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

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.

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Reyes wins
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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, or follow @Firefistboxing on Instagram.


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)

Reyes faces his most experienced opponent October 6 in St. Petersburg, FL

Reyes faces his most experienced opponent October 6 in St. Petersburg, FL

Tampa, FL (September 25, 2018) – Welterweight standout Mark Reyes Jr. will now face 49 fight veteran Juan Jesus Rivera of Mexico as part of Fire Fist Boxing Promotions’ “Night of Champions.”

The card takes place Saturday, October 6 at the St. Petersburg Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL and tickets are on sale at VIP tickets can be purchased by calling 813-734-2461.

Fighting out of Aguascalientes, Mexico, Rivera is the third foe scheduled to challenge Reyes and has a significant experience advantage. The 37-year-old turned pro when Reyes was in elementary school and faced many noteworthy opponents including Abel Ramos, Dillon Cook, Travell Maizon, Malik Hawkins, 2016 US Olympian Charles Conwell, Samuel Vargas and Dierry Jean. Rivera’s coming off a decision loss to highly-touted Blair Cobbs in July.

Born and raised in Tampa, FL, Reyes’ record is a perfect one at 7-0 with 5 victories by KO. In June, he destroyed veteran Javier Garcia in less than a round. Reyes brings an exciting style and has a large fan base that continues to grow.

Reyes-Rivera is slated for 8 rounds and the winner claims the ABF Continental Americas welterweight title.

A total of 11 fights are scheduled including Willian Silva, Noemi Bosques, Avril Mathie, Ozodbek Aripov, Ramon De La Paz, Joseph Fernandez, Jose Medina and Antonio Moran in separate bouts.

All fights and fighters are sanctioned by the Florida State Athletic Commission and subject to change.

For more information, please visit, or on Instagram @Firefistboxing.

Reyes Jr with children at Tampa's Children's Cancer Center. Reyes Jr. recently did a clinic for 18 children suffering from cancer or with a sibling battling the disease.

Reyes Jr with children at Tampa’s Children’s Cancer Center. Reyes Jr. recently did a clinic for 18 children suffering from cancer or with a sibling battling the disease.

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Tampa, FL (September 20, 2018) – Tampa native and unbeaten welterweight Mark Reyes Jr. recently spent time at the local Children’s Cancer Center where he hosted a special boxing clinic.

On September 15, a total of 18 children between ages 5 and 13 participated in the fun-filled clinic. During the hour long session, Reyes Jr. brought smiles to many young faces. The kids had a lot of energy and were excited to learn about boxing from one of Tampa’s young stars.

All participants were battling cancer or had a sibling fighting the disease. Reyes Jr. lost multiple family members to cancer and is strongly committed to helping knockout the disease. The 22-year-old is especially sensitive when it comes to children’s cancer.

“As a father of two, I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like for kids and their families to go through this,” said Reyes, who has a record of 7-0 with 5 knockouts and fights October 6 for the ABF Continental Americas welterweight title at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. “To fight such a vicious disease so early in their life is a very difficult task. It’s incredible that after everything the children and their siblings went through they can still smile. These kids are real heroes.”

Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster and VIP tickets can be purchased by calling 813-734-2461.

Mathie looks go capture the ABF bantamweight championship October 6 in St. Petersburg

Mathie looks go capture the ABF bantamweight championship October 6 in St. Petersburg

Tampa, FL (September 11, 2018) – Undefeated bantamweight and famed swimsuit model Avril Mathie will face Samantha Salazar Fire Fist Boxing’s “Night of Champions” card Saturday, October 6 at the St. Petersburg Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL.

Originally from Australia and now fighting out of Miami, FL at the Famous 5th Street Gym, Mathie is a globally recognized swimsuit model. She won Miss Hawaiian Tropic Australia in 2012, the 2014 Miss Swimsuit USA International as well as the 2015 Las Vegas International Model Search. Mathie however is more than just a pretty face.

The 31-year-old Mathie had 20 amateur boxing matches between her native Australia and the US. During her amateur career, Mathie regularly fought more experienced opponents and did so in a number of different weight classes while still winning most of her fights.

Mathie turned pro this past February and her record stands at 2-0 with both victories coming via first round KO’s. Her next opponent however is a significant step up in competition.

Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Salazar has a 5-5-1 record and is riding a three-fight win streak. She’s faced stiff competition including bouts against former Olympian Marlen Esparza, highly-touted Rosalinda Rodriguez and Casey Morton, all of whom are undefeated.

“I’ve watched some footage on her,” Mathie said of Salazar. “She’s a decent fighter but I’ve seen weaknesses that I intend to exploit.”

Mathie-Salazar is scheduled for six rounds and is for the ABF bantamweight title.

“We are proud to have Avril and also St. Petersburg’s very own Noemi Bosques fighting on October 6,” said Jody Caliguire of Fire Fist Boxing Promotions. “This is going to be an excellent night of boxing and I expect both women to shine.”

An 11 fight card, “Night of Champions” is headlined by a ten round bout featuring 135 pound contender Willian
“Babyface” Silva against Jose Forero for the ABF lightweight title.

All fights and fighters are sanctioned by the Florida State Athletic Commission and subject to change.

For more information, please visit, or on Instagram @Firefistboxing.