STAMFORD, Conn. – October 8, 2015 – Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) coverage continues this Saturday, October 10 live in prime-time at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, highlighted by a welterweight bout between Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (26-2, 10 KOs), and Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (23-2, 4 KOs) from historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Mass. The bout serves as a rematch of an April 2011 meeting between the fighters, with Bracero winning by unanimous decision.
Coverage also includes a bout between undefeated super bantamweight knockout specialist Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (19-0, 19 KOs) and New England native Danny Aquino (17-2, 10 KOs); and rising prospect Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczweski (23-1, 7 KOs) from Quincy, Mass., who twice captured a New England Golden Gloves titles at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, against Brooklyn’s Rafael “Dynamite” Vazquez (16-1, 13 KOs) in a featherweight bout.
Kenny Rice will call the action alongside analysts “Sugar” Ray Leonard and B.J. Flores, with Paul Burmeister reporting from ring-side.
A LOOK AT THE MATCHUPS
The 30-year-old O’Connor is a former National Golden Gloves champion who has fought as a pro since 2008, and is coming off of consecutive knockout victories over Michael Clark, Andrew Farmer and Chris Gilbert. Fighting out of Framingham, Massachusetts, O’Connor is looking to impress in a fight on his home turf.
Bracero has won eight of his 10 fights since defeating O’Connor in 2011, and hopes to see a repeat of that performance on Saturday. Fighting out of Brooklyn, the 34-year-old owns recent victories over Dmitry Salita, Pavel Miranda and Jermaine White.
The owner of a perfect knockout percentage, Guzman looks to build off of his last three fights, all knockouts in New England-area bouts. Fighting out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the 26-year-old faces the toughest challenge of his career against Aquino.
The 25-year-old Aquino made his mark with a hard fought victory over the previously undefeated Kielczewski in April, and returns to New England in hopes of taking down another unbeaten prospect. Aquino fights out of Meriden, Connecticut, and owns victories over Jhon Alberto Molina and Coy Evans.
A runner-up in the 2008 National Golden Glove tournament, the 26-year-old Kielczweski often fights in his home state of Massachusetts. Born and raised in Quincy, he bounced back from his first defeat (against Aquino) to deliver a first-round knockout over Anthony Napunyi in May. Another tough challenge awaits “The Polish Prince” as he looks to prove his world title worth.
Brooklyn’s Vazquez has kept a busy schedule in 2015, and will return for his fifth fight this year when he challenges Kielczweski. The 37-year-old Vazquez fights for his family, as his daughter is autistic and his wife was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Since his pro debut in September 2010, Vazquez has donated portions of his purses to autism research, while also holding fundraisers to help raise awareness.
NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) coverage in 2015, including cards on NBC and NBCSN, and NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing. The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.
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