BOXING: Marzan Excited To Headline Pro Card In Hometown
Rocky Marzan’s burgeoning boxing career has taken him to some far off places.
The former Scranton resident moved to Las Vegas to train at Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s boxing gym and has compiled a 13-0 record with 10 knockouts. The majority of his professional fights have taken place in Tijuana, Mexico, but his most recent fight in April was a first-round knockout win in Germany. The super featherweight’s next fight will be back in Northeastern Pennsylvania as part of the Tripleheader Boxing Show on June 1 at 7 p.m. at Genetti Manor in Dickson City.
It will be the third professional fight for the 24-year-old in the Scranton area after picking up decision victories in March 2018 at Genetti Manor and this past February at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre.
“It’s very important to me to fight in front of my hometown, people that I know, people that truly love me,” Marzan said. “With me coming home, fighting in front of my home audience, it drives me to do what I love a little bit harder every single day.”
Marzan trained locally for several years and fought here as an amateur, including at the Golden Gloves at the Marketplace at Steamtown food court in 2016.
“The journey has been rocky, but my coaches drill into me to trust the process,” he said. “I was a small little head on a poster at one time and now I’m the main event of the professional card. I definitely want to give appreciation to everyone. The road to success isn’t smooth all the time. The process of the journey is what drives me to do it.”
The card, co-promoted by Doug Long and King’s Promotions, will feature four professional and eight amateur bouts, with two additional amateur fights in the Masters’ Division. Jonathan Torres of Allentown will be part of the professional card with local fighters Tim DeCicco, Tommy Gibson, Nicolas Nalaschi and Matt Feldman part of the amateur card.
“Having Rocky gives us a lot of energy flow,” Long said. “Rocky has a big fan base and it has people talking locally about the professional side of boxing. And it’s great we can have it right in his hometown because he’s doing so well and that also helps the amateurs.”
Several of the scheduled fighters, including Marzan, attended a press conference recently at Dickson City Hyundai and Marzan was a popular attraction with some of the amateur boxers stopping to talk with him or asking for a picture.
“It’s a beautiful thing,” Marzan said. “The blood, sweat and tears; the hard work every single day in the gym and running the mountains in Vegas when its 105 degrees. It just makes me feel like all my hard work is being appreciated especially by the amateurs because I was in their shoes at one point and because we are starting to see the success.”
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