Chicago's Friday Night Solo Boxeo Main Event Gets Upgraded

This Friday night’s SOLO BOXEO card, LATIN THUNDER, received an upgrade in the main event as David “THE DESTROYER” Lopez of Nogales, Mexico will now be taking on Dominican spoiler David Toribio in a ten round middleweight bout at Cicero Stadium, it was announced Wednesday evening by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING..

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.

Toribio, coming off a SOLO BOXEO televised first round knockout of undefeated prospect Juan Camilo Novoa this past August 3rd in Arcadia, Florida has once again agreed to step in on short notice to face Lopez. Darryl Salmon, originally scheduled to face Lopez pulled out due to illness.

In September 2006, Toribio, 14-9 (8KO’s), now living in Miami, went to the famed Michael’s 8th Avenue venue in Baltimore, Maryland and won an eight round decision over undefeated hometown favorite Ishmael Arvin.

Said Pesoli, “Darryl Salmon pulled out this week due to illness, but our matchmaker Jerry Alfano did a great job lining up Toribio to put together a terrific main event. I've seen Lopez fight numerous times and saw Toribio’s recent first round knockout of Novoa and three of his other fights. They’re both real warriors who should put on a great battle for our fans

With former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez in the co-main event and a great undercard with Fonfara, Rita Figueroa and newcomers Ivan Popoca and Henry Coyle the fight fans in Chicago are in a for a great night of boxing.”

Lopez, 32-12 (21KO’s), has won eight in a row, including five by knockout.

The full LATIN THUNDER card is

David Lopez vs. David Toribio, ten rounds, middleweight
Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Jose Angel Berenza, ten rounds, super bantamweights
Andrzej Fonfara vs. Dave Saunders, six rounds, junior middleweights
Rita Figueroa vs. Danielle Christensen, six rounds, junior welterweights
Ivan Popoca vs. Patrick Cape, four rounds, welterweights
Henry Coyle vs. Guy Packer, four rounds, junior middleweights

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

The open to the public weigh-in for LATIN THUNDER will take place at Mariscos El Veneno, 6651 S. Pulaski at 7pm on Thursday, November 15th.

Along with Chicago’s 8 Count Productions and Golden Boy Promotions, LATIN THUNDER is presented by TCF Bank, Tecate Beer and AeroMexico, Mexico’s premier airline travel headquarters. The SOLO BOXEO broadcast will be viewed in 42 US markets and 70 foreign countries.

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 15.11.2007

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