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Lee to Face Haitian Middleweight Deferson LeGrand at Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions will be returning to the Brooklyn Masonic Temple this Friday night, featuring Queens native DeVaun Lee (3-1, 1 KO) taking on Deferson LeGrand (3-2, 2 KOs) in middleweight action. Doors open for the event at 6:30 PM, with the first bell coming at 7:00 PM.
“I feel good. Expect me at 100%, ready to put on a show,” Lee remarked. “I miss being in there. This is my first fight of the year, so I am beyond ready. I just want to get in the ring and do what I do.”
This pairing with the always tough LeGrand, who has never faced an opponent with more than one loss over six pro fights, will be the first for Lee since he last fought in November of 2014.
“Expect a lot of jabs. I have really been working on my jabs, as well as working on turning southpaw,” Lee said of training. “Expect me to be as elusive as possible. Everything that I have been working on in the gym is going to come out on Friday. Expect to see me get a well-deserved win, by any means necessary.”
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 fighter 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.
A highly anticipated rematch will also take place on this card 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.
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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