Middleweight Willie Monroe Jr. took another step toward contender status by outclassing veteran gatekeeper Bryan Vera over 10 rounds in the main event of an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” broadcast from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.
Willie Monroe Jr., a talented southpaw from Rochester who headlines “Friday Night Fights” agaisnt Bryan Vera, had plenty of career options outside of boxing but the middleweight fringe contender has always been pulled to the sport and seems poised to have a breakout year.
Lightweight veteran Petr Petrov and skilled middleweight Willie Monroe Jr. used their experience to earn Boxcino tournament titles on Friday in Verona, N.Y. Petrov outworked Fernando Carcamo to an eighth-round TKO; Monroe outboxed Brandon Adams to a decision.
Brandon Adams and Willie Monroe Jr. will meet in the ESPN2-televised Boxcino middleweight finals on May 23 at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y., the site of their semifinals victories on Friday. Adams outpointed Raymond Gatica. Monroe Jr. outboxed Vitaliy Kopylenko.
Brandon Adams, Raymond Gatica, Vitaliy Kopylenko and Willie Monroe Jr. won their quarterfinal bouts of the Boxcino middleweight tournament that was aired on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.