High Stakes For Heavyweights Palmer & Vukosa Jan. 28
On January 28, Reyes Boxing returns to the Lowell Auditorium
in Lowell, MA for the “Down and Dirty 5” fight card.
In the main event of the evening, Donnie Palmer challenges
Steve Vukosa in a ten round heavyweight contest.
A towering inferno at 6’10, Palmer is 12-2-1 with 10
knockouts. Since suffering a setback against top 10
heavyweight Joe Joyce, Palmer’s won three straight fights,
two of which came via knockout.
Born in Boston and residing in Dorchester, MA, Palmer’s also
well known outside of the ring. An Army Veteran and special
education teacher, Palmer ran for congress last year in
Massachusetts’ 7th district against incumbent Ayanna
Known as “The Gentle Giant,” Vukosa’s excellent professional
ledger is 13-1-1 with 5 KO’s. The Quincy, MA native made
waves in the boxing world by defeating former US Olympian
Jason Estrada in 2014. He went onto fight in ESPN’s Boxcino
Tournament but lost against Donovan Dennis. In 2019, Vukosa
pulled off yet another upset when he bested 18-2 Joe
Cusumano by unanimous decision.
“Donnie and Steve have been part of the New England boxing
scene for more than a decade,” said Mike Reyes of Reyes
Boxing Promotions. “They’re two big heavyweights, with
Donnie being 6’10 and Steve at 6’5, that have excellent
records. Both fighters recognize a win on January 28 could
open the door for a matchup against a top heavyweight.”
Harry “The Hitman” Gigliotti, 8-4 (3 KO’s), of Haverhill, MA
faces Salem, MA’s Brandon Sandoval, 2-3 (1 KO). The six
round junior welterweight contest is for the ABF title.
Undefeated junior lightweight and Lowell’s very own Gabriel
Morales puts his 5-0 record on the line against 18 fight
veteran Ryan Venable of Virginia.
Methuen, MA’s Luke Iannuccilli, 4-0 (1 KO), squares off with
heavy-handed Argentine Sergio Castellano, 11-12 (7 KO’s)
over six rounds in the junior middleweight division.
Multi-time amateur champion Jaydell Pazmino of Sandown, NH
makes his pro debut in a four round junior lightweight
contest against Virginia’s Stacey Anderson.
Contenders Steve Geffrard, Willian Silva and Hegley Mosqueda
are scheduled to appear in separate bouts. Philadelphia
native Tahmir Smalls and local favorites Alicia Pike, Devon
Williams and Salvatore Pugliares will all appear in separate