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ESPN Friday Night Fights in STL Preview

By: Matthew Pearlman

I know it's not just me who enjoys Friday. We finally have the weekend to relax and take it easy. My question to you is: what better way to spend your Friday night watching live boxing? I know what I'll be doing next Friday the 27th, watching ESPN Boxing at the Ameristar Casino!


Rumble Time Promotions and Dibella Entertainment are putting on another great fight card! When I hear boxers like Ivan Redkach, Eduardo Alicea, Ryan Kielczweski, Stephon Young, fighting on the same card, it's like music to my ears.


In the main event, Ivan Redkach takes on "The Surgeon" Sergey Gulyakevich. Redkach has had a stunning career so far and is evolving every fight. Redkach is 16-0 with 13 KO's, and is coming off a win over Tony Luis to win the USBA lightweight title. It was a tough test for Redkach, and was the first time he was in trouble as they both put each other in deep waters, but Redkach pulled through to win the UD. The World Ranked Ivan Redkach is one of the top prospects in all of boxing and has another tough test in front of him. That test is Sergey Gulyakevich. Sergey has a stunning record of 41-2 with 17 knockouts. In 2005, Sergey became the WBA Inter-Continental lightweight champion. The following year, he lost to Alex Arthur for the EBU title. Two years after the defeat, he won the EBU Title against the then undefeated Vitali Tajbert. His other loss was for the Interim WBC super featherweight champion in a very close decision. He is currently on a 15 fight winning streak.


I know, Redkach vs. Gulyakevich alone is amazing, but there is more! In the co-main event, one of my favorite boxers Ryan Kielczweski is taking on Ramsey Luna. Ryan has a record of 19-0 with 4 knockouts. He has been dominant is mostly all of his fights. He has "brick" hands, and is lightning fast. Mostly everyone knows that it takes one punch to flatten out your opponent. Ryan proved this statement when he landed a devasting punch to the formerly undefeated Miguel Soto in 2013. He has won twice since the amazing finish and keeps getting better every fight. His opponent is the 12-1 Ramsey Luna. Luna has been dominating in all of his fights, besides his one defeat that undefeated Toka Kahn Clary provided. Luna is always aggresive and action packed until the fight ends. 5 of his 12 wins have come by KO.


The opening bout on the ESPN televised portion is rising star Stephon Young taking on Vincente Alfaro. Young is currently at 9-0 and has been mostly dominate in all of his fights. He is coming off a win over the very hard hitting Jesus Gonzales. He also had a very successful amateur career. Some highlights include: 2004 National Junior Olympic Champion, 2005 National Junior Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2005 National Junior Golden Gloves Champion, 2006 National Golden Gloves Bronze Medalist, 2009 & 2010 National USA Bronze Medalist, 2011 Golden Gloves Runner Up, and 2011 U.S. Olympic Trial Quarter Finalist. His opponent Vincente Alfaro is 6-3, and is currently the USA Minnesota State Champion which he won in his last fight.


The undercard is great as well. Derrick Murray (6-0), Kenny Pabon Cruz (5-0), Eduardo Alicea (6-0), Samir Simpson Bey (2-0) is coming off a KO win over Malshon Ball, Ken Porter who just defeated Zach Hubbard, Ivan Golub, Paul Littleton are also fighting.


This will be a great night of fights that you don't want to miss. See you at the event!