Mark DeLuca, Spike O’Sullivan Return at House of Blues, Boston

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By Francisco Salazar

Junior middleweight contender Mark DeLuca will square off against Jimmy Williams tonight at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts.

The 10-round bout will stream live on Murphys Boxing Facebook Page (Facebook .com/DropkickMurphys, 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT).

At Friday’s weigh-in, DeLuca weighed in at 153.6 pounds. Williams weighed 153.2.

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DeLuca (22-1, 13 knockouts), who resides in the Boston suburb of Whitman, defeated Walter Wright by unanimous decision in his last bout on Ot. 20. The bout came almost four months after the rematch, when Wright won by split-decision to win two regional title belts.

The 31-year-old DeLuca has mostly fought in the New England, where he has built a significant fanbase in the area. He is currently ranked number 10 by the IBF.

Williams (16-1-1 1 NC, 5 KOs), who resides in Nw Haven, Connecticut, also fought on Oct. 20, defeating Enver Halili by decision over eight rounds.

Like DeLuca, Williams has fought modest opposition in and around the New England area. He suffered his only loss as a pro on Apr. 20 at the hands of prospect Marquis Taylor.

In the co-feature, former middleweight contender Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan will face Khiary Gray in an eight-round junior middleweight bout.

O’Sullivan (29-3, 20 KOs) defeated Gabor Gorbics in his last fight on Dec. 7 in Castlebar, Ireland, not far from his home in Cork.

The victory over Gorbics came almost three months after losing by knockout to hard-hitting David Lemieux in Las Vegas, which occurred on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin II.

Gray (16-4, 12 KOs), who resides Worcester, Massachusetts, stopped veteran Antonio Chaves Fernandez in the opening round of his last bout on Aug. 8. He has lost four of his last seven bouts.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Charles Foster (17-0, 8 KOs) of New Haven, Connecticut will square off against Chicago’s Mike Jimenez (22-1-2, 14 KOs) in a 10 round bout. A regional title belt will be on the line.

Welterweight Noel Murphy (12-1-1, 2 KOs) will face unbeaten John Joyce (7-0, 4 KOs) in an all-ireland clash scheduled for eight rounds.

Heavyweight Niall Kennedy (12-0-1, 7 KOs) squares off against Michael Marrone (21-10, 15 KOs) in an eight-round bout.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing




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