The 50th birthday celebration for future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins will have even more fireworks with the addition of Philadelphia favorites Raymond “Tito” Serrano and Avery Sparrow, plus several other exciting undercard bouts featuring East Coast talent on Golden Boy Live! at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia on Tuesday, January 20 airing on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
In a six-round welterweight bout between Pennsylvanian fighters, Philadelphia’s Raymond “Tito” Serrano (19-2, 9 KOs) takes on Allentown’s Jerome Rodriguez (6-1-3, 2 KOs). The 25-year-old Serrano bounced back from losses to Emmanuel Taylor and Karim Mayfield with a fourth-round stoppage of Wilfredo Acuna last November, and he wants to keep the momentum going in 2015.
A four-round swing bout will see local Philadelphia favorite Avery Sparrow (3-0, 1 KO) meet up with Pennsauken, N.J.’s Pedro Andres (1-1). The 21-year-old Sparrow is a former amateur standout coming off a four-round win over Jesus Lule on November 25.
Manassas, Va’s Robert Sweeney (3-1) will kick off his 2015 year with a six-round junior middleweight bout against Camden, N.J.’s Gilbert Alex Sanchez (4-6-1, 2 KOs), and in the four-round junior lightweight opener, Pennsauken, N.J.’s Carlos Rosario (1-1) squares off with Snow Hill, N.C’s Timothy McNair (0-2).
This special Golden Boy Live! installment celebrates the “The Alien’s” landmark moment with a main event 10-round featherweight bout that puts Philadelphia’s Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (18-3, 9 KOs) against WBC International Silver Super Featherweight champion, Nicaragua’s Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (21-3, 15 KOs). In the co-main event, Newark, N.J.’s Michael “The Artist” Perez (21-1, 10 KOs) meets Venezuela’s former world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (29-7-2, 23 KOs) of Venezuela in a 10-round junior welterweight matchup, and unbeaten lightweight Lamont Roach Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs) of Washington, D.C. puts his perfect record on the line in the six-round televised opener against Baltimore’s Herbert Quartey (8-10, 7 KOs).
Tickets for the event are priced at $75 for ringside, $50 for general reserved and $35 for reserved corner and are on sale now. Tickets are available by calling (215) 364-9000, online at www.wanatix.com or at 2300 Arena, 2300 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia, PA 19148.
Hunter vs. Alvarado, a 10-round featherweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Joe Hand Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Mexico – Live It To Believe It! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the first bell rings at 7:00 p.m. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
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