“Battle Zone At The Tent” pro boxing returns to Cape Cod

12.07.04 - Tuohy Sports & Entertainment (TSE), in association with Super Star Promotions/David’s Gym, will promote “Battle Zone At The Tent,” Tuesday night, August 10 at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis. Promoter Hank Tuohy, of Sandwich, announced he has formed a partnership with fellow Cape Cod boxing promoter David Gonsalves, and $1.00 will be donated to Fighters’ Initiative for Support and Training (F.I.S.T.) for each ticket sold to “Battle Zone At The Tent.”

Four Cape Cod boxers will headline “Battle Zone At The Tent” – Falmouth light heavyweight Jay Pina (12-1, 8 KOs), unbeaten Harwich junior welterweight Lenny Silva (12-0, 8 KOs), Harwich lightweight Jeff Tavano (1-0 1 KO) and Centerville light heavyweight Mike Kouhmouros making his pro debut.

“Battle Zone At The Tent Press Conference

TSE has scheduled a press conference Thursday, July 15 (3:30 pm) at Hooters, Main Street, Hyannis. The Cape Cod based fighters will be there for interviews and photo opportunities.

“I worked with David on some boxing shows, promoted a few years ago by Tony Cardinale, at the Cape Cod Melody Tent,” Tuohy explained. “We both realize that there is a tremendous market on The Cape, particularly during the summer, and we have one of the best venues anywhere for boxing. There isn’t a bad seat in the Melody Tent. We know more than 70-percent of fans a year ago live on Cape Cod, so we wanted to feature Cape Cod fighters on the show this summer. David and I have discussed promoting more pro shows together in the future.

“This is a three-day event with the weigh-in Monday, ‘Battle Zone On The Tent’ Tuesday, and FIST golf fundraiser Wednesday. Everything is either on Main Street, or within a short drive, and we’re generating an economic boost to Hyannis. We’re going to have 400 hotel room nights booked, group dinners, cigar smokers, and much more.”

Pina is matched against David Dawson (13-7, 9 KOs) in the eight-round main event. Silva takes on veteran Genaro Andujar, of New York City, in the six-round co-feature, while Tavano and Kouhmouros face TBA in separate four-round bouts.

Former Mass. junior welterweight title challenger Jimmy “The Dream” LeBlanc (10-6-3, 3 KOs), of South Boston, squares-off against Shakha Moore (9-8-2, 1 KO), of Norwalk (CT), in an exciting six-round match. Also on the undercard is Quincy cruiserweight Mike Bonislawski (16-17-2) versus TBA.

Three potential stars of the future also are slated to be on the card in separate four-rounders: super middleweight Joe “Sugar” Rae (1-0, 1 KO), of South Boston via Ireland; junior middleweight Angel Vargas, Haverhill via the Dominican Republic, and super lightweight Castulo Gonzalez, Wilmington via Guatemala, making their pro debuts. All bouts and fighters are subject to change.

The official weigh-in for Tuesday night’s boxing show will be held at Hooters in downtown Hyannis, starting at 6 p.m., and is open to the public. A cigar smoker will be held (9 pm) at Electric Café. Another cigar smoker will be held Tuesday evening, after the boxing show, at Puff The Magic.

Wednesday morning (July 11) TSE presents the inaugural FIST Celebrity Golf Challenge, at the Hyannis Golf Course (MA).

“Unlike some other boxing promoters who just take from boxers,” Tuohy said, “I want to give something back to them and I’ve chosen to do it this way through F.I.S.T. I’ve been fortunate to develop a strong relationship with (FIST founder) Gerry Cooney and his wonderful staff. It’s going to be a star-studded event with many active and former athletes participating in the golf tournament and attending the fights. We believe that this will be the start of something special between Tuohy Sports and F.I.S.T.”

In addition to Cooney, other boxers invited to participate in the FIST Celebrity Golf Challenge include WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz, WBA welterweight “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera, “Irish” Micky Ward and Barnstable’s retired Kippy Diggs. Other retired athletes slated to golf include Luis Tiant, Bill Lee and Jim Corsi (Boston Red Sox), Steve Grogan (New England Patriots), Dan Ross (Cincinnati Bengals), and Kenny Hodge (Boston Bruins).

The golf tournament will commence at 1 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by dinner and award presentations at Outback Steakhouse in Hyannis.

Full two-night, all-inclusive packages -- hotel accommodations, car rentals, golf, and boxing tickets – are available by contacting Tuohy Sports & Entertainment: (toll free) 888.334.4265, (phone) 508.477.5355, (fax) 508.477.4955, (email). Visit TSE’s Web site for more information at “Battle At The Tent” tickets, on sale at the Cape Cod Melody Tent (508.775.9100) and David’s Gym (Rt. 134, Dennis – 508.394.7199), or through TSE, are priced at $125.00 VIP (including an Outback dinner at The Tent starting at 6 pm), $65.00 ringside and $35.00 reserved. Doors open to non-VIP ticket holders at 7 pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:30.

Article posted on 12.07.2004

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