford, Connecticut product, put on a show for boxing fans.
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ABOUT RESORTS WORLD CATSKILLS:
Located in the heart of New York’s Catskill region, Resorts World Catskills Casino Resortoffers guests unmatched experiences in excitement, entertainment, and luxury. The integrated commercial casino resort includes an 18-story hotel, casino and entertainment complex featuring 100,000 square feet of gaming action including 150 live Las-Vegas style table games, 1,600 state-of-the art slot machines, a poker room and private gaming salons. The casino resort also offers more than 10 varied bar and restaurant experiences, which includes an Italian steakhouse created by celebrity chef Scott Conant, and year-round live entertainment at the 2,500-seat RW Epicenter, casino bars and lounges. The luxurious hotel located within the Resorts World Catskills’ casino complex is comprised of 332 suites, the Crystal Life Spa, two indoor pools, and two fitness centers. The integrated casino resort also includes additional stay and play destinations on its campus, including The Alder, an adjacent 101-room lifestyle hotel featuring the first Topgolf Swing Suites in New York State, and Dos Gatos, a cantina-style Mexican eatery and the recently opened Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark. A Rees Jones redesigned golf course is currently under construction.
ABOUT STAR BOXING ®:
For a quarter century, Star Boxing keeps on swinging! Star Boxing has consistently delivered boxing events of the highest caliber and attracts loyal fans from all corners of the globe. From the Antonio Tarver – Roy Jones trilogy to the meteoric rise of Chris Algieri and Joe Smith Jr. through the Rockin’ Fights Paramount Series, Star Boxing continues to work with and develop world rated contenders and red-hot prospects into future world champions. Star Boxing is revered worldwide throughout the industry for its credibility, integrity, and exciting fights.
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