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NEW YORK and TORONTO, ON January 29, 2019 – The lights will be bright, the crowd will be loud, the stakes will be sky-high for undefeated lightweight Will Madera, who intends to cash in on the biggest opportunity of his pro career Friday night against an opponent hyped as his toughest test yet.

Madera (12-0-2, 6 KOs), a native of Albany, NY, says fans can expect a vastly-improved version of himself against highly-touted Thomas Mattice, 13-0-1 (10 KOs) in the co-feature of a scintillating ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader, which airs at 10 p.m. ET.

The two rising stars, both 28, collide at the historic Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY, on a card headlined by undefeated super middleweight prospect Ronald Ellis, who takes on once-beaten DeAndre Ware.

“I believe one of the reasons (Mattice’s team) chose Madera is because he’s had two draws in his last three fights, but Madera is a different fighter now, and Mattice is in for a nasty surprise on Friday,” said Denis Benoit, CEO of Liveco Boxing and Madera’s promoter. A lot has changed, says Benoit, since Madera battled Wesley Ferrer (12-0 at the time) to a split draw in December 2017, followed by a majority draw last March against Alberto Alejandro Morales Bautista (6-8).

In September, veteran boxing trainer Gunther Fishgold took the reins of Madera’s career, eliminating personal distractions, including a four-nights-a-week work schedule as a residential counselor at an adult nursing facility. Fishgold enabled the fighter to train full-time for the first time ever.

The Madera-Mattice clash was a late add to the televised portion of the ShoBox card, replacing a bout involving 140-pound prospect Logan Yoon, who withdrew with a knee injury from his showdown with Richard Zamora. But Madera had been preparing for a Feb. 23 fight date on another card, and seized on the chance to face Mattice on Showtime at the end of an intense, eight-week training camp — by far the best of his life.

“The timing is perfect. I’m in great shape and I’m prepared for Mattice,” said Madera, whose amateur pedigree included two New York Golden Gloves championships, and whose aunt was Mike Tyson’s high school prom date. “This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for, and I’m going to make the most of it.”

Meanwhile, Mattice, of Cleveland, also is expected to arrive eager to impress after back-to-back wars with Zhora Hamazaryan, both of which ended in disappointment. The first, in July, resulted in a controversial split-decision victory (called “the worst decision in the history of Showtime Boxing” by analyst Steve Farhood). September’s rematch was ruled a split draw, the only blemish on Mattice’s record.

Doors should swing open for the winner of the Madera-Mattice battle, and it will be back to the drawing board for the fighter who comes up short.

In the main event, Ellis (15-0-2, 10 KOs) will battle for three vacant regional belts against Ware (12-1-2, 8 KOs), who will attempt to rebound from the only loss of his career, a unanimous-decision setback at the hand of Cem Kilic in September.

Ware represents a step up in competition for Ellis, whose resume also includes a 2018 draw with undefeated Junior Younan.

In the opener of Friday’s telecast, Albany’s Abraham Nova (14-0, 10 KOs), formerly the No. 1-ranked U.S. amateur, will battle fellow unbeaten Oluwaseun Joshua Wahab (18-0, 11 KOs) of Ghana in a super featherweight bout scheduled for eight rounds.

Hometown Champ Sets Sights on NABA Belt on June 17th.

Cornwall native Tony “Lightning” Luis is returning to his hometown in an all-Canadian tilt to face undefeated “Irish” Cam O’Connell on June 17 for the vacant NABA lightweight crown.

The Luis-O’Connell matchup will headline another night of boxing at the Cornwall Civic Complex following April’s hugely successful event by promoter Liveco Boxing.

Luis (23-3 8KOs) is currently ranked #2 in Canada. He is returning to the ring in Cornwall after an April hometown debut where he pounced on Mexico’s Noe Nuñez (17-4 13KOs), stopping “El Dengue” in the 6th round. Luis is looking to take the WBA’s North American affiliate’s crown in the lightweight division by going through O’Connell who is the #3-ranked boxer in Canada.

O’Connell (15-0-1 10KOs), from Red Deer, Alberta, has never been beaten. In his last bout, he destroyed tough veteran Oscar Barajas (17-4-1 9KOs) with a 4th-round knockout in March and won a December 2016 unanimous decision in a brawl with Juan Bedolla Orozco.

Luis is familiar with O’Connell. They fought as 19-year-old amateurs in Internationals with Luis coming out on top. “He’s a talented and motivated fighter,” Luis said. “I’m as hungry as he is and this is a competitive match that I welcome. I’m confident in my ability to beat him.”

“I’d like to thank Tony Luis for stepping up and taking this fight, a fight the fans are entitled to see,” said O’Connell. “The two best Lightweights in the Country, fighting for a reputable title and the number one spot. Now that the contracts are signed, and the fight announced, I am sure the Canadian boxing scene will be buzzing. I have waited my entire life for an opportunity like this and have worked extremely hard. Now the time has come, and I’m eager to showcase my skills and heart to the boxing world. I am not taking this fight lightly, and I’m preparing for a war of attrition. Thanks again, Team Luis.”

Liveco Boxing CEO Denis Benoit said, “This is Tony’s opportunity to take the next step onto the world stage. O’Connell is a seasoned fighter and he has a lot of momentum, but Tony will be super-motivated to raise a belt in front of his hometown fans. A big thank you to Mel Lubovac, O’Connell’s promoter, for working with us to make the biggest fight in Canada happen.”

In an 8-round co-feature bout, Canadian Light Heavyweight Champion Tim Cronin (9-1-1 2 KOs), originally from Bellville, ON, will face Louisbert Altidor (5-1 1 KO) of Longueuil, Quebec in what promises to be an all-out war.

Akwesasne native Ronnie “Rocket” Robidoux (3-0 2KOs) will join his stablemate and fellow hometown boxer on the card again on June 17. Robidoux dominated Jesus Ortega in Cornwall in April to keep his record sparkling and plans to light up the arena again in front of a friendly crowd.

Also, returning to Cornwall will be Albany’s “ILL” Will Madera (9-0 4KOs) who dismantled Omar Valenzuela back in April with an impressive array of speed, power, and boxing acumen.

Other bouts for June 17 have yet to set and will be announced shortly by Liveco.

Tickets for this incredible night of boxing go on sale this coming Friday at the Cornwall Civic Complex box-office, online at www.admission.com or by phone at (613) 938-9400.

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