2023 New York Pro Bodybuilding Show Preview

The pillar show of the IFBB Pro League will host nine divisions in Teaneck, NJ.

The New York Pro has been a launching pad for several stars in the IFBB Pro League, including Sergio Oliva Jr., Nick Walker, and Blessing Awodibu.

The 2023 edition of the New York Pro is set for Saturday, May 20, in Teaneck, NJ, and features nine of the 11 pro divisions. More than 100 athletes will vie for a 2023 Olympia qualification as well as the title of New York Pro champion.

2023 New York Pro Bodybuilding Rosters

The full rosters for all divisions featured are below:

Men’s Open

  • Slavoj Bednar
  • Tonio Burton
  • Maxx Charles
  • Lionardis Cardoza Delfino
  • Walter R. Debbs
  • Mike Hulusi
  • Josef Kveton
  • Keunwoo Park
  • Joe Seeman
  • Nathan Spear
  • Robin Strand
  • Stuart Sutherland
  • Brent Swansen
  • Mariusz Tomczuk
  • Eric Wood

212 Bodybuilding

  • Noel Adame
  • Kerrith Bajjo
  • Peter Castella
  • Anthony S. Dellaventura
  • Ralph Farah
  • Jason Hebert
  • Ho Yeon Jang
  • Sung Yeop Jang
  • Jason Joseph
  • Marc Lobliner
  • Jose Marte
  • Diego A. Guerra Montoya
  • Babacar Niang
  • Jicheng Qian
  • Michael Schneider
  • Nate Telow
  • Jordan Wise

Classic Physique

  • Eric Abelon
  • Munkhsaruul Altangerel
  • Zeek Andrews
  • Edgard John Augustin
  • Kherlan Batbayar
  • Brandon Cooper
  • Michael Daboul
  • Camilo Diaz
  • Javier Duarte Perth 
  • Jorge Luis Guerrero Gallegos
  • Matthew Greggo
  • Callum Hinze
  • Junior Javorski
  • Hubert Kulczynski
  • Tyler Okowinsky
  • Rickoy Palmer
  • Rob Van Sant
  • Herbert Surita Sotillo
  • Alexander Westermeier
  • Jeremiah T. Willies
  • Andrew Wilson

Men’s Physique

  • Philip Acevedo
  • Daniel Ammons
  • Joseph Angell
  • Aundre Benson 
  • Vitor Chaves
  • Jordan Clark
  • Andrew J. David
  • Matthew J. Gelia
  • Juan Manuel Gochez
  • Maxim Golovatii
  • Charjo Grant
  • Aaron Harvey
  • Jarrett Jenkins
  • Dennis Kloster
  • Ephfram Lawhorne
  • Joseph Mencel
  • Gage Moran
  • Sidy Pouye
  • Francisco Rodriguez
  • Ryan Terry
  • Dawid Wachelka
  • Deke Walker
  • Richard Young
  • Miguel A. Zapata

Women’s Bodybuilding

  • Saqweta Barrino
  • Gisela Nunes Chan
  • Natalia Kovaleva
  • Tamara Makar
  • Rene Marven
  • Vera Mikulcova
  • Donna W. Salib
  • Andrea Saurer
  • Towanda D. Smith
  • Julia Whitesel

Women’s Physique

  • Candice Carr
  • Natalia Abraham Coelho
  • Sarah Crail
  • Debbie Gaccione
  • Ann Gruber
  • Yuna Kim
  • Alexis Lowery
  • Angela Noury
  • Diana Schnaidt
  • Joseli Schoenherr
  • Tanja Schroder
  • Emily Schubert
  • Becky Short
  • Christina Siegrist
  • Michele Steeves
  • Jennifer Taylor
  • Christina Wilson


  • Yukhno Aksana
  • Jessica Baltazar
  • Danielle Barros
  • Yukina Betz
  • Lynn Centino
  • Angelika Chapman
  • Lu Faustin
  • Annelies Charlotte Fortuin
  • Rebecca Godwin
  • Constance Jones
  • Julie R. Medina
  • Rene Miller
  • Traci Miller
  • Nina Paulus
  • Maria Luisa Baeza Diaz Pereira
  • Danielle Rose
  • Kelly Sammut
  • Nakeisha Scruggs
  • Jiyoon Seo
  • Natalia Soltero
  • Andrea Villalobos
  • Thais Cabrices Werner
  • Aksana Yukhno
  • Jennifer Zienert


  • Maria Acosta
  • Marnie Al-Saraf
  • Bridget Bailey 
  • Shenese Case
  • Aimee Leann Delgado
  • Ivi Escandar
  • Valerya Fedorenko
  • Eli Fernandez
  • Christina Friscia
  • Karene Gonzalez
  • Rudie Guerrero
  • Reijuana Harley
  • Langsha He
  • Yume Kurokawa
  • Noemi Lavacca
  • Alice Rocha
  • Angely Rojas
  • Rachel Schatz
  • Areum Song
  • Nedjie Thompson
  • Petra Voldanova
  • Jessica Wilson


  • Carol Cantarero
  • Lili Dong
  • Daisha Johnson
  • Edna F. De Souza
  • Gisele Machado
  • Tefani-Sam Razhi

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Men’s Open Athletes to Watch

Below are the contenders likeliest to challenge for the podium and earn the Olympia qualification to battle against reigning Mr. O Hadi Choopan.

Tonio Burton

Burton started his pro career in the 212 division, winning the 2021 Indy Pro in his pro debut. He went on to finish in 10th at the 212 Olympia contest that same year. He then moved up to the Open for the 2022 season and won the 2022 Legion Sports Fest Pro show to qualify for the Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas, NV. But at the big show, he finished outside of the top 15.

The New York Pro is his 2023 season debut. If he added quality size without affecting his symmetry, he has a good chance to win here.

Maxx Charles

Charles is one of the veterans in the lineup, and the New York Pro title has been on his radar for quite some time. He finished third in the 2022 contest, which tied for his highest placing in six tries.


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Charles hasn’t won a title since the 2015 Tampa Pro, but he has been competitive in most of the contests he’s entered. This weekend may be his time to shine.

Mike Hulusi

Hulusi will make his pro debut at the 2023 New York Pro, but he already made a name for himself via his guest posing along with a group of elite bodybuilders, including two-time Mr. Olympia Mamdouh Elssbiay, two-time Olympia 212 champion Shaun Clarida, and others at the Pittsburgh Pro on May 13.

Hulusi took advantage of the opportunity to go head-to-head in a most muscular pose with 2021 Arnold Classic champion Nick Walker. The fans were impressed with Hulusi’s confidence to stand among the best in the sport, and that momentum may serve him well in this show.

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