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News: Danny O’Connor; Hank Lundy; Fight Night 2010

PROVIDENCE (Feb. 22, 2010) – The St. Patrick’s Day celebration will extend two days as Irish-American boxers, led by hot, unbeaten prospect Danny O’Connor, the popular “Irish” Joey McCreedy and 4-time world champion Jaime “Hurricane” Clampitt, will be in action March 19 on the “Shamrock’d” pro card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I..

“Shamrock’d” kicks-off a recently signed multi-fight deal in 2010 between CES and Twin River that continues May 7, July 9, Sept. 3 and Nov. 12.

“We’re very happy that our Twin River schedule will continue for its fourth straight year,” CES president Jimmy Burchfield said. “The Twin River Event Center is one of the most beautiful venues in all of boxing. There isn’t a bad seat in the house and everybody at Twin River has been great to work with.

“CES will continue to promote evenly-matched, entertaining cards at Twin River, starting March 19th with ‘Shamrock’d,” which is loaded from top to bottom. Some of the most popular and talented fighters in New England will be in action. We’ll be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day – O’Connor, McCreedy and Clampitt are typically tough Irish fighters – but Italian fight fans will be celebrating St. Joseph’s Day.”

O’Connor (10-0, 3 KOs), fighting out of Framingham (MA), is an undefeated junior welterweight prospect who was a 2008 U.S. Olympic Tam alternate. The stylish southpaw faces his stiffest test as a pro in Franklin Gonzalez (13-3, 9 KOs), a dangerous Dominican puncher now living in Brooklyn. O’Connor-Gonzalez is the 8-round main event.

McCreedy (11-4-1, 6 KOs), fighting out of Lowell (MA), is the reigning EBA and New England super middleweight champion. He is dropping down to middleweight to fight an opponent to be determined in a 6-round bout.

Clampitt (20-4-1, 7 KOs) returned to the ring last November after taking 1 ½ years off to have her first baby, taking a 6-round decision from Rachel Clark. The Canadian-born, Warwick (RI) resident faces TBA in a 6-round fight.

A 6-round rematch for the EBA New England lightweight title will be held between unbeaten, defending champion Eddie “The Puerto Rican Sensation” Soto (12-0, 4 KOs) and challenger Sean Eklund (6-4, 1 KO). This inter-state rivalry pits Pawtucket’s (RI) Soto against Lowell’s Eklund, who is trained by his uncle, “Irish” Micky Ward, in a rematch of their hotly-contested, controversial, split-decision, won by Soto last February at Twin River. Soto overcame two knockdowns to win.

Also scheduled to fight Mar. 19 on “Shamrock’d” against opponents to be determined are New Bedford (MA) welterweight Jason “School Boy” Pires (22-3, 9 KOs), the former USBA super bantamweight champion and active New Bedford police officer; Warwick (RI) super middleweight Keith Kozlin (4-0, 2 KOs) and Philadelphia lightweight Frankie Trader (6-0, 2 KOs). Also slated to be in action is the newest member of Team CES, Barnstable (MA) heavyweight prospect Jessie Barboza (2-0, 2 KOs), a 3-time New England Golden Gloves champion. All bouts and boxers are subject to change.

Rollback ticket prices for “Shamrock’d” are $35.00, $50.00, $75.00 and $100.00 and are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254), going online at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, at Twin River’s Players Club booth at Twin River, or any TicketMaster location.

Contact CES (401.724.2253/2254/www.cesboxing.com) or the Twin River Event Center (877.82.RIVER/ www.twinriver.com) for more information. Doors open at 6 PM/ET, first bout at 7 PM/ET.

(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for “ShamRock’d.” Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by an adult and they must enter through the West entrance.)


Hank Lundy ready, willing and able to fight any Lightweight in the world

“Hammerin” Hank Lundy is undefeated and wants to prove to the world that he is one of the top Lightweight prospect’s anywhere and he is willing to face anyone to prove that.

Lundy of Philadelphia took his record to 17-0-1 with ten knockouts with a ten round split decision against former Cuban amateur star Richard Abril (12-1-1) on January 22nd in Boston.

Lundy has a fan friendly style and has the confidence that champions need to excel to the next level.

“Look at the records of the guys who I have fought. I was fighting opponents with fifty-plus fights in my sixth bout. “, said Lundy

“I have fought many veterans, undefeated guys and now contenders. I am ready for the next level so any lightweight out there preferably in the top ten because I know I am very close to realizing my dream to become world champion.”

Lundy has taken on five undefeated guys (4-0-1) before his meeting with Abril. Lundy annihilated then 10-0 Jason Cintron on April 24, 2009 and the momentum has continued to grow on his way to a significant fight.

“He is Mr. Excitement and shortly he will be Mr. World champion”, said Lundy’s manager Ivan Cohen.

“We are looking to move him rapidly as we he is ready for anybody in the Lightweight division. We are working on getting him a little more exposure here in Philly then it’s time to unleash him on the world.”

Lundy is currently ranked sixth by the NABO and is ready to fight anybody in order to get his chance at the world title.

Lundy, who is promoted by Providence, based Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment Sports feels the same way as the fighter and manager.

“Hank is ready for anyone in the top-ten at 135 pounds”, said Burchfield

“Look at his last four fights. Especially Cintron who was undefeated, Valtierra who was a grizzled veteran who had only been stopped once and Hank got him out of there in one. Then Abril who was a decorated amateur who brought a style of a lot of movement and Hank was able to beat these guys showing the versatility of a champion.”

“We would love to fight guys such as John Murray of England, David Diaz, Michael Katsidis, Anthony Peterson or Martin Honorio right now.”

“There is always a special fighter that comes out of the woodwork who is very exciting and knocks people out. Hank is that guy. I defiantly put him in the class of a Ray Mancini and Vinny Paz in terms of excitement”

“This kid belongs on ESPN and SHO BOX now. And any of those fights that I mentioned are more than worthy for the networks. He has a terrific team in place with Ivan Cohen and Sloan Harrison who bring a lot to the table as they have each been in the game along time and have worked with many world champions themselves and we all feel we are ready to get to the top of the mountain.”

“On top of everything else, this kid has a great personality and is a quote machine. He feels he is the best and he doesn’t use any sware words when he talks. Once the rest of the country gets to know Hank Lundy they will be sure to fall in love with him as a fighter and person.”

Lundy is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment Sports (CES); managed by Ivan Cohen and trained by Sloan Harrison as well as his strength and condition coach Brian Cohen.


VIP AND RINGSIDE SEATS SOLDOUT FOR "FIGHT NIGHT 2010"

February 23 (Merrillville, In) - The most anticipated fight night in Northwest Indiana has gained the interest of region fans as ALL of the VIP and RINGSIDE seats for the event are completely SOLD OUT! Leaving only General Admission seating for the remaining fans for this fantastic night of boxing and at only $30.00 a seat it is a steal for the World Class Boxing that is returning to the Historic Hammond Civic Center on Friday, February 26th.

In the Main Event Michael "Midnight Stalker" Walker (19-2) and Derrick "Superman" Findley (14-3) will square off for a IN.B.A. Middleweight Title Showdown. Angel Hernandez (14-3) is set for an IN.B.A. Title Showdown against Angel Manfredy conqueror Courtney Burton (21-6), WBC International Champion "Merciless" Mary McGee (17-0) faces off against WBC International Lightweight Champion Brooke "No Mercy" Dierdorff (5-4-1), a heated matchup of two undefeated Middleweights Josh Crouch (5-0) vs. Foster Nkodo (4-0), also scheduled to fight are Darnell Wilson (8-1) vs. Orphius Waite (5-0), Ed Ochoa (9-0) vs. Dezi Ford (24-27), and Heavyweight David Martin III (1-0) vs. James Porter (5-13).

"This is a tremendous event!" said OIAMB President/CEO Tyree Ortiz, "We have given the fans what they have been asking for for years and we have delivered them what they wanted. There has never been a night of boxing filled with the much talent in the State of Indiana probably in the last 30 years. Every fight from top to bottom is an exciting matchup, which can go either way. This is the type of event fans dream about and I am glad we able to deliver it to them."

Tickets for "Fight Night 2010" are on sale now and can be purchased at VIP Table Seat - SOLDOUT,
Ringside Table Seat - SOLDOUT, and General Admission - $30. Tickets can be purchased at www.oneinamillionboxing.com The Hammond Civic Center Box Office, or by calling (866) 438-7372.

The Hammond Civic Center is located at 5825 Sohl Ave., Hammond, IN. Doors open at 7 p.m. The first bout is scheduled at 8 p.m. and for more ticket information or fight night events please visit us at our knockout website and leave us some feedback: www.oneinamillionboxing.com. Or by calling (866) 438-7372. Remaining tickets for this phenomenal night of boxing are guaranteed to go fast so make sure to get yours now.

Article posted on 22.02.2010



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