Unbeaten Brooklyn junior middleweight Yuri Foreman (16-0, 7 KO's) will face Jesus Soto of Mexico (11-2-1, 10 KO's) in the main event of the third installment of DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun slated for February 24, 2005 at the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center. DBE president Lou DiBella made the announcement today at Gallagher's Steak House.
Foreman, from Haifa, Israel, now fighting out of Brooklyn, has marched through the junior middleweight ranks to an unblemished record of 16-0, with 7 triumphs coming by way of knockout. He will appear in the main event, an eight round junior middleweight test.
A bevy of New York tough guys representing four boroughs will also see action. Fort Apache's Jeffrey Resto (17-2, 11 KO's) takes on Detroit's Wilmer Torres (11-3, 5 KO's) in an eight round junior welterweight bout. Brooklyn's knockout artist Curtis Stevens (4-0, 4 KO's) squares off against Eric Graham (10-2-2, 5 KO's) of Newark in a six round light heavyweight bout. The popular Edgar Santana (12-2, 8 KO's) of Spanish Harlem will appear in an eight round junior welterweight fight. Charles Vanderveer of Brooklyn, Washington Hago of Queens and Damien Rapley of Manhattan will also see action on the show.
U.S. Olympian and Winter Haven, Florida native Andre Berto (3-0, 2 KO's), returns to the Big Apple for another four round junior middleweight contest.
The Broadway Boxing cards originate from venues in the five boroughs, the greater New York Metropolitan Tri-State area, and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Mohegan Sun is the series site sponsor. Turner Construction, HBO Sports, and Gallagher's Steak House are also sponsors.
The card will be broadcast on a later dates on Madison Square Garden Network, Fox Sports Net New England, and Comcast Sportnet Chicago.
The doors open at 6:00 PM, and the first fight is at 7:00 PM. Tickets are priced at $100, $75, $50, and $35 with a limited number of special VIP ringside tickets also available, call DiBella Entertainment at 212-947-2577 to order.
One dollar from each ticket sold to the February 24th installment of DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun series will go directly to the National Police Athletic League. DBE and Everlast have partnered with the National PAL to help sponsor the National PAL Boxing Tournament and use grass roots marketing to assist local chapters across the country. DBE is the first professional promoter to step in and help give back to the National PAL program. The money raised by this program as well as others will go to the National PAL and then trickle down to the local chapters across the country
National PAL is a non-profit membership organization, made up of over 370 PAL Chapters. Police Athletic Leagues are the largest organization of law enforcement agencies utilizing athletics, recreational and educational activities to instill positive life principles and character building tools in an effort to deter juvenile crime and violence and span some 90 years of commitment to youth.