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Industry Leaders Laud Chicago's 8 Count On 10th Anniversary

On the day of their tenth anniversary event, CELEBRATION, set for Friday, February 15th at Cicero Stadium, Chicago’s 8 Count Productions is receiving praises from many of professional boxing’s leaders. Said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, “Golden Boy Promotions congratulates Dominic Pesoli and 8 Count Productions on their 10th anniversary. It’s always a pleasure doing business with them and we look forward to co-promoting outstanding events with them in the future. .

From Kathy Duva, President of Main Events, “It’s always great to watch hard-working dignified people succeed in the boxing business. 8 Count has been a pleasure to deal with and we look forward to another 10 years of working with Dominic Pesoli’s promotional firm.”

Stated Carl Moretti, Vice-President of DiBella Entertainment, “In a business where often times you don’t look forward to working on a show, working with Dominic and the 8 Count staff is always a refreshing and enjoyable experience. He is truly one of the best people on the sport.”

Said Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, “Happy 10th anniversary to Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions. Pesoli doesn’t have the name recognition of Bob Arum or Don King, but he’s done a tremendous job of practically single handedly keeping boxing alive in Chicago with monthly (and sometimes twice-monthly) cards. One of the reasons for Pesoli’s success is a strong working relationship with Top Rank’s Arum and Golden Boy Promotions, with whom he partners on his televised cards.”

About the anniversary, Pesoli said, “It’s always great to hear from people that you respect and enjoy working with in boxing. The fans have been terrific the last couple of weeks with their phone calls for tickets and to offer congratulations.

I’d also like to thank the boxing websites for the terrific job they continue to do along with the local media, both of whom have been very supportive throughout the last ten years. It means a great deal to me to read the high regard that the boxing community holds 8 Count.

It’s been a fantastic run these last ten years and we plan on continuing to promote great events with terrific fights for many years to come.”

CELEBRATION, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing, presented by 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated is headlined by an outstanding battle between junior welterweight prospects Mike Alvarado and Jesus “CHUY” Rodriguez.

As part of the CELEBRATION event, Rocky Martinez and Mike "FLY" Garcia will be inducted into the 8 Count Productions Hall of Fame.

Tickets for CELEBRATION are available in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions offices at 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 5:30pm with the first bell at 6:30pm.


The full fight card for CELEBRATION is;

Mike Alvarado vs. Jesus Rodriguez, ten rounds, junior welterweights

Francisco Rodriguez vs. Andre Wilson, eight rounds, bantamweights

Andrzej Fonfara vs. Jorge Gonzalez, six rounds, junior middleweights

Freddie Cuevas vs. Luis Hodge, six rounds, middleweights

Alejandro Lopez vs. Torrence Ray, six rounds, featherweights

Ivan Popoca vs. Guadalupe Diaz, five rounds, junior welterweights

Along with Chicago’s 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated, CELEBRATION is presented by TCF Bank, Tecate Beer and AeroMexico, Mexico’s premier airline travel headquarters. The SOLO BOXEO TECATE broadcast will be viewed in 42 US markets and 70 foreign countries.

The Master of Ceremonies for CELEBRATION will be Lupe Contreras, the internationally recognized voice of Latino boxing.

8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

To view the seating chart and poster for this event or for more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit www.8countproductions.com and www.jabbboxinggym.com

For more information on Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated, please visit. www.toprank.com

Article posted on 15.02.2008



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