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Oosthuizen-Sierra on Wednesday; Abner Mares on Telefutura on 11/25

New York, NY - (11/22/2011) - Tomorrow night the World Boxing Council (WBC) #7 and International Boxing Federation (IBF) #12 rated super middleweight contender, Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen (16-0-1, 11KO's), will look to defend his IBO Super Middleweight title and keep his unbeaten streak alive when he takes on dangerous Mexican knockout artist Francisco Sierra (24-2-1, 22KO's). The bout, scheduled for 12 rounds, and promoted by Rodney Berman's Golden Gloves Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment (DBE), will serve as the feature bout of the evening at Emperor's Palace in Gauteng, South Africa.

Oosthuizen last saw action on September 3, when the South African native, in his DBE debut, won a convincing 12-round unanimous decision over Aaron Pryor Jr. It was also Oosthuizen's first fight on U.S. soil. Lou DiBella, President and CEO of DiBella Entertainment, has plans to bring the highly touted contender back stateside in 2012 and will look to start matching him against the top names in the super middleweight division, but he must first get by the extremely dangerous Sierra.

Sierra is 4-1-1 in his last six bouts, with the biggest win during that time coming against the previously undefeated Donovan George (20-0-1, 17KO's) on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights". The only blemishes during that period came against WBA and WBC #9 rated Dyah Davis (D 10) and, in his most recent outing, in a war on ESPN against IBF#10 and WBC #11 rated Jesus Gonzalez (L 12).

ABNER MARES TO GET THE TELEFUTURA "CLASSICS" TREATMENT ON NOVEMBER 25

LOS ANGELES, November 22 - In August of this year, 2004 Mexican Olympian Abner Mares struck gold as a professional when he defeated Joseph King Kong Agbeko for the IBF Bantamweight World Championship. As he prepares for his December 3 title defense rematch with Agbeko at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. which will be televised live on SHOWTIME, TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate Classics" will revisit two of Mares' memorable bouts on Friday, November 25, giving fans another look at one of boxing's most exciting young stars.

The special presentation of "Sólo Boxeo Tecate," presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T, will air on TeleFutura at 12:30am ET/PT (11:30pm CT).

The "Classics" main event will take fans back to May 22, 2010 when Mares stepped into the ring at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles for his first shot at a world title. Although he had to settle for a controversial draw against then IBF Bantamweight World Champion Yonnhy Perez, Mares showed off his championship character over 12 exciting rounds that put him on the list as one of the top bantamweights in the world.

In the November 25 "Classics" co-feature, fans will see the then-rising star squaring off against fellow prospect Jonathan Arias at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif. on June 27, 2008. Mares put on a stellar performance in defeating his dangerous 15-1 foe via a 10-round unanimous decision.

Tecate, cerveza con carácter, is the largest beer brand to sponsor boxing matches in the U.S. Part of its commitment to make boxing accessible to consumers is the title sponsorship of "Sólo Boxeo Tecate," which creates an opportunity for local fans to witness some of the most exhilarating fights by today's up-and-coming prospects. Additionally, Tecate has been a primary supporter of Golden Boy Promotions' marquee events since 2007, and has launched a variety of initiatives to ensure consumers are part of the boxing experience, including boxer autograph signing sessions, commemorative cans, PPV mail-in rebate offers, and most recently the launch of a mobile museum "Tecate Museo de Boxeo," which showcases decades of the most memorable moments in the sport.

Ali Adams fights on December 3rd

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: Back in March this year 20 year old Olivia Goodwin became the youngest ever person to be licensed as a promoter by the British Boxing Board of Control, a couple of months later, on the 4th June, she made history again by promoting her first event, the massively successful ‘Search and Destroy’ headlined by Ryan Barrett versus Geoffrey Munika for the International Masters Lightweight title.

For her second event of the year ‘Edge of Glory’ - which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday 3rd December - Olivia has another championship fight headlining, this time featuring Ali ‘The Tiger’ Adams, against a yet to be named opponent, for the International Masters Heavyweight title.

Baghdad born Adams is probably best known by British fans for his gutsy performance against former British, Commonwealth and European Heavyweight Champ Matt Skelton in Prizefighter - The Heavyweights lV back in September 2010.

It was a tough first round draw for Adams, who had fought just eleven times, compared to Skelton’s thirty one, but the relative novice showed the heart of a Tiger as he battled it out gamely over the three rounds. Adams may not have beat the highly decorated war lord, but he sure won the hearts and minds of a lot of fans that night.

Since that loss Adams has gone on to comfortably win three times, the first in November 2010 see him knockout Nick ‘The Ox’ Okoth after just thirty three seconds of the second round.

Adams followed this up with a solid points victory over tough Lithuanian Igoris Borucha, back in June this year, and in his final bout to date Adams comprehensively out boxed Hungary’s Gabor Farkas to earn a 60-53 points victory.

Adams is intent on stepping up to make a serious assault on the international Championship circuit, this bout being the first step on the path to a World title challenge in the next year or so.

Adams’ coach, Don Charles, knows the score better than most - former British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora is the flag bearer of the Don Charles squad - and is used to his charges fighting for titles, so am pretty sure the game plan will reflect that. I think we’ll see Adams come out fast, either looking for an early finish or to get some big rounds under his belt early on.

To support the battle of the big boys Olivia has put together a top class card, featuring some of the best young talent from London and the home counties.

Heading up the list is former English Super Featherweight Champion Ryan ‘Mr. Attitude’ Barrett, who will be facing Latvian Jevgenijs Kirillovs in a six round Welterweight contest.

Barrett, who switched to the Welterweight division following the surprise loss of his International Masters Lightweight title to Geoffrey Munika back in June, seems comfortable at the new weight as was clear by his excellent performance to out point Latvian Sergejs Volodins in October.

Without doubt Barrett will be looking at quickly establishing himself in the Welterweight division in order to get back into championship contention again as soon as possible. As such you can be sure he will be looking to impress, by getting Volodins out of there as quickly as possible.

British Masters Super Bantamweight Champion Paul ‘Spartan’ Economides makes his first ever appearance at York Hall when he takes part in a six
round international contest against a yet to be named opponent.

Comeback kid, Luton’s Michael ‘Chunky’ Devine, will be looking to extend his three fight winning streak, since his surprise loss to Mark ‘The Flash’ Alexander back in April last year, when he takes on tough Dewsbury, Yorkshire, based Syrian Youssef Al Hamidi.

Devine will surely be looking for a repeat of his last fight, where he stopped Vladimiras Balaklijec in just one minute and fifty seven seconds of the second round - but not just that he had put the tough Lithuanian down three times in the round as well.

Another knockout artist on the show, the big hitting ‘Eltham Assassin’ Billy Cayzer, who has a perfect two fight, two wins - by knockout - will certainly be looking to make it three out of three when he comes up against Lithuanian based Ukranian Oleksiy Chukov.

Former World Kick Boxing Champion Ilir Canolli has had a great start since switching to boxing in April this year, like Billy Cayzer the Hamstead based Albanian has a perfect two fight - two wins record and will be bidding to take his record to three out of three when he faces tough Lithuanian Aleksejus Stanvekius.

Ipswich’s Henry Bacon demolished Bobby Wood in under a minute back in September and will surely be aiming for more of the same against Peckham’s Diego Burton.

One of the new boys in the Cruiserweight division, Colin ‘Butch’ Goldhawk will be making his second pro outing - his opponent Rolandas Cesna is well known to the York Hall faithful, having already fought both Scott Whyley and Ilir Canolli at the famous venue.

Burnt Oak Middleweight Mark ‘Pee Wee’ Adams gets a tough second pro outing, when he comes up against the highly experienced Billy Smith, who will be looking to have a good win to celebrate his one hundred and twenty first pro bout.

Leytonstone’s Philip ‘Quicksilver’ Bowes also gets a tough veteran campaigner, the one and only Johnny Greaves, for his second pro outing.

Brighton’s Nicky Jenman makes his first trip to the York Hall to take on Martyn King from Cumbria.

Crawley’s unbeaten Light Welterweight prospect Ross Payne will be looking to extend his perfect 3-0 record when he faces the highly experienced Kristian Laight from Nuneaton.

Also on the card are Peckham’s unbeaten Heavyweight Dillian ‘The Villain’ Whyte, Mitcham’s Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor and Prizefighter Light Middleweight semifinalist Kris Agyei-Dua, all against yet to be named opponents.

Olivia Goodwin’s ‘Edge of Glory’ event, headlined by Ali ‘The Tiger’ Adams, against a yet to be named opponent, for the International Masters Heavyweight title, takes place at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday 3rd December 2011.

Tickets, priced £60 (Ringside) and £35 (Standard Seated), are available now on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA. For further information call 07960 850645

Article posted on 22.11.2011



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