Star Boxing fighters take to the road this weekend, as Hartford, Connecticut’s own, RICHIE “POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN” RIVERA (21-1 16KO’s) is on a mission of retribution in Puerto Rico on the show headlining former world champion Alberto Machado vs Edwin Valentin on Friday night (12/9). The following night (12/10) in Omaha, Nebraska, undefeated super lightweight BOUBACAR SYLLA (12-0 7KO’s) aims to tack on another victory in 2022, fighting on the undercard of multi division and undisputed world champion, Terrance Crawford vs David Avanesyan.
RICHARD ‘POPEYE’ RIVERA
On Friday night (12/9) Richie Rivera, affectionately known as “Popeye,” will face off with Argentinian ARIEL BOSCONCEL (13-3-1 12KO’s) at the Coliseo Pedrin Zorrilla in San Juan, Puerto Rico on ProBox TV in an 8 round 185 lb. bout. Rivera saw his acclaim rise after fighting former world champion, BADOU JACK, on the undercard of Joshua-Uysk 2 this past August in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In a fight that was draped in controversy Rivera commanded the respect of the boxing world for his performance, even though the judges somehow saw otherwise. In a bout that included an 8th round that ran 58 seconds long and finished with a highly questionable 10 round split decision in Jacks favor, Rivera will only allow the Jack fight to fuel his return to the ring Friday night.
Rivera had this to say about the bout, “Popeye el marino soy, TOOT TOOT! Can’t wait to show out on Friday. I am super blessed and orgulloso de tener esta oportunidad! Ahora si quetate tu pa poner me yo.” Translated , Rivera stated “I am Popeye the Sailor Man, TOOT TOOT! Can’t wait to show out on Friday. I am super blessed and proud to have this opportunity. Get out of the way, now it’s my turn.”
On Saturday night (12/10) at the Chi Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, undefeated super lightweight Boubacar Sylla of Cincinnati, Ohio will take on Javier Mayoral (4-2 1KO) in a six-round super lightweight bout. Sylla who is coming off a victory in April, looks to close out 2022 with a pristine 13-0 record- but this fight is more than just another possible notch in the win column for Sylla. His dream of fighting on the samecard of his friend and training partner, World Champ and P4P Star, Terrance Crawford, becomes a reality on Saturday night. The fight will stream live on ppv.blkprime.com.
Sylla shared his thoughts on the fight, “I have always wanted to fight on a Crawford undercard and I am excited to make that a reality. This will be a great way to close out the year with another victory and then focus on a big 2023. Thanks to my trainer BoMac, Star Boxing and BLK Prime for the opportunity.”
The Rivera-Bosconcel bout will take place on December 9, in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
The Sylla-Mayoral bout will take place on December 10 in Omaha, Nebraska and is promoted by BLK PRIME and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
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