TURNING STONE UNDERCARD FINALIZED FOR THIS WEEKEND
Press Release: Boxing After Dark comes to the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York on October 27th. The off-television undercard features featherweight Joel Brunker (23-0, 13 KOs) from South Wales, Australia putting his undefeated record on the line against Carlos Fulgencio (19-8-1, 12 KOs) in an eight-round bout. Brunker competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. "I'm really excited to be fighting for Gary Shaw here in the U.S.," said Brunker. "I've been training in Las Vegas for the last eight weeks, getting prepared for this fight. I'm coming to make an impressive first impression for all the fans that'll see me fight for the first time."
Also on the bill is Puerto Rico's Javier Flores (7-0, 7 KOs) battling Riverside, California's Alberto Herrera (8-7-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout. Flores is known for having power in both hands. "My power is evident as you can see in my record," Flores said. "I always go for the knockout and nothing will be different in this fight. I've stopped all my opponents but people will see that I can box if I need to. I'm ready to go."
Newark, New Jersey light middleweight John Thompson (9-0, 3 KOs), squares off against Chicago' Christopher Chatman (10-2-1, 5 KOs) over six rounds. "Chatman is a good fighter, but I'm going to take him out," stated Thompson. "I'm fully prepared to go the distance, but I don't see this fight lasting more than three rounds."
Light heavyweight Ryan McKenzie of Nassau, Bahamas (10-0, 10 KOs) goes toe to toe with Morgantown, West Virginia's Eric Watkins (7-2, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder. "I can't wait to get back in the ring and showcase my power," says McKenzie. "If I get Watkins hurt, I'm going for the kill."
Cruiserweight, Eric Fields of Ardmore, Oklahoma (20-1, 15 KOs) and Charleston, West Virginia's Kevin Franklin (4-4, 1 KO) will battle in an eight-round bout. "Franklin is taking a big step up fighting me," said Fields. "I'm going to make sure he knows that it was a mistake to take this fight. It's doomsday for Franklin."
The three featured bouts will be televised on HBO are: Miguel Vazquez (31-3, 13 KOs) defending his IBF lightweight championship against Marvin Quintero (25-3, 21 KOs); in the ten-round nominal main event, Puerto Rico's Thomas Dulorme (16-0, 12 KOs) takes on Argentina's Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1, 27 KOs); and San Francisco welterweight Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs) faces Southern California's Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs).
"This entire undercard is loaded with talent," said promoter Gary Shaw. "Joel Brunker is on the verge of fighting for a world title and the U.S. fans are sure to enjoy his aggressive style. Javier Flores packs a mean punch and he could emerge as the top prospect to come out of Puerto Rico. From top to bottom, this card is incredible and the fans are guaranteed a great night of boxing."
Tickets are on sale at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Box Office. Call (315) 361-7469 or visit www.Ticketmaster.com. Doors open up at 6:30 p.m. and the undercard begins at 7:30 p.m EST with the HBO live national broadcast starting at 10:15 p.m. EST.