LAS VEGAS (June 8, 2005) – Russian born, Israeli raised heavyweight prospect Roman Greenberg (18-0, 13 KOs) fights Saturday night in Las Vegas for the second time in his career and he loves headlining in the modern-day Mecca of Boxing.
“It’s great,” Greenberg remarked about fighting in Las Vegas. “I’ve fought here once before, but this time it’s in the main event, and I can’t wait. I don’t feel any pressure fighting here, just excitement because this is the place – Las Vegas. I always take it one fight at a time, but this is serious because it’s the main event here.”
Saturday night’s show is promoted by Guilty Boxing in association with Fight Academy, INFOX Box Promotion, World Sports Promotions, BMI Airlines and Plaza Hotel & Casino.
The 23-year old, 6’3” Greenberg will fight Josh “The Griz” Gutcher (17-3, 13 KOs), of Des Moines, in the 10-round main event. Roman’s most significant win was against Julius Francis (WDEC10, December 10, 2004), who beat the man (Danny Williams) who beat the man (Mike Tyson). Another Greenberg victim (TKO3) was Troy Beets, who later captured the IBA Americas cruiserweight title and lost a 10-round decision in his last bout to former IBF titleholder Vassiliy Jirov.
Greenberg, rated No. 18 by the European Boxing Union, is a unique fighter who speaks four languages – Russian, Hebrew, German and English. He is also an Israeli Army veteran. He started boxing at the age of 11 in Haifa, Israel, posting a 47-5 amateur record, including a silver medal performance in the 2000 World Junior Championships.
“My overall ability is good,” Roman said. “But being a young heavyweight, I still have to mature and get stronger. My trainer, Jim Evans, says I need maturity to fight bigger and older guys. I think he’s right.”
Greenberg has fought three times in Miami and once in New York City. His Jewish supporters in the United States have made him comfortable fighting so far away from his home in Finchley, England. “I just go out there and do my job,” he commented, “but my Jewish fans have really supported me, especially in Miami. It’s nice to know people are out there supporting me. The United States is the place for boxing and it’s important for me to impress people here, especially promoters and television networks. It’s so important that I do my best Saturday night.”
Ukrainian light heavyweight champion Yuri Barash’yan (16-2, 11 KOs), rated No. 15 by the EBU, tangles with upset-minded Jesus Ruiz (18-4, 16 KOs) in an entertaining 10-round co-feature.
Six-round undercard bouts include Ukrainian light heavyweight Viatcheslav Uzelkov (3-0, 3 KOs) versus Jonathon Embry (2-1, 1 KO), of Los Angeles; Ukrainian super middleweight Viktor Zinoviev (3-0, 3 KOs) against Moses Matovu (2-4-1, 1 KO), of Las Vegas; welterweight George Bjania (1-0, 1 KO), of Los Angeles, takes on Jean Elissa (2-2-1, 1 KO), of Fresno. In four-round supporting matches, super bantamweight Larry Olvera (5-4-1, 4 KOs) faces TBA, while welterweight Alex Arbola (1-1) meets Manuel Garcia (0-0-1).
Tickets are priced at $40 and $25. The first bout starts at 7 PM. Call 630.258.8249 for more information.
Saturday evening’s show, featuring Greenberg-Gutcher, will be streamed on Secondsout.com (subscription basis required), as well as broadcast on Eurosport Television throughout Europe and Ukranian Television.