Agbeko moves to 22-1 following an impressive victory over Brian Vera PHOTO CREDIT - Karen Orozco

Agbeko moves to 22-1 following an impressive victory over Brian Vera
PHOTO CREDIT – Karen Orozco


Murfreesboro, TN (December 11, 2018) – Super middleweight rising star Sena “African Assassin” Agbeko scored a career best victory when he topped longtime contender Brian Vera, 26-14 (16 KO’s) Saturday, December 8th.

The TriStar Boxing promoted event was Murfreesboro, TN’s first pro boxing card in more than 20 years and took place at the Mid-TN Expo.

Agbeko took a big step up in competition against Austin, TX’s Brian Vera. Vera, who has wins over Andy Lee, Sergiy Dzinziruk and Sergio Mora among others, looked to overwhelm Agbeko but the Nashville transplant wouldn’t be taken off his game.

Agbeko, who is originally from Ghana, worked behind a solid jab and straight right hand while displaying excellent movement to mostly keep Vera out of range. The gutsy Vera had a few moments of success but Agbeko weathered the storm and won convincingly.

Scores were 79-73 on all three scorecards.

“It feels good to have gotten this win, said Agbeko,” who is now 22-1 with 18 wins by knockout. “This was my first real step up and I’m looking forward to an even bigger challenge in my next fight. The goal is to keep moving up in the rankings and get in position for a title shot.”

Matt Young of TriStar Boxing Promotions was pleased with Agbeko’s performance and the return of boxing to Murfreesboro.

“Sena fought an excellent fight,” said Young, who works as a local firefighter and grew up in Murfreesboro. “We’re hoping to have him fight a ten rounder in his next fight against a respectable opponent. I owe a special thanks to all the fans that came out Saturday night and everybody that played a part in making this card happen. It was a dream of mine to promote a show in my hometown and we hope to return in the future.”

TriStar Boxing’s next show is taking place in 2019 and official particulars will be announced shortly. For more information on TriStar Boxing, please visit tristarboxing.com or facebook.com/tristarboxing.

UNDERCARD RESULTS:

Lightweights – Austin “The Dream” Dulay KO1 Corey Edwards
Heavyweights – Rydell “Super” Mayes KO1 Demetrius Shaw
Heavyweights – Dylan Courson KO1 Demonte Cherry
Heavyweights – Khalil Smoot UD4 Michael Davis

Perrella with head trainer Michael Nowling (R) and new coach Jesse Reid (L)

Perrella with head trainer Michael Nowling (R) and new coach Jesse Reid (L)


Fort Myers, FL (November 19, 2018) – Welterweight contender Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella recently returned from a two week training camp in Las Vegas, NV. Along with head trainer Michael Nowling and strength coach Pat Wilson, Perrella made his presence felt in multiple Sin City gyms.

During his trip, the Fort Myers, FL native sparred and worked out with some of boxing’s best, something Perrella acknowledges he needed to take his career to the next level.

“We’ve wanted to do this for a long time and I’m thrilled my team made this trip a reality. My time in Vegas showed me that I’ve got what it takes to compete with the best and this is the kind of training environment needed to be a top fighter.”

Perrella’s outstanding work ethic and boxing skills created a buzz during gym sessions. The man Perrella left the biggest impact on was none other than legendary trainer Jesse Reid.

“Jesse was on hand for my sparring sessions against a top fighter,” said Perrella. “He told me he was impressed with how I performed and asked how he could help me. We had a great talk and he’ll be joining Team Perrella as a coach. This is an incredible honor because Jesse worked with many of the all-time greats. His boxing brain and presence will have an immediate impact.”

Perrella, 15-2 (13 KO’s), is targeting a return in early 2019 and prefers to do so against a top opponent.

“I’ve only gotten better since the Collazo fight and I went into full beast mode in Vegas. My confidence is at an all-time high and I’m ready to show the world that I’ve taken my career to the next level.”

Fans can follow Bryant on Instagram @BryantPerrella or Facebook.com/TeamPerrella.

Baltimore Boxing's "Thanksgiving Eve Bash" takes places November 21 at Michael's Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie

Baltimore Boxing’s “Thanksgiving Eve Bash” takes places November 21 at Michael’s Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie


Baltimore, MD (November 1, 2018) – Baltimore Boxing Promotions returns to Michael’s Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie, MD for an exciting night of Olympic-style boxing Wednesday, November 21.
Known as the biggest party day of the year, Baltimore Boxing’s starting the party early with doors opening at 6:30 pm and the first bell scheduled to sound at 8:15.

$40 reserved seating and $60 VIP tickets are on sale now by calling 410-375-9175 or going to Baltimoreboxing.com. All VIP ticketholders can enjoy complementary food prior to the first bout.

Five-time world champion and subject of the “Bleed for This” Movie Vinny Paz will be on hand as a special guest to meet with fans throughout the evening.

Baltimore native Walter Sanders will be featured in one of the evening’s marquee matchups. One of the best multi-sport athletes to come from the Charm City, Sanders starred at basketball, track and field and football at Mergenthaler Vocational (MERVO) High School where he became the school’s all-time leading rusher. He received many offers to play basketball or football in college, ultimately attending St. Augustine University in Raleigh, NC where he was able to play both sports.

The 5’8 Sanders became St. Augustine’s all-time leading rusher, was Conference Player of the Year and had 5 NFL teams scouting him. After graduating in 3 ½ years, he signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent and was a member of their practice squad in 2011.

Following time on Team America, a football team that traveled throughout the world for games, Sanders returned to Baltimore and became a county firefighter. Looking for a new athletic challenge, he reconnected with an old teacher whose husband is a longtime boxing trainer and the rest is history.

Fighting out of the Sweet Science Boxing & Fitness under longtime boxing mastermind Dave Sewell, Sanders is 2-0 with 2 first round knockouts. He looks to win his third straight when he battles Baltimore Boxing’s Sam Acuff for the Maryland Light Heavyweight title.

Women’s standout Lisa Bodenberg looks to continue her winning ways when she faces an opponent to be named. She’s been impressive thus far, only being defeated by the elite Amelia Moore. Her resume outside of the ring however will be hard to top.

The 31-year-old served as an active duty member of the Marines from 2006-2011 before being Honorable Discharged. She is currently a Marine Reserve in the Aviation Squadron and assisted relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Florida’s Hurricane Irma. She’s also competed in multiple bodybuilding and fitness competitions.
Her opponent will be announced shortly.

“Walter and Lisa are two of the most accomplished people to fight for me,” said Jake Smith of Baltimore Boxing Promotions. “It is truly a thing of beauty that a professional football player that was once one of Baltimore’s best athletes and a service member saw their paths take them to boxing, a sport they’ve both excelled at thus far. Make sure to come out on the 21st for a great evening of boxing and entertainment.”

Highly-touted Deshawn Chase meets Ricky Foxwell while Steven Sparks and Tyler Langley will appear in separate bouts.

There will be a total of approximately 10 fights and for more information, visit Baltimoreboxing.com.

Agbeko, 21-1, takes a significant step up in competition when he faces Bryan Vera December 8 in Murfreesboro, TN

Agbeko, 21-1, takes a significant step up in competition when he faces Bryan Vera December 8 in Murfreesboro, TN


Nashville, TN (October 16, 2018) – Tri-Star Boxing Promotions will host Murfreesboro, TN’s first pro boxing card in more than a quarter century when they present “Beatdown in the Boro” Saturday, December 8 at The Mid-TN Expo Center.

Doors open at 6 pm and tickets for “Beatdown in the Boro” will be on sale shortly at Tristarboxing.com.

Headlining is an intriguing eight round super middleweight showdown between Nashville’s Sena “African Assassin” Agbeko and longtime contender Bryan Vera of Austin, TX.

Originally from Accra, Ghana, the heavy-handed Agbeko’s outstanding professional record is 21-1 with 18 wins by knockout. In March, Agbeko outpointed Lawrence Blakey in Nashville and made it known he was eager to take on tougher opposition. Since defeating Blakey, Agbeko’s spent time training with many of the world’s top fighters in Las Vegas.

Recognized as one of the toughest and most exciting fighters on the planet, Vera’s never backed down from a challenge. His professional ledger is 26-13 with 16 wins by knockout and he’s been on boxing’s biggest stage multiple times. Vera has two wins against former world champion Sergio Mora along with knockout victories over former titlists Sergiy Dzinziruk and Andy Lee.

The tough Texan also shared the squared circle with James Kirkland, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (twice), Willie Monroe Jr., Matt Korobov and Rocky Fielding among others. At 36, Vera looks to knock off Agbeko and have another run at the top.

“This is going to be the biggest fight for a local boxer in quite some time and it’s truly an honor to host the first fight card in more than a quarter century in my hometown,” said Matt Young, a Murfreesboro native and founder of Tri-Star Boxing. “Sena told us adamantly that he wants to step up the competition and Bryan Vera is the kind of opponent he was looking for. We’re expecting to see the best Sena Agbeko to date but he’s still in for a tough fight.”

Murfreesboro’s Rydell “Super” Mayes, 1-0 (1 KO), will face an opponent to be named in a four round heavyweight contest. A standout football player at Riverdale high school, Mayes scored an impressive knockout in his pro debut July 28.

Lightweight Austin “The Dream” Dulay looks to get back to his winning ways following his first career defeat when he faces an opponent to be named. Born and raised in Nashville, Dulay has an excellent 11-1 record with 8 victories by KO.

Popular Nashville native Eduardo “Chachi” Aguilar meets 15 fight veteran Carl Currie of Robbins, IL over four rounds. The two met July 28 and fought to a thrilling draw.

Unbeaten Memphis, TN based junior middleweight Mike Cook, 9-0 (4 KO’s), and heavyweight Dylan Courson, 2-1 (2 KO’s), of Rome, GA are slated to appear in separate bouts against opponents TBD.

Additional undercard fights will be announced shortly.

For more information, please visit Tristarboxing.com or Facebook.com/Tristarboxing.

Reyes wins
For Immediate Release

St. Petersburg, FL (October 11, 2018) – Welterweight Mark Reyes Jr. Captured the ABF Continental Americas title with a third round stoppage of Mexico’s Juan Garces Saturday, October 6.

“Night of Champions” was promoted by Fire Fist Boxing Promotions and the 11 bout card took place in front of a standing room only crowd at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL.

The card was broadcast live on Fite.TV and featured ringside commentary from Fire Fist Boxing Promotions’ very own Connor “The Kid” Coyle.

With a large group of supporters on hand, Reyes got off to a fast start and buzzed Garces with a hard right cross in the opening stanza. The popular 22-year-old Tampa native had a clear speed advantage and was able to consistently beat Garces to the punch in the second, though Garces did land a few good shots.

At the beginning of round three, Reyes threw a body shot that accidentally landed on Garces’ inner thigh. Garces immediately crashed to the canvas and appeared to be in significant pain. After an extended delay, Graces couldn’t continue and Reyes was awarded a TKO victory.

“It was an accidental low blow but I hit him on the thigh,” Reyes said following the victory. “I hurt him to the body in the second and he tried to use this as an opportunity to quit because he didn’t want to fight.”

Reyes dedicated his victory to the Children’s Cancer Center of Tampa. Team Reyes raised funds for the Children’s Cancer Center by donating all proceeds from fight night merchandise sales.

Reyes is now 8-0 with 6 KO’s while Garces slips to 28-22 (18 KO’s).

Lightweight contender Willian “Babyface” Silva of Plant City, FL by way of Brazil became the ABF Continental Lightweight champion by dominating game Panamanian Jose Forero en-route to a 9th round stoppage. Silva displayed excellent boxing skills and was in complete control during the first eight rounds. In the 9th, Silva decked Forero hard and a follow up barrage forced the stoppage at 1:49.

Silva improves his professional ledger to 26-2 with 15 victories by KO. Forero is 13-8-1 (11 KO’s).

“I’m very pleased with the way Mark and Willian performed,” said Jody Caliguire of Fire Fist Boxing Promotions. “Mark was on his way to a stoppage victory and I truly believe his opponent was looking to pick up a disqualification win by adding some theatrics after being punched on the thigh. Willian put on an absolute clinic and is looking to get right back in with a top opponent in the very near future.”

Bantamweights Avril Mathie of Miami Beach, FL by way of Australia and Dallas, TX’s Samantha Salazar battled to a thrilling six round draw in a match up for the Women’s ABF Continental Americas 118 pound title. In what was without question the fight of the night, Mathie and Salazar fearlessly exchanged punches throughout the contest. After the final bell, both women were met with a round of applause.

Scores were 58-56 Mathie, 58-56 Salazar and 57-57.

Mathie is 2-0-1 with 2 KO’s and Salazar’s record is 5-5-1.

Junior middleweight Ozodbek Aripov of Fort Myers, FL earned a six round shutout victory over tough Miami, FL native Clifford Gray. Aripov, a physical fighter with a crowd friendly style, scored two knockdowns and never stopped moving forward.

All three judges scored the bout 60-52 for Aripov, who is now 4-0 (2 KO’s).

2016 Argentinean Olympian Alberto Palmetta, 9-1 (5 KO’s) stopped veteran Javier Garcia, 8-18-1 (3 KO’s), following the third third of a six round welterweight contest. The confident Palmetta displayed flashy skills and impressive ring generalship, pummeling Garcia from the opening bell.

Fire Fist Boxing Promotions returns to The Coliseum Saturday, February 16 and features the return of Connor Coyle. For more information and updates, please visit Firefistboxing.net, Facebook.com/firefistboxing or follow @Firefistboxing on Instagram.

OTHER RESULTS:

Super Flyweights: Crystal Hoy (6-8-4, 3 KO’s – Las Vegas, NV) TKO3 Noemi Bosques (11-12-3, 2 KO’s – St. Petersburg, FL)

Junior Welterweights: Joseph Fernandez (8-3-3, 1 KO – St. Petersburg, FL) UD6 Tobias Green (7-3, 2 KO’s – West Palm Beach, FL)

Heavyweights: Hector Hodge (2-3 – Miami, FL) DQ1 Jose Medina (4-1, 1 KO – Lake Wales, FL)

Welterweights: Ramon De La Paz (5-0, 2 KO’s – Tampa, FL) UD6 Larry Yanez (4-11-2 – Miami, FL)

Junior Lightweights: Antonio Moran (1-0, 1 KO – Tampa, FL) KO1 Benny Rodriguez Jr. (0-2, Miami, FL)

Light Heavyweights: Marcos Escudero (5-0, 4 KO’s – Buenos Aires, Argentina) TKO1 Brian Stevens (1-6, 1 KO – Marathon, FL)