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“Thunder at the Forum” Main Event Opponent and Co-Main Event Announced

TAMPA, FL – The Tampa Bay Times Forum and Panda 5 Star Productions have announced that Mike Sheppard will face previously announced China “The Dragon” Smith in THUNDER AT THE FORUM, a World Boxing Federation event, on Friday, June 13, at 7:45 p.m. During this 10-round main event for the North American WBF Heavyweight Title, Sarasota native Smith will meet face-to-face with West Virginia’s Sheppard who recently took on Antonio Tarver in a NABA title fight.

In a unique twist, the co-main event for THUNDER AT THE FORUM will be a female match-up between local favorite “Fists of Steel” Chevelle Hallback and Mississippi’s Cassandra Lindsey. Hallback was recognized on Ring Magazine’s Top Ten Women’s All Time Pound for Pound list and is considered one of the top eight female boxers of all time by the Female Boxing Hall of Fame.

“I’m pleased to give Hallback the opportunity to fight in her hometown for the first time in her professional career,” said THUNDER AT THE FORUM promoter Jie Chen. “Once the Tampa crowd sees Hallback in a fight, they will quickly understand why she’s one of the best female fighters in the country. Winning this bout will put her one step closer to a World Title fight.”

As a female professional boxing promoter, Chen felt it was important to also add an engaging female undercard match up with Orlando native Noemi Bosques. “Bosques is a wonderful young lady with a tremendous amount of talent. She’s excited to be a part of the undercard and we’re happy to extend her the opportunity,” noted Chen of the latest addition.

The balance of the undercard is to be announced.

Tickets for THUNDER AT THE FORUM are on sale now at the McDonald’s® Ticket Office at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Ticketmaster outlets and at To order tickets by phone call 800.745.3000. Single ticket prices are $25 and $40 with ringside tables of eight available for $600 and $1000. Student and military may purchase $15 tickets by presenting valid ID. Prices do not include facility fee or service charges. For dinner reservations at the newly renovated Firestick Grill on the day of the event please visit or call 813.301.6926 for more information. Advanced parking passes are available at or the ticket office.

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