NEW YORK CITY HOPEFULS FILL OUT BROADWAY BOXING UNDERCARD
Press Release: On Thursday, January 21st, DiBella Entertainment returns to New York City's Roseland Ballroom for the latest edition of the Broadway Boxing series. Welterweight Charlie Ota (21-1-1, 15 KOs) will square off against Abel Perry (18-6, 9 KOs), while lightweight Ivan Redkach (13-0, 11 KOs) is set to take on Sergio Rivera (27-10-2, 17 KOs).
Born in Harlem, Ota joined the US Navy in 2000 and was stationed in Japan. After being honorably discharged in 2004, Ota took up boxing and successfully made his professional debut on May 28, 2006, winning a six-round decision. By March 2010, Ota had improved his record to 13-1-1, 10KO's, and was both the Japanese and OPBF light middleweight champion.
On March 17, 2012, Ota fought professionally in the Unites States for the very first time, scoring a seventh-round TKO over Gundrick King at Madison Square Garden.
Perry is 5-1 in his last six bouts, with four wins coming by knockout.
An Olympic alternate for his native Ukraine, the 26-year-old southpaw Redkach will be making his fourth consecutive appearance at Roseland Ballroom when he squares off against his toughest opponent to date in Rivera. Promoter Lou DiBella predicts Redkach will one day reign as a world champion. The Rivera bout should serve as a gauging point to see how far away Redkach is from that prediction.
Rivera owns victories over three previously undefeated opponents during his 10-year career as well as a 12-round decision over [well-spent] former WBC featherweight champion Cesar Soto. Rivera has also recently been in with former champions Richard Abril and Joselito Lopez and undefeated contenders Sharif Bogere (23-0, 15KO's) and Mikey Farragon (18-0, 8KO's).
Also on the ten-bout card, Travis Peterkin (6-0) is set to take on Thomas Turner (3-2) in a six-round light heavyweight matchup, Patrick Day (1-0) will meet Dominique Foster (1-1-1) in a four-round junior middleweight matchup and Louis Cruz (1-0) will see action in a four-round junior welterweight matchup against Demond Brock (3-1).
For DiBella, a lifelong New Yorker, having grown up in Brooklyn, there is always something extra special about signing a New York prospect. It was DiBella, of course, who guided Brooklyn's Paulie Malignaggi from Golden Gloves champion to junior welterweight world champion and the esteemed promoter sees a lot of promise in his three young New Yorkers.
"Travis, Patrick and Louis are truly three of the bright young stars to come out of the amateur boxing scene in a long time," said DiBella. "We are excited to have them on our roster as this is the next generation of up-and-coming New York talent. This trio is going to be a staple on our Broadway Boxing cards and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to feature all three of them on our upcoming show on February 21, at Roseland Ballroom."
A complete list of the card, which will also feature WBC #10-rated junior welterweight Thomas Dulorme (16-1), lightweight Ivan Redkach (13-0) and welterweight Charlie Ota (21-1-1), all in separate eight-round bouts, will be announced shortly.
The event will be broadcast live on broadband through GFL.TV. SNY will broadcast the event tape-delayed. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000.