Hitz Boxing: The Bourbon Street Brawls

27.09.04 - One of the Midwest's big fight promoters Hitz Boxing has announced an ambitious fall schedule of professional boxing events beginning with "The Bourbon Street Brawls" on Wednesday, September 29th from Bourbon Street, the largest entertainment complex on Chicago's southside. Bourbon Street is located at 3359 West 115th Street in Merrionette Park.

Regarding his very busy fall promotional schedule, Bobby Hitz stated, "As I said earlier this year, I want to bring boxing to a broader Chicagoland audience. Starting with Bourbon Street, we're bringing great, live action to a new neighborhood, namely Chicago's southside which had been overlooked until now. The southside has die hard sports fans who will bring a great energy to the show."

Hitz continued, "In addition to Bourbon Street on the 29th, NABA Light Middleweight Champion Fernando Hernandez will defend his title on October 9th in Montreal against Joachim Alcine. On Friday, October 22nd, we return to Rosemont for a world-class card including two title fights to be announced shortly. On November 3rd, Cruiserweight contender Chris Thomas headlines our first "Shark City Showdown" in west suburban Glendale Heights. And last but not least, the 12th annual Thanksgiving Eve Ramada Rumble will be headlined by undefeated Heavyweight Art "The Polish Warrior" Binkowski. The Thanksgiving card always sells out, so I suggest fans order tickets now."

Hitz Boxing will soon announce their schedule for December including an exceptional event at The Italian American Hall of Fame in Chicago's Taylor Street neighborhood.

Headlining the September 29th card is Thomas Hayes (15-1, 11 KOs) in a 10 round Heavyweight bout against ring veteran Kenny Murphy (22-18-2, 16 KOs). Hayes, a Kevin Rooney protege, scored a third round knock out last month over David Cherry to avenge his only loss.

Managed by Hall of Fame fighter Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, Billy Lyell (5-1, 2 KOs) of Youngstown, Ohio will see action in a six round Junior Middleweight bout. "This kid has the goods to be a Champion. He's young and we're going to bring him along at an even pace. I'm excited to share my knowledge of the game with him," said Mancini.

Other Hitz fighters in separate bouts include Cruiserweight Ed "The Iron Man" Gutierrez (12-0-1, 6 KOs), Heavyweight Tommy Green Spinks (2-0, 2 KOs), Heavyweight Malachy Farrell (4-0, 2 KOs) and Middleweight Darnell Boone (2-0). Amateur standout Jose Manuel Ortega will make his professional debut at Junior Welterweight.

Additional information will be announced shortly.

Where: Bourbon Street- 3359 W 115th Street, Marionette Park, IL
Time: Doors open 7pm. First bout 8:00pm.
Tickets: General Admission $35. $50 Ringside-limited availability. Call 630.787-6600 or

Article posted on 27.09.2004

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