DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series, now in its 17th year, returns to Manhattan with its annual New York City Holiday Show at Terminal 5 in Hell's Kitchen on Thursday, December 5th. The 112th edition of Broadway Boxing will be live streamed on UFC Fight Pass, with a main event of O'Shaquie "Ice Water" Foster (16-2, 10 KOs), vs. Alberto "The Transformer" Mercado (16-3-1, 3 KOs) Puerto Rico. Foster vs. Mercado will be a ten rounder in the super featherweight division. The co-feature will be a women's championship bout with former world champion Ana Laura "La Monita" Esteche (14-5-3, 2KOs) of Argentina battling "Merciless" Mary McGee (25-3, 13 KOs) for the vacant IBF 140-pound title.
Heavyweights will see action as Stephan "Big Shot" Shaw (12-0, 9 KOs), of St. Louis, clashes with Gregory "Bad News" Corbin (15-2, 9 KOs) of Dallas in a scheduled ten-round bout... former 140-pound title challenger Mikkel "Slikk Mikk" LesPierre (21-1-1, 6 KOs), Brooklyn, NY, clashes with Roody Pierre "Rude Boy" Paul (16-5-2, 6 KOs) of Quebec, Canada, in an eight-round bout... and Puerto Rican lightweight Victor "El Turu" Padilla (6-0, 5 KOs), of Berlin, NJ, will face Fredric Bowen (6-3-1, 3 KOs), of Jackson, TN, in a six-round tilt.
"I'm thrilled to bring Broadway Boxing back to Manhattan on Thursday, December 5, for a special holiday edition of heated action from Terminal 5 in Hell's Kitchen, streamed live on UFC Fight Pass," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Coming off of a spectacular knockout-of-the-year candidate, WBC Silver super featherweight champion O'Shaquie Foster is determined to move one step closer to a world title shot facing experienced Puerto Rican southpaw Alberto Mercado in the main event. Women's world championship boxing will be highlighted on this card with Ana Laura Esteche and Mary McGee vying for the vacant IBF super lightweight title. Brooklyn's Mikkel LesPierre returns to the ring following his spirited battle against world champion Maurice Hooker earlier this year. Heavyweight knockout artist Stephan Shaw and future lightweight star Victor Padilla see action as well. A trio of popular New York prospects round out the stacked undercard, including Tom Loeffler-promoted Brian Ceballo along with Brooklyn's Christian Bermudez and Frederic Julan."
The 26-year-old Foster, from Houston, won the title by defeating previously unbeaten Jon Fernandez via unanimous decision on September 21, 2018, in a ShoBox bout. The Bobby Benton-trained contender has been victorious twice this year; a third-round stoppage of Fatiou Fassinou on February 23 followed by a highlight-reel eighth-round knockout of Jesus Bravo on July 17th.
Mercado seeks his way back into the win column following an eight-round decision loss to Chris Colbert on June 23rd, in Brooklyn, NY. Over the course of ten years as a professional, Mercado has fought numerous contenders, including Lamont Roach, Jayson Velez and Braulio Rodriguez.
The 29-year-old Esteche will be looking to regain the title she lost to fellow Argentinian Erica Farias in a close ten-round decision on December 29, 2017. In July, Esteche defeated Maria Angelica Ruiz via six-round unanimous decision. Having fought most of her nine-year career in the battlegrounds of Argentina, Esteche will be fighting in the United States for the first time.
Riding a five-bout winning streak, the 33-year-old McGee has twice challenged for world titles, coming up short against champions Holly Holm and Farias. Fighting at home on April 6, 2019, she won a six-round unanimous decision against Szilvia Szabados.
The 27 year-old Shaw kicked off 2019 with a third-round stoppage of Donovan Dennis on March 2nd, in Columbus, OH. Following that up on August 29th, Shaw knocked out Willie Jake Jr. in the fourth round at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Coming from a family of fighters, the 6-foot-4 Shaw capped his amateur years with 2013 championships at the USA Nationals and the National PAL tournament.
The heavy-handed Corbin has losses to ex-IBF champion Charles Martin and contender Filip Hrgovic.
The 20 year-old Padilla, recently signed to DiBella Entertainment, won on August 1st when he knocked out Benjamin Borteye in the first round in Monroeville, PA. In his last start on October 4th, the southpaw won a six-round shutout decision against Romain Tomas in Philadelphia, PA. Padilla turned professional in December 2016 after a stellar amateur career that included three National championships and a record of 90-7. The battle-tested Bowen hits the ring following a third-round knockout versus Ronald Rivas on April 27, 2019, in Joliet, IL.
A professional and fan favorite for seven years, LesPierre looks to rebound from his only loss, a defeat via decision in a world title clash against then-WBO World Champion Maurice Hooker on March 9, 2019. In his last Manhattan appearance, LesPierre won a highly entertaining 10-round unanimous decision versus previously undefeated Noel Murphy on February 7, 2018. When he's not training, LesPierre works full-time as a data specialist at Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he's been employed for the past 10 years in various positions. Nine-year veteran Paul has faced a wealth of top Canadian fighters and will be making his New York City debut against LesPierre. The upset-minded Paul hits the ring following a 10-round decision loss to Steven Wilcox on May 9, 2019, in Toronto, Canada.
Advance tickets can be purchased by calling 212-947-2577. Terminal 5, one of the premier live music venues in New York City, is located at 610 W. 56th Street (11th Avenue) in New York City. Doors on the night of the event will open at 6:30pm with the first fight scheduled for 7:00pm. For further information, please visit their website, www.Terminal5NYC.com.