Press Release: Lightweight Josh "Dubs" O'Reilly (10-0, 4 KOs), fighting out of Hamilton, Ontario, will take on Mexico's Juan Bedolla Orozco (19-7-2, 14 KOs) in the ten-round main event this Saturday night (Mar. 17), at Hersey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Also on the bill, Frankie Rill (14-2, 10 KOs), faces Argentinia's Sebastian "El Grandote" Ignacio Ceballos (34-9-2, 26 KOs) in an eight-round heavyweight contest.
The 27-year-old O'Reilly last saw action in October, when he stopped Oscar Arjona (13-6) at Hersey Centre.
"I'm excited to headline because I've always felt it would be cool to fight on St. Paddy's Day, in the main event, close to home and defending my title," said the Irish Canadian boxer without a hint of an Irish brogue. "I'm very grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to putting on a very good performance for everyone.
"My goals for 2018 are to keep improving, I'd like to be in some domestic fights and then set myself up on the international scene early next year.
"Josh had a breakout year in 2017," O'Reilly's promoter Tyler Buxton commented. "He came into the year with only one knockout in seven fights. In 2017, after moving up in weight and competition, he stopped all three opponents. Josh proved he's one of the top lightweights in Canada and, in 2018, we're looking to prove he's the best in the country."
In a pair of six-round matches, Canadian light heavyweight champion Tim Cronin (10-1-1, 2 KOs) meets Juan Cruz Correa (4-0-1) of Argentina, while Jason Alexander (2-2-0, 2 KOs) squares off with Darren Fletcher (1-4-1) in a battle of Canadian light heavyweights.
Indian middleweight prospect Sukhdeep "Chakria" Singh, a 2012 Senior National Boxing Championship and 2011 Boxing Super Cup gold medalist as an amateur, will make his professional debut in a four-round bout versus Alejandro Garcia (2-1, 1 KO), of Mexico.
Also fighting in four-round fights on the undercard are Canadian welterweight Cody Kelly (2-0) vs. Waldo "Chino" Rojas (4-2-1, 1 KO), of Mexico; Armenia native and Montreal resident Andranik Grigoryan (2-0) vs. Mexican featherweight Sergio "El Duende" Palafox (7-0, 2 KOs); and pro-debuting Canadian junior middleweight Karl "The Razor" Hess vs. Mexican Mario Bedolla Orozzo (0-1-1).
Grigoryan gained invaluable experience as a key member of the Russian Boxing Team in the World Series of Boxing.
Tickets are available at the Hershey Centre box office or online at www.ticketmaster.ca.