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Boxcino returns for 2015

December, 27, 2014
Boxcino will be back on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” this season.

After a pair of fun and exciting eight-man, single-elimination tournaments in the lightweight and middleweight divisions last season -- Petr Petrov knocked out Fernando Carcamo in the eighth round to win the 135-pound tournament, and Willie Monroe Jr. won a 10-round decision over Brandon Adams to win it all at 160 -- promoter Artie Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and ESPN2 have two more tournaments on tap for the 2015 season.

The participants in the new tournaments are still to be finalized, but they will be contested in the junior middleweight and heavyweight divisions.

The junior middleweight tournament is scheduled to kick off with six-round quarterfinal bouts Feb. 13 at the Mohegan Sun resort in Uncasville, Connecticut.

"We are excited to be coming to the Mohegan Sun to kick off Boxcino 2015," Pelullo said in announcing the junior middleweight quarterfinals. “Last year's tournament was very successful, and we look forward to having the first round of junior middleweights at Mohegan Sun. There have been many classic fights at the Mohegan Sun, and on Feb. 13, we plan on adding to the great tradition."

The scheduled six-round heavyweight quarterfinals will follow on Feb. 20 at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York.

The eight-round semifinal bouts at junior middleweight will take place April 3 at a venue to be determined, and the heavyweight semis are April 10, also at a site to be announced.

On May 22 -- site TBA -- tournament champions will be crowned in both divisions with scheduled 10-round fights.

Gatica looks to shine in Boxcino

April, 17, 2014

The Boxcino middleweight tournament rolls on this week with the semifinals of the eight-man tournament on “Friday Night Fights” (ESPN2, 9 ET).

Vitalii Kopylenko (23-0, 13 KOs) of Ukraine takes on Willie Monroe Jr. (16-1, 6 KOs) of Rochester, N.Y., in one half of the bracket and Brandon Adams (13-0, 9 KOs) faces Raymond Gatica (14-2, 9 KOs) in the other half at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y. Each fight is scheduled for eight rounds and the winners will meet in the final on May 23, also at Turning Stone, but in a 10-round fight.

Gatica, 29, of Austin, Texas, was largely unknown before the tournament started but he looked good knocking out previously undefeated Sena Agbeko in the fourth round in the Feb. 28 quarterfinals.

Gatica is hoping to carry the success over into the semifinals against Adams, 24, of Los Angeles, who advanced with his own fourth-round knockout of Daniel Edouard.

"I felt I was a little sloppy (against Agbeko) but it came down to who would throw the harder punches," Gatica said. “My training for this fight is going well and I am getting in shape. I will be in better condition and we are working on my technique. Brandon is a good fight for me. He is worthy with good skills. He is strong and in good shape. I am glad to be fighting him."

If you ask Gatica, he believes the semifinal match is worthy of being the final.

"It could be us in the finals but that's the way tournament shook out,” Gatica said. “I see myself winning the whole thing, but I am taking this one fight at a time. It is exciting and I believe I will be in the final. (Fans) have liked my fights and have got great feedback on the concept of Boxcino. It gets people to fight and not be protected.”

The Boxcino lightweight tournament final is also on the May 23 card and will match Petr Petrov (34-4-2, 15 KOs) against Fernando Carcamo (17-5, 13 KOs).