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Bringing Live Pro Boxing Back to Westbury

Former Long Island boxer Joe Winters is following his father Jimmy’s footsteps returning to boxing, this time as a promoter. Winters a popular heavyweight fought from 1986 to 1992 compiling a record of 13-2-1, 6 knockouts (KOs). Winters recently sold a large and successful Long Island business and is returning to his true love boxing. He is joining forces with long time New York promotional heavy Lou DiBella to bring boxing big to Long Island.

The first DiBella/Winters co-promoted show is scheduled for June 5 at Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury. The main event will feature Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (23-1, 16 KOs) taking on “Slick” Vinroy Barrett (22-7, 11 KOs). Barret has been in with contenders like Grady Brewer, Walter Wright, Yuri Foreman and Carlos Quintana his last outing a decision loss to Brooklyn’s Yuri Foreman. Wolak, who was 21-0 before being sidetracked by contender Ishe Smith, is coming in off Tko wins over Chac Green leaf and “Contenders” Norbert Bravo in February.

The card is scheduled 0to feature some of the areas up and coming talent. Along with Wolak is welterweight Mike Ruiz (8-3, 5 KOs), light heavyweight Will Rosinsky (7-0, 6 KOs), heavyweight Kasim Howard (8-0, 4 KOs), middleweight Dennis Douglin (1-0, 1 KOs), light welterweights Steve Osmond (3-0, 1Ko) and Chris Algieri (6-0, 4 KOs), light middleweight Lambros Karaolides, (2-0, 2 KOs) and junior middleweight Willie Monroe.

DiBella who promotes names  like Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor, Andre Berto, Kermit “Killer” Cintron Allan “Ghost Dog” Green and Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson, also backs some homegrown talent Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, Jaidon “The Don” Codrington, Gary “Kid” Stark and Tor Hamer. Together with co-promoter Joe Winters, they are determined to showcase kids who fight out of gyms on Long island as some Golden Gloves favorites.

The last boxing show at the formerly renowned Westbury Music Fair was March 27, 1998 with the main event featuring Teddy Reid and Juan LaPorte. The fight card also featured Plainview’s Kathy “Wildcat” Collins, Farmingville’s Carmine Tufano and Garden City’s “Irish Storm” Kevin Collins.

Tickets are $66.50 and $101.50 and can be purchased at The Capital One Bank Theatre box office or online at www.livenation.com.

Additionally, on May 30, DiBella Entertainments Andre Berto (24-0, 19 KOs), who has recent victories over Luis Collazzo and Stevie Forbes , will face off against the “Iron Twin” Juan Urango (21-1-1, 16 KOs). The semi main event will feature Berto’s stablemate Kermit Cintron (30-2-1, 27 KOs) taking on undefeated Alfredo Angulo (15-0, 12 KOs). For more information, visit www.strictlybusinessboxing.com, or www.dbe1.com.