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Fernando Vargas/Javier Castillejo Tickets Go On Sale

10.06.05 - Main Events and 8 Count Productions are proud to announce that tickets for the World Championship Boxing HBO televised doubleheader at the Allstate Arena on Saturday, August 20th go on sale this Wednesday morning at 10am through Ticketmaster. Tickets starting at $27 can be purchased by calling 312-559-1212, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Allstate Arena box office. The Allstate Arena is located at 6920 Mannheim Road in Rosemont, IL, just off the Northwest Tollway at the Lee Street Exit. For further directions and a seating chart for the venue please visit their website listed below.

The huge night of professional boxing is headlined by a twelve round battle between two time junior middleweight champion "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas, 26-2 (23KO's) of Oxnard, California and Javier Castillejo, 58-5 (39KO's) of Madrid, Spain.

A potential "Fight of the Year" clash sees two featherweight warriors, Rocky Juarez, 23-0 (16KO's) of Houston, Texas, taking on World Boxing Council champion In Jin Chi, 30-2-1 (18KO's) of Seoul, Korea. With both heavy handed fighters' aggressive styles this fight should be a war from start to finish similar to the lightweight championship bout between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo last month.

Chicago fan favorite and world ranked welterweight David Diaz, 27-1 (15KO's) will top a huge undercard, further details of which will be announced shortly.

Vargas (26-2, 23 KO’s) is a two-time jr. middleweight champion. The 27-year-old Oxnard, CA native became the youngest jr. middleweight world champion in boxing history (21 years and 5 days old) on December 12, 1998, when he dismantled defending IBF champion Yory Boy Campas in seven rounds (TKO 7). Vargas regained a world jr. middleweight crown on September 22, 2001, when he stopped Jose “Shibata” Flores to earn the WBA jr. middleweight championship (KO 7). Vargas, one of the sport’s most popular boxers, has won his last three bouts. In his last bout on March 26, 2005, Vargas decisioned Raymond Joval (W 10).

Castillejo (58-5, 39 KO's) is the former WBC super welterweight champion. The 37-year-old Madrid, Spain native has won 21 of his last 22 bouts, losing only to Oscar de la Hoya by decision on June 23, 2001 (L 12). Castillejo was named the WBC super welterweight champion after the WBC stripped Ronald “Winky” Wright for refusing to defend his crown against Castillejo. Wright elected instead to challenge Felix “Tito” Trinidad on May 14, 2005. On May 31, 2005, the WBC Board of Governors stripped Castillejo for refusing to challenge Ricardo Mayorga.

Chi (30-2-1, 18 KO’s) captured the vacant WBC featherweight title on April 10, 2004, when he knocked out Michael Brodie in the seventh round of their rematch (KO 7). The first bout ended in a draw. The 31-year-old Seoul, Korea native first attempted to win the WBC crown on July 28, 2001, losing a unanimous decision to then-champion Erik Morales (L 12). Prior to that bout Chi had not lost since 1991. In his last bout on January 30, 2005, Chi successfully defended his WBC title for the second time by decisioning Tommy Browne (W 12).

Juarez (23-0, 16 KO’s) was a 2000 U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist. The 25-year-old Houston, TX native dazzled boxing insiders with the ease in which he dispatched his last two opponents. Juarez demolished former world champion Guty Espadas in two rounds on December 3, 2004, and destroyed perennial contender Juan Carlos Ranchero Ramirez in one round on March 4, 2005. Juarez is ranked #1 by both the WBC and IBF, and is ranked #3 by The Ring magazine.

Article posted on 10.06.2005



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