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In the co-feature bout of the evening, Brooklyn’s Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (19-1, 3KO’s) squares off against hard-hitting Eric Cruz (13-10, 13KO’s) in an eight-round junior welterweight matchup. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group, Newlio.com, and Everlast. SNY will broadcast the event tape-delayed.
Since turning pro in May 2010, Monaghan has become one of the most popular fighters in all of New York, with his army of fans continuing to grow each and every time he steps into the ring. The fight on October 24 will be Monaghan’s fifth ring appearance in 2012, and his third straight headliner at Roseland Ballroom. Monaghan is coming off back-to-back TKO victories in his previous two fights and will be looking to make it three in a row when he squares off against the iron-chinned Saunders on October 24.
“I’ve been working really hard in the gym, sparring with a lot of top guys including Danny Jacobs and next week I am working with Tony Bellew,” said Monaghan. “My opponent has over 40 fights and has gone the distance with guys like Isaac Chilemba and Edison Miranda, so I am really looking forward to the challenge. I’m ready to start really stepping it up and I plan on putting on a dominating performance come October 24.”
Saunders has been in with a number of up-and-coming prospects and world-rated contenders. On September 29, Saunders dropped a unanimous decision to the IBF #5, WBC #6, WBA #13 and WBO #13 rated Chilemba. Saunders has only been stopped once in his career, dating all the way back to 2003.
The former NABF light welterweight champion and Puerto Rico-native Bracero is two fights removed from his lone blemish as a professional; a hard-fought unanimous decision loss to former world champion and now resurgent contender DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley. Prior to the bout against Corley, Bracero was steadily climbing up the ranks of the junior welterweight division, having gained national attention after twice fighting on ShoBox: The New Generation. In his last bout, Bracero won a dominant eight-round unanimous decision over Jermaine White. Similar to Monaghan, Bracero has a cult-like following of fans in the New York area. The bout on October 24 will be Bracero’s third in 2012.
Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster, or by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45. There are also a limited amount of VIP tables available for purchase. VIP table’s are priced at $1500. There are 10 seats to each table and dinner is catered by Anthony Cantanzaro’s Portobello’s. Doors open at 6 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.