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TICKETS ON SALE TODAY FOR ESPN2'S FNF AT TIMES UNION CENTER

BRONX, NY (April 5, 2012) Tickets go on sale TODAY, (THURSDAY, April 5th) as Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the Times Union Center in Albany, New York with ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights on Friday, May 18th.
 
The May 18th event marks the return of Star Boxing to the Times Union Center, following an action packed debut on February 4th.
 
Headlining ESPN2’S Friday Night Fights is a terrific junior welterweight ten round bout between 22 year old undefeated Philadelphia prospect Raymond “Tito” Serrano, 18-0-0 (8KO’s) and the also unbeaten and defending NABO Champion Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield, 15-0-1 (9KO’s) of San Francisco, California.
 
“We’re very happy to return on May 18th with ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights to Albany’s Times Union Center. I would advise fans to get tickets early for this fantastic card as we expect the seats will move quickly for this nationally televised event between 2 unbeaten rising stars” said DeGuardia.
 
“Serrano is an exciting prospect who understands a victory over Mayfield on national TV will put him among the highest rated boxers in his division. Mayfield knows that the same holds for him. It’s a classic matchup of undefeated fighters with tremendous upside to the winner” continued DeGuardia.
 
Said Bob Belber, General Manager of the Times Union Center, “I am excited to have a marquee event, like ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, take place at the Times Union Center.   It promises to be a fantastic event that Capital District boxing fans can look forward to attending this May.  I am also happy to welcome back Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and look forward to building off of the excitement that was generated from their debut here this past February.”
          
            A native of Puerto Rico, Serrano returns to ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights following a dominant ten round decision win over Kenny Abril on February 10th at the Mohegan Sun Casino. A pro since the age of 18, Serrano is seen by many in boxing as having the skills needed to become a world champion.
 
 
 The big talking Mayfield is coming off two excellent wins in 2011, a tenth round stoppage of former world champion Stevie Forbes on June 17th in Austin, Texas and a ten round decision over Patrick Lopez on October 1st in Tunica, Mississippi.
 
Additional bouts on this card will be announced shortly by Star Boxing.
 
Priced at $75, $50, $40 and $30, advance tickets will be available through Ticketmaster, (www.Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000) or at the Times Union Center Box Office, (1-800-30-EVENT), and at select Wal-Mart Music Centers. Tickets are also available by calling Star Boxing at 718-823-2000 or on their website at www.starboxing.com.
 
The Times Union Center is location at 51 South Pearl Street in Albany, New York, 12207. Doors on the night of the event will open at 6:30pm with the first bell scheduled for 7:30pm.
 
The Times Union Center is location at 51 South Pearl Street in Albany, New York, 12207. Doors on the night of the event will open at 6:30pm with the first bell scheduled for 7:30pm.
 
 
 
ABOUT THE TIMES UNION CENTER:
 
Upstate New York’s premiere sports and entertainment facility, the Times Union Center, located in Albany, NY, is excited to welcome boxing back after a 14 year hiatus.  Hosting boxing in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1997, the Times Union Center offers the perfect atmosphere for championship events, and our fans are ready for championship boxing to make its long awaited return to the biggest stage in the Albany.  Nestled between Hall of Famer Mike Tyson’s hometown of Catskill, NY, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY, the Capital Region is a great boxing community for both fighters and fans locally and in our surrounding areas.  Albany, NY is easy to get to from anywhere!  Amtrak offers direct trains from New York City, Buffalo and all points in between, and major interstates from points east, west, north and south intersect in the capital region making it easy to drive from all parts of the state.  For more information, please visit their website at www.timesunioncenter-albany.com
 
MEDIA CONTACTS
Chadd Ryan
Times Union Center
518-487-2015
Chadd.Ryan@timesunioncenter-albany.com
 
Star Boxing
718-823-2000
PR@StarBoxing.com
 
Bernie Bahrmasel
DOUBLE B PUBLICITY
773-592-2986
BernieBahrmasel@yahoo.com
 
ABOUT STAR BOXING:
 
Star Boxing, Inc. has been in operation since1992.  Star Boxing has worked to produce some of the most exciting and memorable boxing events in recent history. Star has continued to work with and develop a number of very exciting world champions, world rated contenders and young prospects. Star has consistently brought credibility, integrity, and exciting fights to the boxing industry.  For more information on Star Boxing, visit the official website at www.starboxing.com

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