Press Release: Featherweight Toka Khan-Clary (23-1, 16 KOs) of Providence, Rhode Island battles undefeated John Vincent Moralde (19-0, 10 KOs) of The Philippines in the ten-round main event on Friday, December 1st at The Strand Ballroom and Theatre, it was announced today by Evander Holyfield's The Real Deal Boxing. This will be Kahn-Clary's first fight in Providence since his pro debut in June 2012. In a six-round featherweight clash Worcester, MA native Irvin Gonzalez (7-0, 6 KOs) battles Ernesto Garza (9-2, 5 KOs), of Saginaw, MI.
"We're very excited to announce this outstanding featherweight clash between Toka Kahn-Clary and John Vincente Moralde," said Holyfield. "The winner of this fight will have a great opportunity to continue his path towards a world title opportunity and these high stakes are exactly what will bring out the best in each fighter.
"This is clearly the toughest match of each fighter's professional career and we anticipate an excellent fight for fans in the arena and those watching on CBS Sports Network."
On October 19th, Kahn-Clary made an emphatic return to battle with a second-round knockout of then undefeated David Berna in Atlanta, Georgia as Holyfield celebrated his 55th birthday in his hometown.
The 25-year-old will be making his fourth start of 2017 with prior victories this year against Angel Luna and Francisco Medel.
Just 23-years-old, Moralde will be fighting for the first time in the United States. He s coming off a third-round stoppage of Philip Parcon on February 28, 2017 in General Santos City, Philippines.
The heavy handed Moralde is on a three-bout knockout streak, two of which came in the first round.
Co-featured on the show and also making his U.S. debut is Italian cruiserweight Contender Fabio "Stone Crusher" Turchi (12-0, 9 KOs), of Florence, Italy in an eight-round clash.
The heavy-handed Irvin Gonzalez started his professional career with six knockouts, all of which took place in the first two rounds. Most recently the 21-year-old won an eight round unanimous decision over Raul Lopez on June 10, 2017.
Riding a modest two-bout winning streak, the 29-year-old Garza returns to action following a six round unanimous decision over Edward Kakembo on August 25, 2017 in Warren, MI.
Junior welterweights will see action in a scheduled eight rounder with Nick Delomba (11-2, 2 KOs), Cranston, R.I., facing off against Louis Cruz, (12-3, 6 KOs), of Bronx, New York. The 27-year-old DeLomba looks to move back into the win column after a very hard fought 10-round decision loss to Jimmy Williams on April 7, 2017 in Lincoln, R.I.
The upset minded Cruz heads to Providence following the biggest win of his career, a ninth-round stoppage of local favorite Anthony Karperis on July 28, 2017, in Huntington, New York.
In an eight-round junior middleweight battle, Jeremy Nichols (7-1-1, 2 KOs), of Las Vegas clashes with Worcester, MA native Andy Gonzalez (6-2, 5 KOs).
Nichols looks towards the win column following the first loss on his record, a hard-fought majority decision to undefeated Peter Dobson on June 24, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Gonzalez is also looking for a return to the win column losing a six-round majority decision to Antonio Chaves Fernandez on June 10, 2017 in his hometown.
Also featured on the card in separate bouts will be Lynn, MA knockout artist, junior welterweight Khiry Todd (6-0, 5 KOs), and junior lightweight Timmy Ramos (4-0-1, 4 KOs) of Framingham, MA.