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December 27, 2012


Press Release: On Saturday, January 26th, boxing returns to Harrahs Philadelphia with a main event matching local favorite Victor Vasquez (15-7-1) against Esteban Rodriguez (6-4-1) in a lightweight bout scheduled for six rounds.
Vasquez's best wins came over Thomas McCuiston (1-0), Tyric Robinson (9-4-1) and Angel Rios (9-5). The “Blood and Guts” Warrior of Philadelphia also dropped a close unanimous decision to Naim Nelson (7-0) on September 14th in a bout for the Pennsylvania State championship.
Rodriguez of Lebanon, PA, likes to mix it up and has a win over previously undefeated Luis Quezada in his native Puerto Rico. Rodriguez is looking to get back in the win column after dropping two consecutive fights which includes being stopped in his last bout by Angel Luis Ocasio (6-0-2) on December 8th in Philadelphia.
There will be three separate six round co-features featuring returning heavyweight Chuck Cavallo (16-1); junior middleweight DeCarlo Perez (8-2-1) and junior middleweight Julio DeJesus (6-3-3).
Cavallo of Trenton, NJ will be making his return to the ring after a five-plus year hiatus. Still just twenty-eight years old, Cavallo was a light heavyweight who racked up impressive wins over Dhafir Smith and Marlon Hayes. Cavallo was stopped in his last bout by Shannon Miller on September 27, 2007.
Perez of Atlantic City will be looking for his third consecutive win with the latest being his best win to date when he stopped crosstown rival Shamone Alvarez (21-5) in three rounds on September 29th
Dejesus of Chester, PA is unbeaten in his last three as he has a win over Gabriel Diaz that was sandwiched in between two draws with Korey Sloane with the latest coming on December 22nd.
Cavallo, Perez and Dejesus will have their opponents announced shortly.
Seeing action in four-round fights will be light heavyweight Amir Shabazz (2-0) of Philadelphia fighting a rematch with Abdellah Smith (2-4) of Queens, NY.
Tyrone Crawley Jr. (2-0) of Philadelphia squares off with Benjamin Burgos (1-1) of Mount Pocono, PA in a welterweight bout.
Heavyweight John Mecurio (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Philadelphia takes on Lonnie Kornegay (1-7-2) of Baltimore.
Heavyweight Mark Rideout (2-0) of Philadelphia boxes debuting Aaron Braxton of Baltimore, MD.
junior middleweight Gilbert Alex Perez (2-1, 2 KO’s) of Camden, NJ will take on an opponent to be named... Althea Saunders (3-0-1) of Atlantic City will take on an opponent to be announced in a female welterweight bout... Rounding out the card will be the pro debut of lightweight Sam Teah of Philadelphia taking on an opponent to be named.

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