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News: Andres Taylor; Eric Fields; Charles Whittaker; More

JOHNSTOWN, PA (October 27, 2009) Cruiserweight contender Andres “TAYLOR MADE” Taylor will receive the keys to the city of his hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania from Mayor Thomas Trigona in a noontime ceremony this Wednesday, October 28th in the city’s Central Park Commons area. A 1998 graduate of Johnstown Senior High School , local fan favorite Taylor headlines “FRIGHT NIGHT FIGHTS” on Saturday night, October 31st at the War Memorial Arena against Leo Bercier of Great Falls , Montana ..

The Taylor/Bercier main event is a rematch of their “Fight of the Year” candidate battle which took place on June 27th in Youngstown , Ohio , a decision won by Bercier.

Fight fans in Johnstown are also invited to attend the final press conference for “FRIGHT NIGHT FIGHTS” on Friday afternoon, October 30th at 2pm at the Pony Club Lounge, 1425 Scalp Avenue in Johnstown .

Along with Taylor and Bercier, other fighters attending the public press conference will be world ranked middleweight Joey Gilbert, a veteran of NBC’s The Contender, Season One, undefeated featherweight sensation Carney “BEEPER Bowman of York, PA and popular undefeated Pittsburgh welterweight Jesse Lubash.

Priced at $60, $30 and $20**, tickets for “FRIGHT NIGHT FIGHTS” can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com., phone 800-745-3000), the War Memorial Arena Box Office (814-536-5156), Giant Eagle Markets in Johnstown , ( 1451 Scalp Ave. and 1234 Broad St. ) and at Watchmakers Diamonds & Jewelry, 1252 Scalp Ave. in Johnstown. A limited number of VIP seats can also be purchased at all outlets.

The Cambria County War Memorial Arena is located at 326 Napoleon St. in Johnstown . Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm, with the first bell at 8pm.

**All tickets are subject to a $2.00 facility fee and any applicable Ticketmaster charges.


A ‘KILLA’ OF A SIGNING WORLD-RANKED JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT CHARLES WHITTAKER JOINS GOOSSEN TUTOR

Los Angeles, CA (October 27, 2009) – To borrow a phrase from promoter Dan Goossen, “Punches will fly in Paradise.”

Basically, that was the message that the Goossen Tutor Promotions President conveyed to promoter-seeking Charles Whittaker during their visit to the Cayman Islands for a June 20, 2008 boxing event in which the Georgetown, C.I. born Whittaker was to compete on the undercard.

Whittaker (34-12-2, 22 KO) did just that when he destroyed veteran Troy Lowry that night and three other opponents in succession since. His impressive knockout of Lowry helped him to become the #7-ranked WBO junior middleweight. And now, the boxer known as “Killa” has had his efforts rewarded even more as he has been signed to a promotional contract with Goossen Tutor.

“Dan Goossen has a proven history of getting fighters opportunities to show what they can do,” Whittaker acknowledged. “Over the years my agent Raul Alvarez and I have had trouble getting fights. By signing with Goossen Tutor, this takes a lot of weight off of Raul and me and now all I have to do is focus on training and fighting.”

Although 35 years old, Whittaker has been improving with age under the eye of trainer Norman Wilson. Since his last loss more than five years ago, the one-time student of Roy Jones, Jr., has rattled off a string of 10 consecutive wins – seven via knockout.

“I feel great at 35,” Whittaker, a 17-year pro who now calls Hollywood, Florida home, insists. “I feel like I’m 20. I live a clean life; I don’t drink or smoke. And signing on with a new promoter like Goossen Tutor is very exciting and I am looking forward to good things and a successful relationship.”

“The negotiations started right after the Cayman Islands show,” Alvarez revealed. “I kept in contact with Dan and Tom (Brown, Goossen Tutor matchmaker) and although we had offers from a few other promoters, we really liked the way Goossen Tutor creates opportunities for their fighters. Overall Charles and I felt real comfortable with them.

“But in the end,” Alvarez continued, “the reason we chose Goossen Tutor to promote Charles Whittaker is very simple: Dan Goossen is the top promoter in boxing and, with his knowledge he will guide us to a world title fight which is our main goal.”

In his career Whittaker has experienced triumph and disappointment against some top competition. In May, 2001 he took on former WBA Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Green in New York and -- in the eyes of most including former world heavyweight champ and HBO commentator George Foreman – was victimized by a hometown decision of a draw. In September, 2002, Whittaker took on top-10 ranked junior middleweight Emmitt Linton in a bout which ended in a technical draw due to a cut on Linton’s head from an accidental head butt. His career highlights include winning the IBO Intercontinental, WBC CABOFE and NABO Junior Middleweight titles.

“Charles Whittaker is the epitome of a boxer determined to overcome any and all obstacles and is a welcome addition to the Goossen Tutor stable,” Goossen asserted. “We liked what we saw of him in the Cayman Islands and we tracked his progress up to now. He worked hard and got better with each fight. There are some bigger fights out there for Charles and we will have an announcement of his first bout under the Goossen Tutor Promotions banner shortly.”


NOV. 12 PRO FIGHTS AT REMINGTON PARK IN OKC!!!

Get ready for what could be one of the best Main Events in PROFESSIONAL BOXING Oklahoma has ever seen!

Thursday, November 12, 2009, at Remington Park Casino in Oklahoma City. Five professional bouts. Doors open at 6:00, the fights start at 7:00.

In the MAIN EVENT, it's an exciting match-up between world ranked Eric Fields, professional record of 12-1, 10 KOs, from Ardmore, OK, versus rough, tough Adam "The Hitman" Harris (10-1, 7 KOs), coming all the way from Worcester, Massachusetts to fight Fields. As an amateur, Fields was two time National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion in 2005 and again in 2006. Fields turned pro in 2007 and in his tenth professional fight, knocked out former IBF Cruiserweight Champion Kelvin Davis in 55 seconds on national TV. Both Fields and Harris have excellent records and are on a collision course at Remington Park November 12. (To see a video of Fields' KO of Davis, visit our web site at www.catboxentertainment.com).

Also featured on the card in a co-main event is Oklahoma Lightweight Champion Noah Zuhdi (8-0, 8 KOs), named by The Oklahoman as Oklahoma's Boxing Prospect of the year for 2008. Zuhdi’s opponent is TBA.

A four round bout with the very popular heavyweight Ron "the Iceman" Aubrey (6-2, 6 KOs) is set. Aubrey is scheduled to fight Marcus Brown from Arkansas. Aubrey was a former OKC Blazer and as a hockey player, Aubrey instigated and fought over 600 fights on the ice rink. After becoming a professional boxer, Aubrey has made a name for himself as an entertaining and talented fighter and has become very popular with fight fans.

Delray Raines (15-6, 10 KOs) of Paris, Arkansas, who recently lost a close 12 round decision for the WBO NBO Middleweight Title, will be fighting in a six round bout. Raines is ranked No. 35 in the U.S. and is extremely talented. Raines’ opponent is TBA.

Veteran Super Middleweight Terrance Jones, known as the "Scorpion"is scheduled to fight Lyle Barron from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

As always, catBOX Entertainment’s events are lots of fun with plenty of exciting boxing action, amusements for the entire family, such as catBOX t-shirt giveaways, God Bless America being sung by acclaimed recording artist Darla Z with her guitarist, great music and an electric atmosphere that can only be had with a catBOX production...It’s sure to be a great night of boxing at Remington Park on November 12!

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POULSEN vs. NZAU HEADLINES IN AALBORG!

27.10.2009: Danish lightweight prospect Kim Poulsen (12-1, 3 KO’s) will headline a show in Aalborg, Denmark on December 4, when he takes on tough Kenyan warrior Athanas Nzau (19-7, 8 KO’s) in a fight scheduled for eight rounds.

22-year-old Poulsen is coming off a second-round blow-out of Tanzanian Obote Ameme in June, and will surely get a much sterner test against Nzau, who holds a victory over Poulsen’s countryman, and former European champion, Spend Abazi.

“I know this is going to be my toughest assignment so far, and it is just the kind of fight I was hoping for. I have to be at my best if I don’t want some scary moments with Nzau, because I have seen him on DVD and he is really a good fighter who has fought some really good opponents and given them serious problems”, says Poulsen.

Manager Henrik Risum has mixed emotions when it comes to Poulsen vs. Nzau, saying:

“I used to manage Nzau, and he was with me when he fought Leva Kirakosian and Antonio Jao Bento. Against Kirakosian, who later went on to win the European title, Nzau lost a very close split decision in a fantastic fight that I think he deserved to win. His fight with Bento remains to this day the best fight I ever saw live, and proved to me that Nzau is perhaps the fiercest warrior I ever worked with. Believe me, he is going to test Kim like he has never been tested before, and while this is a good fight for Kim and his education as a fighter, a fight that will show us where he is really at right now, it also worries me”.

As for the aspect of one of his current boxers taking on one of his former, Risum elaborates:

“I have so much admiration for Nzau as a fighter, and as far as I am concerned there are no hard feelings between us. But maybe he gets extra motivation knowing he is fighting my boxer, you never know. I think no matter what it will be a strange feeling for me seeing the two of them in the ring together, but for one night I will be rooting against Nzau. On December 5 I will be one of his biggest fans again!”

The December 4 promotion in Solsidehallen in Aalborg will be promoted by Osaga Promotion, and will, among others, also feature former European welterweight champion Christian Bladt versus an opponent still to be announced.

Article posted on 27.10.2009



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