This Friday night, DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions, in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, will present that week's edition of ESPN's Friday Night Fights/ESPN Deportes' Noche de Combates from the beautiful Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, MO.
Headlining the card will be red-hot lightweight contender Ivan "El Terribel" Redkach (16-0, 13KO's) putting his undefeated record on the line against former title challenger Sergey "The Surgeon" Gulyakevich (41-2, 17KO's) in the 10-round main event of the evening.
In the eight-round co-feature bout, WBA #11-rated junior lightweight Ryan Kielczweski (19-0, 4KO's) puts his undefeated record on the line against once-beaten Ramsey Luna (12-1, 4KO's).
Opening up the card will be promising hometown favorite Stephon Young (9-0, 4KO's), from nearby St. Louis, MO, looking to improve to a perfect 10-0 when he squares off against Vicente Alfaro (6-3, 1KO) in a six-round junior featherweight showdown.
Also seeing action on the card in separate six-round middleweight bouts will be newly signed middleweight DBE prospects Eduardo Alicea (6-0, 3KO's) and Paul Littleton (8-0-1, 4KO's). Alicea, who is co-promoted by Rumble Time Promotions, is set to square off against Demetrius Walker (7-4-1, 4KO's), while Littleton will take on heavy-handed Skylar Thompson (12-12, 10KO's).
Making his much-anticipated pro debut will be DBE's Ukrainian amateur superstar Ivan Golub in a special attraction four-round middleweight bout as he squares off against St. Louis-native Javon Wright (1-2). The 25-year-old Golub had an astounding amateur career, which saw him become a five-time Ukrainian National Champion, win a bronze medal at the junior world championships in 2006 and bronze at the world championships in 2009, amassing a record of 270-32 in the process.
Rounding out the card will be undefeated local favorites Derrick Murray, Kent Cruz and Samir Simpson Bey, all in separate four-round bouts. Murray (6-0-1, 3KO's) is set to take on fellow St. Louis-native Joseph Mueller (pro debut) in a four-round featherweight matchup. Cruz (5-0, 3KO's) squares off against the fellow undefeated Guy Smith Jr. (2-0) in a four-round junior welterweight showdown while St. Louis' Bey (2-0-1, 2KO's) takes on Devon Hostler (1-4) from nearby St. Joseph, MO, in a battle for neighborhood bragging rights.
ESPN will begin live coverage at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.
Tickets are currently on sale and are priced at $80 for ringside and $40 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1(800) 293-5949 or by visiting www.metrotix.com. Doors open at 5 p.m. CT with the first bout scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.