In exactly two weeks, on Thursday, June 14, DiBella Entertainment returns to New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom for the latest installment of its Broadway Boxing series. The card is headlined by Long Island’s fan-favorite undefeated light heavyweight prospect, “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (13-0, 8KO’s). The card, eight bouts in all, will also feature world-rated welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (14-0, 11KO’s), widely considered to be one of the top up-and-coming fighters in the sport today.
The other six bouts on the card will showcase some of the New York area’s most exciting and popular fighters including Will Rosinsky, Gabriel Bracero, Boyd Melson, Sonya Lamonakis and Floriano Pagliara, all in separate bouts.
Rosinsky (15-1, 9KO’s), a four-time New York Golden Glove Champion, is set to square off against the very dangerous Aaron Pryor Jr. (16-5, 11KO’s) in an eight-round light heavyweight showdown. Rosinsky bounced back nicely after suffering his first pro defeat at the hands of top-rated contender Edwin Rodriguez on SHOWTIME last October, by handing out a vicious beating on his way to scoring a third-round TKO over Zane Marks on the most recent Broadway Boxing card in New York back on March 7.
Rosinsky is looking to work his way back into a major fight but he must first get past Pryor. Pryor, the son of hall-of-famer Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, is 2-3 in his last five fights, but the three losses have come against top-level opposition in Adonis Stevenson, the aforementioned Edwin Rodriguez and Thomas Oosthuizen. Pryor’s last two wins have come against WBA #4 rated super middleweight Dyah Davis and three-time world title challenger Librado Andrade.
Looking to follow in Rosinsky’s footsteps and regroup from his first pro defeat will be the former NABF light welterweight champion, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (18-1, 3KO’s), as he takes on Jermain White (17-4, 9KO’s) in an eight-round junior welterweight matchup. Bracero was defeated in his last outing by former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, who most recently upset top-rated contender Paul McCloskey, stopping the Irishman in Ireland on May 5.
After tasting the canvas three times in the first five rounds of their scheduled 10-round contest, Bracero bravely and gamely got himself back into the fight, eventually sending Corley to the canvas in an action-packed eighth. In the end, though, it was a little too late, as Bracero dropped a close unanimous decision by scores of 96-90 and 94-92 twice. Bracero is determined to put the Corley defeat behind him and climb back up the ladder of the junior welterweight rankings.
Boyd “The Rainmaker” Melson (8-1, 4KO’s) will also attempt to get himself back into the win column, as he vies against Enrique Gallegos (6-5, 1KO) in a six-round junior middleweight matchup. Melson is coming off easily the most exciting fight staged as part of the Broadway Boxing series thus far in 2012 against fellow unbeaten prospect Delen Parsley. In an absolute war on March 7, Melson dropped Parsley once in the second and sixth rounds before tasting the canvas himself in the eighth and final stanza. Just when it looked as though Parsley was going to earn himself a stoppage, Melson stormed back rocking Parsley again toward the end of the frame. After eight raucous rounds, Parsley was awarded a narrow unanimous decision, winning by scores of 75-74, and 76-73 twice.
Every time that Sonya Lamonakis (6-0-1, 1KO) steps into the ring, one thing is for certain, you are going to be in for a treat, especially when she is matched up against Tiffany Woodard (4-6-2, 3KO’s). The bout on June 14 will be third matchup between Lamonakis and Woodard, and if you had the pleasure of seeing either of the first two, you know that you will not be disappointed. Lamonakis owns two razor thin six-round decisions over Woodard, once each in 2010 and 2011. Now the two will have the chance to do it all over again when they face off in an eight-round female heavyweight showdown.
Rounding out the card will be junior lightweight Floriano Pagliara (12-4-1, 7KO’s) challenging Rynell Griffin (6-9-2, 2KO’s). The bout is scheduled for six rounds.
Pagliara is of Italian descent but is now living and training out of Brooklyn, NY. Pagliara made his successful Broadway Boxing debut on the March 7card at B.B. King Blues Club dominating James Lester over six action-packed rounds.
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. Tickets can be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577. Call soon as tickets are already going fast and a third consecutive sellout for the Broadway Boxing series is expected.