News: Hatton-Malignaggi; Nevitt-Mobley; Ivan Popica; Bowman-Gonzalez

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Nov. 5, 2008) – Tecate, cerveza con carácter, further strengthens its support of boxing as sponsor of the exhilarating Junior Welterweight World Championship unification bout between Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs) and Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (25-1, 5 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 22..

“We are constantly looking for fights that enhance our boxing program and are aligned with the brand’s core values,” said Carlos Boughton, brand director for Tecate. “The Hatton vs. Malignaggi match, an event featuring two bold and aggressive fighters, will expand Tecate's presence to a diverse group of boxing aficionados. We will leverage this event to build momentum as we prepare to end 2008 with a punch.”

To fully engage consumers with Tecate’s boxing experience, the popular Chicas Tecate will participate in photo opportunities, autograph sessions, and poster giveaways onsite. Additionally, the brand will have presence at the public weigh-in and at various restaurants and bars in Las Vegas.

Cerveza Tecate continues to support some of the biggest fights as part of its relationship with Golden Boy Promotions and commitment to adult Hispanic boxing fans. This includes sponsorship of the upcoming De la Hoya vs. Pacquiao fight on Dec. 6 and title sponsorship of “Solo Boxeo Tecate,” broadcasted live on Telefutura.

For more information on Tecate’s boxing platform, please contact Alejandra Calva or Marta Jimenez at (212) 219-0321.


CHICAGO, IL (November 4, 2008) Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, returns to Cicero Stadium on Friday, November 14th with “SHOWDOWN”, an action packed evening of world class professional boxing.

Advance tickets for “SHOWDOWN” can be obtained by calling the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie in Cicero . Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm.

Featured on the undercard at “SHOWDOWN” is Chicago ’s hottest prospect, undefeated junior welterweight Ivan Popoca. Since turning pro after a highly successful amateur career, the Guerrero, Mexico native has quickly become a huge fan favorite with his stunning knockouts.

The 26 year old Popoca, 8-0-1 (7KO’s) recently spent time sparring with former Russian amateur standout Aslanbek Kozaev. Training together for the last three weeks at Chicago ’s JABB Boxing Gym, it was inevitable that the sparring sessions would be fierce given their combined talents and aggression.

The 20 year old Kozaev, sporting a 3-0 record with one knockout since turning professional earlier this year and Popoca spent last week in furious four round sparring sessions in front of crowds of onlookers.

Said Popoca, “The sparring was terrific for me, he’s got a totally different style than what I normally see amongst fighters based in this country. And he can crack, I know I hurt him a few times the first time we sparred and he had a couple of vicious right hands that he caught me with.

It seemed like the whole gym stopped to watch us in the ring the first time we sparred, like they knew it was going to be pretty good. I know he went home for a few weeks but I’m looking forward to training with him again, he’s a hard worker.”

Said Pesoli, also co-owner of JABB Boxing Gym, “They sparred a few times last week and neither one held much back. Kozaev will probably fight in Chicago in January and then I’m hoping to match them up, hopefully on television.”

Popoca will face Akron , Ohio veteran Jason Jordan in a six round bout at “SHOWDOWN”.

Headlining “SHOWDOWN” is an outstanding light heavyweight Chicago showdown between local favorites Mike “THE HAMMER” Nevitt, 15-1 (6KO’s) and MARVELOUS Shay Mobley, 17-9-1 (17KO’s) in an eight round bout..

In a special attraction six round featherweight bout, undefeated super bantamweight prospect Eric “EL LOCO” Estrada, 5-0 (2KO’s) will battle Puerto Rican native Ivan “THE BABY FACED ASSASSIN” Rodriguez, 9-4-1 (3KO’s).

The 19 year Estrada has burst on the Chicago scene since turning pro one year ago and has quickly become a crowd favorite. Rodriguez is coming off an outstanding “blood and guts” win over Barbaro Zepeda on July 25th that had his legion of loyal fans on their feet from the opening bell.

Also appearing at “SHOWDOWN” is undefeated Chicago featherweight Juan Bailon in a four round bout against Barbaro Zepeda. Bailon, 3-0 (1KO), is coming off a four round unanimous decision win over Gerardo Alarcon on June 20th at the Aragon Ballroom.

Rounding out the card, Chicago newcomer Ryan Smedick will return in a four round welterweight bout against Chicago area native Gustavo Palacios. Smedick, 1-0 (1KO), scored a third round knockout of Eric Bradford on August 15th at the Aragon Ballroom in his pro debut.

More information on this event will be announced shortly.

The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be noted boxing ring announcer Thomas Treiber.

“SHOWDOWN” is presented along with Budweiser, TCF Bank, Jack Daniels and EL Jimador Tequila.

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


YORK, PA (November 5, 2008) This Saturday night, fight fans in York, Pennsylvania will be treated to professional boxing’s hottest prospects as Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions returns to present "THE BATTLE AT YORK II” at the historic Valencia Ballroom.

The Valencia Ballroom is located at 142 N. George St in the downtown area of York , PA. Tickets, with a five dollar discount prior to fight night, are on sale in advance at or by calling 800-595-4849. Doors will open on the night of the event at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:30pm.

Headlining “THE BATTLE AT YORK II” will be local favorite Carney “BEEPER” Bowman, who will battle Puerto Rico ’s Castulo Gonzalez in the eight round featherweight main event. The undefeated Bowman, 11-0 with four knockouts, will be looking to put on another great performance for the local fans against Gonzalez, 9-3 with three knockouts.

The Valencia Ballroom was the scene of Bowman’s last fight, winning a unanimous decision over Alex Perez on July 26th.

Also returning to the Valencia Ballroom is heavy handed York native, Stevie Weimer who will battle Omaha native Trenton Titsworth in a four round welterweight bout.

The 19 year old Weimer, 2-0 (2KO’s), is coming off a devastating first round knockout of Juan Thompson on September 25th in Baltimore . The highly regarded pro prospect made his pro debut by stopping Spencer Harsley in the third round in July at the Valencia Ballroom.

In a special attraction, Olympian middleweight Bastie “THE BEAST” Samir will make his professional debut. The 22 year old Samir, captain of the Ghanan team, compiled a record of 96-7 as an amateur competing in numerous international tournaments including the World Championships in Chicago in 2007. He lost a heavily disputed second round bout to Brazilian Washington Silva in the second round of the Beijing Games in August by a score of 9-7.

Also on “THE BATTLE AT YORK II”, junior welterweight Terrance Crawford will look to continue his unbeaten streak as he faces Alabama ’s Michael Williams in a four round bout. The 21 year old Crawford, 4-0 with two knockouts, won a four round unanimous decision over Damon Antoine at the inaugural TKO Boxing Promotions show at the Valencia Ballroom. The rugged Williams brings a record of 5-6 with three knockouts into battle.

Other exciting prospects seeing action at “THE BATTLE AT YORK II” include Detroit super middleweight James Countryman and Johnstown , Pennsylvania heavyweight prospect Andres Taylor.

More information on this card will be announced shortly.

The open to the public weigh-in will take place at the Valencia Ballroom at 9:30am on Saturday morning, November 8th. Fans are encouraged to support their favorite fighters who will be available for pictures and autographs. Tickets for “THE BATTLE AT YORK II” can also be purchased at the weigh-in.

The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be nationally known ring announcer Thomas Treiber.

Formed earlier this year, the Las Vegas based TKO Boxing Promotions stable also includes; super middleweight Joey Gilbert, junior middleweight Anthony Thompson, lightweight Rolando Reyes, the sister team of Katie and Emily Klinefelter, super bantamweight Rafael Valenzuela and junior flyweight Austreberto Juarez.

Article posted on 05.11.2008

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