News: Jesus Chavez Ready For David Diaz; Juan Diaz - Paulie Malignaggi Undercard

AUSTIN, TX (August 17, 2009) Two-time world champion Jesus “EL MATADOR” Chavez will return to action on Saturday, September 26th against former lightweight world champion David Diaz in the ten round main event at “WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. “I’m very happy for this opportunity that Dominic has given me, it means a great deal for me to finally fight in my hometown of Chicago ” said the Austin , Texas resident. “I have a lot of friends and family back home and it’s going to be a special night for me to fight there..

“WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING since 1998.

‘I’ve known David since we were kids; we grew up in the amateurs together. There’s a mutual respect for each other but once the bell rings we both have to take care of business. It’s a great fight for the Chicago sports fans” continued Chavez.

The 36 year old Chavez defeated Sirimongkol Singwancha on August 15, 2003 for the WBC Junior Lightweight Title in Austin , Texas . He won the IBF Lightweight Championship on September 17, 2005 by stopping Leavander Johnson in the 11th round in Las Vegas .

On April 4th of this year Chavez faced off against Australian Michael Katsidis in a scheduled ten round bout. Although badly cut in the fourth round from a clash of heads, Chavez battled valiantly for three rounds with Katsidis despite a constant stream of blood flowing into his left eye. The bout was finally stopped by Chavez’s corner after the seventh round.

Said Chavez, “The cut just became too much of a problem, but it has no impact on me now. Fernando has set up a great camp here in Austin and I feel 100% in my training.”

Chavez has been with longtime trainer Fernando Castrejon since 1998.

Said Pesoli, “Jesus and David are true warriors in the sport, the perfect title was “WARRIORS COLLIDE”, which they will on September 26th at Chicago ’s UIC Pavilion”.

The co-main event at “WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” will feature Chicago fan favorites Jose Andres Hernandez, 22-4-0 (14KO’s) and Juan Carlos “EL PEZ” Martinez, 16-11-1 (7KO’s) in a ten round junior lightweight bout.

Also on the undercard, Chicago based undefeated junior welterweight prospect Ivan Popoca, 11-0-1 (7KO’s) will face heavy handed Puerto Rican veteran Mike Gonzalez, 10-6-1 (9KO’s) in an eight round bout.

Also announced for “WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” is exciting newcomer Diamond Baier, 1-0-1, who will appear in a four round junior lightweight bout.

Tickets for “WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6”, priced at $151, $101, $76, $51 and $31, are now on sale through Ticketmaster (, the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions Office (312-226-5800).

Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine , just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway. For further information, please visit their website at

8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, 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.


LOS ANGELES, August 17 - Houston's finest will be out in force at Toyota Center on the Saturday, August 22 HBO Boxing After Dark undercard, as unbeaten hometown rising stars Hylon Williams and Jermell Charlo will be featured on the hottest night of the boxing summer.

Joining Williams and Charlo on this stacked card will be fellow Houstonians Marcus Johnson, Adam Richards and Darlington Agha, as well as Philadelphia's undefeated rising star Danny Garcia, unbeaten power hitter Adrien Broner, Philadelphia's Mike Perez and Texas' Omar Figueroa.

In the August 22 HBO BAD main event, former Three-Time Lightweight World Champion and Houston hero Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz takes on former 140-pound world titleholder Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi of Brooklyn, New York, while the co-featured bout sees IBF Junior Lightweight World Champion Malcolm Klassen challenged by heavy-handed Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero as he looks for a world title in a second weight class. Opening up the HBO telecast is unbeaten rising middleweight star Daniel "The Golden Child" Jacobs in a stern test against 'Contender' alumnus Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith.

All three bouts, which are presented by Golden Boy Promotions, with Diaz vs. Malignaggi and Jacobs vs. Smith being presented in association with DiBella Entertainment and Klassen vs. Guerrero being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions, will air on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 8:45 pm CT (9:45 pm ET/PT). The evening of boxing is sponsored by Quaker State, Cerveza Tecate and Southwest Airlines. Doors open at 3:30pm CT and the first bout begins at approximately 3:30pm CT.

Tickets, priced at $250, $125, $70, $45 and $25, are on sale now, and may be purchased online at, by phone at 1-866-4-HOU-TIX, at the Toyota Center Box Office and select Houston area Randalls locations.

Lightweight sensation Hylon Williams (10-0, 3 KO's) of Houston has barely lost a round in his professional career thus far, with a shutout win over 41-fight veteran Derrick Moon in April being one of his most impressive wins. Fresh off of a hard fought victory over Khadaphi Proctor in June, Williams will face Los Mochis, Mexico's Baudel Cardenas (18-17-2, 6 KO's)in an eight round lightweight bout.

Williams' Houston stablemate, junior middleweight Jermell Charlo (8-0, 4 KO's) is already veteran of the fight game despite being only 19 years old. A former amateur star, Charlo has progressed steadily through the pro ranks, most recently showing his power by stopping Federico Flores in eight rounds in June. Charlo will be making his third appearance at the Toyota Center when he takes on Glendale, California's talented Vardan Gasparyan, who has compiled a stellar 11-1-4, 5 KO's record in his four year career. They will meet in a six round bout.

Also proudly representing Houston on August 22 will be super middleweight Marcus Johnson (16-0, 13 KO's), 28-year-old heavyweight prospect Adam Richards (22-2, 15 KO's) and debuting Sugar Land heavyweight Darlington Agha. Another of Houston's rising boxing stars, Johnson has been on a tear since turning pro in 2004. Only three of his opponents have heard the closing bell when facing him and all three left the ring disappointed with decision losses. On the 22nd Johnson will face Matt Gockel (12-10, 7 KO's) of Topeka, Kansas in a six round fight. A four-time National Amateur Champion, Adam Richards has won 20 of his last 21 fights and after his stoppage of Gustavo Enriquez in April, he's eager to keep moving up the heavyweight ranks in an eight round fight against Harvey Jolly (9-10-1, 4 KO's) of Adrian, Missouri. Rounding out the Houston contingent will be Agha squaring off against Long Beach, California's Joseph Rabotte (5-6, 2 KO's) in a four round bout.

The line-up of impressive fighters participating in the event does not end with local standouts. Rising star Danny Garcia (13-0, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the sport today, will square off against former world title challenger Oscar Leon (28-9, 18 KOs) of Miami, Florida in a six-round junior welterweight bout.

Another rising young standout, Adrien Broner (10-0, 7 KO's) has made an immediate impression on fight fans with his exciting style and fight-ending power. In May, Broner pounded out an eight round decision win over unbeaten fellow prospect Fernando Quintero and topped that performance with a sixth round knockout of then 15-1 William Kickett in June. What's next for the Cincinnati cyclone? We'll find out when he faces Midland, Texas' Edgar Portillo (5-2, 3 KO's) in a six round junior lightweight battle.

Decorated amateur star Mike Perez (3-0-1, 2 KO's) of Philadelphia returns to action in a four rounder at Toyota Center. After starting his career with three wins in his first four professional bouts, he's looking to put on a show for Southwest fight fans. Perez will face Jaime Rodriguez (4-5-3, 2 KO's) of Reno, Nevada in a four round lightweight battle.

Houston isn't the only part of Texas represented, as Weslaco's lightweight knockout artist Omar Figueroa (6-0, 6 KO's) will face Jeremy Marts (5-7, 3 KO's) of Ottumwa, Iowa in a four round bout.

For more information regarding the August 22 HBO BAD event, please visit

Article posted on 18.08.2009

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