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Francisco Zepeda Fighting For The Cause On "Circle City Rumble"

On October 19th, when Shelbyville's Francisco "Panchito" Zepeda steps into the boxing ring, he won't be the toughest fighter in the room. "My cutman, Viccki Marconi, just knocked out breast cancer," Zepeda said. "I'm a fighter, but she is the real warrior.."

"Not only is Vickki the best cutman I've ever worked with, her battle with cancer inspires me every time I train," Zepeda continued. "I was really happy to hear that my fight on October 19th would benefit breast cancer research." Marconi recently finished 13-months of chemo and her prognosis is excellent.

Zepeda (16-5, 9 KOs), an Indy fight fan favorite, returns in "The Circle City Rumble" in the Hall of Champions at the Adam's Mark Hotel in a light welterweight bout against an opponent to be announced shortly. Born in Cocula, Mexico, Zepeda moved to the US at the age of 12. He and his wife have two children.

Zepeda, Vickki and her husband Ray Marconi, Frankie's manager, have been a team, perhaps more of a family, for more than five years now. Viccki, perhaps the only female "cutman" in boxing, learned her craft from the best, the legendary Chuck Bodak. A native of Gary now living in California, Bodak has worked the corners of boxing's greatest including Oscar de La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez and Muhammad Ali.

In addition to her 10 years experience as a cutman, Viccki is a boxing instructor in Indy, and the branch manager of Fairway Independent Mortgage.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In it's honor, the promoter of the Circle City Rumble had already put plans into place to donate to Komen's PassionatelyPink.com. "And then I learned about Vickki's victory," said the CEO of One In A Million Inc., Octavius James.

"For every woman diagnosed with breast cancer, the effect is felt by a husband, father, brother or son," James said. "One In A Million is making a donation to Komen's Passionately Pink campaign. I urge every fan to wear pink to The Rumble to show their support and to visit PassionatelyPink.com to make a donation of their own."

In the evening's main event, Gary native, "Merciless" Mary McGee (11-0, 6 KOs) faces Tawnyah Freeman (8-4, 3 KOs) for the NABC women's lightweight title. The Circle City Rumble features seven professional bouts including another Indy fight fan favorite, "Downtown" Louis Brown (15-3, 10 KOs).

The Adam's Mark Hotel is conveniently located at 2544 Executive Drive in Indianapolis.

Doors open at 7 p.m. The first bout is at 8 p.m.

Tickets, priced at $100 VIP, $75 VIP ringside, $50 ringside and $25 general admission, are available from www.TicketMaster.com, any Ticket Master location or by calling 317-239-5151 or 866-438-7372.

For more information on the "Circle City Rumble," visit us at: www.OneInAMillionBoxing.com

Article posted on 12.10.2007



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