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Cornwall, ON – May 9, 2019 – Lightweight contender Tony Luis, a native of Cornwall, will face the most daunting test of his 11-year professional career on Friday, June 21, when he battles Mexican knockout artist Adrian Estrella in the main event of a multi-fight card at Cornwall Civic Complex.

The WBC Continental Americas championship will be on the line in what promises to be a pyrotechnic collision between two premier, battle-tested 135-pounders, both of whom are angling toward a world title shot.

An equally intriguing co-feature will match Luis’ undefeated stablemate, Will Madera of Albany, N.Y., against another rugged Mexican, Christian Uruzquieta, in a 10-round battle for the WBC International Silver lightweight crown.

Luis (27-3, 10 Kos), the No. 1-ranked lightweight in Canada, will put an eight-fight winning streak on the line against Estrella (29-3, 24 KOs), who doesn’t figure to be intimidated, having faced three consecutive unbeaten opponents.

“He’s younger, has more wins, and has more knockouts than me. He’s a champion for a reason,” said Luis. “On paper he’s supposed to win. Unfortunately for him, I’m not going to let that happen. I believe I am the best lightweight in the world and on June 21st I plan to take his title is devastating fashion.”

Estrella’s most-recent outing was Feb. 9, when we won the WBC Continental Americas lightweight belt by split decision over highly regarded Oscar Duarte (15-0-1). Estrella will be defending that strap in Cornwall. The 27-year-old Monterrey, Mexico slugger knocked out the first 18 opponents he faced in a career that dates back to 2010.

“I am thankful for this opportunity, and I’m ready to fight Luis.”, said Estrella. “I’m coming off a big win in California against an undefeated fighter who nobody thought I would beat, but I did. I’m in great shape, and the people of Cornwall are going to be shocked when they see what I do to Luis. Thanks to Denis Benoit of Liveco Boxing and Manuel Garrido of Miura Boxing for this great opportunity. For my first fight in Canada, I plan to come back home to Texas with the win, my title and feeling grateful for the hospitality of the Canadian people.”

The 28-year-old Madera (14-0-2, 7 KOs) is computer-ranked 15th in the United States among 135-pounders, according to boxrec.com, but the New York native also will be stepping up in competition. His most-recent conquest was a first-round knockout of Daulis Prescott (32-11) in Colombia.

Uruzquieta (18-4-1, 6 KOs), also 28, won the vacant WBC International Silver lightweight title in December with a split-decision over previously unbeaten Ray Moylette (11-0). He has faced seven unbeaten opponents in a career that began in 2009.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to fight a guy who brings the action”, said Madera. “I won’t have to look for him, he’ll be right in front of me, and I will punish him to the body and knock him out.”

The two title fights will top a 7-fight show that also promises plenty of fireworks on the undercard, which will be unveiled shortly.

“As a fight fan first, I can’t wait for this event,” said Denis Benoit, CEO of Liveco Boxing, and promoter of both Luis and Madera. “On paper, both matchups are very intriguing, and both fights promise to be all out wars. Fight fans are in for a real treat. To be the best, you need to beat the best, and I’m confident that Luis and Madera will do what they need to do to get the win.”

Tickets for the June 21st event are priced at $29.00, $39.00, and $59.00, and go on sale Friday, May 10th at 10:00 AM. They can be purchased online at www.ticketpro.ca, by phone (888) 655-9090, or in person at the Cornwall Civic Complex box-office. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the first bout scheduled for 8:00 PM.

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NEW YORK and TORONTO, ON March 30, 2019 – Rising Lightweight prospect, Will Madera (14-0-2 7 KO’s) of Albany, NY, scored an impressive first-round knockout victory over former world title challenger, Daulis Prescott (32-12 24 KO’s) of Barranquilla, Columbia, in a scheduled 8-round co-feature Saturday night from the Jamil Shrine Temple in Columbia, SC. Madera stopped Prescott at 1:23 of the first round with a five-punch combination to the body.

“Will Madera has quickly become a serious prospect in the lightweight division,” said Denis Benoit, CEO of Liveco Boxing and Madera’s promoter. “In his last fight, he upset previously undefeated Thomas Mattice on ShoBox, and now, with precision, he knocks out a former world title challenger in a little over a minute. It’s been a great year so far, and it’s only going to get better from here,” added Benoit.

Stay tuned. Madera will be back in the ring in April or May.

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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