BROADWAY BOXING FINAL PRESSER QUOTES
New York, NY (6/8/12) - Yesterday afternoon before a packed room at the elegant Marco Polo Ristorante in Brooklyn, NY, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) held the final press conference for the next installment of Broadway Boxing coming next Thursday, June 14, at New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom. Headlining the card is Long Island's extremely popular undefeated light heavyweight prospect, "Irish" Seanie Monaghan (13-0, 8KO's) who will be fighting for his first title when he takes on Romero Johnson (11-6-1, 6KO's) with the WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight championship on the line. In addition to Monaghan, featured undercard participants Will "Power" Rosinsky, Gabriel "Tito" Bracero and Floriano "L'Italiano" Pagliara were also in attendance.
After the Director of Public Relations for DiBella Entertainment, Kevin Rooney Jr. thanked everyone for coming out and acknowledged those involved with the card, he spotted newly crowned WBA Welterweight Champion Paulie Malignaggi in attendance and presented him with the challenge of DBE's WBA #3 rated welterweight Thomas Dulorme (14-0, 11KO's), who will also be fighting on June 14. Brooklyn's Malignaggi, set to make the first defense of his belt in October at the Barclays Center, smiled and said, "You are a matchmaker now too?," which sent the room into an uproar of laughter.
Below are additional quotes from the presser.
Kevin Rooney Jr.- "This is going to be another exciting and entertaining night of boxing come June 14. It shows that when you put together exciting and compelling cards that boxing is still alive and well, especially throughout the NY area (the card on the 14th will be the third consecutive sellout for the Broadway Boxing series in 2012). From top to bottom, this card has a little bit of everything. As a fan, not only are you given the opportunity to see great fights, but also to see some of DBE's top up-and-coming talent, as we are featuring two of the hottest prospects on the DBE roster in Thomas Dulorme and Ivan Redkach. These are two fighters that both have the ability to become superstars in the near future, and what better way to showcase them than before a sold-out crowd in New York City."
Regarding the main event, Rooney added, "This is Seanie's first main event and for everyone who has had the opportunity to see Seanie fight, you know every time he steps into that ring that you are going to see a helluva fight. Seanie is a throwback fighter. He has no fear inside him, he presses the action and he loves to mix it up. He continues to improve every time he steps in that ring and we believe that this will be the first of many DBE cards that Seanie will headline in the future."
Seanie Monaghan- "A lot of people always comment on my amateur career, and it is true, I did have a short amateur career, but as you can see I have continued to get better and continued to improve and learn new things each and every training camp. I have been sparring with a number of top guys and I have been giving them absolute hell. This is my first main event and I am really looking to impress come fight night and put on a great performance."
Will Rosinsky - "When they offered me the Aaron Pryor Jr. fight there was no hesitation, I said I wanted it right away.He has been in with some of the top guys in the super middleweight division, so for me to move forward with my career, this is a guy whom I have to get past. Some people may say that he is on his way out, I am not sure how he feels about it, but I plan on helping him make that decision crystal clear on June 14. I am in great shape and plan on putting on a great performance come fight night. For me, it's not only about winning but making it fun to watch, and if that means I have to get in the trenches and go to war, then I am prepared to do that."
Gabriel Bracero - "I am excited to be here and excited to be getting back in the ring and moving forward with my career.The loss in my last fight was more of a blessing than anything else. It has made me more focused. I have been training harder now, and I am in the best shape of my life, way better than I was before. I want to thank everyone involved with my career, my trainer Tommy Gallagher and all of the staff at DBE.I look forward to putting on an amazing performance for everyone on June 14."
Floriano Pagliara - "I am very happy to be here today. This is very emotional for me. Four years ago when I left Italy to come here, I had nothing. I had no home, I had no friends, I couldn't speak any English. Now I stand in front of you here today and can say that this is my new home. I have great people around me, and I am looking forward to putting on a good performance for everyone who comes out to show their continued support for me and my career next Thursday."
Doors opens at 6PM with the first fight scheduled for 7PM. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45, with a limited number of VIP tables available for purchase as well. VIP tickets are priced at $150, and there are four seats to a table. VIP Tickets can be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577. Regular priced tickets can be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet, visiting Ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets at all price ranges are nearly sold out, so act fast.
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