Lockport Light Heavyweight Joe Taylor Set for May 13 Kenan Showdown
By John D’Onofrio
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport’s hometown hero and current undefeated, mixed martial artist, kickboxer and boxer Joe Taylor will take the biggest step in his professional career on May 13 when he competes for his first professional title at the Kenan Center Arena.
Taylor, 2-0, the Lock City’s undefeated, “Son of a Legend,” is slated to take on Joe George of TKO Fighting Arts in Kitchener, Ontario, for the Lace Up Promotions Light Heavyweight championship.
Taylor, who is promoted by Las Vegas-based Lace Up Promotions, has caught the eye of several national promoters and matchmakers
“We’ve been getting offers and calls from across the country for Joe,” said Lace Up promoter Amer Abdallah. “With a big win on May 13, we have a great opportunity for Joe which could be a career changer.”
Taylor is confident in his abilities and skills under direction of head coach Lockport native Corey Webster of Western New York MMA.
“I’m excited to be back home fighting at the Kenan Arena,” Taylor said. “This is a statement fight and I will be prepared for anything. I won’t let my community down.”
Also slated to appear on the May 13 Kenan international fight card are Buffalo’s up-and-coming martial artist Brandon Mindoro (1-0). The unbeaten Mindoro is scheduled to take on Southtowns MMA middleweight Ernest Johnson.
“Brandon is a young man who has dedicated his life to training and helping others,” Abdallah said. “He had a great performance on a recent event in Lockport and we look forward to another one on the 13th.”
Lace Up Promotions middleweight champion Corey Vail, who won a close decision over Sean “Superfly” Felton on the last Kenan fight card, will make the first defense of his title against hard-hitting Tonawanda native Quamaine Auston of WNY MMA.
Vail has a massive following and is determined to dominate the division under the coaching of his legendary trainer, Stonehorse.
“This will be a fight you don’t want to miss,” Abdallah said. “Two highly-skilled, powerful guys who aren’t afraid to sit down and bang.”
Tickets for the May 13 Kenan fight card are available on-line at ticketfly.com or in person at the Lockport Athletic & Fitness Club on South Transit Road.