Star Boxing announced its next show, coming to the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA on December 13th. Connecticut's Omar Bordoy 9-1, 3 KOs) will be in his toughest task to date against Victor Rabei (Dublin, Ireland 8-0 2KO's). Bordoy is no stranger to wars, such as when he took on then undefeated Terrell Bostic and dropped Bostic en route to a win by split decision. Rabei is a Maldivian born Dublin resident, who fights as his moniker insinuates-- "Slick Vic." He will cross the Atlantic Ocean for the first time to battle with Bordoy.
Others scheduled to appear, but with no opponents announced are 2018 Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Fighter of the Year, Anthony Laureano (E. Hartford, CT 12-0, 4 KOs) and light heavyweight Richie "Popeye the Sailor Man" Rivera (Hartford, CT 15-0, 12 KOs).
NESN's live two-hour broadcast of the feature bouts will begin at 9 p.m. with Jahmai Webster calling the action and Dana Rosenblatt as the analyst.
Laureano looks to conclude an extremely busy 2019, with his fourth fight of the year. Kicking off in January, Laureano dropped Ronald Rivas twice, earning a dominant unanimous decision victory. In June, Laureano returned in a barn burner against Dieumerci Nzau a fight that had the crowd on its feet from beginning to end. Laureano earned the seventh-round TKO. In September, Laureano stepped in against Brian Jones. However, Laureano proved to be up to the task, bringing his "action" fighting style and dominating the Texan over 8-rounds for the victory.
Laureano is ecstatic to be returning home to the very building where he won the New England Golden Gloves in 2016, to showcase his skill in front of his hometown fans on December 13, stating, "I'm blessed to be back! I won the Golden Gloves here and those memories I really hold dear to me. The Golden Gloves really helped me get to where I am today. I've always had huge support from Massachusetts and to me this is a homecoming. I'm honored to be back! Can't wait!"
Rivera has fought six times in 2019 and looks to close out the year with yet another victory. Rivera has racked up the miles this year, having fought in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tijuana, Mexico, Catskills, New York and most recently Daytona Beach, Florida. Most notably, "Popeye" Rivera went to battle with banger Brian Howard in June. After being hurt in the first round, Rivera settled in, out boxing the Georgia product in Howard, earning the unanimous decision victory. In September, Rivera defeated Israel Duffus. Both men came out of the gate with bad intentions, yet Rivera eventually gained and remained in control of the bout over the 8-round contest, winning again.
After traveling for most of 2019, Rivera is ready to show up and show out in front of his hometown fans, "I am super excited to be able to fight in my own backyard! I have been doing a lot of traveling, fighting around the world, trying to put my brand out there. However, it is a special feeling to be able to fight in front of my friends and family. I cannot wait."
Star Boxing CEO Joe DeGuardia had this to say about the New England Explosion, "We look forward to bringing a thrilling night of boxing to the boxing fans in the Springfield, Massachusetts area. New England is in for a treat, so much talent has come out of the area over the years. Willie Pep, Rocky Marciano, Marvin Hagler... the list goes on. We are excited to bring these hungry undefeated and exciting prospects to the MassMutual Center with MGM Springfield. With rising talent like Anthony Laureano, Richie Rivera, and the sensational undercard planned, December 13 will be everything New England boxing fans want and more."