NEW YORK (October 18, 2005) – DiBella Entertainment's popular Broadway Boxing series will makes its Turning Stone Resort and Casino Event Center debut when the site sponsor hosts the Broadway Boxing "Friday Night Face Off" on October 21. The outstanding card will feature a pair of 10-round welterweight contests – Joshua Clottey vs. Marlon Thomas in the main event and Chris Smith vs. Tomas Barrientes in the co-feature.
Clottey (27-1, 20 K's), fighting out of the Bronx, New York, is a product of Accra, Ghana, which has produced the likes of boxing greats Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey. Thomas (32-5-1, 21 KOs), a Detroit, Michigan veteran, will provide a stiff challenge for the once-beaten Clottey, a top contender in the welterweight ranks.
The Smith-Barrientes tilt is for the NABA Interim welterweight championship. Smith (19-2-1, 12 KOs), fighting out of Queens, New York, is another of the many New York City-based boxers fighting under the DBE banner. Barrientes (27-8, 17 KOs), fighting out of Mercedes, Texas, will make the fight a highly-competitive match up as Smith attempts to recapture the NABA welterweight title.
The undercard is stocked with Upstate New York pugilists, which is sure to delight the fans in attendance at Turning Stone.
In an 8-round bout, Rochester's Russell Jordan (10-2, 6 KOs) squares off against Buffalo's Henry Humphrey (7-4, 6 KOs) in a battle for Upstate New York welterweight supremacy. Utica's highly regarded welterweight Jamar Patterson (3-0, 2 KOs) takes on Terrance Thomas (4-4-1) of Newburg, New York, in a 4-rounder. Two more 4-rounders complete the card: Rochester's Kenny Abril (3-2-1, 3 KOs) will face Shane Culver (1-1) of Philadelphia in yet another welterweight bout, while Vincent Arroyo (1-0, 2 KO) of Amherst, New York will meet Shane Gierke of Youngstown, Ohio in a 4-round junior welterweight bout.
Doors open at the Turning Stone Event Center at 6:30 PM with the first fight beginning at 7:30 PM. Tickets are priced at $75, $45, $35 and $25 are available at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino Box Office (877-833-SHOW) or through Ticketmaster (315-472-0700 or www.ticketmaster.com).
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2005
MSG NETWORK/FSN NEW ENGLAND/COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO/HDNET
TURNING STONE RESORT & CASINO/VERONA, NY
WELTERWEIGHTS - 10 ROUNDS
Joshua Clottey (27-1, 20 KOs) vs. Marlon Thomas (32-5-1, 21 KOs)
NABA INTERIM WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP - 10 ROUNDS
Chris Smith (19-2-1, 12 KOs) vs. Tomas Barrientes (27-8, 17 KOs)
WELTERWEIGHTS - 8 ROUNDS
Russell Jordan (10-2, 6 KOs) vs. Henry Humphrey 7-4 (6 KO's)
WELTERWEIGHTS - 4 ROUNDS
Jamar Patterson (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. Terrance Thomas (4-4-1)
WELTERWEIGHTS - 4 ROUNDS
Kenny Abril (3-2-1, 3 KOs) vs. Shane Culver (1-1)
JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS - 4 ROUNDS
Vincent Arroyo (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Shane Gierke (1-4, 1 KO)
Who will win? Wladimir Klitschko or Tyson Fury?