"CAPITAL SHOWDOWN" FIGHTERS TAKE TIME OUT OF TRAINING FOR CHARITY AT ANNUAL FIGHT NIGHT FUNDRAISER
WASHINGTON (Nov. 9) - "Capital Showdown" fighters and DC metro-area natives Lamont "Havoc" Peterson, his brother Anthony Peterson, along with undefeated heavyweight contender Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell, will break from their rigorous training schedules to attend the 22nd annual Fight Night "Fight For Children" event at the Washington Hilton and Towers this Thursday evening.
Article posted on 10.11.2011
Instead of lacing up, the fighters will dress up to help raise money to benefit the mission of the Fight for Children organization. The fighters will make a special appearance in the ring as part of their donation of ringside seats for their Dec. 10 fights to the charity. They will also attend the Chairman's VIP Reception along with the current and former World Champions attending Fight Night.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, all three boxers will fight on the "Capital Showdown" event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, DC. Lamont Peterson will face off against Amir "King" Khan for Khan's Unified Super Lightweight World Title in the headlining fight, the undefeated Mitchell is set to battle Uzbekistan's Timur Ibragimov, who has won nine of his last 10 bouts, in the evening's co-featured bout which also marks Mitchell's HBO's debut, while Anthony Peterson will see action in a ten round fight on the undercard against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. The evening will mark the return of HBO televised boxing to the Washington, DC metropolitan area after an 18-year absence.
"It is such a great night in Washington DC and we are so happy to be able to attend and help raise money for such a good cause," said Lamont Peterson on behalf of himself and his brother.
"I am really looking forward to attending Fight Night and supporting the great work the Fight For Children organization does throughout the community," said Mitchell. "I have been training extremely hard for what is going to be one of the toughest fights of my career to date in December, so taking a night off to relax, enjoy myself and help a good cause is what I need before I finish up training strong for December 10."
"Capital Showdown: Khan vs. Peterson," a 12-round Unified Super Lightweight World Title Fight for Khan's WBA World Super Championship and IBF World Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. Also featured will be a 10-round heavyweight battle between Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell and Timur Ibragimov. The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast begins at 9:45 p.m. ET/6:45 p.m. PT.
ANDRZEJ FONFARA TRAINING WITH DANNY GREEN IN AUSTRALIA
CHICAGO, IL (November 10, 2011) Popular Chicago based light heavyweight contender Andrzej ‘The Polish Prince” Fonfara is training with former two-time world champion and current world title challenger Danny ‘The Green Machine” Green in Perth, Australia.
The 24 year old Fonfara is headed for a ten round light heavyweight showdown with Phil ‘The Drill” Williams on Saturday, December 16th as in the main event of the stellar Windy City Fight Night 20 professional boxing card at the UIC Pavilion presented by 8 Count Productions.
Green is preparing to challenge World Boxing Council (WBC) Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk on November 30th in Mt. Claremont, Western Australia.
Said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, ‘This is a great opportunity for Andrzej. To train alongside a world champion as he prepares for a major fight is a true learning experience for Andrzej that will only help him as he ascends towards his own world title opportunities in the future.”
Advance tickets for Windy City Fight Night 20 priced at $76, $51, $36 and $31 can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Boxing Office (312-413-5740) or the 8 Count Productions Office (312-226-5800). Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm.
Doors open at the UIC Pavilion at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine, just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway. For further information, please visit their website at www.uicpavilion.com. The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing events.
Fighters currently under the 8 Count Productions banner include; world ranked super middleweight contender Donovan George, light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara, junior welterweight prospects Ivan Popoca and Adrian Granados along with welterweights Achour Esho and Jaime Herrera.
For more information on 8 Count Productions please visit their new website, www.8countproductions.com. Follow them on Twitter at 8_Count and Facebook at “8 Count Productions”.
HEARN URGES BBBOC TO ACT ON PURSE PAYMENTS
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has written to the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) urging them to tighten the rules on promoters paying fighters.
Hearn’s letter raised concerns that some fighters have had to wait months beyond the seven day regulated period to be paid for their work and he says he is unhappy about the treatment that some fighters are receiving.
But Hearn is also encouraging the boxers themselves to alert the board if they believe they are missing payments for the endeavors in the ring.
“There are cases of boxers waiting one, two, three and sometimes six months to get paid for a fight – it’s scandalous,” said Hearn. “These guys put their lives on the line on fight night and make huge sacrifices preparing their bodies in the gym and on the road and that commitment is being ignored.
“The fighters too must take responsibility though and if they approach the Board with concerns over payments then the Board will act. I fear that in this tough economic environment, fighters who fail to speak up run the risk of losing their entire purse. Promoters that fail to pay their fighters on time are tarnishing the game and this will deter future talents from entering this great sport.
“I recommended that we try and encourage boxers to inform the board if payment has not been received in its entirety within seven days of the contest. Promoters who fail to do so should have their license suspended immediately. I have had a positive response from Robert Smith (general secretary of the BBBoC) who has already confirmed that he has recently received complaints from fighters regarding this matter and he will raise my points at the next board meeting.”
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