On Saturday, August 27th, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, returns to the beautiful Tropicana Showroom in the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, to present an action packed seven bout card, featuring heavyweight fan favorite, Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24KO’s), Atlantic City’s own long-time welterweight contender, Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-4, 12KO’s) in separate bouts. Maddalone is set to take on Mike Sheppard in a ten round heavyweight showdown, while Alvarez will meet Chris Fernandez in an eight round welterweight match-up.
Just recently added to the card is Philadelphia’s heavyweight contender, Chazz Witherspoon (28-2, 20KO’s) as he is set to square off against Tyson Cobb (14-2, 8KO’s). Witherspoon, the 2004 National Golden Gloves Champion, is looking to put himself back into the title contention picture. His two losses as a pro came at the hands of top-rated contenders and world title challengers, Chris Arreola and Tony Thompson. Since the loss to Thompson, Witherspoon has picked up two straight stoppage victories, and will be looking to make it three straight in front of a large contingent of hometown fans who are expected to make the short trip over from Philadelphia. Witherspoon-Cobb is scheduled for eight rounds in the heavyweight division.
Also featured on the card is Star Boxing’s, super middleweight knockout artist, Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (11-0, 10KO’s) as he takes on Mickey Scarborough (6-3, 6KO’s) in a six round super middleweight showdown. Escalera, who hails from Union City, NJ, is an exciting prospect, with concussive power in either hand. Of the eleven opponents he has faced, only one was able to make it past the third round. Escalera, who signed with Star Boxing earlier this spring, is coming off a second round annihilation over Mustafah Johnson in his Star debut back in May of this year.
Returning to the ring, fresh off his first round knockout on July 15th, will be Kevin “Kid” Rooney (2-0, 1KO) as he looks to keep his undefeated record in-tact when he takes on New Jersey’s, pro-debuting, Carlos Perez in a four round jr. middleweight match-up. Rooney, the son of world renowned trainer, Kevin Rooney, made his pro-debut on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights in April. In his last bout, Rooney scored a devastating one-punch knockout over Queen’s Elmer Vera, on the undercard of Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak’s epic battle that is considered the leading candidate for fight of the year candidate.
In a battle of undefeated New Jersey prospects, Vineland’s Ismael Garcia (3-0) squares off against Camden’s, Luis Cream (2-0) in a four round jr. middleweight showdown where someone’s O must go. For Garcia, who hails from nearby Vineland, it will be his fourth consecutive fight under the bright lights of Atlantic City since turning pro.
Rounding out the card will be Atlantic City’s own, Althea Saunders (2-0-1) in a four round female welterweight match-up.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Star Boxing office at (718) 823-2000 or visiting www.starboxing.com. Tickets are priced at $30, $50, $100 and $200. Tickets may also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, or by going directly online to Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Tropicana North Tower Box Office or by phone at (609) 340-4000. Doors for the event will open at 7:00PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:30PM. All action will take place in the Tropicana Showroom. The Tropicana Casino and Resort is located at 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ.