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Pre Thanksgiving Showdown Weigh-Ins This Thursday

This Thursday, Langel's Pizza, located at 2833 Highway Ave. in Highland, Indiana, will host the official fighter weigh- ins for One In A Million Inc.'s annual "Pre-Thanksgiving Showdown." Beginning at 6 p.m., fans are invited to this free pre-fight event to meet the fighters and win tickets to Friday night's "Pre-Thanksgiving Showdown" at the Radisson at Star Plaza in Merrillville..

"The weigh-in events always fill Langel's with an enthusiastic crowd who appreciate great boxing as well as great pizza," said Rodney Langel. "This Thursday night's event provides a fun, casual way to enjoy a relaxing evening out with friends before the holiday crush starts next week."

In the evening's main event, Jimmy "The Fighting School Teacher" Holmes (15-1-2, 8 KOs) looks to return to the win column after suffering his first defeat in June. "Everything just seemed off that night," Holmes said. "No excuses. He (undefeated Travis Loveless) was the better fighter that night."

The pride of DeMotte, Indiana, Holmes' legion of loyal fans will return with him this Friday to show their continued faith in their favorite middleweight. "I hung up the Showdown poster with my picture on it in my office at school. The kids think it's really cool and have been really encouraging."

"I've done more sparring for this fight than any other fight, my head is straight and I'm ready to go," Holmes continued. "Next year, one of my goals is to fight for the IN.B.A. Junior Middleweight title."

Another of the region's most popular fighters, welterweight Ruben "The Modern Day Warrior" Galvan (27-11-2, 10 KOs) of Hammond, returns for the first time since April when his ESPN2 televised bout against Zab Judah was ruled a no contest due to an accidental head butt. Galvan, now recovered from the nasty laceration he suffered, is anxious to get back in the ring.

In addition, light heavyweight "Marvelous" Shay Mobley (16-9-1, 7 KOs) of Chicago, middleweight Derrick "Superman" Findley (8-2, 5 KOs) of Gary, welterweight Ed Ochoa (1-0, 1 KO) of Hobart and light heavyweight Jimmy Perez Jr. (1-0) of Hammond will all fight in separate bouts.

Welterweight Marcus Thompkins, a Michigan City native, is the newest addition to the One In A Million stable. "Thompkins is an exciting fighter," said Octavius James. "His pro debut is something the fans shouldn't miss. I know he intends to make a statement."

Tickets, priced at $100 VIP, $75 VIP ringside, $50 ringside and $30 general admission, are available from Star Plaza Theatre box office at (219-769-6600) or from any Ticket Master location at (312-559-1212) or www.TicketMaster.com.

The Radisson @ Star Plaza is located at I-65 & US 30 in Merrillville, IN. Doors open at 7 p.m. First bout at 8 p.m.

Visit us at: www.oneinamillionboxing.com

Article posted on 11.11.2007



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