Night Of Knockouts

Omar “El Panterita” Figueroa and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero face off

From left: Vincenzo D’Angelo, Alicia Napoleon, Marcus Browne, Lou DiBella, Seanie Monaghan, Patrick Day and Tommy Rainone. (Photo by Nicole Lockwood)
From left: Vincenzo D’Angelo, Alicia Napoleon, Marcus Browne, Lou DiBella, Seanie Monaghan, Patrick Day and Tommy Rainone. (Photo by Nicole Lockwood)

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum will once again be the host of professional boxing, marking the first time in 31 years that an event of this sort has been held at the venue.

On July 15, headliners Omar “El Panterita” Figueroa and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, both former world champions, will take to the newly renovated coliseum for a highly anticipated showdown, which will be broadcast live across the country at 8 p.m. EST on FOX and FOX Deportes.

Also competing will be Long Beach native Seanie Monaghan (28-0, 17 KOs), dubbed the “Irish Rocky,” and Marcus Browne (19-0, 14 KOs), often referred to as the “pride of Staten Island,” both of whom are undefeated in their professional careers thus far.

“I know [Marcus], I know he’s a difficult guy to fight,” said Monaghan in a recent press conference regarding his soon-to-be opponent. “At this point in the game, it’s may the best man win…This is the biggest night of my life, and it’s do or die for me.”

Vying for the pride of Poland in a heavyweight showdown will be Artur Szpilka and Adam Kowanacki.

Local undercut fighters, including Tommy Rainone, Alicia Napoleon, Patrick Day and Vincenzo D’Angelo will also be added to the lineup of seasoned boxers.

“It’s been 31 years since we had the last fight here at the Coliseum,” said Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment, responsible for bringing Premier Boxing Champions to the coliseum. “It’s a thrill to bring it back, and bring it back with some great people.”

The last boxer to square off at Nassau Coliseum was Mike Tyson in March of 1986.

DiBella is certain that the upcoming matches will garner a large turnout, and be the first of many future boxing events to be held at the coliseum.

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Nicole Lockwood
Nicole Lockwood is the former editor of the Syosset Jericho Tribune and New Hyde Park Illustrated News.

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