Boricua Boxing Invasion I and II Coming to New York • Latino Sports


Boricua Boxing Invasion I and II Coming to New York


New York—Recent boxing history has featured a boxing show, usually at Madison Square Garden and usually headlined by Miguel Cotto on the eve of the National Puerto Rican Parade. This year, 2011, boxing promotions DiBella Entertainment and Gary Shaw Productions are looking to the future. The two are joining together to present a two night extravaganza at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan that will feature many outstanding boxing prospects from the island of Puerto Rico

The bouts will take place on the Friday and Saturday evenings before Sunday’s big parade. The headline bouts of each of the two nights will be shown live on television throughout the nation. Friday night’s fights will be seen on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights and Saturday’s will be shown by Showtime on SHOBOX: The New Generation.

Many of the young pugilists from Puerto Rico bring extensive amateur experience to their young professional careers. Several are hopeful of extending their undefeated pro marks.  Some are making their debut in a New York City ring.  Seven of the eight members of Team Puerto Rico Boxing that were formed by DiBella, Shaw, Javier Bolsillo of Universal Promotions and Leon Margulies of Warrior Boxing will be featured during the two nights. The rising stars will have sufficient support for their abilities to be recognized.

Friday’s headline bout is a 10 round welterweight encounter between two successful Puerto Rican natives. Kenny “Battlestar” Galarza (12-0, 10 KO’s) will try to keep his record unblemished against Irving Garcia (17-6-3, 8 KO’s). Although Galarza has had less pro ring experience than Garcia, he has had extensive amateur experience, compiling a 257-58 record before turning pro in 2007. He learned the fundamentals of the sport early and was very successful as an amateur, winning many Caribbean titles.

The co-feature will be a 10 round welterweight battle between a future potential champion, Thomas “Tormenta” Dulorme (11-0, 10 KO’s) and former WBO light welterweight champ DeMarcus Corley (37-17-1, 22 KO’s). The 21 year-old Puerto Rican is making his NYC debut against a 36 year-old former titleholder who is now in decline. Corley has lost his last four bouts and six of his most recent seven ring encounters. After his last bout in April, DiBella said of Dulorme, “Within a year, he will be challenging for a world title.”

The Bronx will be represented in the ring on Friday by undefeated junior middleweight Steven Martinez (9-0, 7 KO’s) who will box against Bad Jackson (13-5-1, 7 KO’s). The 21 year-old will be attempting to retain his undefeated mark as a pro. A former WIBA super featherweight champion, Melissa Hernandez (14-2-3, 5 KO’s) is also representing her current home, the borough of the Bronx. The Puerto Rican native will meet Ela Nuñez (9-9-1, 2 KO’s) in the ring for the third time. Hernandez was victorious in their first two encounters.

 Saturday’s headline 10 round featherweight bout should be filled with action. Two highly successful featherweights in their mid-twenties will be looking to the future with a win over a talented opponent. Luis”Orlandito” del Valle (12-0, 10 KO’S) will be attempting to repeat his amateur glory in New York over Vietnamese Dat Nguyen (17-1, 6 KO’s). Nguyen’s sole pro loss was a split decision in 2007. Del Valle began his amateur career as at the age of 14 and was a three-time New York Golden Gloves winner.

Also on Saturday’s card are two undefeated 21 year-old, prospects from Puerto Rico with the nickname “Mantequilla”.  Junior middleweight Jonathon Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KO’s) and junior welterweight Jorge Maysonet, Jr. (3-0, 2 KO’s) will be looking to make auspicious debuts in New York. Maysonet is a second generation boxer whose father was a contender.

 Each night’s undercard will include several other undefeated fighters such as Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (15-0, 1 KO), Jose Pedraza (2-0, 2 KO’s) and Amanda Serrano (9-0-1, 5 KO’s). The young boxers in the lower weight classifications usually live up to their promise of a great deal of action in the ring.

Puerto Rican boxing aficionados will be looking forward to seeing their talented countrymen and women in the ring during the two shows. While it’s satisfying to remember the past, young and old fans can look forward to seeing some possible future ring champions at the early stages of their pro careers.


About William Gerena-Rochet

William Gerena Rochet, is the former Latino Sports baseball editor. He is a retired NYC teacher who divides his time living between New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He started writing for Latino Sports during the inaugural World Baseball Classic when a series was played in Puerto Rico in 2006. On of his favorite moments was covering the 2006 MLB All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. During his time with Latino Sports, he covered several divisional and League championship series games and the 2009 World Series. He also covered the last game at the old Yankee stadium and the first game of the current one. In closing, William has covered multiples Latino Sports MVP Awards ceremonies and Spanish Language Press Conferences including the Jorge Posada retirement one. Now a contributor, Willie will occasionally cover the Yankees.