Luis Rosa Plans to Use Jonathan Perez and ESPN Platform to Springboard Into Legitimate Contender May 15th

HARTFORD (May 11, 2015) – Rising junior featherweight star Luis “KO King” Rosa (19-0, 9 KOs) plans to graduate from top prospect to legitimate contender this Friday (May 15) on ESPN Friday Night Fights, presented by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Universal Promotions, close to his New Haven home at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

A native of Puerto Rico, the 24-year-old Rosa takes on Colombian veteran Jonathan “Popeye” Perez (33-10, 17 KOs) in the 8-round ESPN2 co-feature.

Headlining the card will be undefeated Puerto Rican lightweight Reynaldo Ojeda (16-0, 9 KOs) against longtime contender Monty Meza Clay (36-4, 22 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

The popular Rosa, who is world rated at No. 15 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 16 by the World Boxing Council (WBC), has prepared for a breakout performance in front of a large ESPN Friday Night Fights viewing audience.

“This is a huge fight for me,” Rosa said. “It’s great fighting on ESPN and I’m going to show the nation what I’m all about. I’m prepared to put on an explosive show. I feel that I’m close to getting a title shot. I want to fight world-class opponents and I plan to prove I’m ready on Friday night.

“It’s always great fighting in my home state and I’m sure I’ll have a lot of fans there. At the end of the day, though, I’m going to get the job done and it doesn’t matter where the fight would be held.”

Perez, 28, a professional fighter since 2005, has won 14 of his last 15 bouts. The battle-tested Colombian has fought the likes of world champions Cristian Mijares, Abner Mares, Jose Lopez, Martin Castillo, Eric Ortiz and Raul Martinez, as well a world title challenger Jesus Jimenez.

“Perez is a veteran with 44 pro fights,” said Rosa about Perez. “He’s fought a lot of world-class guys and champions. I know he’s coming to fight. He’s going to come forward and he wants to bang. He’s strong, I’m stronger. I’m faster, too, and the better all-around fighter. I’ll be ready for whatever he brings.”

Live coverage will begin at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and will also be available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via an affiliated video provider. In addition, ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates will carry the fights live on broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+.

Fighting on the undercard are a pair of promising foreign boxers who are now living in the United States, as well as several New England and New York City favorites.

Undefeated Ukrainian middleweight Ivan Golub (7-0, 5 KOs), fighting out of Brooklyn, meets fellow Ukrainian Kostyantyn Rovenskyy (18-1-2, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout. Kazakh super middleweight Dauren Yeleussinov (1-0), also living in Brooklyn, meets Jay “JD” Williams (3-6), of Louisiana, in a scheduled six-rounder.

Also slated to fight in six-round bouts on the undercard are unbeaten New Haven light heavyweight Charles Foster (7-0, 3 KOs) facing Woonsocket, RI, opponent Joe Gardner (11-7-1, 1 KO) and undefeated Bronx middleweight Chris Galeano (7-0) taking on Las Vegas’ upset-minded Yosmani Abreu (4-8-2).

Three four-round matches are also on tap with Waterbury, CT, junior welterweight Jair Ramos (3-2-1, 2 KOs) vs. Harlem’s Curtis Morton (3-4-2), Miami lightweight Alberto Candeleria (4-2-1, 3 KOs) vs. Brooklyn’s Ian James (3-11-1, 1 KO), and New Haven junior lightweight William Foster III (1-0) vs. TBA.

Tickets are currently on sale and are priced at $100, $65 and $35 (plus applicable taxes). Tickets can be purchased by calling 1 (860) 728-2624 or 1 (203) 627-7472. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Fortuna & Rosa Come Out Victorious On HBO Latino Card

Las Vegas, NV (6/1/14) – Earlier tonight, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing presented a thrilling six-bout HBO Latino card at the newly renovated Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas, NV.

In the main event, former featherweight world champion Javier Fortuna had all he could handle as he went to absolute war with Juan Antonio Rodriguez in a hellacious 10-round bout.

Fortuna, now campaigning at super featherweight, got off to a quick start, and dropped Rodriguez in the third. Fortuna’s speed and combination punching were on display and it seemed as though Fortuna was going to make quick work of Rodriguez. As the rounds progressed though, Rodriguez was able to turn the fight into an absolute war.

Fortuna suffered a nasty cut over his right that got worse and worse as the fight wore on. By the 9 th round both of Fortuna’s eyes were swollen shut, but somehow he fought on as Rodriguez stalked him around the ring. The 10 th and final round was as good a round as any, as Rodriguez desperately tried to score the knockout he needed to win the fight. Fortuna was able to hold on though, and ultimately was awarded the hard-fought and well deserved 10-round unanimous decision, winning by scores of 98-91 across the board.

With the win Fortuna improved to (25-0-1, 18KO’s) while the warrior Rodriguez saw his record fall to (26-5, 23KO’s).

In the co-feature, red hot undefeated prospect Luis Rosa improved to a perfect (17-0) winning a 10-round unanimous in yet another war against WBC #5-rated super bantamweight contender Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (18-2, 13KO’s).

Round one was a feeling out round for the two Puerto Ricans, but by round two a war began to break out.

There was really good two-way action from both as Rosa stalked Del Valle around the ring, switching between orthodox and southpaw, and landing hard combinations to both the body and head of Del Valle. Del Valle fought well though off his back foot, and landed a number of hard shots of his own.

In the 5 th round Rosa opened up a nasty cut on the bridge of Del Valle nose that would bleed for the remainder of the fight. In the same round, with the two exchanging, Del Valle landed a short left hook that sent Rosa to the canvas for the first time in his career. Rosa beat the count easily though and the fast-paced action resumed immediately.

Rosa was deducted a point in the 7 th for hitting on the break, and rounds 8-10 saw the two go toe-to-toe with Rosa pressing the action and getting the better of the exchanges.

In the end Rosa was awarded the grueling 10-round unanimous decision, winning by scores of 98-91, 97-91, 97-92.

On the undercard, former WBA junior middleweight world champion and “The Contender” champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora improved his record to (26-3-2, 9 KOs), scoring a dominate 5 th round TKO over Samuel Rogers (14-2, 8 KOs).

The WBA #10-rated middleweight Mora, got off to a quick start, dropping Rogers with a huge overhand right midway through the first, and then never let off the gas.

Mora had Rogers reeling at the end of the 3 rd as he landed two more monstrous right hands.

Rather than box and move, Mora stayed in the pocket and unloaded bombs with both hands, scoring well to both the body and head of the bigger Rogers.

In the 5 th Mora sent Rogers to the canvas again with another big right hand that had Rogers in big trouble. Rogers was able to beat the count but he was in bad shape and the end was near. As the action resumed Mora jumped all over Rogers, forcing the referee to call a halt to the contest at 2:55 of the 5 th round.

It was a very impressive showing for Mora, and his 2 nd consecutive knockout since signing with DiBella Entertainment. Mora has been calling for a title shot with both GGG and Quillin for months and his stock certainly rose with tonight’s showing.



DiBella Entertainment Kicks Off 2013 at BB King Blues Club in NYC Wednesday, January 23, 7:00PM

New York, NY (12/27/12) – On Wednesday, January 23, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will kick off its 9th consecutive season of the popular New York based Broadway Boxing series at New York City’s famed BB King Blues Club. The card will feature a number of DBE’s top up-and-coming prospects, including unbeatens Lamar Russ (11-0, 7KO’s), Luis “K.O. King” Rosa (11-0, 6KO’s) and Delen “Sniper” Parsley (9-0, 2KO’s).  Additional bouts and information on the card, including a must-see main event will be announced shortly.
“This is going to be our ninth consecutive season of Broadway Boxing and I truly believe that each year has been better than the last,” stated Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.  “Nearly every Broadway Boxing card we staged last year in New York was a complete sell-out, and we are looking to continue that run with another great event on January 23rd.  The card will be stacked with some of the most promising young prospects in boxing.”
Both Parsley and Rosa, have been featured on the Broadway Boxing series multiple times already in their young careers, but the bout on the 23rd will be the first appearance on the series for the highly touted middleweight Russ. 
The 25-year-old Russ joined the DBE roster late in 2012, and in his first bout under the promotional banner scored a first round annihilation on ShoBox: The New Generation over previously undefeated Jonathan Cepeda (12-0, 11KO’s).  In his previous bout, Russ scored a fourth round TKO over yet another undefeated prospect, 13-0 Jose Alonzo.  Russ is looking to kick off what he hopes to be a breakout year with another impressive performance on the 23rd.  

Rosa, a native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, but now living and training in New Haven, CT, scored an impressive sixth-round TKO over Victor Valenzuela in his last bout on the HBO Boxing After Dark undercard on September 29 at Foxwoods.  At just 21-years-old age the super bantamweight Rosa is truly one of the bright young stars on the DBE roster.
The Broadway Boxing series is the longest current running series in boxing and has included appearances in their early careers by such former and current world champions, Paulie Maglinaggi, Andre Berto and Yuri Forman, just to name a few.