Headlining the Warriors Boxing and Bad Dog Productions, in association with the Magic City Casino, event entitled "Friday Night Fights at Magic City Casino" will be a 12-round super featherweight main event between Miami’s own Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (17-0, 11 KOs), currently ranked #5 in the world by the IBF, against fellow undefeated prospect and Afghani-Canadian Arash Usmanee (20-0, 10 KOs), who is ranked #8 in the world by the WBA.
In the co-featured televised bout, Puerto Rican powerhouse Jonathan "Mantequilla" Gonzalez (15-0-1, 13 KOs) takes on highly regarded Philadelphian Derek "Pooh" Ennis (23-3-1, 13 KOs) in a junior middleweight 10-rounder.
Up-and-coming contenders Roberto J. Acevedo and Hairon Socarras were also both in attendance at the conference.
Quotes from the Conference:
Richard Dobal (Co-Promoter and President of Bad Dog Productions): "We are very excited about hosting this great event in this venue, Stage 305. We have an explosive card and are looking forward to a great night of boxing."
Rances Barthelemy (17-0, 11 KOs): "I am happy to be fighting in Miami in front of all my fans and family. I am ready to score an impressive victory for my family and my city. They give me the strength I need to become champion.
Jonathan Gonzalez (15-0-1, 13 KOs): "I am preparing myself physically for this fight to put on the kind of performance that will erase from memory what happened in my last fight. I feel good and training is going great. I will show I am a future champion on January 4."
Roberto Acevedo (6-0, 3 KOs): "I’m more than ready to fight. I don’t feel any pressure, I’m aware that whatever the outcome the victory will go one way... Team Acevedo’s way!!!
Hairon Socarras (5-0, 4 KOs): "It is always good to fight in your hometown. I feel great and it will be great night of boxing. I can’t wait to perform in front of my friends and family on this fantastic show."
Tickets are on sale now and can be bought on the Magic City Casino website: www.magiccitycasino.com as well as in person at the Magic City Players Club. They are priced at $100, $75, $50 and $35.
On fight night, doors open at 7:30 pm and the first bell is at 8:00.
ABOUT MAGIC CITY CASINO
Magic City Casino features 800 Las Vegas-style slot machines, 18-table Poker Room, outdoor concert amphitheater, multipurpose indoor venue, seasonal live greyhound racing and multiple food and beverage outlets, among other state-of-the-art amenities. The casino is open every day (Sunday through Thursday: 10 am to 4 am; Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 5 am). For more information, visit www.magiccitycasino.com.