The explosive June 29th HBO Boxing After Dark® triple-header, headlined by WBA/IBO champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (26-0, 23 KOs) champion defending against Ireland’s top-rated former world title challenger Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin (29-4, 20 KOs), will also showcase a loaded undercard at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods ® Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
The highly anticipated event is promoted by K2 Promotions and DiBella Entertainment. The Golovkin-Macklin 12-round main event, as well as a pair of 10-round bouts between IBO super middleweight titlist Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen (21-0-1, 13 KOs) and Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (17-0, 10 KOs) in the co-feature, and NABF super welterweight champion Willie “The Great” Nelson (20-1-1, 12 KOs) defending against Argentinian-invader Luciano Leonel “El Principito” Cuello (32-2, 16 KOs), will all be televised live on HBO® beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Providing chief support for the non-televised portion is an eight-round super lightweight match between local favorite Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (20-1, 7 KOs) and veteran Hector “The Hurricane” Munoz (21-10-1, 14 KOs). O’Connor, fighting out of nearby Framingham (MA), was a 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate. The 28-year-old southpaw is riding a six-fight win streak, since suffering his lone professional loss, during which time he has added head trainer Ronnie Shields to his corner, and Dropkick Murphys band founder/frontman Kenny Casey as his manager.
Munoz has been a gatekeeper, of sorts, in the welterweight and light welterweight divisions having fought world-class opponents such as Ed Paredes, Shawn Porter, Mike Jones and Antonin DeCarie.
Another top New England prospect, unbeaten New Haven (CT) junior featherweight Luis “KO King” Rosa Jr., puts his perfect record on the line in an eight-round match against Mexican veteran Jose Angel “Pepe” Beranza (36-26-2, 28 KOs). Rosa captured a gold medal at the 2008 National PAL Championships, while Beranza os a former WBC Latino bantamweight champion.
Also set to fight on the undercard is undefeated super welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison (15-0, 9 KOs), fighting out of Washington D.C., Harrison is set to take on Ben Ankrah (17-15, 8KOs) in a scheduled six rounder.
Rounding out the card is fellow undefeated prospect and former Emmanuel Steward protégé, Tony Harrison (13-0, 10KO’s) of Detroit, MI. Harrison is set to take on an opponent TBA. The bout is scheduled for six rounds in the junior middleweight division.
All fights and fighters are subject to change.