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NEW YORK (June 2, 2016) — You better believe Saturday night’s alright for fighting, especially in New York on Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend! We are just FOUR DAYS away from Fight Week!

Three-time world champion ROMAN “Rocky” MARTINEZ and World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world champion VASYL LOMACHENKO will go mano a mano for Martinez’s WBO junior lightweight world title and the boxing gem of Puerto Rico, FELIX “El Diamante” VERDEJO, will risk his WBO Latino lightweight crown, undefeated record and No. 2 world rating against JUAN JOSE MARTINEZ in the co-main event of a championship doubleheader Saturday, June 11 — one day before the famed Puerto Rican Day Parade — at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The two bouts, scheduled for 12 and 10 rounds, respectively, will be televised live on HBO beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The non-televised undercard will feature the U.S. debut of two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion ZOU SHIMING from The Peoples Republic of China. Zou will be defending his WBO International flyweight title and No. 2 world rating in a 10-round bout against JOZSEF AJTAI of Hungary.

The six gladiators boast a combined record of 102-8-3 (63 KOs) — a winning percentage of 90% with over 60% of their victories coming by way of knockout.

NYF will be all over the:
MEDIA WORKOUTS on Wednesday.

Michael Reed, Julian Rodriguez, Zou Shiming, J.J. Martinez, Christopher Diaz, Felix Verdejo, Vasyl Lomachenko and Rocky Martinez will be available.

THURSDAY, JUNE 9
FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE
Madison Square Garden

FRIDAY, JUNE 10
OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN
Madison Square Garden

SATURDAY, JUNE 11
FIGHT DAY
The Theater at Madison Square Garden
· 5:45 P.M. Doors Open
· 6:00 P.M. First Fight
· 10:00 P.M. Live HBO Telecast Begins

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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