Star Boxing Signs Ireland Born/NY Based
Undefeated Harley “Heavy Hands” Burke!
(January 27th) Star Boxing is pleased to announce the signing of undefeated Yonkers based super middleweight HARLEY “HEAVY HANDS” BURKE (7-0 6KO’s). Burke’s nickname “Heavy Hands” comes with good credence, having won six of seven professional bouts by way of knockout. On March 4th, Burke will be making his Star Boxing debut in a 6-round super middleweight bout vs JOSEPH AGUILAR (Portland, OR, 4-1-1 2KO’s) at the recently announced “Jersey City Fight Night” at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Harley was born in Galway, Ireland, but it wasn’t long until he and his parents moved to the United States looking for new opportunity. Setting up shop in Yonkers, Harley was raised in New York, but will never forget where he came from. “I am extremely proud of my Irish American heritage,” said Harley. “Leaving a legacy as an Irish American fighter is one of my main motivators.”
Harley laced up his gloves for the first time at the age of 11 and competed in his first amateur bout at the age of 13. He fought in the New York State Golden Gloves, but always had his sights set on fighting professionally. Having a love for the sport of boxing, Harley did whatever he could to be around it. This passion led to a stint as an intern for NY and CT Hall of Fame Promoter, Joe DeGuardia during Harley’s senior year of high school. Having worked two of Star Boxing’s fight cards in Long Island, Harley knew he wanted to be a professional boxer.
Outside of the ring Harley is a go-getter. He graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in 2013 and has worked as a construction laborer while building a clientele for his now successful personal training business over the last ten years. In 2022 he began his own pressure washing company.
In the ring, like a pressure washer, Harley drowns you with pressure and demolishes you with his power. He turned pro in 2019 and stayed busy finding fights where he could during the pandemic. He passed his first big test against Brandon Maddox, winning by unanimous decision.
"Signing with Star Boxing is a dream come true for me," said Harley. "In 2013 during my senior year of high school I interned for Star Boxing. 10 years later I’m signing a multiyear deal with them. It all comes full circle. My main goal since turning professional 4 years ago was to sign with a prominent promoter. Joe DeGuardia’s track record speaks for itself. He’s built world champions. I’ve got the right man backing me, now it’s on me to go and perform. I want to bring big nights of boxing to NYC. I can’t wait.”
Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say about the signing, “You truly never know where talent will spring from. Harley was an intern for Star Boxing back in 2013, and I would have never guessed a decade later we would be signing him as an undefeated professional fighter. We are excited for what Harley brings to the ring and admire his accomplishments outside of the ring as well. We are confident that his talent and character will define his success as he continues to develop into bigger fights. It all starts for Harley on March 4 at White Eagle Hall, so be sure to get your tickets and come support.”
Jersey City Fight Night is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. The full thrilling fight card will be announced soon with tickets set to go on sale starting Monday, January 23.
JERSEY CITY FIGHT NIGHT TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Tickets Start at $50. Fight Night: March 4, 2023 at White Eagle Hall located at 337 Newark Ave., Jersey City, New Jersey, 07302.
Tickets will be exclusive and limited, giving those in attendance the unique opportunity to mingle with local businesses, representatives, athletes, and other notables.
The two level White Eagle Hall includes four ticketed price points. Each floor features bar and food amenities. On the second level over looking the ring from above “Up Town” GA tickets are $50 and “Seated Up Town” tickets are $150. On the ringside level, “Chill Town” floor tickets are $100 each, and provide a cocktail party atmosphere at ringside. The extremely limited “Elite Town” tickets are $200 and provide exclusive reserved seats on the stage at ring level.
Jersey City Fight Night is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. The full thrilling fight card will be announced soon with tickets set to go on sale starting Monday, January 23. Tickets can be purchased by visiting whiteeaglehalljc.com or www.StarBoxing.com.
About White Eagle Hall:
White Eagle Hall is a historic 8,000-square-foot live performance and private event venue in Jersey City, NJ which hosts live performances and private events before an 800-standing and 350-seated capacity audience. Originally constructed in 1910 and reopened in 2017 after a multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation, the venue has hosted a variety of notable artists over the years including The Front Bottoms, Mitski, Kamasi Washington, Japanese Breakfast, The Bouncing Souls, Parquet Courts, Yo La Tengo, The Mountain Goats, Thursday, Screaming Females, Spoon, Waxahatchee, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Guster, Built to Spill, New Found Glory, and many more. White Eagle Hall has presented numerous sold out shows, community events, theater productions, and private events. As of 2021, the venue is operated by the entertainment, management and booking team at Prudential Center.
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For three decades Star Boxing has consistently delivered boxing events of the highest caliber that attract loyal fans from all corners of the globe. Star Boxing has promoted events at practically every locale and on every network. From the Antonio Tarver - Roy Jones trilogy to the meteoric rise of Chris Algieri and Joe Smith Jr. through the critically acclaimed Rockin' Fights Paramount Series, Star Boxing continues to develop world rated contenders and red-hot prospects into future world champions. Founded by its Hall of Fame promoter, Joe DeGuardia, an attorney, former boxer and respected boxing leader, Star Boxing has become revered worldwide throughout the industry for its credibility, integrity, and exciting fights.
Star Boxing Presents
Jersey City Fight Night March 4th, White Eagle Hall!
(January 23rd) On Saturday, March 4th, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing begins its 2023 journey with the first professional boxing card at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, New Jersey.
White Eagle Hall is a venue in the restored historic building in the quaint neighborhood of Downtown Jersey City, a vintage village. Originally built in 1910 as a community center, in 2013 it underwent a comprehensive multi-million-dollar historic restoration and reopened in April of 2017. The intimate venue, adorned with two unique stained-glass skylights and gothic era design with wood and fixtures taken from the nearby Saint Boniface Church, will be filled with boxing aficionados and notable guests mingling as part of a unique boxing experience.
Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA had this to say, “We are excited to bring professional boxing to White Eagle Hall in Jersey City for the first time. We plan on having not just quality boxing, but an experience. It is an intimate and unique setting, and we are thrilled to be working with Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment (HBSE) and expect our joint venture will bring an experience to Jersey City that fans will find unforgettable.”
The unique fight night experience is slated to have a thrilling fight card with serious talent. Recently, Star Boxing announced the signing of undefeated super bantamweight prospect RAJON “PICASSO” CHANCE (7-0-1 5KO’s). Chance will be making his Star Boxing debut in his native New Jersey on March 4th, at White Eagle Hall. Chance was a standout amateur with a record of 135-15 winning three national championships, the first at the age of 11. Turning pro in 2020, the now 22-year-old undefeated professional ABF Champion, is a prospect on the rise who is looking to make a statement in the 122 lb. division – starting on March 4th.
Marching his way into the St. Patrick’s holiday, undefeated super lightweight, 2021 Irish Prospect of the Year “THE SILENT ASSASSIN” RYAN O’ROURKE (Dublin, Ireland 9-0 2KO’s) will make the trip across the Atlantic Ocean to kickstart his 2023. At just 23 years old, O’Rourke is growing into his lengthy frame, evidenced by his first-round demolition of Andreas Maier at Star Boxing’s Shore Wars in November. O’Rourke will fight in an 8-round super lightweight bout.
Undefeated super welterweight rising prospect, JAHYAE “GOLDEN CHILD” BROWN (Schenectady, NY, 12-0 9KO’s) will look to parlay two wins in 2022 into a thrilling first fight in 2023. Brown is an exciting young fighter with a high boxing IQ. 2023 is lined up to be a major year for the Schenectady product with major leap in the world ratings in his sights. Brown will be featured in an 8-round super welterweight bout.
“HBSE is excited to partner with Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing to bring live professional boxing to White Eagle Hall on March 4th for what is believed to be the first time in the building’s history,” said DYLAN WANAGIEL, VP of Sports Properties & Special Events for Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment/Prudential Center. “We know it will be an exciting night as we welcome some of the top boxing prospects in the world. To continue to diversify the programming across our venues, March 4th will be a launching pad to a very successful boxing program for White Eagle Hall and the entire State of New Jersey.”
March 4th will be a new boxing experience for fans. Yes, the show will have the top prospects list above, and others to be announced soon, but Jersey City Fight Night will be much more. This distinctive boxing experience have a networking atmosphere with a free flowing cocktail party layout.