News: Mora To Attend Thompson vs Brewer Fight; Calderon-Mayol II; Estrada vs Gray
LAS VEGAS, NV (August 6, 2009) Former junior middleweight world champion Sergio “THE LATIN SNAKE” Mora is headed to “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” set for Saturday, August 22nd at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California. Mora, who most recently split a pair of world title bouts with Vernon Forrest in 2008, will serve as the special guest at the event in addition to handling broadcast duties on the tape delayed broadcast. He also was the winner of NBC’s first season of the boxing reality show, The Contender in 2005. “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” is headlined by an I.B.O. Junior Middleweight World Championship bout between Philadelphia’s Anthony “THE MESSENGER” Thompson and Grady Brewer, winner of The Contender, Season Two..
Article posted on 05.08.2009
Said Mora about the main event, “I know both guys very well having seen many of their fights. I feel that Brewer has a slight edge, he’s already beaten Thompson even though it was five years ago. Brewer’s a very smart, highly experienced boxer with a great skill set."
"For Thompson it’s a tough fight but one he can win if he can overcome the fact that he already lost to Brewer once. Besides the world title, which is so important for both guys, there’s a lot at stake in a fight like this. The winner will be in a terrific position for even greater opportunities.”
The August 22nd event at the Pala Casino is TKO BOXING Promotions’ first event in Southern California, a boxing scene that the lifelong Southern California native Mora knows very well.
“The last couple of years Southern California has truly experienced a great period for professional boxing. Starting off with the 20,000 fans that were at Mosley/Margarito in January at the Staples Center , this year has been terrific with great fights and terrific fan support at all levels of shows."
“I’m very happy that Chet and the TKO team are promoting shows at the Pala Casino, it’s another opportunity for boxing fans in Southern California to see great fights at a terrific venue” said Mora.
Other outstanding prospects previously announced for “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” include San Diego middleweight K.J. Noons, 8-2-0 (5KO’s), Mexican junior featherweight Rafael Valenzuela, 12-1-0 (6KO’s), Vietnamese featherweight Dat "BE DAT Nguyen, 15-1-0 (6KO's) and Los Angeles based bantamweight Leo “TEREMOTO” Santa Cruz , 9-0-1 (2KO’s).
Further details of “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” will be announced shortly.
Integrated Sports Distributing “Undefeated Champions” PPV
Calderon-Mayol II, Martinez-Lozado title fights Sept. 12 live from San Juan
HOBOKEN, N.J. (August 5, 2009) – Integrated Sports announced today that it will distribute the September 12th “Undefeated Champions” pay per view event, featuring a pair of World Boxing Organization title fights, live in the United States from the Coliseum of Puerto Rico in San Juan. WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs), also The Ring magazine’s titlist, headlines in a 12-round bout in a rematch against No. 1 contender Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs). This past June’s Calderon-Mayol in Madison Square Garden ended in a six-round technical draw because Ivan was unable to continue from an accidental head butt he suffered in the fourth round.
In the 12-round co-feature, WBO super featherweight title-holder Roman “Rocky” Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) makes his first title defense, since capturing the belt March 14 by way of a fourth-round stoppage of Nicky Cook, versus former world title challenger Michael Lozado (31-5-1, 24 KOs).
“Undefeated Champions” is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand and DirecTV for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
“We’re excited to be distributing this great boxing card in the United States,” Integrated Sports president Doug Jacobs said. “Four of the best lighter weight-class fighters in the world will be in action. Calderon-Mayol I was an entertaining, bloody war until it was stopped and ‘Rocky’ Martinez showed the boxing world how good he is when he blew out Cook. The rich, passioante Puerto Rican (Calderon)-Filopino (Mayol) and Puerto Rican (Martinez)-Mexican (Lozado) rivalry traditions will continue September 12th. We believe boxing fans all over the United States, especially on the East Coast where so many Puerto Ricans live, will embrace this pay per view card.”
The “Unbeaten Champions” card, presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions, Inc., include a 10-round super flyweight bout between Juan “Panterita” Mercedes (23-2, 16 KOs) and Jesus “Changa” Martinez (18-6, 11 KOs), as well as unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Carlos Negron (3-0, 3 KOs) against an opponent to be determined.
For more information about the “Undefeated Champions” PPV show, go on line to www.integratedsportsnet.com.
DAVID ESTRADA VS. CHRIS GRAY HEADLINES WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 5
JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT FEATURED AT CHICAGO’S UIC PAVILION
CHICAGO, IL (August 5, 2009) “KING DAVID” Estrada will face off against Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s “CLASSY” Chris Gray in an eight round junior middleweight bout on Friday, August 21st at “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 5” at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.
“WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 5” is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING since 1998.
Said Pesoli, ‘We’ve had a terrific response in ticket sales in the last week since we announced that David was headlining “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 5”. Fight fans in Chicago are excited that finally he’s coming back to town for the first time in nine years.”
Advance tickets for “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 5”, starting at $31, can be purchased through the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800 and through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Continued, “When David and I first spoke and he wanted to fight on my show we both agreed that in keeping with the terrific fights we’ve had on this series at the UIC Pavilion, he would be in a tough fight. That was music to David’s ears because that’s the way he wants it also."
"Chris Gray is a tough kid from the South who’s fought and beaten a lot of top fighters often times in their own backyards. So I know he has no problem coming to Chicago to face Estrada on August 21st.”
Gray, 12-9-0 (1KO), nicknamed “CLASSY” by his friends, is coming off a six round decision over Mike Ruiz on June 5th in Westbury , New York . This will be his fifth fight of 2009, including a six round battle with contender Ishe Smith on May 8th in Las Vegas .
Said Estrada, “It’s going to be a tough fight, a real fight and that’s perfect for me and the Chicago fight fans.”
The 30 year old Estrada, 22-6-0 (13KO’s), has fought numerous world class fighters in his ten year career including world champions Shane Mosley, Andre Berto and Kermit Cintron, along with contenders Chris Smith, Ishe Smith, Jesus Soto-Karass and Nurhan Suleymanoglu.
Most recently, Estrada battled Luis Abregu on December 5, 2008, in a bout broadcast on Showtime. Although seemingly well ahead in the fight, Estrada was deemed by the judges to have lost by split decision which angered the packed house at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez , California .
The undercard at “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 5” features several outstanding undefeated prospects including; middleweight Foster Nkodo, heavyweight David Latoria, welterweight Tony Maldonado, junior welterweight Ramiro Carrillo and pro debuting Antonio Avila. .
Foster Nkodo, 3-0-0 (1KO), a native of Cameroon, now living in Chicago, is coming off a six round unanimous decision win over undefeated Lamar Harris on March 27th at the inaugural “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT”.
Newcomer David Latoria, 1-0-0 (1KO), thrilled the UIC Pavilion crowd on Friday night, July 24th, with a brutal first round knockout of Christopher Boykins.
Also making his second professional start, welterweight Tony Maldonado, 1-0-0 (1KO), returns to the UIC Pavilion following his third round stoppage of Justin Muse on May 29th.
Chicago Golden Gloves Champion Ramiro Carrillo, 1-0-0 (1KO), will follow up his April 24th first round knockout of Steve Hall in a four round junior welterweight bout.
Rounding out the undercard, Chicago junior welterweight Antonio Avila will make his pro debut in a four round bout.
Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine , just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway. For further information, please visit their website at www.uicpavilion.com
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