SHAW TO FEATURE LIGHTWEIGHTS ON ESPN2
Press Release: Gary Shaw Productions presents ESPN2's Friday Night Fights on August 9, 2013 at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif. In the main event, lightweights Rustam Nagaev (24-6, 14 KOs) and Jose Hernandez (14-6-1, 6 KOs) battle in a ten-round bout. The broadcast will also feature Jose Pedraza (13-0, 9 KOs) vs. Gabriel Tomalyjan (13-2-1, 3 KOs) in a ten-round super-featherweight bout.
The undercard will showcase a number of talented fighters. Emmanuel Tagoe (21-1, 8 KOs) and Gerardo Robles (16-11, 7 KOs) clash in a twelve-round juniuor lightweight bout. Popular slugger, Alex Luna (14-0, 10 KOs) and Christopher Rivera (5-12-1, 4 KOs) will battle in a six-round lightweight bout. Unbeaten Roy Tapia (5-0-1, 2 KOs) and Eliezer Agosto (2-2, 2 KOs) square off in six-round super bantamweight bout. Edgardo Laboy (6-0, 3 KOs) and Jose Iniguez (6-16, 1 KO) fight in a six-round super bantamweight bout. Super welterweight Arnold Barboza (1-0) will face a fighter to be announced.
After back-to-back knockouts against Daniel Attah (28-15-1, 8 KOs) and Jonathan Maicelo (19-1, 11 KOs), Russian born Nagaev is marching towards title contention. "This will be my third fight back after an extensive layoff and I feel unstoppable at the moment," said Nagaev. "I'm very grateful to Gary Shaw for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talents on national TV for the second time this year. Fighting in the main event is awesome and I promise to give the fans another great fight. Like always I'm coming to knockout my opponent."
"Rustam is a very respectable young man who has a fighting style that people want to see," Shaw said. "I told him if he keeps on winning, I would be a man of my word and get him some television exposure. He's looked real good in his last two fights and I expect the same on August 9th."
Puerto Rico's undefeated Jose "Sniper" Pedraza is up against a very game Gabriel Tomalyjan. Pedraza said, "Tomalyjan is very tough and I know I'll have to be ready to go to war when we step in the ring against each other," said Pedraza. "I feel I'm ready to take my career to the next level and these are the type of fights I have to win. I'm hungry and I feel I'm the better fighter."
"Pedraza has been touted as the next big star to come from Puerto Rico but he hasn't fought anyone," said Tomalyjan. "In my last fight I beat Jorge Maysonet Jr. (11-1) who was also highly regarded as the next star from Puerto Rico. I ended Maysonet's undefeated streak and I plan on doing the same against Pedraza."
"Pedraza vs. Tomalyjan is a fan-friendly fight and the winner goes on to bigger and better things," stated Shaw. "These are the fights the fans want to see and may the best man win."
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Morongo Casino Box office or by calling the Box office hotline at (951) 755-5391.