Oneida Indian Nation Homelands (January 16, 2019) – Before they face off on Friday night at Turning Stone in a battle for the World Heavyweight Title, Bryant Jennings and Oscar Rivas took their gloves off to serve lunch to more than 200 veterans today at Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango. Jennings and Rivas were joined by co-main event fighters – Shakur Stevenson, a U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist and Jessie Rosales – as well as Vikas Krishan, who is making his professional boxing debut Friday night at Turning Stone.
“I think the military and athletes have a lot in common. You’re forever changed by your training and your experience and what you dedicate to your career,” said Melissa Spicer, CEO for Clear Path for Veterans. “Whenever we have athletes come visit, there’s an automatic comradery that comes into play. The veterans here are very, very appreciative of having everyone here.”
Jennings appreciated the veterans at Clear Path: “The thing I’m most excited about serving at Clear Path is that I get to serve people who have already served.”
Boxer Shakur Stevenson with a local veteran.
Jennings will put his IBF International and NABO heavyweight belts on the line in a 12-round battle against the unbeaten NABF champion Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas on Friday, Jan. 18 at Turning Stone.
Jennings’ prediction for Friday night’s fight at Turning Stone, “My goal is always to win, look good and to come out safe, me and my opponent, and to progress and go on to the next level.”
In the evening’s co-feature, undefeated featherweight sensation and 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson will face Jessie Cris Rosales in a 10-rounder for the IBF Intercontinental and WBC Continental Americas featherweight belts.
Tickets for Friday night’s fight are still available for $79, $62, and $45 and can be purchased at the Turning Stone Box Office, in person or by calling 315.361.7469, or online at Ticketmaster.
The co-main event will stream live beginning at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN+, with the undercard beginning at 6:30 p.m.
About Turning Stone Resort Casino
A renowned, award-winning destination resort in Upstate New York, the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino features world-class amenities including four hotels, two luxurious spas, five golf courses, more than 20 dining options, a 125,000 square foot Las Vegas-style gaming floor, a cabaret style Showroom, a 5,000 seat arena, and several nightlife venues. Conveniently located 30 miles east of Syracuse at NYS Thruway exit 33, Turning Stone was named “Best Countryside Hotel/Lodge” in 2015 and “Most Excellent Golf Resort” in 2010 by Condé Nast Johansens. Turning Stone has also earned the prestigious Forbes Four Star Award for The Lodge, Wildflowers restaurant and Skʌ:nʌ́: spa, Forbes Recommended Ratings for TS Steakhouse and, for 10 consecutive years, the AAA Four Diamond Award for The Lodge, The Tower Hotel, and Wildflowers restaurant.
For more information and reservations, call (315) 361-7711 or (800) 771-7711. Visit the web site www.turningstone.com.