Boxing News: Demetrius Andrade, Ian Napa vs Carmelo Ballone, Thomas Treiber

2008 Olympian Demetrius Andrade will be conducting a boxing workshop for kids as part of the Kid's Action League (KAL) Festival this Saturday October 18th in Providence, RI. The workshop will be held at the Main Street Martial Arts studio at 1282 North Main Street at 2:00 PM. KAL is dedicated to providing educational, cultural arts and fitness opportunities to children of all backgrounds, especially to those who cannot easily afford these types of programs. The festival, which is being put together to raise money for scholarships, will go from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and will feature pony rides, inflatable rides, music by Bill Harley, plus martial arts workshops for the whole family..

"We are honored to have Demetrius at our event and we admire his efforts to reach out to kids with a positive message. We know Demetrius is going to be a Star in the boxing world, and really to appreciate him taking time out of his busy training schedule to participate in the workshop on Saturday," stated coordinating producer Kimberly Polson.

"This was one of the things that really attracted me to Demetrius when we first met," said Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing and co-promoter of Andrade. "Not only is he a tremendous boxer inside the ring, he is also a tremendous human being outside. Demetrius is always doing anything and everything he can to help out in his community and this is just another testament to that."

Art Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions and also co-promoter of Andrade voiced a similar opinion as DeGuardia. "As I have mentioned numerous times before, Demetrius' character outside the boxing ring was one of the main deciding factors in why I chose to work with him. At such a young age it is very uncommon to come across someone who is as focused, determined, and mature as Demetrius is. These type of qualities are what makes Demetrius such a great boxer, and as Joe stated, also a great human being."

Andrade who recently signed with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Art Pelullo's Banner Promotions, will make his pro-debut on October 23rd at the Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, Washington. The bout will be shown live on the Versus network on the undercard of the Orlando Salido vs. Cristobal Cruz match for the vacant IBF featherweight championship .

Ian Napa vs Carmelo Ballone

MORE than 700lb of raw fighting flesh will thrill fans at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday October 17.

Little man Ian Napa tops the bill when he challenges Belgian ace Carmelo Ballone for the European super-bantamweight.

Big boys Tom Dallas, David Howe and Larry Olubamiwo all box four rounders and will be bidding to steal the show.

Even more incentive for the trio to shine is the £500 on offer from promoter Frank Maloney to the 'Fighter of the Night'.

Promoter Frank Maloney said: "Britain is crying out for a new heavyweight star and all three of these lads think they will breakthrough.

"They all believe they are better than each other and the rivalry is already pretty intense.

"I suppose if one of them wins the bonus money he can already claim to have one over the other two.

"Later next year there is no reason why these three man mountains won't be up against each other with even bigger prizes at stake."

Tickets for this action packed night of Britain's best can be obtained by calling the hotline 0871 226 1508 or from


CHICAGO, IL (October 15, 2008) Nationally known ring announcer Thomas Treiber teams up with Chicago Bears legend Dick Butkus at the 7th Annual “ Chicago Charity Fight Night” this Thursday, October 16th at the Park West Theater.

This years’ “Chicago Charity Fight Night” is a benefit for the Dick Butkus Foundation specifically to raise funds and awareness for his

“I PLAY CLEAN” campaign in addition to other extremely worthy causes. Joined by his son Matt, Butkus is hitting the issue of steroids head on. The “I PLAY CLEAN” program is a grassroots effort asking students, parents and coaches to choose the alternative of training hard, eating well and playing with attitude.

“I’m glad to work with Dick Butkus for this most worthy cause. He is truly an American sports icon and it will be a pleasure to emcee the evening’s proceedings and to ring announce the amateur boxing matches” said Treiber.

Thomas Treiber has been amongst the most visible and versatile announcers in boxing, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling for the last seventeen years. His credits include work on HBO, Showtime, CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports Net, Spike TV and Pay Per View events. He can be contacted through his website at or by calling 219-801-9433.

Article posted on 12.10.2008

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