Ivan Popoca returns to the ring in Chicago on April 11

CHICAGO, IL (April 4, 2008) Chicago based undefeated welterweight prospect Ivan Popoca will return to the ring at THE ODEUM RUMBLE, a seven bout action packed card of world class professional boxing set for Friday, April 11th. Popoca, a native of Guerrero, Mexico, will be featured in a five round bout against fellow undefeated prospect Trenton Titsworth, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING..

Tickets for THE ODEUM RUMBLE may be purchased in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions box office at 312-226-5800. Doors will open on the night of the fight at 7pm, with the first bell at 8pm.

The stay busy Popoca, 5-0-1 (5KOs), who has fast become a Chicago crowd favorite with his all action fighting style, will be making his third appearance in 2008. In his last bout Popoca scored a stunning fifth round knockout of Guadalupe Diaz on February 15th at Cicero Stadium. This followed his devastating second round knockout of Richard Baldo on January 25th also at Cicero Stadium.

Titsworth, 2-0-1 (2KOs) is coming off a four round decision against James Ventry on February 29th in Lemoore, California. The 24 year old Omaha native made his pro debut by knocking out Sean Wilson on November 3, 2007.

Speaking following a recent workout at JABB Boxing Gym in Chicago, the 26 year old Popoca said, Ive been in the gym training since shortly after my last fight in February. This is my year to make a move and I need to stay in solid shape at all times. I want to fight as often as possible.

About fighting in Chicago, Ivan said, The fans here are terrific and Im very happy that they have come out to support me. Im looking to put on a great performance next Friday night.

Said Pesoli, Ivans getting better with each fight. Hes been working diligently in his training and thats paid off in his results. Titsworth is a tough undefeated kid that Im sure will take the fight right to Ivan. Popoca is a frequent training partner of WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz.

The seven bout event is headlined by a terrific junior middleweight clash between Chicago based veterans Luciano Perez and Carlos Molina. The cross-town showdown between the Mexican natives is scheduled for eight rounds.

The complete bout card for THE ODEUM RUMBLE is

Luciano Perez vs. Carlos Molina, eight rounds, junior middleweights

Yusaf Mack vs. Oscar Leon, eight rounds, light heavyweights

David Torres vs. Ernesto Zamora, eight rounds, lightweights

Andrzej Fonfara vs. Manny Castillo, six rounds, middleweights

Ivan Popoca vs. Trenton Titsworth, five rounds, welterweights

Terry Martin vs. Ricardo Upchurch, four rounds, cruiserweights,

Ikem Orji vs. Juan Gonzalez, four rounds, lightweights

Along with 8 Count Productions, THE ODEUM RUMBLE is presented by Miller Lite, TCF Bank and AeroMexico, the premier travel source in Mexico.

The Master of Ceremonies for THE ODEUM RUMBLE will be ring announcer Thomas Treiber.

The Odeum Sports and Expo Center is conveniently located 20 minutes from downtown Chicago at 1033 N. Villa Avenue in Villa Park and is easily accessible from the Eisenhower expressway in addition to toll roads 355 and 294. Specific directions and further information can be found on their website at

8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 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 05.04.2008

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