Santiago-Alvarez on Aug 26 in Philly

By Togorashi

Hard Hitting Promotions will make history Friday night, August 26 with the first night of professional boxing at the beautiful Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia. Undefeated Philly super lightweight Milton “El Santo” Santiago (14-0, 3 KOs) takes on tough Dominican Kenny Alvarez (7-4-2, 3 KOs) in the eight round main event. The co-feature of the evening will be a six round attraction, featuring unbeaten featherweight Luis “Popeye” Lebron (5-0, 2 KOs) against former New Jersey Golden Gloves champion Tyrone “Hands of Stone” Luckey (8-6-2, 6 KOs).

Milton Santiago looks to return to his hometown of Philadelphia where he made his professional debut. The formerly highly touted amateur was the youngest boxer to turn pro in Pennsylvania at the age of seventeen. He captured a quick first round knockout of Moises Molina (1-4). Since that time, Santiago has steamrolled through his competition in raising his record to 14-0, with three victories coming by way of knockout. He recently stepped up the quality of his opposition in his last two bouts, defeating the likes of Angel Hernandez (9-5-1, 5 KOs) and former WBA African super featherweight champion Osumanu “The Golden Boy” Acaba (32-10-1, 25 KOs). Now he knows a win at the Sugar House Casino will move him one step closer to his world title aspirations. It won’t be easy though as he faces rugged gatekeeper Kenny Alvarez in the eight round main event of the evening.

Alvarez has gone toe-to-toe with some of rising young stars of boxing. In fact, his last six fighters have a combined record of 39-3, 34 KOs at the time he faced them. He handed Kevin Nieves (10-1-1, 5 KOs) the only loss of his professional career and also owns victories over Israel “El Leon” Arellano (7-1, 5 KOs) and Samuel Omar Quinones (9-3, 4 KOs).

In the co-feature of the evening, the Philly crowd will get a first look at hot Puerto Rican featherweight prospect and Hard Hitting Promotion’s own Luis Lebron (5-0, 2 KOs) in a six round contest against Neptune, New Jersey’s Tyrone “Hands of Stone” Luckey (8-6-2, 6 KOs).

Also on the card will be a six round crossroads heavyweight battle as Philly’s Pedro Martinez (7-9, 3 KOs) squares off against Lamont Capers (6-8-2).

In other four round contests:

2012 Olympic silver medalist and undefeated Irish lightweight John Joe Nevin (7-0, 4 KOs) is set to swap punches with twenty-seven fight veteran Jesus Lule (8-18-1, 1 KO).

Heavy handed light heavyweight David “One-two” Murray (4-1, 3KOs) of Wilmington, Delaware looks to slug it out with Philly’s Maurice Amaro (2-9, 1 KO).

Exciting Philly super bantamweight Angel Pizzaro will make his professional debut against Newark, New Jersey’s Marquis Pierce (1-9).

The boxing ring announcer Alex Barbosa (5-2-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia, PA will step back from the microphone to swap punches with Vineland, New Jersey’s Edgar Cortez (2-3).

Italian knockout artist Daniele Scardina (6-0, 6 KOs) will look for his seventh straight by way of KO when he faces the always dangerous opponent to be announced.

Undefeated Philly bantamweight Christian Carto (2-0, 2 KOs) is set to duke it out with Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Hernandez (0-2).

Rounding out the card will be a special women’s super featherweight contest featuring a pair of fighters looking to make the pro debuts as Philly’s Laurie Shiavo takes on Mary O’Leary of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Doors Open 6PM
First bout7PM

Tickets are going fast, so make sure you get yours early.

Tickets are priced as follows:
$40 General Admission
$65 Ringside
$100 VIP

For tickets and more information please call 267-325-9963 or 352-476-0477

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