By Xavier Porter –

January 15, 2018

Brooklyn, NY:

DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series returns to B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill with a sensational eight-round welterweight crosstown clash between two undefeated southpaw fighters, both fighting out of New York City.

Brooklyn’s Mikkel Lespierre (18-0-1, 8 KOs) will take on Noel Murphy (12-0, 2 KOs) in what is expected to be a bout full of lots of action with tons of fight fans in attendance.

The 23-year-old Murphy, a native of County Cork, Ireland, and fighting out of Woodlawn, NY is ready to continue his winning ways following a highly successful and busy 2017, which included five victories. Most recently, Murphy returned to Ireland to win an eight-round decision versus Gyorgy Mizsei Jr. on October 7, at National Stadium in Dublin. Prior to that, fighting on the Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia undercard on July 29, Murphy impressed the Barclays Center crowd with an eight-round decision versus Julio Cesar Sanchez. Murphy, the tough and strong Irishman will be looking to dethrone Lespierre, the recent WBC Fecarbox 140lb titlist.

Said Murphy,

Irish Noel Murphy - (12-0, 2 KOs) - photo courtesy of Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

Irish Noel Murphy – (12-0, 2 KOs) – photo courtesy of Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

“I’m delighted for this opportunity to headline a show at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square, New York. I want to thank my promoter Lou DiBella and my manager Kevin Crowley for putting this fight together. Mikkel LesPierre is a difficult opponent, but these are the types of fights I want. I can’t wait for February 7.”

Lespierre, the slick, skilled, defensive fighter will look to outbox and set traps for the young Murphy. LesPierre, returning to the ring, is highly confident following an impressive victory over Mario Beltre where he scored a sixth-round knockout to capture the WBC Fecarbox 140lb. title. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, he has since honed his boxing skills in Brooklyn at the historical Gleason’s Boxing Gym.

Said Lespierre,

Mikkel Lespierre (18-0-1, 8 KOs) hitting the heavy bag - photo courtesy of Amanda Tarley Photography

Mikkel Lespierre (18-0-1, 8 KOs) hitting the heavy bag – photo courtesy of Amanda Tarley Photography

“I have been overlooked my whole career. However, I did it my way. It’s chess, not checkers and I’m here to stay.”

Fighting in the co-feature is top Junior Lightweight Prospect Jon Fernandez. At just 22 years old, Spain’s Jon Fernandez (14-0, 12 KOs) has quickly built a reputation as one of the most exciting prospects in boxing. With two stunning knockouts telecast on SHOWTIME in 2017, Fernandez finished the year on the highly respected list of Dan Rafael’s ESPN Top Prospects of 2017.

Returning to Spain on September 29, 2017, Fernandez stopped undefeated Alexander Podolsky in the sixth round, seizing the WBC Silver super featherweight title.

Said Lou DiBella (President of DiBella Entertainment),

Lou DiBella (President of DiBella Entertainment)

Lou DiBella (President of DiBella Entertainment)

“We’re very excited to return to our Manhattan home at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill for another action-packed card. Our main event is a terrific crosstown battle between two undefeated welterweights, Noel Murphy and Mikkel LesPierre, both of whom will have very loud and passionate fan bases on hand. I’m thrilled to welcome junior lightweight Jon Fernandez, one of the best and most exciting prospects in boxing, to New York City for the first time. Following up on our December event, this is going to be another memorable evening for local boxing fans.”

In a six-round junior lightweight bout, Brooklyn’s JUDE “King Zar” FRANKLIN (6-0, 5 KOs) takes on Italian FLORIANO “Flash” PAGLIARA (16-7-2, 7 KOs). Trained by Elmo Serrano, out of Gleason’s Gym, Franklin is taking a big step up in competition and will do so in front of hometown fans for just the second time in his young career.

"King" Jude Franklin with trainer Elmo Serrano and Coach Hector Roca

“King” Jude Franklin with trainer Elmo Serrano and Coaches Hector Roca and Don Saxby

Said Franklin,

"King" Jude Franklin (6-0, 5 KOs)

“King” Jude Franklin (6-0, 5 KOs)

“I’ve been in the gym, getting ready and preparing for my next fight. I am ready to fight in front of my hometown fans, friends, and family. I am an entertainer. I will to give the crowd what they paid to see. I will give them fireworks and put on a good show.”

Freeport, New York, welterweight newcomer JONATHAN ARROYO (1-0), who turned pro this past November, will compete in a four-rounder.

Tickets for the BROADWAY BOXING event, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House, are currently on sale and are priced at $125, $100, $75 and $55. Tables are also available for purchase for this event, with VIP tables going for $1,000 per table (5 seats at $200 per seat), Ringside tables for $500 (5 seats at $100), and $375 tables (5 seats at $75). Tickets are available for purchase by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:00pm. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill is located at 237 W. 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues in Times Square.

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