DiBella Entertainment's popular Broadway Boxing series will makes its Turning Stone Resort and Casino Event Center debut when the title and site sponsor hosts the Broadway Boxing "Friday Night Face Off" on Friday night, October 21st. The outstanding fight card will feature a pair of 10-round welterweight contests - Joshua Clottey vs. Marlon Thomas in the main event and Chris Smith vs. Tomas Barrientes in the co-feature.
Clottey (27-1, 20 KO's), fighting out of the Bronx, New York, is a product of Accra, Ghana, which has produced the likes of boxing greats Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey. Thomas (32-5-1, 21 KO's), a Detroit, Michigan veteran, will provide a stiff challenge for the once-beaten Clottey, a top contender in the welterweight ranks.
The Smith-Barrientes tilt is for the NABA Interim Welterweight Championship. Smith (19-2-1, 12 KO's), fighting out of Queens, New York, is another of the many New York City-based boxers fighting under the DBE banner. Barrientes (27-8, 17 KO's), fighting out of Mercedes, Texas, will make the fight a highly-competitive match up as Smith attempts to recapture the NABA Welterweight Title.
The undercard is stocked with Upstate New York pugilists, which is sure to delight the fans in attendance at Turning Stone.
In an eight round bout, Rochester's Russell Jordan (10-2, 6 KO's) squares off against Buffalo's Henry Humphrey (7-4, 6 KO's) in a battle for Upstate New York welterweight supremacy. Utica's highly regarded welterweight Jamar Patterson (3-0, 2 KO's) takes on Terrance Thomas (4-4-1) of Newburg, New York, in a four rounder. Two more four rounders complete the card: Rochester's Kenny Abril (3-2-1, 3 KO's) will face Shane Culver (1-1) of Philadelphia in yet another welterweight tilt, while Vincent Arroyo (1-0, 2 KO) of Amherst, New York will take on Shane Gierke of Youngstown, Ohio in a four round junior welterweight bout.
Doors open at the Turning Stone Event Center at 6:30 PM with the first fight beginning at 7:30 PM. Tickets, reasonably priced at $75, $45, $35 and $25 are available at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino Box Office (877-833-SHOW) or through Ticketmaster (315-472-0700 or www.ticketmaster.com
The card will be broadcast on a delayed basis on Madison Square Garden Network, Fox Sports Net New England and Comcast Sportnet Chicago on standard cable and in High Definition on HDNet.
Broadway Boxing cards originate from venues in the five boroughs, the greater New York Metropolitan Tri-State area and the Turning Stone Resort and Casino Event Center in Verona, New York. Turning Stone Resort and Casino is series title and site sponsor. HBO Sports, Locatestock.com and Gallagher's Steak House are also sponsors.
The Oneida Indian Nation's Turning Stone Resort and Casino is the premier four-season destination resort in Upstate New York, conveniently located about 30 miles east of Syracuse. The resort offers guests a variety of choices including gaming, golf, entertainment and fine dining. Turning Stone has nearly 100,000 square feet of meeting space and banquet facilities.