News: Shumenov targets Erdei; Julio César Chávez; Boxeo Thompson

LAS VEGAS (April 23, 2009) – Light heavyweight sensation Beibut Shumenov, arguably the most ambitious fighter in the world, has targeted WBO champion Zsolt “Firebird” Erdei after his May 9th IBA World title fight against former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio, outdoors at Khadjimukan Stadium in Shumenov’s hometown of Chimkent, Kazakhstan. The star-studded May 9 show is being presented by KZ Event Productions, owned by the Shumenov brothers, Beibut and Chingis, and headlined by Shumenov-Berrio in the 12-round main event..

2004 Kazakhstan Olympian Shumenov (7-0, 5 KOs), 2008 WBC Asian Boxing Council Organization’s Boxer of the Year, is already rated No. 8 by the WBA, No. 9 by the WBO and No. 16 by the WBC. His WBO Asia Pacific, WBC Asian Boxing Council and PABA Interim titles will also be on the line against Colombian knockout specialist Berrio (28-5, 27 KOs), rated No. 9 by the IBF and No. 11 by the WBC.

“We contacted Universum about Beibut fighting Erdei,” Chingis explained. “They promised to get back to us but never did. We’re not looking past Berrio by any means, he’s very dangerous, but we want a title shot against Erdei. Beibut has already beaten one world champion (Montell Griffin), as well as a world title challenger (Epifanio Mendoza) in his last fight, and now he’s fighting another former world champion, Berrio. We’ve challenged former world champions Clinton Woods, Glen Johnson, Julio Cesar Gonzalez and Byron Mitchell. None of them want to fight Beibut.

“Title contending opportunities should be about the quality, not the number, of opponents fought. Beibut’s only had seven pro fights, true, but look at whom he’s beaten. People forget that in 1978, Leon Spinks had only seven pro fights (6-0-1) when he beat the great Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight title. We never wanted to fight guys just to build-up Beibut’s record, rather, opponents with belts or former world champions. There’s no excuse because we’re self-promoted, so there are no middle men to deal with. Erdei has a title defense scheduled August 22 against TBA. We’ll be ready, willing and able for him.”

Former IBF light middleweight Roman “Made In Hell” Karmazin will fight at home for the first time in seven years on May 9 in the 10-round co-feature against Luis “Tyson” Augusto Dos Santos (24-15, 20 KOs). Born in Russia, reigning NABF middleweight title-holder Karmazin (38-3-1, 24 KOs) was stationed in the military and later lived in Uralsk, Kazakhstan, where his son, Oleg, still resides and studies.

Also fighting on the May 9th card is former WBO light welterweight title-holder DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (33-11, 19 KOs) versus former Brazilian champion Sidney Siqueira (12-3-1, 7 KOs) and 4-time Uzbekistan National amateur champion Gayrat Ahmedov (10-0-1, 6 KOs), who will be making his KZ Event debut, against WBC Latino and Brazilian title-holder Luzimar “Tiger of Itacre” Gonzaga (25-4, 20 KOs), in a pair of 8-round bouts against opponents to be determined.

The undercard is loaded with undefeated Uzbekistan light middleweight Ravshan Hudoinazarov (7-0. 5 KOs) vs. Andre Marcos “Wolvwerine” Nascimento (13-2, 9 KOs), heavyweight “Wreckless” Willie Chapman (21-29-4, 7 KOs) vs. Talgat Dosanov (12-11-1, 5 KOs), plus Chimkent hometown favorites such as super bantamweight Yersin Jailauov (19-6-1, 7 KOs), light middleweight Kanat Orakbaev (2-0, 0 KOs) vs. Umid Soliev (1-1, 0 KOs) and pro-debuting heavyweight Doszhan Ospanov. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

“Energía de Campeones” will hit shelves on April 27th

Phoenix, AZ – Julio César Chávez, the greatest Mexican Boxer, a 6 time World Champion with the most decorated winning streak in boxing ever (with a 90-0 record) has bottled up the Energy that helped make him a Champion. Julio César Chávez, “Energia de Campeones” will hit shelves on Monday, April 27 in the greater Phoenix and Prescott Valley areas.

This is the first beverage company with a true Mexican Icon to brand a drink in the Energy drink market. Julio is not only the spokesperson, but a partner in the company, Julio César Chávez Bebidas, LLC.

“I am so proud of this product. I hope the drink gives my fans and fellow countrymen energy just like I used to feel in the ring”, said Julio César Chávez.

“Energía de Campeones” has a full blend of B Vitamins, Taurine, Ginseng Extract and Guarana Extract for extra sustained energy. It also contains Green Tea, a well known cleansing anti-oxidant, L-Carnitine a known fat burner and L-Glutamine which is known for its healing benefits. “Energía de Campeones” is formulated with sucrose, a natural sugar and source of energy giving a remarkably thirst quenching drink with just the right amount of carbonation.

A marketing campaign and introductory marketing materials will feature the tagline, “Energía para 12 Rounds” (Energy for 12 Rounds). The Energy Drink is one of the first consumer products to be Mobile-enabled, allowing consumers the opportunity to text in to win a chance to meet Julio and get money saving offers and special invitations. Future plans call for an expansion nationally and internationally for the product.

“With the continuing popularity of Energy Drinks and the large community of Hispanics consuming the beverage, we felt this was the perfect opportunity to develop a flavorful drink that Julio’s fans would enjoy, stated Brian Weymouth, partner, Julio César Chávez Bebidas, LLC. “We are also excited of our new partnership with Hensley who will distribute the 16 oz aluminum can to local convenience stores, grocery stores, carnicerias (butcher shops) and other stores that are reaching out to the Hispanic consumer.”

About Julio César Chávez Bebidas, LLC
Julio César Chávez Bebidas LLC is a beverage company dedicated to providing Hispanic brand products to the marketplace. Through an Icon like Julio César Chávez who is a partner, the company is able to communicate and inspire the Hispanic consumer to identify with the brand. Phoenix is the first market for the energy drink with plans for expansion to the California and Texas markets. The Bebidas Partnership includes, Julio César Chávez, Brian Weymouth, Dan Wergin and Brian Day O’Connor.

"Boxeo Thompson" returns to FOX SPORTS ESPAÑOL tomorrow night

Orange, CA (April 23, 2009) – Last Friday Thompson Boxing continued its decade-long tradition of featuring explosive pugilistic action when super lightweight contender Josesito Lopez (24-3, 14KO’s) dug deep and pulled out an eight round split decision against hard-hitting southpaw Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (15-2, 10KO’s).

Josesito Lopez sealed his impressive victory when he caught and dropped the powerful Patrick Lopez in an exchange in the fifth round. The steadfast Josesito said after the hard battle, “I knew what I was getting into when I took this fight. I knew that Patrick was tough and his punches would be hard but I also knew that I could withstand anything that he threw my way.”

Re-live last Friday’s exciting action or witness this fight for the first time on Fox Sports Español’s "Boxeo Thompson" scheduled to air this Friday, April 24 at 10:30 PM (PST) Check your local listings for FSE.

About Thompson Boxing Promotions

Launched in May of 2000 by Ken Thompson, a former President of the World Boxing Hall of Fame, Thompson Boxing Promotions was established with the purpose of elevating the sport of boxing by providing exciting sports entertainment while showcasing talented athletes on their way to the summit of the sport. In the past nine years, the company has risen from being not only one of the top promotional firms in the competitive west coast market, consistently providing shows that live up to the adage ‘never a dull moment’, but to a nationwide powerhouse that includes on its roster some of the best talent in the game today, including Timothy Ray Bradley Jr., Juan Carlos Burgos, Dominic Salcido, Mauricio Herrera, Abraham Lopez, Josesito Lopez, Sergio Espinoza, and Pavel Miranda.

Article posted on 23.04.2009

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