Ryon McKenzie has only been living in Syracuse for about a year, but his impact on the boxing scene in Central New York boxing has been huge, not to mention the Central New York boxing scene's impact on him. The light heavyweight from Nassau, Bahamas will be on this Saturday's " B oxing After Dark" triple-header at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, an event that will be televised on HBO.
"He's got an unusual and unique punching power," says Rinaldi, "he won that last fight at Turning Stone. One right hook and he knocked him out cold in the 6th round".
"The fight is won before you ever get in the ring," says McKenzie about this Saturday's fight against West Virginia's Eric Watkins, "you train hard and execute, then focus, once you go in there, you should be fine. The boxing matches is the easiest part about it. The hard part is getting up everyday and doing the training".
McKenzie had only been in one professional bout before moving to Syracuse to train at boxing legend Ray Rinaldi's gym on South Geddes St., but since then he's compiled an 11-0 record including 10 knockouts.
"I have been here for a year, and I am already on the HBO card," says an excited McKenzie, "I always knew something was going to happen, but I didn't imagine HBO so fast".
"(Having Ryan here) is an uplift for boxing in Syracuse," says Rinaldi, "that first day I could tell the guy could bang a little bit".
Click on the video link to hear from McKenzie and Rinaldi. Much more on this Saturday's "Boxing After Dark" event at Turning Stone is below.
October 22, 2012 - A stacked undercard is expected to entertain those in attendance at the Turning Stone Resort Casino on October 27, when Gary Shaw Productions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Universal Promotions, Prize Fight, Joe Deguardia's Star Boxing, and Zanfer Promotions present an exciting night of boxing. HBO BOXING AFTER DARK will televise a special triple-header beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
Undefeated featherweight Joel Brunker (23-0, 13 KOs) ranked No. 3 by the WBO, who hails from South Wales, Australia, will put his undefeated record on the line against Carlos Fulgencio (19-8-1, 12 KOs) in an 8-round bout. Brunker competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and looks to showcase his exciting style in his USA debut.
"I'm really excited to be fighting for Gary Shaw here in the U.S.," said Brunker. "I've been training in Las Vegas for the last eight weeks, getting prepared for this fight. I'm coming to make an impressive first impression for all the fans that'll see me fight for the first time."
Power punching Puerto Rican prospect, Javier Flores (7-0, 7 KOs) will face Riverside, California's Alberto Herrera (8-7-1, 5 KOs) in an 8-round slugfest in the welterweight division. Flores is known for having power in both hands and he plans to use them in this fight.
"My power is evident as you can see in my record," Flores said. "I always go for the knockout and nothing will be different in this fight. I've stopped all my opponents but people will see that I can box if I need to. I'm ready to go."
Newark, New Jersey's unbeaten light middleweight prospect, John Thompson (9-0, 3 KOs), squares off against Chicago, Illinois' Christopher Chatman (10-2-1, 5 KOs). This bout is scheduled for six rounds and Thompson promises to bring an explosive fight.
"Chatman is a good fighter, but I'm going to take him out," stated Thompson. "I'm fully prepared to go the distance, but I don't see this fight lasting more than three rounds."
Light heavyweight Ryon McKenzie of Nassau, Bahamas (10-0, 10 KOs) goes toe to toe with Morgantown, West Virginia's Eric Watkins (7-2, 4 KOs) in a 6-rounder. McKenzie has lighting in both hands and he's looking to extend on his knockout streak.
"I can't wait to get back in the ring and showcase my power," says McKenzie. "If I get Watkins hurt, I'm going for the kill."
Once beaten cruiserweight, Eric Fields of Ardmore, Oklahoma (20-1, 15 KOs) and Charleston, West Virginia's Kevin Franklin (4-4, 1 KO) will battle in an 8-round bout. Fields looks to use his experience to win this fight."
"Franklin is taking a big step up fighting me," said Fields. "I'm going to make sure he knows that it was a mistake to take this fight. It's doomsday for Franklin."
"This entire undercard is loaded with talent," said promoter Gary Shaw. "Joel Brunker is on the verge of fighting for a world title and the U.S. fans are sure to enjoy his aggressive style. Javier Flores packs a mean punch and he could emerge as the top prospect to come out of Puerto Rico. From top to bottom, this card is incredible and the fans are guaranteed a great night of boxing."
The three featured bouts will be televised live on HBO BOXING AFTER DARK beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
In the 10-round main-event, undefeated Puerto Rican standout, Thomas Dulorme (16-0, 12 KOs) takes on heavy-handed Argentine, Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1, 27KO's). The co-feature will showcase San Francisco's undefeated WBO/NABO Jr. Welterweight champion, Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs) vs. Southern California's, Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs). A 12-round IBF lightweight championship bout between champion, Miguel Vazquez (31-3, 13 KOs) and No. 1 contender, Marvin Quintero (25-3, 21 KOs) will open up the broadcast.
Tickets for the October 27, HBO Boxing After Dark event range from $25 to $75 and are on sale at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Box Office. Call (315) 361-7469 or visit www.Ticketmaster.com. Doors open up at 6:30 p.m. and the undercard begins at 7:30 p.m EST with the HBO live national broadcast starting at 10:15 p.m. EST.