LAS VEGAS, February 17 - Lanardo Tyner and Ryan Davis may be stepping into the Las Vegas backyard of their opponents, Jessie Vargas and Deandre Latimore, at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nev. on Friday, February 24, but that's nothing new for these road warriors. The stakes will be higher than usual though, with the fights being broadcast live on a ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader. With the Las Vegas and SHOWTIME lights shining brightly on the ring, it's a safe bet that there will be fireworks at The Joint next Friday.
In the welterweight main event, the unbeaten Vargas (17-0, 9 KO's) squares off against Detroit's Tyner, while in the junior middleweight co-feature, contender Latimore (22-3, 17 KO's) faces East St. Louis, Illinois' Davis.
Both bouts, which are presented by Mayweather Promotions, are scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME® at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Doors open on fight night at 6:00 p.m. with the first fight beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets, priced at $100, $60, $30, $25, along with a limited number of VIP suite seats priced at $125, are on sale now and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
A well-traveled veteran of the fight game who hails from the boxing-rich city of Detroit, Michigan, 36-year-old Lanardo Tyner (25-6-2, 15 KO's) holds wins over the likes of former World Champion "Vicious" Vivian Harris and highly touted prospect Antwone Smith. The seven-year professional has also taken current World Champions Canelo Alvarez and Lamont Peterson the distance. Eager to put himself in the welterweight contender's race, "The Pain Server" will look to live up to his nickname on Feb. 24.
Over the last few years, "Dangerous" Ryan Davis (23-9-3, 9 KO's) has fought everywhere from Las Vegas to Youngstown, Ohio to San Jose, California to Munich, Germany, so taking on Deandre Latimore in his hometown won't be anything new for the tough 33-year-old who has faced stiff competition such as David Lopez, Carlos Bojorquez and former World Champion Zab "Super" Judah. Unbeaten in four of his last five fights, with his only loss coming to then 23-0 Dominik Britsch last July, Davis has the opportunity of a lifetime coming up on Feb. 24, and he's ready to roll the dice in Vegas.
A full undercard will be announced shortly.
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