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Carson Jones vs. Ricardo Williams on December 15th

Oklahoma City, OK (November 2, 2011) - USBA welterweight champion Carson Jones will look to take another step towards his dream of fighting for a world title when he battles 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo “Slicky Ricky” Williams in the main event of “The Corona Rumble at Remington, Presented by Monster Energy” Thursday, December 15 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK.

The card is promoted by HD Boxing and tickets are available by calling 405-473-500 or going to http://www.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=409622.

Jones, 32-8-2 (22 KO’s), hasn’t had any soft touches in the paid ranks, battling a plethora of prospects, contenders and undefeated fighters. Although he’s had his fair share of frustrations, the 25 year old has been on a tear during the last two and a half years, compiling an outstanding 15-1-1 record against solid opposition. Jones’ victims include record breaking knockout artist Tyrone Brunson (21-0-1), Michi Munoz (21-2), Jason LeHoullier (21-2-1), Michael Clark (41-5-1) and Said Ouali (28-3).

Once considered a can't miss fighter, Williams has also been through a number of ups and downs since turning pro in January 2001. The quick handed Cincinnati native lost twice in his first 11 bouts and was out of the ring for more than three years due to legal issues. Since resurfacing in 2008, Williams has won all ten of his bouts, putting his current professional ledger at 19-2 with 10 KO’s.

“This is my first title defense,” said Jones, who is rated sixth by the IBF and defeated the aforementioned Clark to win the USBA belt. “When I defended the NABA junior middleweight title, I didn’t come out on top but I am better at welterweight than I was at 154 and I’ve scored six straight knockouts. I don’t think Williams will give me any trouble at all and I don’t see this fight going the distance!”

For more information on Jones, “The Corona Rumble at Remington, Presented by Monster Energy” or HD Boxing, go to HDBoxing.net.

WBO HONORED PUERTO RICAN PAN AMERICAN GAMES MEDALISTS

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO) and president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel honored today the Puerto Rican boxers who won medals in the 2011 Guadalajara, Mexico, Pan American Games.

The boxers who won medals were Kiria Tapia, gold in the female boxing 60 kg, Janthony Ortiz, bronze in 49 kg, Ángel Suárez, bronze in 60 kg and Gerardo Bisbal, bronze in +91 kg.

“The WBO always have a commitment with the youth and as part of our program Kids Drug Free, we want to honerd these young boxers, specially to the young lady Kiria Tapia", Valcarcel said.

Tapia won the gold with victories over Quanitta Underwood, Adela Peralta and Erika Cruz. While, Ortiz took bronze after beat Junior Zárate 10-5 and Gilberto Pedroza 17-6 losing to Yosbany Veitía. Suárez won bronze with victories over César Villarraga and Julio Cortez 26-13 and a lose against Robson Da Conceicao. Bisbal won his first fight versus Clayton Laurent and lost against Ytalo Perea to take the bronze.

WBO gifted these boxers with a plate and $1,000 for Tapia and her gold medal, giving $500 to Ortiz, Auarez and BIsbal.

Long-time Chicago Promotional Rivals Join Forces

The two premier boxing promoters in the Chicagoland area say they are fed up with Illinois commission's recent spate of rules changes that, they say, make it much more difficult to promote an event in the state.

Bobby Hitz, Founder of Hitz Boxing and Domenic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, say they will meet together with state representatives this week with a list of grievances about the state's latest round of rule changes.

Already having recently increased their basic fees (some as high as 1000% or more), yesterday (November 1) Rafael Caro II, Public Service Administrator for the Illinois State Athletic Commission notified all licensed promoters of the changes, including the following (paraphrased):

There will be absolutely no deductions done for the Boxers/Contestants at any weigh-in and/or event.

Ringside physicians will not be doing physicals for any contestants... They must get physicals done by a MD or DO only, prior to the weigh-in.

ALL Boxers/Contestants must be licensed prior to the weigh-in.

(Boxers) are to pay all fees by check or money order only whenever they submit their application. Any seconds (cornermen) can get licensed no later than the weigh-in (no one will be allowed to license the day of event).

It is imperative and your sole responsibility to inform all professional boxers/contestants of these new changes. No exceptions will be given.

"Domenic and I have both carved out our niches in this market and I respect him for that. That's why we're coming together on this. They're going to force us both out of business," said Hitz of the rule changes. "They've punishing solid, long-time promoters just to make a point to a few bad apples who don't do their homework. Anyone whose done club shows knows opponents fall out. They're not making a fortune. Guys don't show up. Guys chicken out. Guys show up overweight. To make a show happen, sometimes you have to scramble to find an opponent till the last minute. Ask any promoter, that's how it's done. The new rules say you can't pay for any licenses at the weigh-in, can't get a physical by the ringside physician, you can only pay by check or money order... that's totally counterproductive to the sport. It's going to cripple a lot of shows unnecessarily."

Pesoli agrees. "I think they're killing the sport. This makes it harder for the promoters. We need to go to the commission and sit down work out some kind of agreement because the way this is being handled makes it very hard for the promoters and the fighters to put a show together. It's not like we're making millions of dollars and they're making it harder and harder. A permit to do a fight in Chicago went from $50 to $500 recently. How do you justify that kind of increase for a piece of paper? If you have 5-7 fights, it's $750 and if you have 10 fights, it's $1000. If this kind of stuff persists, how do we go forward?

Hitz has a show scheduled for November 23 and has been informed he will be expected to adhere to all the new rules for it.

"I'm willing to cancel my show if I have to do this. I'll end up losing more money if I don't. We are going to meet with the commission and hopefully we'll be able to hammer out an amicable solution for all parties. Boxing isn't like the NBA and NFL where you have millionaires arguing with billionaires. Domenic and I are grassroots guys putting out our money to keep a sport alive that we both love. If this week's meeting isn't productive, we're all going to have to start considering a work stoppage until it becomes a more fair climate to do business in again."

Article posted on 03.11.2011



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