Redkach, Ota Opponents Named for Feb. 21 Broadway Boxing
Fight Network Staff / February 11, 2013 - 12:39pm
New York, NY (2/11/13) - On Thursday, January 21, DiBella Entertainment returns to Roseland Ballroom in NYC for the latest edition of the popular New York-based Broadway Boxing series. As previously announced, WBC #10-rated junior welterweight Thomas Dulorme (16-1, 12KO's), red-hot lightweight prospect Ivan Redkach (13-0, 11KO's) and WBA #11-rated welterweight Charlie Ota (21-1-1, 15KO's) will all be featured on the card in separate eight-round bouts.
Original born in Harlem, Ota joined the US Navy in 2000 and was stationed in Japan. After being honorably discharged in 2004, Ota took up boxing and successfully made his professional debut on May 28, 2006, winning a six-round decision. By March 2010, Ota had improved his record to 13-1-1, 10KO's, and was both the Japanese and OPBH light middleweight champion.
On March 17, 2012, Ota fought professionally in the Unites States for the very first time, scoring an impressive seventh-round TKO over Gundrick King on the undercard of Sergio Martinez' middleweight title defense against Matthew Macklin at Madison Square Garden. Now Ota, who has since moved down in weight to welterweight, is looking to make another splash on the NYC boxing scene as he takes on the always-tough Perry. Perry is 5-1 in his last six bouts, with four wins coming by knockout.
An Olympic alternate for his native Ukraine, the 26-year-old southpaw Redkach will be making his fourth consecutive appearance at Roseland Ballroom when he squares off against his toughest opponent to date in Rivera. There are very high hopes for Redkach, with promoter Lou DiBella predicting that he will one day reign as a world champion. The Rivera bout should serve as a gauging point to see how far away Redkach is from that prediction.
Rivera owns victories over three previously undefeated opponents during his 10-year career as well as a 12-round decision over former WBC featherweight champion Cesar Soto. Rivera has also recently been in with former champions Richard Abril and Joselito Lopez and undefeated contenders Sharif Bogere (23-0, 15KO's) and Mikey Farragon (18-0, 8KO's).
The 10-bout card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group, Newlio.com, and Everlast. The event will be broadcast live on broadband through GFL.TV. SNY will broadcast the event tape-delayed. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
Photo: DiBella Entertainment / Ed Diller