New York, NY / St. Charles, MO (6/25/14) - This Friday night, DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions, in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, will present that week's edition of ESPN's FridayNight Fights/ESPN Deportes' Noche de Combates from the beautiful Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, MO.
Headlining the card will be red-hot lightweight contender Ivan "El Terribel" Redkach (16-0, 13KO's) putting his undefeated record on the line against former title challenger Sergey "The Surgeon" Gulyakevich (41-2, 17KO's) in the 10-round main event of the evening.
In the eight-round co-feature bout, WBA #11-rated junior lightweight Ryan Kielczweski (19-0, 4KO's) puts his undefeated record on the line against once-beaten Ramsey Luna (12-1, 4KO's).
Opening up the card will be promising hometown favorite Stephon Young (9-0, 4KO's), from nearby St. Louis, MO, looking to improve to a perfect 10-0 when he squares off against Vicente Alfaro (6-3, 1KO) in a six-round junior featherweight showdown.
Also seeing action on the card in separate six-round middleweight bouts will be newly signed middleweight DBE prospects Eduardo Alicea (6-0, 3KO's) and Paul Littleton (8-0-1, 4KO's). Alicea, who is co-promoted by Rumble Time Promotions, is set to square off against Demetrius Walker (7-4-1, 4KO's), while Littleton will take on heavy-handed Skylar Thompson (12-12, 10KO's).
Making his much-anticipated pro debut will be DBE's Ukrainian amateur superstar Ivan Golub in a special attraction four-round middleweight bout as he squares off against St. Louis-native Javon Wright (1-2). The 25-year-old Golub had an astounding amateur career, which saw him become a five-time Ukrainian National Champion, win a bronze medal at the junior world championships in 2006 and bronze at the world championships in 2009, amassing a record of 270-32 in the process. Now Golub is ready to his pro career underway when he takes on Wright.
Rounding out the card will be undefeated local favorites Derrick Murray, Kent Cruz and Samir Simpson Bey, all in separate four-round bouts. Murray (6-0-1, 3KO's) is set to take on fellow St. Louis-native Joseph Mueller (pro debut) in a four-round featherweight matchup. Cruz (5-0, 3KO's) squares off against the fellow undefeated Guy Smith Jr. (2-0) in a four-round junior welterweight showdown while St. Louis' Bey (2-0-1, 2KO's) takes on Devon Hostler (1-4) from nearby St. Joseph, MO, in a battle for neighborhood bragging rights.
The ESPN Friday Night Fights card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions, in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.
ESPN will begin live coverage at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.
Tickets are currently on sale and are priced at $80 for ringside and $40 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1(800) 293-5949 or by visiting www.metrotix.com. Doors open at 5 p.m. CT with the first bout scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.