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Keene vs Williams on July 29, potential Virgil Hill-Keene title fight at stake

BOISE, Idaho (June 27, 2006) – Much more than his 52nd victory may be on the line for Idaho icon Kenny “The Emmett Eliminator” Keene when he fights ex-International Boxing Federation champion “King” Arthur Williams (42-14-1, 29 KOs) on July 29 in a 10-round Special Cruiserweight Attraction bout at the Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho..

Keene (51-3, 28 KOs), fighting out of Emmett (ID), reportedly is being considered for a title fight later this year against World Boxing Association cruiserweight champion Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill (50-5, 23 KOs), contingent upon Keene defeating Williams in their chief supporting bout on the July 29 “Hold Nothing Back!” pay-per-view show, headlined by the return of five-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. challenging North American Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Prince Badi “The Boxing Prince” Ajamu. Three-time world title-holder Hill, who lives in North Dakota, will be at ringside July 29 as a PPV broadcast color commentator.

At a Boise press conference last Friday, Hill said that he will be scouting Keene as a potential opponent for his next fight, providing Keene defeats Williams and secures a top 15 rating in the WBA. Hill mentioned that North Dakota would be more than accommodating in terms of hosting a Hill-Keene fight, but that it will be determined by economics, including site fee offers. Kenny has mentioned many times that he would like to end his career with a fight against Hill.

“Our July 29th pay-per-view show will serve as a test for a potential Hill-Keene fight in Boise,” SEMI Director of Operations Ritch Danner said. “We’ll see if Boise, all of Idaho, will support Hill-Keene based on the July 29th turnout.”

Keene has been the WBF, IBC and IBA cruiserweight title-holder during the course of his 15-year pro career. He is riding an eight-year, 11-fight win streak. His most notable victories have been against Rob Calloway, Richie LaMontagne and Andrew Maynard. Williams captured the IBF cruiserweight title in 1998 with a ninth-round knockout of Imamu Mayfield. He also has beaten Dwight Mohammad Qawi and Adolfo Washington.

“Hold Nothing Back!” -- presented by Xyience, Inc. in association with Sports and Entertainment Media, Inc. (SEMI) -- will be broadcast live in North America on cable and satellite PPV beginning at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT. The event is being produced and distributed for North American Pay Per View by Integrated Sports and will be available in more than 50-million homes in the United States and Canada via InDemand, TVN, DirecTV & Dish Network in the US and Viewer’s Choice & Bell ExpressVu in Canada. The suggested retail price for the PPV telecast is only $24.95.

Hall of Fame bound Jones (49-4, 38 KOs) has been world champion in four different weight classes, ranging from middleweight up to heavyweight. His much-anticipated comeback after 10 months away from the ring is against Prince Badi (25-2-1, 14 KOs), who is rated No. 5 by the World Boxing Council and No. 8 by the World Boxing Organization. Prince Badi has dedicated the fight to the memory of his first cousin, the late Floyd Patterson, two-time world heavyweight champion.

Former IBF light heavyweight champion William “Chocolate” Guthrie (33-3-2, 26 KOs), fighting out of Palm Beach Gardens (FL), has been added to the card. He’ll take on Luke Munsen (19-5, 13 KOs), of Spokane (WA), in a 12-round title fight for the vacant IBF International cruiserweight belt.

Unbeaten Crow Creek Sioux cruiserweight Shawn Hawk (11-0, 8 KOs), fighting out of Coeur d’Alene (ID), is on the undercard against Doug “The Kid” Kaluza (17-5-1, 10 KOs), of Lincoln (NE), in an eight round match. The exciting uncle and nephew combination of light middleweight Edgar Hernandez (3-0) and lightweight Mario Hernandez (3-0, 2 KOs), from Caldwell (ID), are scheduled to fight opponents to be determined.

Tickets, priced at $50, $100, $150, $250 and $350 (plus handling fees), are on sale and available exclusively at the Qwest Arena Box Office. Call 208.331.TIXS (8947), toll free 888.330.TIXS (8497), or go on line at www.qwestarenaidaho.com.

Article posted on 27.06.2006



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