News: Joey Spina; Johnson-Vargas Undercard; TKO Boxing

World rated light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina has had an overall attitude adjustment but he still possess the same devastating power punching ability as always as he gets set to headline the May 22nd “Rage At The River” show at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Spina (24-1-1, 17 KOs), 31, is rated among the top 15 in all four major boxing organizations – No. 12 by the WBC and WBA, No. 13 by the WBO, and No. 15 by the IBF..

The rugged Italian-American from Providence, former IBF Inter-Continental and USNBC super middleweight champion, has won four straight since suffering his only pro loss in 2006 to cross-town rival, Peter Manfredo, Jr., in which, Spina suffered a broken left thumb in the early goings. Joey, admittedly, hasn’t been fully focused since then but he has a refreshing new look on life and boxing, which has resulted in a born-again dedication aimed at fully preparing him for a world title shot in the not too distant future.

Prior to his fight against Manfredo, Spina had been on a roll having defeated former world champion Carl Daniels, veteran Anwar Oshana and then, in his career-defining fight to date, stopping Jesse Brinkley with a single body punch in the 11th round of their 2006 throw-down on ESPN that Joey was trailing in.

“I’ve been discouraged since the Manfredo fight,” Spina said. “I’ve been focused, only off and on, but I’m ready now for a big fight at 175, or I can get down top 168 for the right opportunity. I’m a fighter; I knockout guys. I was disappointed in my last fight (WTKO1vs. Matt Gockel) because I wanted to knock him out cold, not hurt him, but put him to sleep. The referee stopped the fight before I could. I’m not looking past my next fight (May 22 vs. 26-14-1, 19 KOs Tiwon Taylor in a scheduled 8-rounder) but, after that one, I want a few good fights and then a title shot. I’d want to get Jaidon Codrington in the ring. I’ll expose him more than (Sakio) Bika did. And I’d like a title shot against (Carl) Froch, a good fighter and tough guy like me. A few more fights and I’ll be ready for him.”

Spina, who is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., has a new manager, Eddie Imondi, who managed Ron Sandler and Dino Dennis, as well as promoted several world title fights. “I’ve known Joey since he was a kid and I believe he has the potential to be world champion,” Imondi remarked. “He can punch and has a good record with only one loss. Joey’s training real hard for this fight. I told him a fighter only has a short career and that I’d take care of the business end for him. He’s listening to me and making adjustments. We have a very good relationship. Boxing is in my blood and I love it. I’ve also known Jimmy Burchfield all of my life. I’ve followed Joey’s career and when I heard that he was looking for a new manager, I took over his contract.”

Spina appreciates Imondi’s support and welcomed him into his corner. “Eddie used to promote and he brought a few guys to world title fights,” Joey added. “His background is the big reason I signed with him. I have two great trainers, Eddie Mustpha Muhammad will be back working my corner with Jose Santos, and I know that I can punch with anybody. I’m starting to box better, too. The guy I’m fighting (Taylor) is a cute fighter with a good right. I’m going to be aggressive but slip and slide, move my head more. He’s going to looking for my big left hook, but I’m going to drop him with my right. I’m more confident now in my right than my left hook. I’m going to break him down.”

Burchfield’s belief in Joey hasn’t wavered since day one when Spina turned pro with CES in 2001, despite the fighter’s somewhat up-and-down career, in and out of the ring. “There’s a new Joey Spina,” Burchfield claimed. “He’s always had talent but now Joey has a new team to take care of his business with me. It’s like family. I want all of my fighters to be as comfortable as possible so all they have to do is just concentrate on boxing. They need to be supported by quality people – managers, nutritionists, strength and conditioning coaches, and better sparring partners. I see great things for Joey. He’s one of the hardest punchers in boxing and all he needs is to be 100-percent focused.”

Tickets for “Rage At the River” range from $25.00 to $150.00. To purchase tickets or for more information about Spina, “Rage At The River” or CES call 401.724.2253/2254 or visit


On May 15th Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing brings boxing back to Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, NJ with a compelling six bout card. In the main event bout of the evening, the WBA #5, WBC #10, IBF #13 rated heavyweight in the world Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (21-0-1, 8KO) is set to square off against 2004 Olympic Team Captain Devin Vargas (17-0, 7KO) in a ten round heavyweight contest. The winner stakes their claim as the top American heavyweight and takes one step closer to challenging for a world title.

The co-feature bout of the evening sees the Star Boxing debut of Jorge "The Truth' Teron (22-1-1, 15KO) as he looks to avenge the only loss of his career as a pro when he takes on the always dangerous Aldo Valtierra (25-10, 13KO). Teron vs. Valtierra is scheduled for ten rounds in the lightweight division. Both the co-feature and main event of the evening will be broadcast live on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights".


Former WBA heavyweight champion of the world, Bruce "The Atlantic City Express" Seldon (39-7, 35KO) looks to impress in front of his hometown fans when he takes on Gabe "Big G" Brown (18-9-4, 12KO) in an eight round heavyweight showdown. Seldon is 4-1 in his last five fights, with all four of his wins coming by way of knockout. Seldon last saw action in Atlantic City on November 7th when he steam rolled through Brad Gregory, who was 11-1, 9KO at the time, stopping him in the second round of their scheduled eight rounder.

Also on the card is Wildwood, New Jersey's light heavyweight hopeful, Chuck "The Professor" Mussachio (12-0-2, 5KO). Mussachio looks to stay unbeaten when he takes a step up in competition against former WBA light middleweight champion of the world, Carl Daniels (50-16-1, 32KO). The bout is scheduled for six rounds in the light heavyweight division.

Another New Jersey hopeful, John Lenox (1-0, 1KO) of Lincoln Park, NJ will look to improve to 2-0 when he takes on Blackville, South Carolina's Robert Brown (0-1) in a four round heavyweight bout.

Rounding out the card will be another heavyweight showdown between New York City's Kimani Cunningham (0-1) and Newark, New Jersey's Tyyab Beale (1-0).

The card is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, in association with Harrah's Resort. Tickets are priced at $90 and $60 and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1(800) 745-3000 or going online to Tickets are also available by calling Star Boxing at (718) 823- 2000 or by going online to



HOUSTON, TX. (May 13, 2009) TKO BOXING Promotions inaugural show in Houston, Texas, “THE BEATDOWN IN H-TOWN” is proving a hot ticket as the May 28th card at the Arena Theatre is headed towards a sellout over two weeks from the event.

Said Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions “Although we live here, this is our first event in Houston and we’re thrilled with the response. Right now we’re over halfway sold on the Arena Theatre show for May 28th.”

“ Houston’s always been a great fight town and this has been a terrific two weeks since the tickets went on sale. We haven’t even started on radio yet and our print advertising won’t kick in until this Monday. But as we’ve seen at our shows all over the country, if you bring a quality product and price tickets reasonably, you can do well anywhere. Our cheapest ticket is priced at $20 and there’s not a bad seat in the house at the Arena Theatre.”

Featured at the “THE BEATDOWN IN H-TOWN” is MMA champion and Houston native KJ Noons, world ranked featherweight Dat Nguyen and sensational super bantamweight prospect Rafael Valenzuela.

The undercard brings a fantastic lineup of local talent including Jose Gutierrez, Omar Henry and Gerardo Ibarra, along with newcomers Jonathan Gover from San Antonio and California native David Garcia.

Continued Koerner, “The whole card plays into our “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” theme, we’ve got hometown kids like KJ, Jose, Omar, and Gerardo along with world class fighters Dat Nguyen and Rafael Valenzuela. This is the first time KJ has boxed in his hometown and the response has been outstanding since we started putting the posters up.”

Advance tickets, starting at $20, are now on sale and can be ordered by calling 713-268-6224 or by visiting the Arena Theatre website at The Arena Theater is located at 7326 Southwest Freeway between Bellaire and Fondren. Doors open at 7pm, first bell at 8.

Formed in early 2008, Chet Koerner’s Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions, originator of the “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” national boxing series, stable includes; heavyweight Lenroy Thomas, super middleweight Joey Gilbert, middleweights Elvin Ayala, Albert Onolunose and James Countryman, junior middleweights Bastie Samir and Anthony Thompson, welterweights Juan Buendia and Raul Tovar, junior welterweights Jonathan Gover, Francisco Contreras and Hastings Bwayla, lightweights Rolando Reyes and Terence Crawford, featherweights Matt Remillard, Carney Bowman, Delvin Plascencia, Rafael Lora and Maxwell Awaku, super bantamweights Rafael Valenzuela and Carlos Reyes.

Article posted on 13.05.2009

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