MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (September 28, 2012) – The official “Road To Glory” weigh in was held today for tomorrow night’s special HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, airing live from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
“Road To Glory,” is headlined by a 10-round title bout featuring undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs), fighting out of nearby Worcester, Massachusetts, defending his United States Boxing Association (USBA) against unbeaten power-puncher Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KOs), of Union City, New Jersey.
Also fighting on the HBO BAD show is undefeated Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) vs. former three-time, two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs), in the 10-round co-feature for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super bantamweight title.
Undefeated contender Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KOs), of Newark, New Jersey. will open the HBO telecast as he takes on Quebec’s WBC #8 rated Antonin Decarie (26-1, 7KO’s) for the vacant NABF welterweight title.
The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions. All three bouts will be aired on HBO’s Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
At the weigh in, DiBella Entertainment presented birthday presents to main event fighter Edwin Rodriguez’ twins, Serena and Edwin, Jr., who turn six tomorrow. The entire room of people serenaded the twins with an impromptu version of Happy Birthday.
L-R: Lou DiBella, Luis Del Valle, Vic Darchinyan & Gary Shaw
L-R: & Antonin Decarie & Alex Perez
L-R: Josh Sosa & Danny O’Connor
Main Event – USBA Super Middleweight Championship (10) – HBO
EDWIN RODRIGUEZ (21-0, 14 KOs), Champion, Worcester, MA 166 LBS.
JASON ESCALERA (13-0-1, 12 KOs, Challenger, Union City, NJ 165 LBS.
CO-FEATURE – Vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Championship (10) — HBO
LUIS ORLANDO DEL VALLE (16-0, 11 KOs), Newburgh, NY 122 LBS.
VIC DARCHINYAN (37-5-1, 27 KOs), Sydney, Australia 121 LBS.
WBC International Welterweight Championship (10) — HBO
ANTONIN DECARIE (26-1, 7 KOs), Champion, Laval, Quebec, Canada 147 LBS.
ALEX PEREZ (16-0, 9 KOs), Challenger, Newark, NJ 146 LBS.
Super Lightweights (8)
DANNY O’CONNOR (18-1, 6 KOs), Framingham, MA 142 LBS.
JOSH SOSA (10-3, 5 KOs), Kansas City, KS 140 LBS. 140 LBS.
Super Featherweights (8)
RYAN KIELCZEWSKI (13-0, 2 KOs), Quincy, MA 130 LBS.
JEREMY McLAURIN (9-3, 5 KOs), Coon Rapids, MN 130 LBS.
Super Bantamweights (8)
LUIS ROSA, JR. (10-0, 5 KOs), New Haven, CT 122 LBS.
VICTOR VALENZUELA (8-3, 1 KO), Patterson, NJ 122 LBS.
Female Heavyweights (6)
SONYA LAMONAKIS (6-0-2, 1 KO), Turner Falls, MA 237 LBS.
TANZEE DANIELS (4-1-1, 1 KO), Queens, NY 225 LBS.
Light Heavyweights (8)
ISSAC CHILEMBA (19-1-1, 9 KOs), Johannesburg, South Africa 177 LBS.
RAYCO SAUNDERS (22-16-2, 9 KOs), Pittsburgh, PA 175 LBS.
“Road to Glory,” promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Promotions, is the highly anticipated HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, featuring some of the brightest young fighters in all of boxing looking to continue on their paths toward their respective world championships. The card will take place on Saturday, September 29, at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Limited tickets are still on sale now and can be purchased through the Foxwoods box office by calling 1 (800) 200-2882. Tickets are priced at $45, $75, $100 and $200.