Tomorrow night at Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx, One of the top American Heavyweight prospects will be in action as undefeated Joe Hanks will take on battle tested veteran Alfredo Escalera Jr. in a ten round bout for the IBA Heavyweight championship.
That fight plus a female world championship bout is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and will be streamed live all over the world at 7pm eastern on www.gfl.tv, where the action can be purchased for just $9.99.
Hanks of Newark, New Jersey has been perfect and has a record of 16-0 with eleven knockouts.
The twenty-eight year old turned pro in 2007 and has incrementally as he has beat the likes of Hildo Silva (4-0-2); Ashanti Jordan (10-0); Anthony Gatt (7-1-1); Johnnie White (22-2)and in his last bout, Hanks scored a fourth round stoppage over Terrell Nelson on April 22nd.
In Escalera Jr, Hanks will be facing a man with great boxing lineage as his Father Alfredo Escalera was a former world champion. The younger Escalera has an impressive record of 18-3-1 with twelve knockouts.
The native of San Juan buit his reputation mostly as a Cruiserweight but is 7-0 with seven knockouts when fighting over 200 lbs. He turned pro in 2005 and went 15-0-1 in his first sixteen bouts.
In 2008, Escalera was chosen to become a cast member of the Contender Season 3. Escalera is coming off an eighth round stoppage defeat to highly regarded and undefeated Lateef Kayode on August 6, 2010.
In the co-feature, Alicia Ashley will take on Christina Ruiz for the WBC Ladies Super Bantamweight title. Ashley of Westbury, NY has a record of 16-9-1 with one knockout.
She is a former WIBF Super Bantamweight champion who has fought all over the world such as Canada, Argentina, Austria, North Korea, Guyana and Germany. She has won two in a row which includes a eight round unanimous decision over Crystal Hoy on January 19th.
Ruiz of San Antonio, Texas has a record of 6-3-1 with four knockouts. She has fought top competition which includes fights with six undefeated fighters. She is coming off a third round stoppage over highly regarded and previously undefeated Emily Klinefelter (9-0) on February 5th.
There will be a terrific undercard as well on the broadcast that will feature undefeated Issouf Kinda (10-0, 5 KO’s) and upset specialist Bryan Abraham (4-6-2, 2 KO’s).
Abraham is coming off a stunning knockout over hyped prospect Scott Burrell (3-0-1) and also stopped undefeated Dominic DeSanto (5-0-1).
Also on the card will be the pro debut of New York Golden Gloves champion Livingstone Joseph.