Promoter Artie Pelullo/Photo courtesy of boxrec.com
Three local fighters on Friday will begin their quests for a top-10 world ranking when they begin participation in the eight-fighter junior middleweight tournament known as Boxcino.
The creation of longtime promoter Artie Pelullo, Boxcino will give fighters an opportunity to not only be crowned with two regional titles, but earn top-10 rankings in two major governing bodies. All tournament bouts will be televised by ESPN2. The heavyweight portion of Boxcino will begin a week from Friday.
Brandon “The Cannon” Adams of Norwalk via Lynwood, Vardan “Vito” Gasparyan of Burbank and Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis of Los Angeles will box in Friday’s junior middleweight quarterfinals at Mohegan Sun Casino in Unasville, Conn.
Adams (15-1, 10 KOs) will take on Alex Perez (18-1, 10 KOs) of Newark, N.J.; Gasparyan (14-3-5, 8 KOs) will go against Simeon “Candy Man” Hardy (13-0, 10 KOs) of the Bronx, N.Y.; and Pendarvis (17-4-2, 6 KOs) will square off with Ricardo Pinell (10-1-1, 6 KOs) of San Francisco.
Adams lost to Willie Monroe Jr. in the finals of the 2014 Boxcino middleweight tournament.
All quarterfinals bouts are six rounds, semifinals are eight rounds with the championship bout slated for 10.