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This event will also feature amateur bouts with boxers representing West Point, the United States Coast Guard Academy, UMass, UConn, and Trinity College.
“Fans will not want to miss Broadway Boxing at Foxwoods Resort Casino on November 19,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “New Haven’s Luis Rosa Jr. is set for the toughest and most important challenge of his career against Iwasa. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for the IBF junior featherweight world championship. The stacked undercard will also include local New England favorites Alexis Santos, Mykquan Williams, and Christopher Davis-Fogg, the popular Irish Noel Murphy, West Point graduate Boyd Melson and Russian future world champion Radzhab Butaev.”
Trained by his father Luis Sr. and managed by his mother Marilyn and Mike Criscio, 25-year-old Puerto Rican Luis Rosa Jr. was an accomplished amateur who quickly built a local fan base upon turning pro. After establishing himself as a formidable prospect, Rosa burst onto the national scene in 2014 with signature victories over the highly regarded Jorge Diaz on ESPN and the top-rated Orlando Del Valle on HBO Latino. A perfect 4-0 last year, including a fifth-round stoppage over Jonathan Perez on ESPN, Rosa, now ranked no. 7 by the IBF, is determined to prove against Iwasa that he is ready to win a world title and conquer the junior featherweight division.
“I know Iwasa has faced some good competition, but I’m looking to do damage quick and end the fight early,” said Rosa. “I’m going for the knockout, but I’m going to be smart about it. I know he’s a southpaw and he’s a little tall, he’s slick and fast, but he throws basic combinations and we’re going to work around that. The world title is within my reach and there’s nothing that’s going to stop me from going out there and grabbing it. On November 19, I’m going to show the world that I’m coming to take over the junior featherweight division.”
Japanese southpaw Ryosuke Iwasa, from Kashiwa, Chiba, rated no. 3 by the IBF, turned pro in 2008 at age 18 following a successful 60-6 amateur career that included winning the High School, Interscholastic and National Festival titles. As a pro, he has won the Japanese and OPBF bantamweight belts. After losing to Englishman Lee Haskins for the interim IBF world bantamweight championship in his only fight outside of Japan, Iwasa moved up to junior featherweight. He has earned three impressive wins since then and will be making his US debut against Rosa.
“I would like to thank DiBella Entertainment and Teiken Promotions for making this fight happen,” said Iwasa. “This is a great opportunity to put me back in line for an IBF championship. This will be my first fight in the United States and I know that I will be in Rosa’s backyard, but that will not bother me. Rosa is skilled with good power, but I will prove that I am the better fighter.”
Middleweight Boyd Melson (15-1-1, 4 KOs), of White Plains, NY, is an alumnus of West Point, graduating as a Lieutenant. He made it to the Olympic trials in 2004 and 2008, and won the 2004 World Military Boxing Championships as well. Turning pro in 2010, Melson’s only loss came in a 2012 war against the unbeaten Delen Parsley, in which both boxers hit the canvas. In his last bout, Melson won the WBC USNBC junior middleweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Mike Ruiz. Currently an Army Reserve Captain, Melson, who regularly donates his fight purses to stem cell research.