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Reno-Ortiz II Will Be First Women’s Bout in New York History with Three-Minute Rounds
Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions will be returning to the Brooklyn Masonic Temple this Friday night, featuring a highly anticipated rematch between Susan Reno and Paola Ortiz in women’s light flyweight action. The duo last met on a February installment by Uprising Promotions, and this upcoming contest will be a historical one. For the first time in New York women’s boxing history, the bout will feature three-minute rounds over its six frames.
“I feel that it can only benefit us,” Reno said of fighting three-minute rounds. “A lot gets lost when there are two-minute rounds. Things get going so fast and then, all of a sudden, the bell rings. Judges are human, too, and they have to just go with what they think they are seeing. I really feel like the longer rounds will benefit both the judges and the fighters. We are used to sparring and training for three-minute rounds, so this will give us the opportunity to go in there, think more and perform better.”
Standing opposite Reno on Friday night will be Ortiz, whose trainer Aaron Navarro also feels that the longer rounds will make for a more entertaining fight.
“With it being three-minute rounds, this should be an even better fight than last time,” he stated. “The girls always seem to have a way of stealing the show, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them do it again with this fight here.
“Given the last fight, I feel like we will be starting this one as if it is round number five. These two know each other a little bit better now. That takes some of the unknowns out of the equation, so they will both just get in there and go to work. Paola has a pretty aggressive straight-forward style, so she will never be in a boring fight.”
The stable of fighters who are trained by Navarro are often on the short list for promoter Ronson Frank, and Navarro says that he always enjoys participating on an Uprising Promotions card.
“Even though we are down here in Texas, I have worked on several Uprising shows with different fighters,” Navarro remarked. “They always put on good shows where fighters are matched for good, entertaining fights. That’s one of the main reasons they always have a full house. This fight keeps with their normal formula to put on good fights that people will want to watch.”
If its first installment is any indication, the rematch between these two exciting boxers is certain to provide high entertainment value once again.
“People can expect to see more strategy this time, a little more chess than checkers,” Reno concluded. “Those two-minute rounds, especially when there is only four two-minute rounds, there is definitely an anxiety to get in there and get it done. Now, with six three-minute rounds, I can finally feel comfortable doing what I know I can do without feeling the pressure to rush into everything.”
Also set for action on this card is fan favorite super featherweight Gary “Kid” Stark Jr. (23-3, 8 KOs), who is ending a nearly five-year layoff against Jose Silveria of Mexico. Stark, who started his career with 18 consecutive wins, suffered chronic shoulder problems that eventually sidelined him in 2010, and the long road back to the boxing ring will now finally end on Friday night. Prior to turning professional, Stark created a huge buzz for himself after becoming a three-time New York City Golden Gloves Champion and reaching the Olympic Trials.
Also on this show, Brooklyn native Delen “Sniper” Parsley (11-1, 3 KOs) returns against Bronx native Troy Artis. The bout ends a nearly year layoff for the talented middleweight, who brings an imposing 6-2 frame into the ring. In his last outing, Parsley handed Marcus Beckford his first career loss in May of 2014. A professional of nearly six years, Parsley has impressive wins over battle-tested Ibahiem King and then-unbeaten Boyd Melson on his resume.
Queens native Devaun Lee (3-1, 1 KO) also returns on Friday night, facing Haitian middleweight Deferson LeGrand (3-2, 2 KOs). A super welterweight scrap between Villi Bello (1-1) and Jonathan Jeter is another contest currently on the fight sheet as well. Also on tap are two lightweight affairs, one pitting Victor Vasquez against Joey Arroyo, and another where Hamzah Muhammed and Mark Brown will meet in their pro debuts.
Other fighters slated to compete on the card include three hard-hitting unbeatens in super bantamweight Marcos Forestal (2-0, 2 KOs), who made his pro debut on the last Uprising Promotions show in February, featherweight Neslan Machado (9-0, 7 KOs) and super middleweight Ian Green (4-0, 3 KOs).
September 2014 marks the last time that Uprising Promotions held a show at the Masonic Temple, which is located at 317 Clermont Ave #4 in Brooklyn. The intimate setting ensures that there is not a bad seat in the house, and tickets are priced at $60 for general admission and $100 for ringside seating. There is also a table option with dinner, beer/wine and seating with a celebrity fighter. For pricing on those tables, call (516) 451-6773.
This show, titled Last Man Standing, will continue the initiative of Uprising Promotions to KO Autism, with proceeds from the night getting donated to The School For Language and Communication Development (SLCD) in Glen Cove, New York. This card is being sponsored by Ronson Frank Fitness, Sleep Inn, Belaire Rosé Champagne, Alma Restaurant, Resolution Sports and Charlie’s Auto Collision in Long Island City.
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