By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent
New York, NY (July 17th, 2014)–World ranked featherweight contender Irish Patrick ‘The Punisher’ Hyland of Dublin, 27-1, 12 knockouts, returns to the ring in the main event at BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, on a Lou DiBella Entertainment card. Hyland will face Puerto Rican southpaw Noel Echevarria, coming off an NABF Junior Super Featherweight title bout, who won the first 11 bouts of his career and could present a challenge. Hyland, who may need a few rounds to get the ring rust out, is predicted to win by stoppage within six rounds in this comeback tune up.
Hyland, who went 12 rounds for the World Boxing Association Featherweight title in December 2012, is in line for a shot at 24-0 WBA World Featherweight champion Nicholas Walters of Montego Bay, Jamaica or 24-1 interim WBA World Featherweight champion Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar of Buenos Aires, Argentina if he beats Echevarria. Javier Fortuna, who beat Hyland by decision, subsequently lost his interim WBA World title on the scale when he showed up overweight for his bout with Miguel Zamudio at the Tropicana in Atlantic City a year ago and got stripped of the belt.
Former WBA and IBO World Middleweight champion Avantil ‘The Tornado’ Khurtsidze, 27-2-2, 16 knockouts, Kiev, Ukraine, who last appeared in the ring in 2011 when he won the WBC Silver Middleweight title, will fight the preliminary to the main event against 11-3-1 Jamaican Canadian Middleweight Richard Reittie, who is coming off an eight round decision win over Ramel Lewis in Kingston, Jamaica. Khurtsidze is favored to win by eight round decision in an entertaining contest.
Heavyweight southpaw Charles Martin, 17-0-1 with 15 knockouts, Carson, California, will fight Trinidad and Tobago’s Kertson Manswell, 24-8 with 18 knockouts. in a scheduled 10 rounder. Manswell stunk out the house against Tor Hamer at B.B. King in August of 2013, nose diving to the canvas and trying to claim a rabbit punch foul, but referee Eddie Claudio didn’t buy the act in the first round, where the bout ended. It is surprising promoter Lou DiBella would bring Manswell back to B.B. King. In any case, Martin should not need more than four rounds to send Manswell, coming off a recent win in his native Trinidad, back to Trinidad for good.
Rising light heavyweight Irish Joe Smith Jr., 15-1, 12 knockouts, Long Island, New York, is favored to win a close eight rounder over ‘Hollywood’ Tyrell Hendrix of Los Angeles, California, 11-4-2, four knockouts, in a bout which should go the distance. Hendrix scored a major upset at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas on June 27 over 16-0 Dennis Hasson, dropping him twice in the fourth round, and could present trouble to Smith if his power can neutralize Smith’s frequent left jabs and body hooks. Smith’s work rate is high, however, and a points decision would favor Smith to win most every round.
Light Middleweight prospect Patrick Day, 7-0-1, four knockouts, Freeport, New York, the former top 152 rated amateur in the United States is favored to win by stoppage in five rounds or less over aging 38 year old brad Jackson, 15-9-1, seven knockouts, Denver, Colorado. Although Jackson has won two of his last three bouts against unbeaten prospects, he was stopped by higher level opponents such as Willie Nelson and Steve Martinez. Day has knocked out Duane King and Guillermo Ibarra, fighters with winning records, in the first round of his last two contests.
Ukrainian middleweight southpaw Ivan’Crazy Bird’ Golub, 1-0, is favored to win by four round decision over Las Vegas southpaw trial horse Azamat Umarzoda. Originallyfrom Tajikistan, Umarzoda has gone the distance in his last four bouts of four roundsduration.
Woodhaven welterweight Daniel ‘El Gallo’ Gonzalez, 5-0-1, three knockouts, is favored to win his four round rematch with 3-4 Ray Velez of Troy, New York, with whom he drew on the final card at Roseland Ballroom this past February.
Crimea Russian middleweight Sergiy Derevyanchenko will debut and is favored to win by stoppage within four rounds in a four rounder against 4-10 Cromwell Gordon of Los Angeles. Gordon recently returned to the ring in May 2014 after a six year absence, losing a four round decision to unbeaten Ulises Sierra. Derevychenko, who fought in the 2008 Olympic Games and had an extensive amateur career, will prove too much for Cromwell.
Broadway Boxing at BB King Blues Club & Grill will begin at 7 P.M on July 23. For tickets and information about the event, contact DiBella Entertainment at 212-947-2577.