Noel Echevarria vs. Jerome Conquest
Gadsden, Alabama, USA 16/10/21
Professional boxer, Noel “The Holy Fire” Echevarria, is scheduled to defend his Universal Boxing Organization (UBO) World Light Championship on October 16th in Gadsden, Alabama against Philadelphia native, Jerome “Conqueror” Conquest. This title defense comes just two months after Echevarria won the vacant title by unanimous decision against Mexico City native and former IBF World Champion, Rodrigo Guerrero, on August 14th in Atlanta, Georgia.
With a record of an outstanding 19(12KO)-7(4KO)-0, Echevarria is ranked in the top 25 lightweights of the United States and the top 125 lightweights of the world. This is Echevarria’s second scheduled for 12 rounds bout and first title defense for the UBO world championship. Conquest, on the other hand, with a record of 11(1KO)-5(1KO)-0, has never been scheduled for 12 rounds, but he is also coming off a win showcased in Atlantic City this past July.
2021 has been a busy year for Echevarria. The October 16th event promoted by One One Six Boxing will be his fifth professional boxing bout of 2021, each fight requiring six to eight weeks of training, meaning many long hours without much rest since January. All this hard work will hopefully pay off on October 16th when Echevarria can earn his 20th victory, possibly earning him a top 100 lightweight spot in the world.
Echevarria, 30 years old, is no stranger to working hard to achieve his goals. Born in Puerto Rico and migrating to the United States at a young age, Echevarria spent most of his youth on the streets mingling with the gangs of York, Pennsylvania. When his family uprooted and moved to Winston Salem, Echevarria struggled with staying out of trouble, bouncing from school to school, until he dropped out of high school. His combative nature earned the recognition of a friend’s mom who suggested he try boxing to put his talents to good use. Debuting as a professional boxer in 2011, Echevarria had promise as a boxing star with an undefeated record of 11-0, but lost everything in 2015, including his family, his home and boxing, when he succumbed to the influence of drugs and lost six highly publicized bouts in New York, California and Pittsburgh, including two bouts against world champions, Tevin Farmer and Oscar Valdez.
Despite being homeless in Winston Salem, and often having to sleep under bridges or in a tent, Echevarria never gave up on his dreams. He believes it is through God’s Grace that he lived through those trying years, and by 2017 he was sober and back in the ring training. Every day since he stepped back in that ring, Echevarria has had one focus: to achieve his ultimate goal of being a world recognized boxer from Winston Salem and having enough success to benefit his family and the local community. “I hope to open some businesses in Kernersville and start a foundation to help troubled youth,” Noel explains. “If someone mentored me when I was younger, it would have made such a difference in my life. I’d like to make that difference.”
In person and pay-per-view tickets are available for Echevarria v. Conquest on October 16th. To purchase your pay-per- view ticket, please visit www.theholyfire.eventbrite.com
Team Holy Fire is currently sponsored by Kernersville business, Ideally Essential, and Raleigh businesses: Jawbreaker Boxing Gym and Superior Remodeling LLC. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information on Noel “The Holy Fire” Echevarria, please visit TeamHolyFire.com or @TheHolyFire on Facebook.
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