TAMPA – The popular Ballroom Brawl series returns to the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel tonight as Tampa cruiserweight Nick “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi (13-1, 8 KO) and Sarasota super middleweight Adam Jaco headline an action packed card Friday night. Presented by One Punch Productions in association with the Fight Factory, the first bout is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
Iannuzzi (13-1, 8 KO), fresh off his stunning knockout of Michael Alexander in November, will take on Deleon Tinsley (9-5-1, 5 KO) from nearby Orlando in the main event. Jaco (6-3-1, 2 KO) steps up to co-main status after a dominating TKO win over Eric Clinton last September and will face Marcus Don Hall (11-3, 4 KO) out of Savannah, GA.
In other bouts, Tampa’s Reynaldo Cepeda (1-0, 1 KO) looks to follow up on his first round knockout of Brandon Reid in his professional debut and will take on Jones Petit-Hommes from St. Marc, Haiti in what may be the emotional bout of the evening after the earthquake disaster in Hommes native country. It is scheduled for four rounds in the welterweight division.
Heavyweights Mike Greeson (pro debut) from New Port Richey and Roy Boykin (1-3, 1 KO) out of Macon, Mississippi will square off in a four rounder.
Adam Jaco (Photo: Ted Fleming / TBSN Sports Media)
To open the night, undefeated Sherali Dostiev (3-0, 1 KO) from Boca Raton takes on Jorge Vidal from Orlando who will be stepping into the ring for the first time.
Promoter Terry Trekas noted the size of the card has more to do with many boxers not returning to the gym after the holidays as anything else but don’t let the number of bouts fool you. One Punch has a great reputation for bringing fight fans the most competitive fights in the state. Tonight should be no exception.
Trekas is also bringing Ballroom Brawl back to the Doubletree where the series gained most of its popularity after a brief run at the Downtown Hyatt.
All bouts are sanctioned by the Florida Boxing Commission where scoring is based on a ten-point must system. The three knockdown rule will be in effect.
Nick Iannuzzi (192.8) – Deleon Tinsley (198.4)
Adam Jaco (169) – Marcus Don Hall (176.6 – subject to approval)
Rey Cepeda (145.6) – Jones Petit-Hommes (138.2)
Mike Greeson (223.4) – Roy Boykin (217.4)
Sherali Dostiev (124.6) – Jorge Vidal (129.6)
Terry Trekas (Photo: Ted Fleming / TBSN Sports Media)
Spotted in the audience at Thursday’s weigh-in was Tyrone Booze, the first boxing champion to come out of St. Petersburg when he knocked out cruiserweight Derek Angol in England for the WBO belt in 1992.
He trained out of the famed 4th Street Gym.
Two of the bigger names on his résumé are Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and Evander Holyfield and despite taking losses he went the distance in both, ten against Muhammad and eight with Holyfield.
Former lightweight champion Nate Campbell was in attendance and is hoping to get back in the ring soon. He has not fought since last August when he stepped up in class to take on Timothy Bradley for the WBO light welterweight title, however, it ended in controversy when it was stopped in the third round as Campbell claimed the cut over his left eye was due to an intentional head butt.
The Tampa resident by way of Jacksonville is in the gym training in case he gets a call from Bradley for a rematch.