Wach faces Fields on 3/24, sees title shot in 2013
by Batosz Biszczanik/BoxingNews.pl: Huge heavyweight contender and World Boxing Council (WBC) International title holder Mariusz Wach (26-0, 14 KO) is currently training for his another fight. On March 24th, the nicknamed “Viking”, will take on a fighter who is even bigger – Tye Fields (49-4, 44 KO). 32-years old Wach believes, that the win over 6’8 tall Fields will be another step for a world championship bout, which could possibly take place in 2013.
Article posted on 13.02.2012
How is your preparation going for the upcoming fight which will take place on March 24th in Atlantic City?
Mariusz Wach: It is going pretty well. Currently, I’m working on my physical strength. Every single day I spend in the gym. I'm also improving my technique by training on heavy bag.
Is your opponent officially confirmed? There was a rumour about Tye Fields, but your promoter told that there is a possibility to face Jason Estrada. Please, tell us more about that.
MW: TV wanted me to face Jason Estrada, but my promoter disagreed and decided that Tye Fields is still the one who will fight with me. Contracts are already signed.
Give us your thoughts about work with your new coach Juan de Leon.
MW: Everything is fine. He's very experienced. He’s working on my technique, improves me on every single training. He's doing a great job.
Do you think that the win over Fields will open you the door to big fights?
MW: Right now the only fight I think about is the one on March 24th. However, for sure if I'll win this fight, I face better opponents and then who knows, maybe I get a chance to fight for the world championship.
How many times you want to fight in 2012?
MW: Three or four. It depends on my performances.
When do you want to face a heavyweight champion?
MW: I think my championship fight will take place in 2013, but I can't really tell you the exact date. There is nothing clear about that.
Adonis Stevenson vs. Jesus "El Martillo" Gonzales on Saturday
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The wildly entertaining Stevenson is rated No. 8 by the World Boxing Association ("WBA"), as well as No. 15 by the World Boxing Council "WBC") and IBF. Gonzales, a slick southpaw from Arizona who has won his last 10 fights, is rated No. 12 by the IBF and No. 14 by the WBC.
The undercard is loaded, starting with the eight-round co-feature, pitting Montreal's unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (7-0, 5 KOs), the reigning NABO title-holder from Colombia and 2008 Olympian, versus former USBA champion Otis "Triple OG" Griffin (23-9-2, 9 KOs), winner of Oscar de la Hoya's The Next Great Champ television reality show.
Fighting on the undercard in eight-round bouts are undefeated Montreal light heavyweight prospect Dierry "Douggy" Jean (20-0, 13 KOs) against former English champion Ryan Barrett (25-9-3, 5 KOs); former NABA super featherweight titlist Arash Usmanee (16-0, 8 KOs), also fighting out of Montreal, by way of Afghanistan, and Danish invader Innocent Anyanwu (21-3-2, 12 KOs); unbeaten 2008 Colombian Olympian Oscar "Kaboom" Rivas (8-0, 5 KOs) takes on former Croatian kick-boxer Ivica Perkovic (15-12, 11 KOs); popular featherweight Tyler Asseltine (8-0, 5 KOs), a member of the 2009 Canadian National Team, meets Andras Varga (5-1-2, 0 KOs).
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8 COUNT PRODUCTIONS CELEBRATES 14 YEARS ON FEBRUARY 24TH!!!!!!
CHICAGO, IL (February 13, 2012) Chicago’s 8 Count Productions will celebrate fourteen years as the HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING with Windy City Fight Night 21, another evening of world-class professional boxing set for Friday, February 24th at the UIC Pavilion.
Featured at Windy City Fight Night 21 are two outstanding clashes, a junior lightweight battle between former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry and hard punching Puerto Rican native Guillermo “The Vampire” Sanchez along with a Chicago cross-town showdown with welterweights Adrian ‘EL Tigre” Granados of Cicero, Illinois clashing with Franklin Parks’ Jaime “The Truth” Herrera.
“It’s an honor to have promoted professional boxing for Chicago sports fans over the last fourteen years. We’ve had the pleasure of promoting many outstanding events with world class fighters over the years” said Pesoli.
The first 8 Count Productions event took place on February 20, 1998, at the Park West Theatre on the Near North side of Chicago.
Continued Pesoli, “I remember it very well, Rocky Martinez stopped Henry Mobley and Angel ‘Toro” Hernandez won a decision over Jake Torrance.”
“Our commitment right from the start has been to put on great fights in the ring and a fun evening for the fans. Our event on February 24th continues this legacy.”
Speaking further about Windy City Fight Night 21, Pesoli said “Cherry is a world class fighter but we’ve put him in with a very tough Puerto Rican kid in Sanchez who can’t wait to hit town and get after Edner. Granados and Herrera have been on a head-on course since their highly decorated amateur days.
“They never fought as amateurs and have a professional respect for each other, but once the bell rings the fans are going to see a terrific battle.”
A full undercard of action packed bouts will be announced shortly.
Advance tickets, priced at $31, $51, $76 and $101 are available through Ticketmaster, (www.Ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (Phone 312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions Office (312-226-5800).
Doors on the night of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine, at the corner of Harrison and Racine, just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway in the West Loop area of Chicago.
8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland.
Fighters currently under the 8 Count Productions banner include; former world title challenger Edner Cherry, super middleweight contender Donovan George, world ranked light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara, middleweight prospect Viktor Polyakov, 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”.
For further information about the UIC Pavilion please visit their website at www.uicpavilion.com. The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing events.
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