Hilario vs. Martinez on July 13th

24.06.07 - Undefeated super featherweight prospect Wilton Hilario will face Juan Carlos Martinez in the eight round co-main event on Friday July 13th at Chicago’s Congress Theater as part of SUMMER SIZZLE, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions..

Tickets for SUMMER SIZZLE, another evening of world class professional boxing, can be purchased in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800. Doors for this event will open at 5:30pm with the first bell at 6:30pm.

The newly remodeled Congress Theater is conveniently located minutes from downtown Chicago at 2135 N. Milwaukee , just one mile west of the Kennedy Expressway by way of the Armitage Ave. exit. For additional information, please visit their website at

SUMMER SIZZLE is presented by 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated along with TCF Bank and TECATE Beer. The SOLO BOXEO broadcast will be viewed in more than 42 US markets and 70 foreign countries.

Born in the Dominican Republic , now living in St. Louis Park , Minnesota , Hilario, 8-0 (7KO’s) has quickly made a name in boxing with his exciting, all action style since turning pro two years ago. The 24 year old is coming off a decision win over former world title challenger Luis Bolano on April 6, 2007. This is Hilario’s third Chicago appearance with stunning knockouts of Jesse King and Jeremy Marts included on his perfect record.

The 25 year old Martinez, 7-4 (4KO’s), a native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, now living in Chicago is coming off a decision win over Juan Jaramillo on June 16th at the Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis, Illinois. Prior to that Martinez thrilled the crowd at Cicero Stadium with a second round knockout of Ken Humphreys on March 16, 2007.

Said Pesoli, “Both of these young prospects have put on terrific performances on our shows in the past and this should be a great fight for our fans. We’ve got seven fights on this card featuring some of the best prospects in boxing.”

About the Congress Theater, Pesoli said, “It’s a perfect place for boxing. They’ve removed most of the theater style seats and we’ll be able to set up the ring up with a terrific view from every seat.”

The full SUMMER SIZZLE card is:

Jose Aguiniga vs. Francisco Lorenzo, ten rounds, super featherweights

Wilton Hilario vs. Juan Carlos Martinez, eight rounds, super featherweights

Ivan Rodriguez vs. Vineash Rungea, six rounds, super bantamweights

Francisco Rodriguez vs. TBA, six rounds bantamweights

Miguel Angel Garcia vs. Manuel Sarabia, six rounds, super featherweights

Andrzej Fonfara, vs. Joshua Rodriguez, four rounds, junior middleweights

George Esho vs. TBA, four rounds, junior welterweights

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

The open to the public weigh-in for this event will be held at Chicago ’s Club Aquarius at 7pm on Thursday, July 12th. Club Aquarius, featuring some of the finest Mexican food in Chicago , is located at 2459 N. Pulaski on the Northwest Side of Chicago.

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 24.06.2007

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