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Scott Lawton Set To Return on Nov. 17​

Werrington’s Scott Lawton will return to the ring at Stoke’s Kings Hall on 17th November only six weeks after facing Amir Khan. Lawton, the area’s most successful boxer since the 1930’s, is hoping to rebuild his career after suffering a 4th round stoppage defeat at the hands of the aforementioned Khan in a Commonwealth lightweight clash.

“I was very disappointed by the Khan result but I hadn’t realised just how good he was until then,” said Lawton. “I’m over it now and it’s time for me to move on.”

“My goal is to fight for the British title again and I’m confident that I’m good enough. I need to get active again and get back to winning ways, that’s how I’m going to get myself back up the rankings and ultimately get another crack at the title.”

Lawton will be joined on the bill by fellow Potters Jimmy Doherty and Scott Miller. Doherty now undefeated in his first six professional starts is set to step up and will contest an eight round welterweight contest; his opponent is yet to be confirmed. Miller, from the Birches Head district of the city, will make his much anticipated professional debut. Scoring an impressive 21 victories from 25 bouts in the amateur ranks Miller, formerly of Hulton Abbey ABC, has an exciting style and is tipped to move up the domestic welterweight ranks quickly.

A freak sparring accident in September put out both Doherty and Miller forcing the postponement of Impact Boxing’s September event. A further injury to Doherty forced Impact to postpone the rearranged October event until November. Both Doherty and Miller are now reportedly fit and eager to return to action.

A quartet of local fighters will be completed by Werrington heavyweight Alex Ibbs who will be seeking to continue his unbeaten start in professional boxing. Ibbs, having won both of his first two pro contests, was trained by former world champion Richie Woodhall but now trains with Impact Boxing in Stoke.

The line-up will be completed by the Chester duo of Chris Goodwin and Kevin Buckley. Goodwin a superb technician and exciting prospect has emerged victorious from both of his previous contests in Stoke. Super-featherweight Buckley has won his first three pro contests and earned many rave reviews last time out when he prevailed over Tony McQuade in front of a Sky TV audience. Buckley has been nominated as The North of England Young Boxer of the Year.

Impact Boxing will again offer concessionary prices for children aged 14 and under with tickets costing only £10. Adult tickets are priced at £25 or £45 for ringside seats. Tickets are available from Impact Boxing on 0845 156 7168 or at Impact Boxing - The Home of British Boxing in Staffordshire
 

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Pawel Wolak-Jonathon Reid Collide on 11/10

Wildwood, New Jersey – KEA Boxing is turning up the heat as they head into their 10th show on Saturday November 10th. After a very successful "Brawls at the Birchwood III" featuring light heavyweight prospect, Chucky "The Professor" Mussachio, 10-0, 5 KO's, KEA is taking the show into Mussachio's backyard.

In the co-feature of the evening the undefeated and rugged, "Polish Raging Bull" , Pawel Wolak, 17-0, 12 KO's will be stepping up his level of competition as he takes on Contender, Jonathon Reid, 34-7, 19 KO's. Wolak is coming off of an impressive performance in September on Long Island when he stopped Dan Wallace, 9-2 in round number 4. Wolak imposes his will on his opponents every time he fights and the result is always another "Wolak War". Reid is a cagy veteran who will force Wolak to step up his game to the next level.

The plan is to give Mussachio's hometown fans a taste of what they may have missed in June at the Birchwood in North New Jersey when Mussachio won a hard fought decision over Joe Frazier's fighter Chandler Durham in a very exciting fight. "The Pride of Wildwood" is local schoolteacher who's had over 100 amateur fights and is excited about returning to his home town to fight for his loyal fans.

Atlantic City product, Patrick Majewski, 5-0, 3 KO's , will also be featured against knockout artist Nick Collins, 4-3, 4 KO's. Collins has upset on his mind as he will enter the ring with all four of his wins coming by knockout. Majewski is ready to impress his home crowd with a step up in his level of competition.

Antonio "Tony the Tiger" Espinosa , 9-0, 1 KO will be looking to add his fifth win since signing a promotional deal with KEA Boxing. The slick boxing southpaw is a hot prospect in the lightweight division, and is looking forward to staying busy fighting under the KEA banner.

New York based light heavyweight, Dennys Lozada , 5-1, 2 KO's is taking on Michael Gutrick, 3-7, 2 KO's. Atlantic City based fighters, light welterweight Linwood Hurd, 1-0-2 and light heavyweight Alfred Kinsey, 6-2-1 , 3 KO's will also appear in separate bouts.

Tickets are available is several denominations, $75 for ringside, preferred seating is $50 and general admission $35. Tickets are available online at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more, show time is 7 PM.

(Link to KEA Boxing event) Official Ticketmaster site. KEA Boxing tickets Wildwood Convention Center Wildwood, NJ, Directions, seating chart.
 

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Judah, Peterson Bros. Co-Headline on 11/17

Memphis, TN - Prize Fight Boxing announced today the Gus Lightbourne Sports Complex on the magnificent Caribbean Island of Turks & Caicos will be the host venue for a night of star-studded boxing.

Saturday, November 17, kicks off the first installment of the multi fight deal Prize Fight recently inked. In the main event, Three-Time World Champion Zab “Super” Judah (35-5, 25KO's) will be featured against Ryan Davis (20-6, 8KO's) in what's expected to be a twelve round slugfest. for the vacant IBC Jr. Middleweight World Championship Title .

The co-main event will include the very popular super duo, the Peterson brothers Anthony and Lamont both ranked #1 and #5 in the world. In a scheduled eight-round lightweight bout, Anthony Peterson (24-0, 17KO's) will face Columbia's, Oscar Leon (27-6, 18KO's). Also, in an 8-round Jr. Welterweight Bout, Lamont Peterson (22-0, 10KO's) will square off against Ramon Duran (11-2, 7 KO's) from the Dominican Republic.

Undefeated ranked # 9 in the world and current NABO Flyweight Champion (18-0, 9KO's) Rayonta Whitfield will go head to head in a twelve round battle defending his NABO Title against Domingo Gullien (36-8, 33KO's) from the Dominican Republic.

Rounding out the card will be a scheduled eight-round light heavyweight fight with #11 world ranked Deandrey Abron (14-1, 10KO's) versus Alexander Santana (6-0, 3 KO's) from the Dominican Republic.

“We are very happy to bring live boxing to the Island for the first time. Prize Fight is elated to be bringing some of the biggest names in boxing to Turks and Caicos. Also, we would like to thank the Premier Michael Misick and his wife Lisa Raye-Misick for being instrumental in solidifying this partnership,” said Russ Young.

The event will be telecast tape delayed on Comcast in the United States.

Ticket information will be released early next week.
 

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Froch: "I Won't Underestimate Robin Reid"

Froch sees Reid as stepping stone to world glory

Carl Froch sees his forthcoming British Super-Middleweight Title defence against Robin Reid as a stepping stone to a world title fight.

‘The Cobra’ defends his title for the fourth time against former world champion Reid at the Nottingham Arena on a Hennessy Sports show with title partners GoldenPalace.net on November 9. Sky Sports will televise live.

Froch – undefeated in 21 fights – hopes the WBC will make him mandatory challenger to face the winner of Joe Calzaghe-Mikkel Kessler, who fight the weekend before he does.

But Froch regards Reid as a dangerous foe, who is well experienced at world title level and is coming off an impressive points win over American Jesse Brinkley in March.

“I used to watch Rob’s fights when I was young so I know all about him,” said Carl. “He is still a formidable force who is coming off an impressive win against an American fighter in The Contender so there’s definitely no chance of me under-estimating him or thinking ahead to what could be a world title fight next.

“The last thing a boxer loses is his power, so Rob is still dangerous despite knocking on a bit. He was always able to bang a bit, so I’ve got to be careful.

“As well as being able to hit hard, he is now a cute fighter because he has so much experience being a former WBC champion. I’m not judging Rob on his performance against Jeff Lacy in 2005 because he didn’t look switched on that night. I think there were some problems leading up to the fight and he didn’t look himself. But he boxed well in his last fight and he’s a threat because of his experience.

“He has been in there with the likes of Calzaghe, Lacy, Sven Ottke and Henry Wharton, all the top fighters in the division in recent years. I saw him on TV last Friday and he looked in great shape.

“You can’t write him off – I’m taking him deadly seriously and I have got to be on Reid then it will persuade the world governing body [the WBC] that I deserve my shot.

“He will be another good name to have on my record and I intend to send a message out to the other top super-middleweights with this performance. I want to face the winner of Joe Calzaghe-Mikkel Kessler and I see this fight as a stepping stone to doing that.”


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Carl Froch (Nottingham) vs Robin Reid (Runcorn)
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John Murray (Manchester) vs Dean Hickman (West Bromwich)
10 x 3 – English Lightweight / WBC Youth Titles.

Esham Pickering (Newark) vs Sean Hughes (Pontefract)
8 x 3 Super Bantamweight

Adnan Amar (Nottingham) vs Darren Gethin (Walsall)
10 x 3 Midlands Area Welterweight Title

Paul David (Sheffield) vs Michael Monaghan (Nottingham)
10 x 3 – Midlands Area Super Middleweight Title

Andrew Singh Kooner (Birmingham/ Toronto Canada) vs Andy Bell (Nottingham)
8 x 3 – Bantamweight

Amir Unsworth (Warrington) vs Leonard Lothian (Northampton)
4 x 3 - Light Welterweight

Kelly Oliver (Lincoln) vs TBA
4 x 3 Cruiser Weight

Tyrone Wright (Nottingham) vs Simeon Cover (Worksop)
4x3 Cruiser Weight

Rod Anderton (Nottingham) vs TBA
4 x 3 Light Heavyweight
 

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Marquez, Juarez, Guerrero Training Notes

JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ IS READY TO DEFEND HIS WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CROWN. THE REIGNING CHAMPION ENTERS FINAL STAGES OF TRAINING CAMP FOR HIS BOUT AGAINST 2000 OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST RICARDO ROCKY JUAREZ

MEXICO CITY — Juan Manuel Marquez is in the final stages of training camp for his bout against 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Rocky Juarez for the WBC World Super Featherweight Title on Saturday, November 3rd at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona.

Marquez is training at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City under the watchful eye of his long-time trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain. He has trained hard and is ready for the upcoming bout, which was originally scheduled for September 15th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The two-division world champion found a new motivation to fight after an injury to his right hand forced him to take some time off from boxing and postpone the fight with Juarez. Now, his hand has healed and he is fully prepared for the highly anticipated match up.

“Juan Manuel has recovered from the injury he suffered during training camp and he is ready for his fight against Juarez,” said Jaime Quintana, the 130-pound champion’s co-promoter and President of Romanza Productions, from the boxer’s camp in Mexico City. “Juan Manuel is completely focused on his fight against Juarez and I’m confident that he will win based on his skills and experience.”

Marquez (47-3-1, 35 KO’s) of Mexico City, captured his second world championship and launched himself back into the upper reaches of the pound-for-pound list with a thrilling victory over the legendary Marco Antonio Barrera on March 17, 2007.

Marquez, one of the best technicians of this era, is also known for a warrior heart, which led him to get off the canvas three times in the first round and battle to a 12-round draw against Manny Pacquiao in a war which was a candidate for Fight of the Year in 2004.

Marquez weighed 130.9 pounds at the WBC mandated 30-day weigh-in on October 4th. Another official pre-fight weigh-in will be held seven days before the fight on October 27th at the Romanza Gym.

Marquez Training Schedule Monday – Friday*

4:00 AM: Two hours of physical conditioning at the Desierto de los Leones and Nevado de Toluca

6:30 AM: Rest

9:30 AM: Breakfast and rest

1:00 PM: Trains at Romanza Gym; regimen varies between eight-ound sparring session with three different boxers/styles, six rounds of shadow boxing, four rounds with the punching bag, three rounds with the speed bag, two rounds with the crazy bag and a 10 minute cool down

4:00 PM: Finish training at the gym

4:30 PM: Dinner with his family

5:30 PM: Enjoys time with his family and goes to the movies, shopping or to the park

9:00 PM: Sleep

*Every Saturday and Sunday he trains at the Nevado de Toluca

RICARDO ROCKY JUAREZ DECLARES HE’S READY TO FIGHT FOR THE WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE ON NOVEMBER 3rd

HOUSTON, TEXAS — A Houston native of Mexican descent, Ricardo Rocky Juarez (27-3, 19 KO’s) will have another shot at accomplishing his dream of becoming a world champion on November 3rd. He has come close in the past with hard-fought battles against Humberto Soto and Marco Antonio Barrera (twice).

Juarez, who won the Silver Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and was a step away from winning a gold medal many experts feel he was robbed of, now finds himself in the last stage of his preparation for his fight against Marquez for the WBC Super Featherweight belt.

He has won both of his 2007 fights and is anxious to get his third victory by dethroning Marquez, who will be one of the toughest opponent he’s faced.

Juarez weighed in 136 pounds during the WBC mandated 30-day pre-fight weigh-in on October 4th and will check in again for another pre-fight weigh-in seven days prior to the fight on October 27th in Houston.

“Training is perfect. I am training extremely hard and will continue to train hard throughout the final weeks, but will slowly decrease the intensity of my training towards the very end,” said Juarez.

“My dream is to become a champion and I’ll fight with all my power and strength to reach my goal,” continued Juarez. “I am working with very experienced people like Fernando ‘Pillo’ Trejo, and a local trainer named Benjamin Flores, both of them have pushed me to the max, and it will show when I’m face to face against Marquez.”

Juarez Training Schedule Monday – Saturday*

6:00 AM: Six to nine mile jog for 60 to 90 minutes

8:00 AM: Breakfast and rest

11:00 AM: Trains at the gym, regimen includes 15 minutes of shadow boxing, work with the heavy bag, the speed bag, the crazy bag and jump rope

3:00 PM: Lunch consisting of chicken/fish, vegetables and red meat one to two times a week

8:00 PM: Dinner

10:00 PM: Sleep

*Every Friday at 10:00 AM swims at local pool

*Every Saturday at 11:00 AM 8-10 rounds sparring

ROBERT GUERRERO IS READY TO DEFEND HIS TITLE AGAINST MARTIN HONORIO

GILROY, CALIF. — Training in the mountains of Gilroy, Calif., two-time world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (20-2-1 13 KO’s) has decided to stay home in preparation for his title defense against Martin “Brochas” Honorio.

With a little more than two weeks left until fight night, Guerrero is in the best shape of his life. The Mexican-American fighter who represents the Bay Area has been eagerly waiting for his chance to shine on a national stage.

“I’m ready to go,” he said. “I’ve been out of the ring since late February and I’m hungry. As a matter of fact, I’m starving. Before this fight got rescheduled, I was training in Big Bear (Calif.) with Sugar Shane Mosley and Jose Celaya. I took the energy that I was feeling over there and brought it back home. Nothing has changed as far as my mindset and my ability to work hard.

“I want to show the world that I’m an elite fighter that deserves the high profile fights with the best in my division. Come fight night everyone watching will see that I’m worthy.”

Guerrero continues to spar with Jose Celaya (33-3 16KO’s) as he emulates the taller Honorio very well.

“Honorio is a tough fighter with a lot of tricks,’’ Guerrero said. “He always finds a way to win. People will look at his record and think he’s not an elite fighter. But as we all know he has not lost a fight in two years and has a credible win against WBO champion Steven Luevano. He’s dangerous, but so am I. It’s going to be a great night of boxing.”

Guerrero Training Schedule Monday – Saturday*

5:00 AM: Ten mile jog up the mountains

8:00 AM: Breakfast and rest

12:00 PM: Lunch

2:00 PM: Trains at gym

6:00 PM: Dinner

*On sparring days, trains at gym at 4:00 PM

MARTIN “BROCHAS” HONORIO CLOSES IN ON FINISHING PREPARATIONS FOR HIS SHOWDOWN WITH ROBERT GUERRERO

MEXICO CITY — Martin “Brochas” Honorio has faced many challenges throughout his career, but he has never been this close to winning a world title. Without a doubt, Honorio’s hard work and dedication have paved the way, and now his dream of becoming a world champion could be just around the corner.

Honorio (24-3-1, 12 KO’s) of Iztapalapa, México, is a hungry contender who has waited a long time for his shot at a world title. Unbeaten in his last seven fights, the Mexico City resident is coming off solid back-to-back wins over Rogers Mtagwa and Joe Morales to earn the title opportunity. He also faced one of his toughest tests when he fought Mexican-American, Steven Luevano, earning a unanimous decision and putting an end to the 29-fight winning streak of the current WBO featherweight champion.

Today, Honorio prepares for the most important fight of his career as he will attempt to dethrone the southpaw Guerrero.

“Everything has gone as planned and I have no doubt that the work we put into this training camp will pay off,” said Honorio. “I have the mindset that this isn’t a regular fight; in fact, it’s a world title fight and because of that, my training strategy has been different. Now it’s just a matter of exploding in the ring and showing what I’ve learned at my camp in the Villa Estrella Mountains.”

Honorio Training Schedule Monday – Saturday

5:30 AM: 60 minute run at Villa Estrella Mountain

7:00 AM: Breakfast and rest

1:00 PM: Trains at gym

3:30 PM: Eats a healthy meal under the supervision of Doctor Mata, who maintains a diet rich in proteins, vegetables and healthy meats like chicken, fish and fruits

6:00 PM: Trains at the G2 Gym in Iztapalapa for 45 minutes to an hour

8:00 PM: Finishes training, eats dinner and goes to sleep
 

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Lorenzo-Rosales Collide On November 9

New York - Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, just coming off of a momentous SOLD OUT event last Thursday in Manhattan is about to repeat last weeks success on November 9th when their popular fight series PUNCHIN at the PARADISE returns for it's sixth installment. America's number one Hispanic fight network-TELEFUTURA -will broadcast the event live.

Star Boxing has enjoyed a highly successful run at The Utopia Paradise Theater in the Bronx, showcasing fantastic and exciting boxing and giving the fans a chance to cheer on and support hot up and coming local prospects. On the eve of the Miquel Cotto- Shane Mosley fight ; this card is the prequel to a great weekend of fights. As always Star Boxing never fails to deliver quality events for fans.

The main event features a sensational ten round Jr. Lightweight bout between WBC CABOFE Champion Francisco “El Ahogado” Lorenzo (29-4-14KO's) of the Dominican Republic and the WBC's 6th ranked Guadalupe “Bronco” Rosales (25-1-15KO's) of Mexico.

The co-main event features hard-hitting knockout sensation, 2004 Olympian Argenis Mendez (8-0 6KO's) of the Dominican Republic. Argenis, known to take out his opponent with a devastating body-head-hook combination, will appear in an eight round bout.

“As a fan of Telefutura, I am pleased to have them broadcast this event all over the US and Latin America. Star Boxing has always prided ourselves with putting together fights the fans want to see and this night will be no exception. We are thrilled to have Telefutura at The Paradise and we welcome them to the Bronx, the heart of Latino America.” Said Star CEO Joe DeGuardia

The undercard features two heavyweight bouts; Nagy Aguilar (3-0) will face against Elfair McKnight (2-6) in a six rounder, and Vaughn Parham (2-1-2KO's) exchanging leather with Doug Jewell (0-1) scheduled for four rounds.

Doors open at 6:30 PM and the first fight goes on at 7:30 PM.
Tickets are fan friendly priced $100, $50 and $30 and can be purchased at Utopia's Paradise Theater box office (718) 220-6143, 6143, all Tickemaster outlets Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more and by calling Star Boxing 718-823-2000 or visit our web site Welcome to the Star Boxing
 

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Countdown To Cotto-Mosley on Nov. 3

HBO Sports is presenting a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View showdown between welterweight champ Miguel Cotto and world class challenger Shane Mosley. Their eagerly anticipated title bout is set for Saturday, Nov. 10 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The special "COUNTDOWN TO COTTO-MOSLEY, " which will feature fighter profiles, expert analysis and forecasts for the 147-pound showdown, will premiere on Saturday, Nov. 3 immediately after the HBO World Championship Boxing (Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler) telecast from Cardiff, Wales, which airs live at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.

Cotto (30-0, 25 KOs), a native of Puerto Rico, is a powerhouse in the welterweight division who is seeking to move into the superstar category as he faces his most formidable challenge. The Garden has become one of his favorite sites and he looks for strong home court support on fight night. Mosley (44-4, 37 KOs) is one of boxing’s most accomplished performers over the past decade winning titles in three weight divisions and has reinvigorated his career with a string of impressive triumphs in the past two years. His remarkable career includes two wins over both Oscar De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas.

The countdown special will also be available to HBO ON DEMAND subscribers 24 hours a day from Monday, November 5 thru Monday, November 19.

Additional HBO replay dates:

Sunday, Nov. 4 at 9:00 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 8:15 p.m. and 4:20 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8 at 12:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4:00 p.m.

Additional HBO2 replay dates:

Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 12:30 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8:30 a.m
 

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Rahman Faces Sherman Williams on 11/15

READING, PA -- Big time boxing returns to the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA on Thursday, November 15th when Top Rank Promotions presents "Downtown Showdown," featuring former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman against veteran Sherman "The Tank" Williams in a ten round main event. The fight will be televised nationally on Versus "Fight Night Live," hosted by Wally Matthews and Bob Papa.

Former champion Hasim Rahman (44-6-2, 35 KOs) is continuing his quest for another world title shot, having won his last three fights (two by knockout) since switching to Reading-based trainer Marshall Kauffman. With a win, Rahman is hoping to gain a shot at IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. In 2001, Rahman captured the undisputed heavyweight title with a spectacular 5th round knockout of Lennox Lewis, only to lose the title in the rematch. Tough ring veteran Sherman Williams (33-10-2, 19 KOs) has won his last eight bouts in a row, including three by knockout. A native of the Bahamas, he has only been stopped once in his career.

The ten round co-feature will pit tough Mexican welterweights Jesus Soto-Karass (17-3-3, 14 KOs) vs Juan Buendia (14-1-1, 8 KOs). In an exciting eight round welterweight bout, Reading's Keenan Collins (12-3-1, 8 KOs) will face Lancaster's Doel Carrasquillo (10-6-1, 8 KOs). Also featured will be Buddy McGirt-trained and former Arturo Gatti sparring partner Danny McDermott (4-0-1, 2 KOs) vs Reading's Lucien Gonzalez (3-4, 1 KO). Other bouts will include Raymond Serrano (1-0, 1 KO) vs Jorge Delgado (4-6, 2 KOs), lightweight prospect Darnell Jiles (7-0, 3 KOs), heavyweight Anthony Gatt (5-0, 4 KOs), and the pro debut of two-time National Amateur Champion Jeremy Bryant.

The fight card will be promoted in association with King's Promotions of Reading. Famed ring announcer Michael Buffer will be on hand, as well as former WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito, who will be there to lend support to friend Jesus Soto-Karass and former sparring partner Keenan Collins. The modern and spacious Sovereign Center in downtown Reading has played host to several exciting fight cards including Bernard Hopkins' historic middleweight title defense against Carl Daniels in 2002, the WBA welterweight championship between Andrew "Six Heads" Lewis and Ricardo Mayorga in 2002, and the Telefutura televised fight between current IBF welterweight champ Kermit Cintron and Jesus Valverde in 2003.

Tickets are priced at $75, $50, $35 and $25 and will be available at the Sovereign Center box office at 700 Penn Street in Reading (610-898-7200) or at all Ticketmaster outlets (215-336-2000 or ticketmaster.com).
 

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Nicolai Firtha Headlines on November 23

Michael Acri Boxing Promotions Inc. in association with Budweiser presents the 23rd Annual Erie Boxing Classic Wednesday November 21, 2007 at the Avalon Hotel. The show begins at 8:00 PM.

Headlining this show is will be Akron, Ohio Heavyweight Nicolai Firtha 11-4-1 in a ten round bout, against an opponent to be determined. Firtha was a 2004 Olympic Quarter Finalist. Firtha had a 65-22 amateur record including international competition, and was rated as high as #3 in the US Heavyweight amateur ranks. Promoter Acri states” Nick Firtha is a big Heavyweight, who has been involved in exciting fights in his career.”

“ That’s why we are using him as the main event.”

The undercard will feature Erie Heavyweight Rocky Mullooly 2-0, Dunkirk, NY Jr. Lightweight Guillermo Sanchez 1-0, Cleveland, Ohio’s Light Heavyweight Omari Braxton 2-0 plus two other bouts will be made to complete the card.

Ticket prices are: Golden Ringside - $40.00, Ringside - $30.00 and General Admission -$20.00. Tickets go on sale on Friday October 26th.

Ticket outlets are: Avalon Hotel, Dee’s Cigar Store, Johnny’s Sports Bar, Pony Express 1903 W. 8th St. Ph.# 456-6245 and Ringside Restaurant.
 

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Jhonny Gonzalez Tops Latin Thunder on Nov. 16

Fresh off an outstanding 3 GALLOS/SOLO BOXEO event in front of a packed Cicero Stadium, Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, will team up with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions to return with LATIN THUNDER, another evening of world class professional boxing set for Friday, November 16th.

Tickets for LATIN THUNDER are available in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions offices at 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 5:30pm with the first bell at 6:30pm.

Headlining LATIN THUNDER is two time bantamweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico City. Gonzalez, 36-6 (29KO’s) won the WBO bantamweight title for the first time on October 29, 2005 with a seventh round TKO over Ratanachai Son Veraphin in Tucson, Arizona, dropping the champion three times during the battle on his way to victory.

On September 16, 2006, Gonzalez moved up to super bantamweight to face WBC champion Israel Vazquez in Las Vegas. Gonzalez dropped the champion twice and was ahead on the scorecards prior to Vazquez mounting a tremendous rally which resulted in Gonzalez’s corner stopping the bout in the 11th round. The battle, which Gonzalez was leading on all three score cards at the time of the stoppage, appeared on many boxing writer's lists for 2006 Fight of the Year.

On March 30, 2007, Gonzalez regained the WBO world title with a ninth round stoppage of Irene Pacheco in Tucson, a fight which was broadcast on SOLO BOXEO

In his most recent bout televised on HBO on August 11, 2007, Gonzalez was out boxing former world champion Gerry Penalosa, when he was caught with a body shot to the liver and unable to continue past the seventh round stoppage.

In the course of his outstanding eight year career, the 26 year old warrior Gonzalez also holds knockout victories over Roger Gonzalez, Gabriel Elizondo and Mark Johnson along with a world title defense over Fernando Montiel on May 27, 2006 which was broadcast on HBO.

Gonzalez is currently ranked #5 in the world by ESPN, #6 by Ring Magazine, #3 by the WBA, #5 by the IBF and #7 by the WBO.

Also featured on the LATIN THUNDER/SOLO BOXEO broadcast is middleweight contender David “THE DESTROYER” Lopez, 32-12 (21KO’s) of Nogales, Mexico. The 29 year old heavy handed middleweight has won his last eight in a row. His twelve year career includes wins over Fernando Zuniga, Lonnie Bradley, Jerson Ravelo, Danny Perez and Epifanio Mendoza. Most recently he won a SOLO BOXEO televised decision over Larry Marks on August 10th in Philadelphia.

Lopez is currently ranked #6 by the WBC.

The loaded under card of LATIN THUNDER includes Chicago fan favorites, undefeated female lightweight sensation Rita Figueroa, 9-0 (3KO’s), junior middleweight Polish prospect Andrezej Fonfara, 7-1 (2KO’s) and highly regarded newcomer, welterweight Ivan Popoca, 2-0-1 (2KO’s)

Much more information on this terrific evening of professional boxing will be announced shortly.
 

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No Cake, Miguel Cotto Trains During Birthday

World champion Miguel Cotto is 27 today. He will celebrate in the gym today, training in Caguas, Puerto Rico where he is sparring and getting set for his 'Fast & Furious' showdown against Sugar Shane Mosley on Nov. 10 at Madison Square Garden.

"I always do my best in the ring, which I promise to do against Mosley," Cotto said. "He's a great champion and a fine person. I will fight like a champion."

"There is something very special about Miguel. He has a relentless style. He has power, intelligence and ring smarts. On November 10 he will fight with all his heart. Happy Birthday, champ," said Bob Arum of Top Rank.
 
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