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Luke Munsen will "Hold Nothing Back!" July 29

(July 20, 2006) Spokane (WA) cruiserweight prospect Luke Munsen (19-5, 13 KOs) steps up in class July 29th when he fights former IBF light heavyweight champion William "KO King" Guthrie (33-3-2, 26 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the vacant IBF International cruiserweight title on the "Hold Nothing Back!" pay-per-view show at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho..

Munsen, 25, drew a lot of positive attention in April when he floored former world champion Vassiliy Jirov before dropping a close 10-round decision (98-91, 94-93, 95-94) in Worley, Idaho. In his last outing, Munsen avenged a 2005 loss by technical knockout in seven rounds to Tim Shocks by easily winning a 10-round decision (98-91, 98-91, 99-90) in their rematch June 15 in Worley.

"It appears that Luke is ready to take a step up to the next level and he'll have that opportunity July 29 against former world champion William Guthrie," Director of Operations Ritch Danner said. "Winning the IBF International title could propel Luke into a big money fight."

"Hold Nothing Back!" -- presented by Xyience, Inc. in association with Sports and Entertainment Media, Inc. (SEMI) and Knockout Promotions -- 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.

Five-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. (49-4, 38 KOs) makes his much-anticipated comeback after 10 months of ring inactivity challenging North American Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Prince Badi "The Fighting Prince" Ajamu (25-2-1, 14 KOs), rated No. 6 by the World Boxing Council and No. 7 by the World Boxing Organization, in the 12-round main event.

In other pay-per-view matches, Idaho icon Kenny "The Emmett Eliminator" Keene (51-3, 28 KOs) faces former International Boxing Federation champion "King" Arthur Williams (42-14-1, 29 KOs) in a 10-round Special Cruiserweight Attraction; Unbeaten Crow Creek Sioux cruiserweight Shawn Hawk (11-0, 8 KOs) rated No. 19 by the North American Boxing Association, squares off against Doug "The Kid" Kaluza (17-5-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round match.

Also on the undercard is veteran Frank Wood (26-3, 18 KOs), the reigning Mid-South heavyweight title-holder, against New Yorker Derrick Brown (12-2-1, 10 KOs), who is managed by one of the greatest women boxers of all-time, Christy Martin, in a 10-round Special Heavyweight Attraction. Boise light welterweight Hilario Lopez (8-4, 6 KOs) fights Steve Marquez (7-7-1, 6 KOs) in a six-round bout, while Marquez' younger brother, David Marquez (3-1-1), is matched against Caldwell (ID) light middleweight Edgar Hernandez (3-0) in a four-rounder. His nephew, lightweight Mario Hernandez (3-0, 2 KOs), also from Caldwell (ID), is scheduled against an opponent to be determined in a four-round match.

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 20.07.2006



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