News: Calderon vs Iribe; Ballroom Brawl; Mason Menard; More

World champion Ivan 'Iron Boy' Calderon of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will defend his crown against Jesus 'Azul' Iribe of Culiacan, Mexico on a Top Rank Live! championship boxing event on June 12 - the eve of the Puerto Rican Parade - in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The final press conference will take place at Madison Square Garden's Expo Center on Thursday, June 10 at 11:30 AM. The big card will include Steven Badgley, a U.S. Army armed helicopter pilot, of Camp Drum, N.Y. who will make his pro debut at light heavyweight. Top New Jersey prospect Glen Tapia, an unbeaten junior middleweight is also on the card..

Tickets at $200, $100, $50 and $25 can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and online at

Tampa July 16 Ballroom Brawl tickets on sale this Saturday!

TAMPA, FL: One Punch Productions is pleased to announce that the next installment of the popular Ballroom Brawl series will take place on Friday, July 16, in the Grand Ballroom at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel.

The main event of the evening will feature undefeated welterweight contender Raymond Charles (12-0). Charles’ most recent appearance in Tampa was a 6th round knockout of Louis Leija on September 19th of 2009. The evening’s co-main event features Sarasota light heavyweight and fan favorite Adam Jaco (7-3-1, 2 KO’s) as he takes on the colorful Robbie “The Taz-Mexican Devil” Tovar (15-5-1) The undercard features the best and brightest talent in the Tampa Bay area and beyond, including undefeated jr. lightweight Cordaro Simpkins (4-0), undefeated welterweight Rey Cepeda (3-0), Ft. Myers jr. middleweight brothers Quinton Willis (5-1-1) and Marcus Willis (4-1-2), Tampa middleweight Marquis Davis (1-0), Tampa female firefighter Christina “Four Alarm” Swanson (1-0), the professional debut of 7-time Golden Gloves Champion Antton Slaughter, and several additional bouts to be announced.

Tickets for this event are priced at $20, $35, and $75, and go on sale THIS SATURDAY at 10:00am at all Ticketmaster locations and VIP tables of 8 may be reserved by contacting One Punch Productions at 813-503-8109. The previous Ballroom Brawl was completely sold-out, so guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.

The Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel is located at 4500 W. Cypress St. in Tampa. Doors open at 7:00pm, with the action starting at 7:30pm. Additional information is available at, or call 813-503-8109.

Mason Menard Gets UBO Title Fight July 31

On July 31, 21-year-old hard-punching lightweight prospect Mason Menard (11-1, 9 KOs) will get the opportunity to win the Universal Boxing Organization All-America Lightweight title when he faces an opponent to be announced at the Civic Center in his hometown of Rayne, Louisiana. The fight will be promoted by Chad Broussard and his Boxncar Promotions.

Menard made his professional debut in October 2007. Just five days after his nineteenth birthday he knocked out fifty-four-fight veteran Richard Dinkins in the second round to get his promising career under way.

After scoring another convincing victory the following May, Menard suffered an unexpected setback in August 2008 when fellow prospect Carl McNickles (4-1, 4 KOs at the time) overwhelmed him in the first round of a fight at the very same venue where Menard will fight for the UBO title on July 31.

The loss didn’t change the fact that Menard is a very talented fighter, and he proved he has a big heart to go along with that talent when, in his first fight back after the McNickles loss, he was knocked down in the first round and got right back up to stop his opponent, Blake Franklin, before the round was over. Boxers with less determination could easily have lost faith in themselves in a situation like this.

Five more victories followed before Menard fought for his first professional title. In October 2009 he boxed John Temple for the vacant Louisiana state lightweight title, and didn’t waste any time getting rid of his opponent in the second round. This past February he defended the title with a fourth round stoppage of the 8-1 (5) Thomas Darder, scoring his best victory to date in impressive fashion.

Menard, nicknamed “Mighty”, last boxed on April 9 where he blasted out journeyman Reggie Nash in three rounds to clear the way for his UBO title fight. He has so far shown impressive punching power, and will undoubtedly be looking for another knockout, and his tenth straight victory since the McNickles disaster, on July 31 in front of his adoring fans at the Rayne Civic Center.

Boxers Summer Battle in the Bay at Hollywood Bay St. Louis!

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS – Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis announced that the winning team at “Brawlin in N’awlins” lead by boxing promoter Leslie Bonano will host another exciting boxing event at the casino on Saturday, July, 10th at 8p.m. “This card will showcase exciting and outstanding pro boxing and introduce ‘new blood’ as well as bring back some crowd favorite fighters from the previously sold-out events,” said Bonano.

In the main event Middleweights Zane “The Train,” Marks (17 wins – 5 losses, 10 knockouts) from Golden Meadow, Louisiana, will duke it out with Derrick “Superman,” Findley (16 wins–3 losses – 10 knockouts). Findley hails from Gary, Indiana.

Marks, who at age 17 was trained by the late Frank James from Baton Rouge, La, and is managed by Damien St. Pierre, has been in the ring with former champions Will McIntyre and Lucien Bute. Marks lost by a split decision in his latest bout against the World Boxing Council’s 8th ranked fighter Kingsley Ikeke in a bout that put Ileke’s NABA title on the line.

Findley’s a hard fighter and his losses came at the hands of unbeaten fighters Adre Ward and Andre Dirrell, rated in the Top 3 in the world ratings.

The under card will feature unbeaten Marcus McDaniel from New Orleans who now sports a record of 3 wins and 0 losses. “McDaniel is the hottest young prospect to come out of New Orleans in many years,” said Bonano.

Casey Adams will make his professional boxing debut after a very celebrated amateur career winning the Jr. Olympics and the Golden Glove Championships. He will fight in the Welterweight Division.

Mark Salser has record of 9 wins and 0 losses. He hails from Mansfield, Ohio, will also appear on the under card as he travels the country to gain experience. Two other outstanding bouts will be added to the card.

Don’t miss the Battle in the Bay at Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis. Hurry, these fighting events will sell out soon. Tickets are $20, $50 and $100 and on sale now at the Gift Shop or call 1-800-229-2683. MATCHES, FIGHTS AND FIGHTERS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. Must be at least 21 to attend. Visit


Tickets On Sale Tomorrow!

PITTSBURGH (June 9, 2010) -- Michael Acri Boxing Promotions brings professional boxing back to the VIP Tent at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with “Summer Brawl,” Wednesday, June 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The main event will feature Pittsburgh's “Lightning” Rod Salka (11-0, 3 KOs), in an eight-round lightweight battle against Harold Orji (6-2, 3 KOs), of Laurel, Maryland. The co- feature will pit heavyweights Jason Bergman (11-9-2, 8 KOs), of Pittsburgh, in a six-round rumble against Cleveland's Ryan Thompson (9-9, 6 KOs). The undercard will feature, in separate bouts, Pittsburgh heavyweight Paul Zalus (4-0, 4 KOs), Pittsburgh middleweight Sam Suska (0-1), lightweight Chris Hazimilhalis (2-0, 2 KOs), and welterweight Jake Giuriceo (6-0-1, 2 KOs), both from Campbell, Ohio.

Tickets, priced at $100 (Golden Ringside), $50 (Ringside), and $25 (General Admission), go on sale Tomorrow! Thursday, June 10, and can be purchased at Mitchell's Bar and Restaurant (304 Ross St. - Ph. 412-471-3663) and Exercise Warehouse and Fitness Center (4042 Liberty Ave. - Ph. 412-621-1650).

Article posted on 10.06.2010

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