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News: Jason Litzau; Lenroy Thomas; Minto-Holmes

BILOXI, Miss. (August 9, 2009) – Two promising lightweight prospects, Jason “American Boy” Litzau (24-2, 20 KOs) and Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough (21-1-2, 7 KOs), open-up the “Hook City” pay per view this show Saturday night (August 15), headlined by 8-time world boxing champion Roy “Captain Hook” Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and 2-time super middleweight world title-holder Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs), in one of four title fights airing live from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi..

Litzau and Kimbrough square-off in a 10-round bout for the vacant NABF title in a much-anticipated showdown that has the potential to be the Fight of the Night. Kimbrough is trying to get where Litzau, who has fought for a world title, has been and plans to return.

The “Hook City” pay-per-view show, presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, is being distributed by Square Ring Promotions, Inc. at 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT in the United States on cable and satellite via iNDemand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network for a suggested retail price of $34.95, as well as on Super Channel in Canada.

Tickets, priced at $150.00, $125.00, $100.00, $75.00, $50.00 & $25.00 are on sale and available at all Ticketmaster locations by calling 800.745.3000, on line at Ticketmaster.com and at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum box office.

Litzau, fighting out of St. Paul (MN), has already tasted what it’s like to be in a world title fight having lost to IBF featherweight champion Robert Guerrero 1 ˝ years ago. Like Kimbrough, the flashy, 26-year-old Litzau was a standout amateur, winning 125 of 135 matches, including a gold medal in the National Silver Gloves Championship, later earning a spot on the 2001 U.S. National Boxing Team.

“Every fight I’m in is exciting,” Litzau said. “There are always fireworks in a Jason Litzau fight. Every fight is an important fight but a win will get me closer to where I was (world title fight). Kimbrough’s a good, quick boxer. I knew him from the amateurs but he was always bigger (weight class) than me. I’m taller (5’ 10” to 5’ 5”) and will take advantage of that by shooting jabs and moving. When I fight there’s always a buzz because fans know that they’re going to see an exciting fighter -- Jason Litzau. Nothing but a great fight is going to happen August 15th.”

In the 12-round co-feature for the IBO cruiserweight crown, 2-time world champion Danny “Green Machine” Green (26-3, 23 KOs), the Australian power-puncher rated No. 5 by the WBA, takes on South American light heavyweight title-holder Julio Cesar “La Furia” Dominguez (20-4-1, 14 KOs).

Also on the PPV card, NABO junior heavyweight champion B.J. “El Peligroso” Flores (23-0-1, 14 KOs), rated No. 3 by the WBO and No. 6 by the WBA, defends his belt against former world title challenger Epifanio “Diamente” Mendoza (29-7-1, 25 KOs), the Colombian KO king who has knocked out 25 of his 29 opponents he’s defeated.

All bouts are subject to change.


Lenroy "TNT" Thomas Heads To "Hook City" Card On August 15

JAMAICAN HEAVYWEIGHT LOOKS TOWARDS BIG SECOND HALF OF 2009

Leaving his hometown Tampa gym after a sweltering workout with former world champion Jeff “LEFT HOOK” Lacy and trainer of champions Dan Birmingham, heavyweight Lenroy “TNT” Thomas declared himself fit and ready for his showdown with veteran Gabe Brown at “HOOK CITY” on Saturday, August 15th at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Said the 24 year old Thomas, “I’ve had a great camp here in Tampa with Jeff and my trainer Dan Birmingham. Seeing how hard Jeff works has truly inspired me and I’m looking forward to putting on a great performance on August 15th."

The Jamaican born Thomas has lived in Tampa since he was 13. After losing his pro debut three years ago, he has run off twelve wins in a row, eight by knockout. The much more experienced Brown brings a record of 18-10-4 (12KO’s) into their scheduled six rounder.

Thomas is promoted by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, originators of the “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” nationally acclaimed boxing series.

Continued Thomas, “Brown is much more experienced than me, but I truly feel like this is my year. Enough with the talk about Chris Arreola and Kevin Johnson, I’m ready to make my mark this year and show that I’m the best American based heavyweight.”

Said Chet Koerner, “Lenroy has passed each test put in front of him and after this fight we want to get him on a televised bout so the whole world can see what a beast he is.”

Thomas has had two starts this year, most recently knocking out Wes Taylor on April 10th at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida . Prior to that he scored a four round shutout of Terrell Nelson on February 21st at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto/Michael Jennings Welterweight World Title Bout.

“HOOK CITY” is headlined by two of the best left-hook punchers in boxing, 8-time world boxing champion Roy “Captain Hook” Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and 2-time super middleweight title-holder Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs) and is presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.

Tickets, priced at $150.00, $125.00, $100.00, $75.00, $50.00 & $25.00 are on sale and available at all Ticketmaster locations by calling 800.745.3000, on line at Ticketmaster.com and at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum box office.


Minto-Holmes TV and Internet PPV

At the conclusion of training camp on Friday, WBO#8, WBA#15 heavyweight Brian "The Beast" Minto (33-2 21kos) announced that his August 14th WBO NABO title fight against WBC#13 Donnell Holmes (31-0-2 27kos) will be televised live on Armstrong Cable and telecasted live at www.MintoFight.com. Armstrong, the nations 16th largest cable operator, has over 5 million subscribers combined throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland. The heavyweight clash may also be watched live worldwide at MintoFight.com, and may be purchased for $9 or 7E. Minto states, "After a productive training camp with new trainer, Freddie Roach, and receiving great sparring over 6 weeks at the Wildcard Gym in Hollywood, I feel fully prepared for August 14th." The venue, Pullman Park in Butler PA, expects nearly 5,000 spectators for the Minto-Holmes clash. "Already with a great deal of local enthusiasm, I wanted to enable fight fans worldwide an opportunity to view my fights live; therefore we created www.MintoFight.com." Minto added. Promoted by Beatdown Promotions, tickets ($25 general admission, $35 reserved and $50 ringside) for the six bout card may be obtained by calling (724) 287-6797.

Article posted on 09.08.2009



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