Flores vs. Kielczweski Set For Aug. 12 on ESPN

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Undefeated rising contender Miguel Flores (20-0, 9 KOs) takes on exciting once-beaten featherweight contender Ryan Kielczweski (25-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Friday, August 12 from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a welterweight showdown between unbeaten contender Bryant Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) and Cuban Olympian Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) in 10-rounds of action.

“Fighting on ESPN is incredible because you know that fans from all around the world will be tuning in,” said Flores. “My opponent is a very skilled fighter, so I’ll be at my best when we step in the ring on August 12. Expect me to go to war and bring a lot of action to those who will be watching.”

“It’s always exciting to be fighting on ESPN, especially in the main event,” said Kielczweski. “Training is going well and I’ve been traveling around to get great sparring. I don’t know much about Flores other than that he’s undefeated for a reason. If I perform on August 12 hopefully something big will come next that leads me towards a title. It’s going to be an exciting night and an electric fight.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $60 for ringside, $35 and $25, and are on sale now (may be subject to additional fees). Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, by calling 877-833-SHOW or by visiting the Turning Stone Box Office.

An undefeated fighter from Michoacan, Mexico, but fighting out of Houston, Flores has not lost since turning pro in 2009 at just 17-years-old. The 23-year-old had a big 2015 beginning in May with a victory over German Meraz and followed up by wins against Juan Ruiz, Carlos Padilla and Alfred Tetteh. He started 2016 with a headlining win over Mario Briones at The Dancehall in January and dominated Ruben Tamayo over 10 rounds in May. Now he will face the toughest test of his career in his east coast debut.

A runner-up in the 2008 National Golden Glove tournament, the 26-year-old Kielczweski looks to work his fourth-straight victory on August 12. Born and raised in Quincy, MA., he bounced back from his first defeat to deliver a first round knockout over Anthony Napunyi in May 2015 and followed that up with a victory over veteran contender Rafael Vazquez in October of last year. Most recently, he dominated Mario Macias in an April bout.

Fresh off of a second round stoppage over previously unbeaten David Grayton in PBC on ESPN action in June, the 27-year-old Perrella looks to take down another quality opponent when he enters the ring on August 12. Fighting out of Fort Meyers, Florida, the welterweight, who has trained with world champion Keith Thurman, enters this fight on an 11-bout streak of stopping his opponents inside of the distance.

A sensational Cuban amateur, Ugas picked up a Bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics and also owns Gold medals from the 2005 World Amateur Championships and 2007 Pan American Games. Now fighting out of Miami, the 29-year-old owns victories over Cosme Rivera, Kenny Abril and Adan Hernandez

Ryan Kielczweski Looking to Make Statement vs Ramsey Luna June 27 On ESPN FNF

New York, NY / St. Charles, MO (6/24/14) – When Ryan Kielczweski steps into the ring on Friday night, the highly regarded undefeated prospect will be entering familiar territory. For Kielczweski (19-0, 4KO’s), the WBA #11-rated junior lightweight in the world, who will be taking on the once-beaten Ramsey Luna (12-1, 4KO’s) in the eight-round super featherweight co-feature, he will be returning to platform on which he scored his most impressive victory to date just a little under one year ago.
 
On a hot and muggy night in New Hampshire last July, the talented Kielczweski took on Puerto Rican knockout artist Miguel Soto (11-0, 11KO’s) in that evening’s ESPN Friday Night Fights’ eight-round co-feature. It was huge step-up and the first national TV exposure for the former amateur standout hailing from nearby Quincy, Mass., who happened to be celebrating his 24th birthday that night. Fighting in front of a strong contingent of hometown fans that had made the short trip over to Salem, NH, Kielczweski scored the victory in impressive and absolutely devastating fashion.
 
Kielczweski got off to a blistering start, throwing quick and hard combinations to both the body and head of the hard-charging and heavy-handed Puerto Rican. Round after round, Kielczweski continuously tagged Soto with hard shots, but to his credit, Soto kept coming forward. By the fourth round, Soto’s right eye had become grotesquely swollen and Kielczweski’s punch output kicked into another gear.
 
In the fifth round, just before the bell sounded to end the frame, Kielczweski landed as perfect a counter left hook as you will ever see, dropping Soto face-first on the canvas, out cold. The knockout was so devastating that it was chosen as that day’s #5 play on ESPN’s “Top-10 Plays of the Day”. Kielczweski had officially put his name on the map and clearly cemented himself as one of the top up-and-coming 130lb. fighters in the world.
 
Fast forward one year and two additional victories later, and Kielczweski, known as the “Polish Prince”, is looking for yet another stellar performance as he continues to climb the ranks of the 130lb. division when he takes on the dangerous Luna. 
 
“Everything has been great with this camp and I am just really looking forward to getting in there and doing my thing on Friday night,” said Kielczweski.  “The win last year definitely had a huge impact on my career and my life. People from all over the country got to finally see who I was and what I am capable of doing.”
 
With regard to fighting on ESPN once again, Kielczweski couldn’t be happier.     

“It is an honor to be on ESPN again. It is every fighter’s dream to fight on live TV, and I am blessed to have these opportunities. I am looking to put on another impressive show Friday night and hopefully that will open the door to some even bigger and better opportunities in the near future.”
 
Luna’s most impressive showing to date actually came in a loss to the highly regarded undefeated prospect Toka Kahn Clary (12-0, 8KO’s) in December of last year. Clary won a decision that night, but was dropped and hurt badly twice in the bout. Like Kielczweski, Clary is from the New England area, and the two undefeated prospects have worked together for years. While winning is ultimately the most important thing for Kielczweski on Friday night, he would like to one-up Clary’s performance.
 
“Of course I want to win more impressively than he did. From what I hear, Toka got away from his game plan and got caught. That happens in boxing. I am expecting Luna to come forward and throw a lot of punches and get wild at times.  My plan is to outbox him, get him frustrated and look to catch him in between his wide shots. I just need to stay disciplined and stick to my game plan. I am in tiptop shape both mentally and physically. There is no doubt in my mind that my hands will be raised at the end of the night.”
 
While the 24-year-old isn’t looking to rush his career by any means, he does feel that his time is coming soon.
 
“I am ranked #11 in the WBA right now and I do feel that I am one of the best young 130lb. fighters in the sport. I would like to get a few 10-rounders under my belt first, but I feel that I will be ready to fight for a world title in 2015. I see myself in the mix with the other top 130-pounders in the world by this time next year, but first I must take care of business on Friday night.”
 
The ESPN Friday Night Fights/ESPN Deportes’ Noce de Combates card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, and is headlined by Ivan Redkach (16-0, 13KO’s) taking on Sergey Gulyakevich (41-2, 17KO’s) in the 10-round feature bout of the evening.