Golden Boy and 8 Count team up for huge Chicago card on June 1st

Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Chicago’s 8 Count Productions are teaming up again for an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing on Friday, June 1st at Cicero Stadium, featuring some of the sports finest prospects and future world champions. Said De La Hoya about the eight bout TEST OF COURAGE card, “Golden Boy Promotions always looks forward to bringing quality fights to Chicago because it is home to some of the best boxing fans in the world.."

The ten round main event of TEST OF COURAGE features Mexican welterweight prospect Freddy Hernandez, 21-1 (17KO’s) against the perennially world ranked Ben Tackie, 29-6-1 (17KO’s) of Accra, Ghana, now fighting out of the Bronx, New York.

The co-main event has highly regarded Puerto Rican super featherweight prospect Daniel Jimenez, 16-1-1 (10KO’s) against former world title challenger Angel Chacon, 30-7-2 (15KO’s).

Said Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, “Working with Golden Boy Promotions, we’ve put together a fantastic event for our fans. This is truly a chance for Chicago fight fans to see some terrific prospects, perhaps even future world champions in great fights.

A couple of our newer kids, Ivan Popoca and Victor Polyakov have really impressed our fans and we’re looking forward to great performances from both of them on June 1st. With eight bouts and 52 scheduled rounds of boxing, we’re set for an outstanding evening."

TEST OF COURAGE is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING along with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and TCF Bank.

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. Tickets are available in advance by calling 312-226-5800.

The full TEST OF COURAGE card is;

Freddy Hernandez vs. Ben Tackie, ten rounds, welterweights

Daniel Jimenez vs. Angel Chacon, ten rounds, super featherweights

Jose Manuel Ortega vs. TBA, six rounds, junior welterweights

Victor Polyakov vs. Rene Luis Sierra, six rounds, middleweights

Jorge Gonzalez vs. Bruce Burkhardt, six rounds, junior middleweights

Jose Angel Rodriguez vs. Juan Pablo Montes de Oca, six rounds, junior middleweights

Ivan Popoca vs. Guadalupe Diaz, four rounds, welterweights

Leon Green vs. Gustavo Palacios, four rounds, welterweights

More information on this event will be announced shortly.

The open to the public weigh-in for this event will take place on Thursday, May 31st at 7pm at Club Aquarius, 2459 N. Pulaski, on the northwest side of Chicago.

The Master of Ceremonies for this event will be the internationally recognized voice of Latino boxing, Lupe Contreras.

8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1997 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

To view the seating chart and poster for this event or for more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit and

Article posted on 24.05.2007

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