Video interview with Angelo “Prince” Rivera Jr above
Art of War Cage Fighting President Mike Bickings, and his AOW matchmaker, Jillian Peterson, have put in overtime stacking their card on June 23rd. AOW 30 takes place at Live Casino located in the heart of the city’s sports complexes. Four championship belts will be given away as the pro/am event is loaded with some of the best regional talent in the northeast.
Earl “Trouble” Small says he is taking no prisoners as he welcomes Greg Sizemore to town. This fight will be for the vacant 170 lb championship. “White Chocolate” Matt Turnbull has never been in a boring fight. He takes on the savvy and tough veteran Ahsan Abdullah at 145 lbs. Cody “The Punisher” Russell returns to action after an 18-month layoff. Russell (2-0) has next level skills and will put them on display against Tom Kizer.
John Garbarino will make his much-anticipated professional debut against Angelo “Prince” Rivera Jr. at welterweight. This is the classic striker vs striker match-up and has fight of the night written all over it. Garbarino is born and bred in South Philadelphia and his home is within walking distance of the venue. He will have hordes of fan support as he has throughout his amateur career. Rivera makes his way to the City of Brotherly Love from Chicago and is coming off of a dominant decision win just a couple weeks ago pushing his record to 2-1.
MyMMANews reached out to Rivera to see how he was feeling about entering the hornets’ nest for his next challenge. He tells us…
It doesn’t matter what the location is, what the time is, or what we gotta do. Whether it’s a boxing match, kickboxing, MMA, or even a street fight, I’m always game. I work security for a living, so I’m always on the tip of my toes. I look at it as a challenge. My head coach lines up hurdles for me, and this is next. One hurdle at a time.
Please check out our full interview on the link above. Prince talks about his path into combat sports and his loving family, including twin 3-year-old boys. And of course, his battle with John Garbarino.
AOW 30 will be a sellout and if you can’t get a ticket, you can order the PPV stream on the Starfund App.
I will be cageside on commentary with “the Big Homie” Justin Haskell and will also hop in the cage for some post-fight chats with the winners.
Commentator for Art of War Cagefighting. More than 15 years experience in the PA/NJ regional MMA circuit. Commentator/post fight interviews. Television/media/event production. USKA Fight Sports media and production.
The story of the fighter is what Bob loves about the sport. From the lowest level, to the highest, he only cares about the two warriors who do battle once the cage doors close. Everything else is secondary. Without their blood, sweat, and tears, he would not be here enjoying every minute.