NEW YORK; (May 8, 2013) After spending almost 3 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, undefeated light heavyweight prospect Yathomas Riley will return to battle on Saturday, MAY 11 against Buffalo, New York’s Lionell Thompson at The Paramount in Huntington, New York it was announced today by Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing.
Sporting a record of 8-0-0 with six knockouts, the hard-hitting southpaw enters the eight round co-main event at “ROCKIN FIGHTS 8” following a prolonged legal battle that saw him holed up in a Florida jail after being wrongly accused of attempted murder in the South Florida town of Homestead.
“I’m very excited to get back in the ring on MAY 11” said Riley. “This has obviously been a very trying time for me dealing with the false accusations and not fighting for the last three years.”
“But my goal is a World Championship, nothing less just like it always has been. This fight against Thompson gets me back on that track” continued Riley. “I didn’t want an easy fight, I wanted to get right back in the mix.”
Prior to the false allegations and his subsequent incarceration for over two years, Riley had won three successive bouts by stoppage, all inside of two rounds.
“It was a very unfortunate situation what happened to Yathomas, he was a very impressive light heavyweight prospect,” said DeGuardia. “Coming back he said he wasn’t interested in a tune up, he wanted a real solid guy and Thompson certainly fits the bill.”
The 27-year-old Thompson, 13-2-0 (9KO’s), is coming off a second round knockout of perennial contender Chuck Mussachio on FEBRUARY 23 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Last year Thompson traveled to Quebec, Canada on MAY 19 to challenge world ranked contender Nicholson Poulard, losing a very close, ten round split decision to the hometown favorite.
“ROCKIN FIGHTS 8” is headlined by a heavyweight slugfest between local favorite Vinny Maddalone and undefeated prospect Richard Carmack of Kansas City, Missouri.
Yathomas Riley will join Maddalone, Carmack and other participants at the final press conference on Thursday (5/9/13) at the Inn at Fox Hollow’s Winter Garden Room at 12pm.
Advance tickets priced at $50, $100, $150 and $200 are now on sale through Ticketmaster, (www.Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000) or through The Paramount Box Office, (631) 673-7300 in addition to the Star Boxing Office, (718) 823-2000 or on their website, www.StarBoxing.com. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7PM with the first bell at 8PM.
The Paramount is located at 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, New York, 11743. For directions and more information, please visit their website at www.paramountny.com