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March 09, 2018

BOXING RETURNS TO FLORIDA'S HARD ROCK

Press Release: On Friday, March 23rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, promoter Kris Lawrence will present a boxing show featuring a main event of a WBA bantamweight eliminator between southpaw Stephon "Showstopper" Young (17-0-3, 7 KOs) from Saint Louis and Reymart "GenSan Assassin" Gaballo (18-0, 16 KOs) from General Santos City, Philippines. Special guests expected that evening include former heavyweight champions Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe and Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield.
 
Tickets are available through ticketmaster.com.
 
For 29-year-old Young, the fight against Gaballo represents him getting one step closer to his dream of a world title after years as a contender.
 
"It feels good," he said. "I'm in shape and ready. I feel like I have my chance to show the world who the king of the bantamweights really is. Gaballo is obviously very strong. He's 18-0, 16 KOs. But I also feel like he hasn't fought anyone like me yet. That's a whole different story when you step up. It may be a case that his team is putting him into a fight like this way too soon. We will soon see."
 
For 21-year-old Gaballo, the fight against Young represents a huge leap up in class of opponent. The young slugger has only fought outside his native country twice before. A victory over the well-respected Young would put him instantly on the world stage.
 
"I'm very happy to be fighting in this WBA eliminator and I'm looking forward to being world champ one day. I know Young is a slick southpaw fighter and he's working hard to beat me, so I have to train twice as hard as usual to come out on top."

In the ten-round co-feature, 19-year-old Hawaiian welterweight Logan "The Korican Kid" Yoon (11-0, 11 KOs) will face an opponent to be announced.
 
Event promoter Kris Lawrence says he's proud of this event's world-class international flavor. "This show brings back boxing in South Florida in a big way," he said. "We will be announcing the huge undercard shortly and it includes a variety of exciting fighters from different countries including USA, Philippines, Nicaragua, Cuba, Honduras, Haiti, Mexico and Kazakhstan. I'm very happy to be able to present this great event at a world-class venue like the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel.
 
"Being back at the Hard Rock brings back old memories of great years of boxing," said Henry Rivalta, Director of Heavyweight Factory Boxing Operations. "We have very evenly matched fights and this event will be extremely crowd-pleasing. I invite all South Florida fans to come witness it live at Hard Rock's Event Center. This will be the first boxing event held in the new event center.



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