News: Tarver vs Dawson, Latimore vs Sparkman, Battle at the Boat

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (October 6, 2008) -- Undefeated former World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight champion "BAD" CHAD DAWSON is ready to dig for gold when he challenges International Boxing Federation (IBF) / International Boxing Organization (IBO) light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver next Saturday in Las Vegas..

"Drill baby, drill! That's what I'm going to do to Anphonyo Tarver when I finally get that 14-carat chump into the ring," said Dawson from his Las Vegas-based training camp. "At least I won't have to go offshore to get my hands on him. Tarver's going to need a financial bailout to pay for a new set of teeth. I just hope his dentist gets the cash up front because 'Old Chapter 7' isn't the most reliable when it comes to paying off his debts. Getting rid of Tarver is not just my mission, it's a public service!"

Promoted by AT Entertainment and Gary Shaw Productions, the Tarver-Dawson world light heavyweight championship fight takes place Next Saturday! October 11, in the Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas Nev. The fight will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) along with the same-day delay of the Samuel Peter-Vitali Klitschko WBC heavyweight title battle in Berlin, Germany.

Dawson (26-0, 17 KOs), from New Haven, Conn., captured the WBC title, February 3, 2007, winning a unanimous decision over undefeated defending champion Tomasz Adamek. After three successful title defenses, Dawson vacated the title earlier this summer so that he could challenge Tarver in his next fight. Tarver (27-4, 19 KOs), from Tampa, is in his third reign as world champion. Boasting world title victories over Roy Jones, Jr. and Glen Johnson, Tarver returns to the ring after handily defeating defending IBF champion Clinton Woods via a 12-round unanimous decision in Tampa last April.


LAS VEGAS, NV (October 4, 2008) World ranked junior middleweight Deandre “THE BULL” Latimore will return to his home town of St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, November 7th at the Family Arena to take on veteran Sammy Sparkman in a ten round bout, it was announced today by his manager Jerry Giuliano of Sandman Boxing Management.

The ten round main event will headline an action packed evening of professional boxing presented by Rumble Time Promotions. For advance tickets and more information please visit their website at

The 23 year old Latimore, 19-1-0 (16KO’s) is thrilled to be fighting back in St. Louis . “I’ve been away training here in Las Vegas for most of this year and my last fight was the knockout of Powell in New York City so it’s been a while since I’ve been home. I’m looking forward to putting on a great performance in front of the hometown crowd.”

In Latimore’s last bout he knocked out Sechew Powell in the seventh round in a bout broadcast on ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights on June 11th. Prior to that he won a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Durrell Richardson at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles , Missouri on December 6, 2007 for the WBC USNBC junior middleweight title.

Latimore is currently world ranked #5 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

Sparkman, 20-17-1 (9KO’s), is coming off a hard fought ten round decision loss to then undefeated prospect Pawel Wolak in Warsaw, Poland last December. The native of Columbia , Tennessee has fought numerous future world champions throughout his eleven year career including Miguel Cotto, Paul Williams, Cory Spinks, Andre Berto and Miguel Angel Rodriguez.

Said Giuliano, “Sparkman’s got a lot more experience so it’s a tough fight. I know that Deandre’s been training diligently in Las Vegas with Kenny Adams and it’s important for him to stay focused in this type of homecoming fight.”

About Latimore’s future plans, Giuliano said, “Certainly we’d like to fight for a world title in the near future and hopefully after this fight we can announce some distinct plans moving in that direction.”

Latimore is given the “New Faces” treatment by Ring Magazine in the October 2008 issue sporting boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao on the cover. He is managed by Jerry Giuliano of Sandman Boxing Management LLC and promoted by Steve Smith of Rumble Time Promotions in St. Louis .

Battle at the Boat 69 - Northwest Favorites Torres – Cantrell Return to Ring

Montano – Mora to Co-Headline

TACOMA, WA – Two of the Northwest’s favorite fighters return to the ring on the 69th installment of the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle at the Boat Professional Boxing series, October 25, 2008, first show starts at 7:00pm.

Othello, Washington’s David Torres (20-1, 13KOs) coming off of his first professional defeat will face Mexico’s Zaid Zavaleta (18-4, 11KOs) in an 8 round fight. Torres lost to world title contender Julio Diaz (34-4-0) in a fight broadcast live on ESPN 2 from the Playboy Mansion. “David needs to win this fight,” said promoter Brian Halquist. “Diaz is a world title contender and David has nothing to feel bad about. He needs to bounce back and win this fight and show the boxing fans what David Torres is all about” said Halquist.

Another Northwest favorite Roger Cantrell (12-1, 8 KOs) will face Bakersfield, California’s Billy Bailey (7-2, 2KOs) in a 6 round Light Heavyweight showdown. Cantrell, like Torres, is coming off a televised loss to Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Wand in a fight broadcast on Showtime from St. Lucia. “It’s great to have Roger and David both fighting on the same card. They both really need to win their fights. They have both gotten some great world wide exposure with their last fights and there is so much on the line for them,” Halquist said. “The Northwest fight fans have backed both David and Roger throughout their careers and to have them come back and fight in the northwest is fantastic.”

The card will also feature a 10 round main event featuring another fighter coming off a Nationally Televised loss, Anthony Mora (15-2, 10 KOs), who faces Ramón Montaro (16-5, 1 KO) in a Super Lightweight Showdown. “This fight is a promoter’s dream fight; you have three fighters coming off nationally televised losses; boxers who are fighting for their careers, fighting to show they deserve another shot. A loss may not be devastating but none of these guy’s can really afford to lose, there is so much on the line. A promoter’s dream fight is a fans fight and the Northwest Boxing fans should be delighted with this show,” Halquist stated.

Battle at the Boat 69 is presented by The Emerald Queen Casino and promoted by Brian Halquist Productions. Tickets are $75-$40-$20 and available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone (253) 627-8497 (Tacoma) (206) 628-0888 (Seattle) and the Emerald Queen Casino Box Office.

Article posted on 05.10.2008

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