Boxing returns to Broadway from Dibella Entertainment on August 26
Richmond, Virginia (August 5, 2021) International Boxing Lou DiBella Hall of Fameis proud to present “Broadway Boxing: Take Me To The Brawl Game”, a world-class night of boxing on Thursday August 26 To The Diamond, home of the flying squirrels of Richmond (VA) San Francisco Giants Minor League and Double-A affiliate baseball team. In addition to chairing his boxing promotion company, DiBella is also President and Managing Partner of the Flying Squirrels. The event will be broadcast live worldwide on FITE.TV (8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT).
Professional boxing action will be complemented by a trio of amateur fights featuring members of the Marine Corps Base Cadet Boxing team at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, as well as a performance by Legends. hip hop and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, the Furious 5 with Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio.
“I am delighted to bring world class boxing to the Diamond in Richmond, home of the AA Flying Squirrels,” said Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment. “RVA’s first fight card in eight years will feature three explosive heavyweight fights, promising talent, a fierce female clash, and amateur action from US Navy fighters stationed at Camp Lejeune. Hip hop legends and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The Furious Five, along with Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio, will close the show. The flying squirrels turned the Diamond into Funnville. August 26 will be something different, when the Diamond welcomes sweet science. We’re going to have fun and go crazy all over again. Let us take you to the Brawl Game! “
Tickets, which start at $ 20, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Richmond Flying Squirrels at (804) 359-3866, by visiting their website at www.ÉcureuilsBaseball.com, or in person at The Diamond box office. The Diamond is located at 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23230. The doors will open on the night of the event at 5:30 pm, with the first amateur fights bell at 6:00 pm.
Heading the event in a 10-round heavyweight clash, the undefeated best heavyweight prospect Stephan “Big Shot” Shaw (14-0, 10 KOs), from St. Louis, MO, will face Robert simms (11-3, 3 KOs), of Saginaw, MI, with the vacant IBF USBA Heavyweight title on the line. One of the most talked about young heavyweights in boxing, the 6’4 “Shaw returns to action after a dominating victory last December on NBC Sports Network. Shaw, 28, comes from a family of fighters and is a former US Amateur National Champion. The dangerous Simms has defeated two vaunted prospects in his last three fights and its losses only occurred by split or majority decision.
Local Virginia fan favorite Jerry “Slugger” Forrest (26-4-1, 20 KOs), from Newport News, VA, takes on Jersey City, New Jersey’s Joe jones (12-4, 9 KOs), for the vacant IBF North American Heavyweight Championship, scheduled for 10 rounds. The heavy-handed southpaw earned his nickname “Slugger” from his grandmother after surviving the complications of his birth. Forrest, whose father is a US Navy chief petty officer aboard the USS Nimitz, was employed as a nuclear electrician for 10 years, working on submarines and aircraft carriers early in his career as boxer. He emerges from a dramatic brawl on February 27, 2021, in which he overcame three knockdowns to win a hotly contested draw against China’s unbeaten 6’6 ” Zhilei Zhang. Born in Lynchburg, Va., Jones is looking to maintain the momentum of his recent victory on July 24, 2021.
Fighter in an eight-round heavyweight tilt, left-handed Mike Balogun (17-0, 13 KOs), from Upper Marlboro, MD, will fight Nick davis (6-2, 4 KOs), from Atlanta, GA. Athlete Balogun is a former college football player who started for the Oklahoma Sooners before playing in the NFL for three years. The former San Francisco 49ers linebacker has won his last three knockout starts.
In a six-round clash between junior lightweight prospects, Joshafat Ortiz (7-0, 4 KOs), from Reading, PA, faces Stevie “The Answer” Massey (13-1, 9 KOs), of Charlotte, NC. Ortiz, 25, will make his first start in 2021, while Massey hits the ring building on his recent victory in May against Carlos Marrero. Ortiz was born in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, but moved to the United States at the age of four. He was first introduced to boxing as a child, as his father, uncle, and brother were all amateur fighters. Ortiz set an amateur record of 42-7 and was a three-time Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champion.
Opening of FITE.TV aired in a six round female super bantamweight fight, Amanda Gallé (4-0), from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, faces Dalia “La Pantera” Gomez (3-2, 1 KO), from Oxnard, CA. Galle, three-time Canadian National Champion and four-time National Ringside Amateur Champion, won the Canadian Super Bantamweight Title after a dominant victory over Shelly Barnett in January 2020.
To complete the map in separate fights of four rounds, two promising super middleweight prospects from Baltimore, MD Tyrell boyd (2-0, 2 KOs) and pro heavyweight rookie Malik Titus, as well as the newcomer cruiserweight Calvin repairs (2-0, 2 KOs), from Leesburg, VA.
In case of rain, the event will be postponed to the next day, Friday August 27, 2021.