“Knock-Out Cancer”-Bronx Boxing Benefit for the American Cancer Society • Latino Sports


“Knock-Out Cancer”-Bronx Boxing Benefit for the American Cancer Society



Bronx, NY—An important boxing benefit will be staged at an outdoor venue at the Hunt’s Point Produce Market on Saturday night, July 23rd. Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and the Hunt’s Point Market are uniting to present an outstanding boxing card at an unusual venue to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Several important functions will be served by the show

Boxing aficionados will be treated to five competitive bouts. One will feature a former titleholder, Chris Smith. Three current titles will be contested at the high level event.

Undefeated heavyweight Joe “The Future” Hanks (16-0, 11 KO’s) expects his past successes and his training has prepared him to capture the vacant IBA America’s heavyweight crown. Hanks, a three time Golden Gloves Champ and a finalist for the 2007 National Golden Gloves title in 2007, is trying to reach the same impressive level as a pro.Hanks will be opposed by a recognizable contender, Alfredo Escalera, Jr. (18-3-1, 12 KO’s), a participant in the 4th season of the popular boxing series ‘The Contender.” The son and namesake of the WBC Super Featherweight champ from 1975-1978 is also hoping to become a pro champion. Neither man is unfamiliar with boxing in the Bronx as both have previously fought in the Paradise Theater.

Issouf Kinda (10-0, 5 KO’s), another undefeated prospect attempting to capture his first pro title, intends to keep his perfect record intact and gain the NYS Welterweight Championship. Standing in his way will be Bayan Jergal (15-2-3, 10 KO’s). Interestingly, a New York State title is being contested by a boxer from Burkina Faso in Africa (Kinda) and a boxer from Mongolia (Jargal). That is the story of the Bronx.

The distaff side of pugilism will not be neglected that night as the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight Championship will be contested. Veteran boxer, Alicia Ashley (16-9-1, 1 KO) A 43 year old southpaw from Jamaica, WI, will face Christina Ruiz (6-3-1, 4 KO’s). Ashley will be fighting her third time in the Bronx, but the 25 year old Texan has only fought outside of Texas three times as a professional.

The combination of two large and diverse Bronx businesses in the fight to eradicate a fatal disease shows the people of the Bronx in a true light as a home for people of diverse races, nationalities, cultures and religions who live and work with the goal of the betterment of everyone.

The bouts will be the first contested outdoors in New York City since the debut of boxing at the current Yankee Stadium in June 2010. The location of the boxing show is quite unusual for a sporting event, the Hunt’s Point Produce Market on 772 Edgewater Road in the Bronx.

The Market is crucial to the well-being of people in 49 states and 55 nations as those places receive fresh fruits and vegetables daily from the largest produce market in the world. The Market’s Executive Administrator Mayra Gordon spoke for her organization, “We are just so proud to be a partner in this great event and proud to be able to say that we are helping to prevent today’s loved ones from becoming tomorrow’s statistics.

Star Boxing’s founder and CEO and also the president of the Boxing Promoter’s Association (BPA) was the catalyst of this charitable endeavor. The Bronx native and resident has worked hard to make boxing a cleaner and safer sport for the participants, and a more entertaining one for its fans. He also wants the sport to be a force for the public interest in the Bronx and beyond, “I have been working with the American Cancer Society on this concept for a few years now. It is rewarding that it will come to fruition right here in the Bronx. This will be a special event and I am pleased that we will be able to help in the fight against cancer. Boxing and cancer go together in a way, as both boxers and cancer victims must deal with their adversity with courage, determination and hard work.”


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.