Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presents the return of one of the most exciting Heavyweights in the world when New York’s Vinny Maddalone takes on Mike Shepperd in the ten round main event live from the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City on Saturday night October 22nd.
The show will be broadcast nationwide on Azteca America beginning at 10pm (EST).
In the televised main event, undefeated Jr. Welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano will take on tough as nails, Angel Rios in a bout scheduled for ten rounds.
Maddalone (33-7-0, 24 KO’s) is known for his blood and guts fighting style. Many of his past battles have been Fight of the Year candidates and he always thrills the crowd with his sheer power and aggressiveness.
Maddalone is prepared to make one last run at Heavyweight glory in hopes of landing that elusive opportunity to challenge for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. He has bravely battled the division’s elite, including former World Champions Tomasz Adamek, Jean Marc Mormeck and legendary four-time Heavyweight Champion of the World Evander Holyfield. Despite coming up short in those bouts, the experience gained in those fights have prepared Maddalone in his quest to score a career revitalizing victory to get him back in a marquee fight at the top of the Heavyweight Division.
Maddalone will be returning to the ring for the first time since losing to Adamek ten months ago.
Shepperd of Palestine, West Virginia is riding a five bout winning streak highlighted by his first round stoppage over 12-1 prospect Justin Howes. The veteran has an overall record of 20-12-1 with nine knockouts.
Philadelphia’s hot Puerto Rican prospect Raymond Serrano will be putting his undefeated 16-0 (8 KO’s) on the line as he takes on the determined Angel Rios 9-7 (6), Bronx, NY.
The twenty-two year old Serrano has been moving up the ranks with nationally televised victories over Jay Krupp, Ronnie Warrior Jr. and most recently Daniel Sostre, a bout seen on ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights”. This will be Serrano’s first ten round bout and second in the Jr. Welterweight division.
Rios will prove to be a stern test for Serrano as Rios has never been stopped in his sixteen bout career while facing four undefeated fighters which included former world champions Nate Campbell and Mike Anchondo. Rios is coming off a hard fought eight round unanimous decision defeat at the hands of undefeated prospect Terrance Crawford on September 10th in Atlantic City.
An explosive undercard featuring Star Boxing’s Shamone Alvarez and Jason Escalera, as well as popular Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon, will fill out the card.
Tickets for October 22nd are available by calling the Star Boxing office at (718) 823-2000 or visiting www.starboxing.com. Tickets are priced at $30, $50, $100 and $200.