News: Balweg Bangoyan; Tommy Rainone; Konvict Ringside

Thell Torrence of Platinum Entertainment and Adam Fish of Big Fish Boxing Promotions present boxing at its finest when Filipino star, WBC International Super Bantamweight Champion Balweg “The Davao Hitman” Bangoyan (13-0-0 KO: 7) goes toe to toe with Alejandro “El Alcaran” Perez (13-1-1 KO: 8) for the WBC International Super Bantamweight Title at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. A previous bout featuring the former undisputed welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah has been pulled from the card due to a hand injury he suffered while training..

Featured as the special attraction of the evening will be former British Commonwealth and European Union Heavyweight Champion Michael Sprott (30-13-0 KO: 16) who recently knocked out Olympic Gold Medalist Audley Harrison.

The action-packed undercard includes the undefeated pride of Ireland, former Australian Light Welterweight Champion Dean “Irish Lightning” Byrne (10-0-0 KO: 4) as well as Salvador Sanchez
(13-3-2 KO: 6), the nephew of the legendary Mexican fighter, Salvador Sanchez. It will also include a host of local and international talent for the entertainment of Las Vegans, tourists and worldwide media on the evening before the highly anticipated Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton extravaganza. Freddie Roach, hall of fame trainer of pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao, will be joining us ringside for our event along with many other world-renowned boxing celebrities.

“This is a major boxing event during Cinco de Mayo week and is designed to attract thousands of fight fans,” said Adam Fish of Big Fish Boxing Promotions. “This is a top-shelf fight card offering extremely affordable pricing and easy access making this a must-attend event at the South Point.”

Tickets are priced at $25, $50 or $100 and can be purchased at the South Point Box Office located at
9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89183, online at or by phone at (702) 797-8055.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks which is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism, increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. See

Tommy Rainone Ready To Grab New York Welterweight Title on May 8

LONG ISLAND - Tommy "The Razor" Rainone plans to turn heads by unseating the recently-crowned New York State Welterweight champion Daniel Sostre on May 8 at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY.

Rainone, 12-2 (4 knockouts), considers it to his advantage that the fight will take place in his neck of the woods where his loyal home crowd will be out in force to support their native son.

"We came close to fighting a few times in the last year or so but things didn't quite pan out," Rainone, 29, of Plainview, Long Island says. "They wanted to have the fight in Monticello but it made no sense since the fans wouldn't be able to make the trip. We've waited a bit and now we're fighting with something important on the line."

Sostre, 8-3 (3 knockouts), is known as "The Hudson Valley Kid". Hailing from Highland, NY, he is five years younger than the challenger. Sostre won the New York State title in a mild upset over Mike Ruiz this past January, earning a majority decision victory.

"I've seen him fight live twice," says Rainone. "I think he's a good, solid all-around fighter. He's smart but doesn't do anything great. He's got good ring intelligence and is good defensively. I won't be able to beat him throwing one punch at a time, I have to really work to get through to him."

Just like every fight, Rainone will train at Westbury's Winters Boxing Club with Jorge Gallardo. Rainone intends to bring in world class sparring, including number two world junior-middleweight contender Yuri Foreman of Brooklyn, as well as Sostre's last opponent Mike Ruiz to help prepare for this challenge.

"Sparring with the class of fighters that I have been has given me a lot of confidence going into the fight. I'm going to be in the best shape of my life.

"Right now, the New York State Welterweight title means everything to me. This will be a good step in the right direction. With the amount of people who will be there supporting me, the public will have to take notice."

The Plattduetsche Park Restaurant is located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square, Long Island, NY. The fight will headline a boxing event promoted by Ring Promotions.

Akon's Konvict Ringside Presents "A Night of Glory" May 2nd Halifax Nova Scotia

Konvict Ringside Chief Executive Officer, and one of the world’s most popular performers, Akon, will be visiting Halifax to help promote A Night of Glory, an evening of professional boxing slated for the Halifax Metro Centre, Saturday, May 2, 2009. In addition, actor/comedian Eddie Griffin, Konvict Ringside Executive Vice President, will be on hand during the official press conference to be held on April 30 and the official weigh-in scheduled for Friday, May 1.

Gabriel Gaide, Chief Executive Officer of Konvict Ringside/Standing 8 Productions exclaimed “I couldn’t be any happier. Having Akon and Eddie in Halifax will be a tremendous boost to an already fantastic boxing card. The boxing business can be very frustrating and I understand things have not been moving at the speed some folks would like to see in Halifax recently, but when the fans come to this show, I guarantee they will not be disappointed in the performances of these fighters. We are thrilled to be sanctioned by the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority.”

Nova Scotia Boxing Authority chair, Mickey MacDonald, expressed his support for Gaide. “We are really happy that Gabriel has come forward with this card. We are very excited. I expect a crowd of five or six thousand fans, if not more, for a major card like this. Hopefully this will help the sport return to its heydays when boxing took centre stage in Nova Scotia.”

Jason Naugler will face David Whittom in a rematch of their bout where Naugler captured the Canadian Light Heavyweight Title, while Jean Paul Mendy squares off with Abdullah Ramadan for Mendy’s IBF Intercontinental Super Middleweight belt in the headline matches. Other bouts will include Shawn Hawk versus Erick Fields, Christophe Canclaux against Joel Juarez, Juan Ubaldo Cabrera faces Octavio Castro, Melinda Cooper squares off with Lisa Brown, Mehdi Azri versus Shawn Garnett, Ian Gardner takes on Martin Berthiaume, Tyson Cave against Rudy Fraser, Eddie Dawson tangles with Kareem Chartrand and Steve Cannell opposes Ricardo Blackman .

This card has been sanctioned by the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority and is subject to change.

A Konvict Ringside Production. For further information, please refer to the contact above.

Article posted on 05.04.2009

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