Professional boxing is returning to Sullivan County for the first time in more than a decade when Resorts World Catskills hosts The Catskills Clash on June 28.

The card includes undefeated boxers Dylan “The Real Deal” Moran, “Action” Anthony Laureano and Richie “Popeye the Sailor Man” Rivera fight for American Boxing Organization titles at the RW Epicenter.

A major boxing title will be contested in the Catskills for the first time since Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini defeated Jorge Morales for the North American Boxing Federation lightweight title on May 16, 1981 at the Concord Resort Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, according to the BoxRec web site.

Monticello Raceway & Casino hosted the last boxing card in the Catskills on May 30, 2008. The card featured Newburgh heavyweight Zuri Lawrence.

Moran, a 24-year-old welterweight from Ireland with a 10-0 record, will be fighting for the first time in the United States. Laureano, 24, (10-0) defeated Ronald Rivas by unanimous decision in his last super lightweight bout on Jan. 26 at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. Rivera, 28, recorded his 10 knockouts in 11 fights against Ernesto Zamora on April 26 in Tijuana, Mexico.

Opponents have yet to be announced for Moran, Laureano and Rivera.

Boxing in the Catskills dates back to the 1920s in Monticello. Legends Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano trained for championship fights in Sullivan County. Mike Tyson fought Lorenzo Boyd at the old Stevensville Hotel in Swan Lake on July 11, 1986.

Tickets for the card go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Apparently, the resort, which opened in February, will host more boxing in the future.

“Boxing champions made a name for themselves in the Catskills years ago, and we look forward to bringing that same excitement back to the area,” said Kevin Kline, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Resorts World Catskills in a press release. “We have established Resorts World Catskills Casino Resort and the RW Epicenter as a premier destination for live entertainment in the region, and we look forward to adding sporting events, including boxing to our list of offerings.”

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