Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is proud to announce that on March 17 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, the “Heavyweight Highlight Film,” Vinny Maddalone will take on living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield.
Maddalone is an exciting, aggressive power puncher who flails from all angles. His fights are nail-biting, hair-pulling cliff-hangers until the final bell. Maddalone began boxing as a professional after competing in a Tough Man competition as a 17 year- old.
He fought two years in the Golden Gloves and was even a minor league pitcher for the Adirondack Lumberjacks. Like his idols Jake LaMotta and Rocky Marciano, what he lacks in fundamentals he makes up for in guts and determination.
“Vinny always gives 110% in the ring” stated Star Boxing’s CEO Joe DeGuardia. “Inside and outside the ring he’s never taken the easy road. We’ve put him in there with some top talent and he’s delivered. This kid is ready!”
Skeptics might say that four weeks isn’t enough time to prepare for a big fight. But Maddalone is always ready! “I'm a gym rat, you know. If I stay out of the gym for a day or two I say to myself, "I gotta get back in there. I'm getting fat, I'm getting weak." I've always gotta be in the gym, that's my thing.
Holyfield is a four- time heavyweight champion and one of boxing's all-time greats. With classic battles against Larry Holmes, George Foreman, Riddick Bowe, Mike Tyson, and Lennox Lewis he's a lock to be in Boxing's Hall of Fame. Holyfield is currently 2-0 this past year on his quest to become a record breaking five time heavyweight champion.
Maddalone is the WBA Fede National Heavyweight Champion. Since turning pro seven years ago he has been working tirelessly with is trainer Al Certo to finally reach this point. It’s a fork in the road. This is now or never and there might be no tomorrow. Maddalone feels his time has come.
“Win or lose, it’ll always be an entertaining fight when I’m in there” states Maddalone. I’m at the point now that I have to get in there and do it. I have to carry what I’ve learned into the ring. I took it all in from Al and from my past trainer, Bob Jackson, and soaked it up like a sponge. Now I have the responsibility to perform. I have to win, no matter what. School is definitely out.
Tickets are $250, $150, $100, $75, $50 and $35 and go on sale this Saturday at the American Bank Center box office, all TicketMaster outlets, including online at TicketMaster and by phone at 361-881-8499.