DiBella Entertainment: The return of Broadway Boxing

By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com

May 25, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. (Long Island University) – DiBella Entertainment has continuously for years given New York City boxing fans tremendous fights within the local scene. DiBella Entertainment recognizes and understands the true meaning of “grassroots” in trying to showcase local “home-grown” talent. Recognized, loved, and respected as the “premier boxing promoter” within New York City, Lou DiBella and his team are poised in having local boxing events take place on a more consistent basis. As one boxing fan and one reporter mentioned on fight night, “Thank God for Lou.”

Last week, inside the Paramount Theatre on the campus of Long Island University, fans in attendance were privy to see four boxing matches, with the main event featuring a hometown favorite (Heather “The Heat” Hardy), a fighter who herself is on the cusp of achieving amazing feats in both the boxing and mixed-martial arts world.

Heather Hardy (two-division WBC silver belt champion)

Heather “THE HEAT” Hardy (two-division WBC silver belt champion) preparing for her battle in the ring

Heather Hardy, Brooklyn, N.Y. (19-0, 4 KOs) vs Edina Kiss, Budapest, Hungary (14-3, 8 KOs)

8 – Rounds – Featherweights

Hardy and Kiss, a rematch from their last fight which featured on the undercard of the Keith Thurman-Danny Garcia Welterweight unification championship fight at the Barclays Center, was once again won by Hardy in a one-side affair. From the first round on Hardy landed hard jabs and hooks and showed great head movement and slick footwork. During the second round began to take full control of the fight as she landed several right hands and uppercuts to the jaw of Kiss. After the third round it was apparent that Kiss would again be in for a long night against the two-division WBC silver belt champion as Hardy continued to pounce and get the better of the exchanges against her opponent.

photo courtesy of Ed Diller Jr. – DiBella Entertainment

Each time Kiss made attempts to combat Hardy’s aggressiveness, she was met with more power shots and thudding right hands, a few which wobbled and almost caused knockdowns in the fourth and seventh round.

Hardy was relentless, applied pressure all night, and won a unanimous decision (80-72 2x, 79-73).

Hardy shared thoughts on the fight and her future plans with regards to starting a career within mixed-martial arts.

“The knockout was on my mind but I knew that I needed to wear her down I’m a tough fighter. I wouldn’t want to fight me.”

“I’ll be making my MMA debut soon, with her first fight taking place at Madison Square Garden June 25. It will be in Bellator. Please come out and support.”

“I’m not leaving boxing. I’ll be back to fight for a world championship in eight months.”

Charles Conwell, Cleveland, OH (1-0, 1 KO) vs Jeff Souffrant, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (3-1, 1 KO)

6 – Rounds – Junior Middleweights

The 2016 Olympian exploded on his opponent with clean, accurate, powerful right hands as Souffant was defenseless throughout the first round.

photo courtesy of Kay Santa

photo courtesy of Kay Santa

photo courtesy of Ed Diller Jr. - DiBella Entertainment

photo courtesy of Ed Diller Jr. – DiBella Entertainment

Conwell began measuring his opponent with continuous rights hands, forcing the referee to call a halt at 2:43 of the first round.

Noel Murphy, Woodlawn, N.Y. (9-0, 2 KOs) vs Brian “Sweet” Jones, Los Angeles, CA (14-7, 8 KOs)

8 – Rounds – Welterweights

From the opening round both fighters took their time in measuring their distance, trying to out thwart each other. In the second round the fight began to heat up where both men exchanged power punches all throughout. In the third round the southpaw Murphy suffered a nasty cut over his right eye from a clash of head.

photo courtesy of Kay Santa

photo courtesy of Kay Santa

As a result the Irishman went full steam and became much more active while beginning to land his power punches with more accuracy. In the thread round Murphy landed a cracking straight left hand to the jaw of opponent. Jones took the hard punch and continued to press the action against Murphy. Murphy (a rising prospect) controlled the pace of the fight throughout the entire eight rounds, winning by unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73 2x).

Jones, upset and angry, shared his feelings on the decision:

photo courtesy of Ed Diller Jr. - DiBella Entertainment

photo courtesy of Ed Diller Jr. – DiBella Entertainment

“I took this fight on a couple of days’ notice. If I would have had more time to train I would’ve beaten him. He’s good, he can punch, but I took all his best shots. I know I’ll probably never get to fight him again. I am going back to the gym so I can be more prepared and ready for my next opponent.”

Yegor Plevako, Brooklyn, N.Y. (2-0, 1 KO) vs Lamarco Ellis, Wilson, N.C. (2-3, 1 KO)

4 – Rounds – Heavyweights

The two-time Ukrainian amateur champion and two-time NY Daily News Golden Glove winner demolished his opponent by securing a TKO victory at 2:38 of the first round. The southpaw Ellis, who weighed in over three-hundred pounds, moved around the ring, often swinging wildly and missing his target. Wilson repeatedly turned his head and was getting tagged with straight right hands from Plevako.

The fight was called after Plevako landed a series of nonstop rights hands to the side of Wilson’s face, causing the ring doctor to jump up on the apron to wave the fight off. Plevako looked impressive in his third professional fight. Signed with Split-T Management we can expect to see him featured on more local cards.