Millville middleweight Ismael Garcia and Mays Landing lightweight Sidell Blocker are fighting on the undercard of tonight's boxing show at Bally's Atlantic City.
Garcia (4-0, 1 KO) is taking on Trenton fighter Alando Swain (5-2, 1 KO) in a six-round bout. Swain was supposed to fight Garcia's trainer partner, Millville's Thomas LaManna (11-0, 6 KOs), but LaManna had to withdraw earlier this month after suffering a hand injury. Garcia, 26, last fought 10 months ago, when he earned a first-round TKO over Kenneth Moody at Resorts Hotel Casino. Swain is coming off a six-round decision loss to Wilson Santiago at Resorts 13 months ago.
Blocker (1-5-1), 32, is ending a two-year layoff tonight in a four-rounder against Philadelphia native Sultahn Staton (1-0, 1 KO). Blocker's last fight resulted in a second-round TKO defeat against Tyrone Luckey at the Prudential Center in Newark on May 20, 2011.
Six other bouts are on the card, which is being promoted by Philadelphia's Russell Peltz. In the 10-round main event, Philadelphia super-featherweight Teon Kennedy (17-2-2, 7 KOs) will meet Carlos Vinan (10-9-5, 2 KOs), of Newark.
A limited number of tickets, priced at $50, are still available through Ticketmaster outlets and the Bally's box office.
Legends Gala in A.C. tonight
Press of Atlantic City sportswriter David Weinberg will be among the honorees at the second annual Atlantic City All Star Legends Boxing Gala tonight at Resorts Casino Hotel.
Weinberg will join former world champion fighters such as Iran Barkley, Corey Spinks, William Joppy, Tony Tubbs and Chuck Wepner, plus other long-time contributors to the sport such as Caesars Entertainment consultant Ken Condon, ringside physician Dr. Dominic Coletta. Over 30 people will be recognized.
Tickets to the gala are $100 and are available at Resorts and through Ticketmaster. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. in Resorts' ballroom.