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.

Joel Diaz Jr. Returns to “Friday Night Fights” Feb. 8

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January 21, 2013 – Highly touted undefeated super-featherweight prospect, Joel Diaz Jr. (11-0, 10 KOs) will make his well anticipated return to the ring on February 8, 2013, against Canada’s Tyler Asselstine (12-0, 7 KOs).

The 10-round co-feature bout takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.   ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” will televise the show which is promoted by is Yvon Michel’s GYM Promotions in association with Boxing 360. 
 
Having knocked out his last nine opponents, Diaz looks to continue his reign as one of the biggest power punchers in the division.  Asselstine will present a stern step up in competition for Diaz, but one he is looking forward to.
 
“I’ve been training very hard for the last six months waiting for my named to be called and now that time has come,” said Diaz. “I know this will be a fight where I will have to go to my opponents’ backyard and fight him on his homeland.  These are the type of fights that can only make me better.  I have complete confidence that I will come out victorious against Asselstine.”
 
Diaz who fights under the promotional banner of Boxing 360, has been training at “The Summit” in Big Bear, California, with his well know trainer Able Sanchez.  Together the two have been working diligently on improving all aspects of Joel’s God given attributes.
 
“Able is a great trainer and he knows what my strengths are,” Diaz stated. “I know if I listen to his instructions I’m going to become a better fighter.  He’s trained many well known fighters and I just want to follow the footsteps of those who’ve made it to the top. Right now I’m feeling very comfortable in the ring fighting both on the inside and out.  In addition, my stamina is at an all time high as I’m in the best shape of my life.  I want to thank my promoter Mario Yagobi and Boxing 360 for giving me this opportunity.”
 
Boxing 360 expects Joel Diaz Jr. to have a tremendous 2013.  Fans can expect Joel to be fighting frequently in the months ahead.  For more information on Joel Diaz Jr. please visit www.boxing360.com.

Photo By Miguel Salazar: Joel Diaz Jr. working the mitts with trainer Abel Sanchez