Enjoy a “Fight Night at Limelight”

Coach Curtis Starkey at left with boxer Maidel Santo at right.

If you are like me and enjoy all kinds of entertainment, but can’t afford to go to San Diego for Comic-Con or to Las Vegas for championship boxing, there are reasonably priced options close at hand this month. If you’re a Geek, you can check out Way Late Play Date on Thursday the 26th (see the article in last week’s PRIDE), or AkaiCon on Friday the 27th through Saturday the 28th. If you are a sports fan, and of the “sweet science” of boxing, there’s a real treat in store for you on Saturday the 28th!

Tri-Star Boxing is presenting a full night of pugilistic performances at Club Limelight, located, near Nissan Stadium, at 201 Woodland Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37213. In addition to the championship Main Event, there are NINE, count ’em, nine undercard match-ups. Doors open at 6 pm and all ticket holders must be 18 years or older. Avoid a sell-out, get your ticket(s) now on the Eventbrite website.

Flyweight Edwin Reyes looks to capture his first belt when he faces Jesus Soler for the UBF All-Americas 112 pound championship Saturday. A crowd favorite in the Music City, Reyes never fails to entertain. Born in Guatemala and fighting out of Nashville, Reyes is 8-3-2 with 5 wins by KO. He is well-known for having an action-packed style, throwing more than 100 punches per round. His sensational brawls led to many that have seen him refer to Reyes as “the world’s most exciting fighter.” In his most recent bout, Reyes outpunched 50-plus fight veteran Armando Vazquez en route to an entertaining ten round decision.

Representing the boxing-crazed island of Puerto Rico, Jesus “Chiquito” Soler has an excellent 9-1 professional ledger and 5 victories by KO. In 2013 Soler scored a career-best victory by defeating 6-0 Emanuel Ramirez. Fighting outside of Puerto Rico for the first time against Reyes, Soler is riding a five-fight win streak. The Reyes-Soler UBF championship bout is scheduled for eight rounds.

“Reyes-Soler is going to be one heck of a fight,” said Matt Young of Tri-Star Boxing Promotions. “Everybody in the Music City knows that Edwin makes incredible fights and he’s facing a guy in Jesus Soler that also wants to overwhelm his opponent with activity. This is a tough fight for Edwin and may the best man win.”

In the co-featured bout of the evening, talented super middleweight Maidel “Cuba” Sando looks to run his record to 5-0 when he faces Rashad Scott, 3-1 (1 KO) of Ohio in a six round contest. Born in Cuba and raised in Tennessee, Sando’s a talented fighter with good punching power. The card has a total of ten fights, some including local favorites such as Eduardo Aguilar (3-0), Eric Draper (8-10-1), Dedrick Bell 20-30-1), Demarius “Chuckie” Driver (4-0) and Roger Hilley (4-0) in separate bouts.

“I’d like to thank the Limelight for helping make this exciting fight night a reality,” said Young. “The fans in the Nashville area have been incredibly supportive of the local fighters and the sport of boxing as a whole. I look forward to seeing everybody on the 28th.”

“Bringing boxing back to Nashville as it was in the past,” is what coach Curtis Starkey, a trainer and longtime Nashville native says they intend to do. “We are focused on securing bigger venues with the support of the local boxing fans. 4-0 Cuban pro prospect fighter Maidel Sando, who was a mature sparring and pro sparring partner on occasions with local, now Pro prospect Caleb “Sweet Hand” Plants, who fights for the IBF Super middleweight championship, has his toughest test against Ohio fighter Rashad Scott.”

“Also 3-0 Chuckie “Pressure” Driver, another great prospect, as well as Rydell Mays and Roger Hilley will be showcasing their talent .. all African Americans.

Roger “The Hitman” Hilley is a 22-year-old African-American fighter out of Chattanooga Tennessee. He has had over 200 amateur fights, compiling three national titles and also competed in two Olympic trials. Currently, he is 4-0 as a professional with three knockouts. He Hails out of the YMCA YCAP Boxing Program. He also works part-time for the YMCA YCAP Program as a program coordinator and also helping run the amateur program.”

“I’m from Murfreesboro Tn and I’m a former football player for Riverdale HS class of 07,” says Rydell Mayes. “I’m 29 I’ve been boxing on and off since I was 15. Not a big amateur career most of my experience has come from training and sparring with pro fighters. I’m making my pro debut 7/28 at Limelight”

Chuckie “Young Pressure ” Driver is a 21-year-old professional boxer with the record of 2-0. Chuckie went 110-30 as an amateur boxer competing all over the world. He first started boxing at the age of six and started competing at eight.