The non-televised undercard for the Saturday, October 27 HBO Boxing After Dark event at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York is stacked and features local sensation, light heavyweight Ryon McKenzie, who now calls Canastota, New York home. Originally from the Bahamas, McKenzie (11-0-0, 10 KOs) faces Eric Watkins (7-2-0, 4 KOs) of Morgantown, West Virginia.
McKenzie has lighting in both hands and he’s looking to extend on his knockout streak. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring and showcase my power,” says McKenzie. “If I get Watkins hurt, I’m going for the kill.”
Undefeated featherweight Joel Brunker (23-0, 13 KOs) ranked No. 3 by the WBO, who hails from South Wales, Australia, will put his undefeated record on the line against Carlos Fulgencio (19-8-1, 12 KOs) in an 8-round bout. Brunker competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and looks to showcase his exciting style in his USA debut.
“I’m really excited to be fighting for Gary Shaw [Productions] here in the U.S.,” said Brunker. “I’ve been training in Las Vegas for the last eight weeks, getting prepared for this fight. I’m coming to make an impressive first impression for all the fans that’ll see me fight for the first time.”
Power punching Puerto Rican prospect, Javier Flores (7-0, 7 KOs) will face Riverside, California’s Alberto Herrera (8-7-1, 5 KOs) in an 8-round slugfest in the welterweight division. Flores is known for having power in both hands and he plans to use them in this fight.
“My power is evident as you can see in my record,” Flores said. “I always go for the knockout and nothing will be different in this fight. I’ve stopped all my opponents but people will see that I can box if I need to. I’m ready to go.”
Newark, New Jersey’s unbeaten light middleweight prospect, John Thompson (9-0, 3 KOs), squares off against Chicago, Illinois’ Christopher Chatman (10-2-1, 5 KOs). This bout is scheduled for six rounds and Thompson promises to bring an explosive fight.
“Chatman is a good fighter, but I’m going to take him out,” stated Thompson. “I’m fully prepared to go the distance, but I don’t see this fight lasting more than three rounds.”
Once beaten cruiserweight, Eric Fields of Ardmore, Oklahoma (20-1, 15 KOs) and Charleston, West Virginia’s Kevin Franklin (4-4, 1 KO) will battle in an 8-round bout. Fields looks to use his experience to win this fight.”
“Franklin is taking a big step up fighting me,” said Fields. “I’m going to make sure he knows that it was a mistake to take this fight. It’s doomsday for Franklin.”
“This entire undercard is loaded with talent,” said promoter Gary Shaw. “Joel Brunker is on the verge of fighting for a world title and the U.S. fans are sure to enjoy his aggressive style. Javier Flores packs a mean punch and he could emerge as the top prospect to come out of Puerto Rico. From top to bottom, this card is incredible and the fans are guaranteed a great night of boxing.”
The televised “Triplexplosion” triple header includes two title fights and a Main Event featuring the number one contender for Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s WBC Welterweight title, Thomas Dulorme.
Promoter Gary Shaw said, “It’s my great pleasure to bring an exciting night of professional boxing to the beautiful Turning Stone Resort Casino. The atmosphere at Turning Stone is incredible. It’s a great venue to host this type of high-profile fight on HBO.”
In the Main Event, Dulorme, (16-0-0, 12 KOs) of Puerto Rico, puts his number one WBC Welterweight contender ranking on the line against Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1-0, 27 KOs) of Argentina.
In a second nationally-televised fight, IBF Lightweight Champion Miguel Vazquez (31-3-0, 13 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico takes on challenger Marvin Quintero (25-3-0, 21 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico.
The third bout of the triple header features NABO Junior Welterweight Champion Karim Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs) of San Francisco defending his title against challenger Mauricio Herrera (18-2-0, 7 KOs) of Lake Elsinore, California.
Doors open at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 27. The first undercard bout starts at 7:30 p.m. The live HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins at 10:15 p.m.
Tickets range from $25 to $70 and are available at the Turning Stone box office or Ticketmaster.com. Active military members and current college students with valid ID are eligible for discounted $15 tickets. Call the Turning Stone box office at (315) 361-7469.