ShoBox May 16 Doubleheader Feat. Diaz Jr. vs Asselstine & Galarza vs Bouchard

New York (April 29, 2014) – On Friday May 16, DiBella Entertainment (DBE), in association with Jean Pascal Promotions, will return to the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., with an exciting ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader live on SHOWTIME ® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Headlining the card in the 10-round main event will be highly regarded undefeated super featherweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (15-0, 12KO’s) taking on once-beaten Tyler Asselstine (14-1, 7KO’s).

Returning to ShoBox for the second time in 2014, red-hot prospect Frank Galarza (13-0-2, 9KO’s) will take on fellow undefeated prospect Sebastien Bouchard (9-0, 2KO’s) in the co-feature. Galarza-Bouchard is scheduled for eight rounds in the junior middleweight division.

“We are very excited to be returning to Foxwoods, which is truly one of our favorite venues for boxing. We staged a tremendous card on Showtime in January and we are looking to follow that up with another action-packed card from top to bottom on May 16,” said promoter Lou DiBella.

“We look forward to hosting this event and working, once again, with Lou DiBella and SHOWTIME,” stated Foxwoods President and CEO, Scott Butera. “We are continuing with our commitment to be the premier venue in the Northeast for top sporting events and this outstanding night of boxing is helping us to deliver on that objective.”

The 21-year-old Diaz Jr. just recently signed an exclusive promotional contact with DBE and successfully made his promotional debut in March with unanimous six-round decision over Jose Beranza. Diaz Jr. comes from a family rich in boxing history. His father is renowned boxing trainer and former contender Joel Diaz Sr. He is also the nephew to former titlists Antonio and Julio Diaz. A standout amateur before turning pro in 2010, Diaz Jr. has continued to impress with each outing. Eight of Diaz’ 12 career knockouts have come in two rounds or less, with six coming in the very first round. Diaz is looking to begin moving himself up the lightweight world ratings and put his name among the elite of the division, but he must first get by his toughest opponent to date in Asselstine.

A former amateur standout for his native country of Canada, Asselstine fought for the Canadian national team and won the 2010 Ringside World Championships before turning pro later that same year. Asselstine ran his record to a perfect 12-0 before dropping a 10-round majority decision to fellow undefeated prospect Baha Laham in February of last year in a bout that was nationally televised on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. Asselstine bounced back nicely though, winning his next two bouts in 2013 and picking up momentum going into the bout on May 16. Asselstine is eager to prove his worth and knows that a victory over the highly regarded Diaz Jr. will put him right back into the mix of the talent-laden 130lb. division.

Back on January 17, Galarza made his ShoBox and national TV debut and absolutely stole the show that evening. Galarza scored a devastating highlight-reel knockout over previously undefeated and highly regarded John Thompson in the second round of their scheduled eight-rounder. The stoppage victory over Thompson was the second consecutive stoppage victory over a previously undefeated opponent for the Brooklyn-native and former NY Golden Gloves champion whose last five victories have all come by way of stoppage. Another impressive performance by Galarza will surely put the 154lb. division on notice that he is truly a force to be reckoned with.

The former two-time Canadian amateur champion Bouchard has quickly become one of the more popular up-and-coming boxers in his native Quebec. The 26-year-old will be making both his US and national TV debut when he takes on the red-hot Galarza.

Guy Robb Hits Phoenix, Arizona’s Celebrity Theater

May 13, 2013 – Featherweight Guy Robb (10-1, 4 KOs) will return to the ring this Friday May 17, 2013 at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona.  This will be Robb’s first bout under the Boxing 360 Promotional banner.  Robb is scheduled to face John Herrera (4-6-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout.
 
Guy Robb gained national exposure with his gutty performance against fellow Boxing 360 stable mate Joel Diaz Jr. (11-0, 10 KO’s).  Robb suffered his first loss against Diaz, but has regained his confidence by closing out 2012 with three consecutive wins, two of which came by knockout. 
 
“I feel real strong since my move to featherweight,” said Robb. “I’ve learned a lot since my loss to Diaz.  My confidence is growing with each fight.  Right now I’m riding a three fight winning streak.  I’m looking forward to staying busy and winning fights.  I just signed with Boxing 360 and my promoter Mario Yagobi said he’s ready to take me to the next level. ”
 
“Guy Robb is a fighter with a lot of potential and I’m excited about his future.” said Mario Yagobi. “I’m looking to get him a couple of fights that will get him ready for the next level of competition.  He’s in great shape and he’s looking good in sparring.  He’ll be ready this Friday.”

Joel Diaz Jr. to Face Victor Sanchez on April 4th in Houston TX

March 27, 2013 – Junior lightweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (11-0, 10 KOs) is healthy and ready to make his 2013 debut on April 4th at the Bayou Event Center in Houston, Texas against Victor Sanchez (4-5-1, 1 KO).
 
Diaz was scheduled to face Tyler Asselstyne on February 8th in the co-feature of ESPN Friday Night Fights until he was sidelined with a wrist injury. The injury is healed and Diaz is ready to resume his impressive campaign towards the top of his division.
 
Diaz is an exceptionally popular prospect amongst boxing fans; his fighting style seems to resonate with the type of fans that expect entertainment and excitement. The injury caused layoff is one of the longest in Diaz’s career — dating back to only his 3rd pro fight — and with his fans use to seeing him compete on a regular basis, Diaz felt the need to get back to action as quickly as his body would allow him.
 
“It was frustrating to be out of action because I’m a fighter and it’s unnatural for me to not be preparing for a fight. I’ve kept my body in shape, but I was limited with the boxing stuff and even though I was doing everything I could physically do it’s still not the same when you’re able to train 100%. It just got irritating having to explain why I was out and when my next fight would be, all I wanted to do was get back in the ring for all my supporters,” Diaz said.
 
Diaz took this fight without hesitation and he was able to get back on track by staying disciplined during his hiatus. His goal for this fight is to get back to the fundamentals and he knows he can’t get over anxious.
 
“I’m really excited to get in the ring and I badly want to make a statement against my opponent. At the same time, I don’t want to let the excitement get the best of me because that’s how you make mistakes. I’ll just go in there and execute my game plan like any other time, but I’ll be a little more enthusiastic than normal.”
 
Mario Yagobi of Boxing 360, Diaz’s promoter, is happy to see his fighter back to doing what he loves and spoke about how refreshing it is to see a young fighter so passionate about his craft.
 
“I received so many calls and his fans were always asking me when he’s getting back in the ring, Joel is as popular as any prospect in boxing, if not more. His fan base can’t get enough and that has to do with his enjoyment for competing. Fans can tell when the fighter loves being in there and they respond when the fighters mix it up, but it’s twice as awesome when the fans see how much joy the fighter gets from mixing it up, it’s almost as if they are experiencing the moment together,” Yagobi said.
 
Joel Diaz Jr. is promoted by Boxing 360.  For more information on Diaz please visit www.boxing360.com.