News: TKO Boxing And Dunkin Sign Fidel Maldonado Jr.; Diaz/Chavez Public Workout; More

LAS VEGAS, NV (September 21, 2009) Lightweight amateur standout Fidel Maldonado Jr. has signed an exclusive promotional contract with TKO BOXING Promotions, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, its President. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico , the 18 year old Maldonado Jr., finished his stellar amateur career with a record of 118-12 and was ranked #2 in the United States last year, winning the 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships. The southpaw has been amongst the top amateurs in the boxing rich state of New Mexico for the last few years..

Said Chris Middendorf, CEO and Director of Boxing Operations for TKO BOXING Promotions; “Our Hometown Heroes program is about identifying top young talent, going to their home towns and working with their teams to develop them as fighters, as individuals and, ideally, as future world champions. Fidel Maldonado Jr. has all the positive characteristics to become one of our Hometown Heroes. We are negotiating right now with sites and are very excited about going to Albuquerque, with such a rich history of boxing, and promoting his pro debut.”

“There are a lot of naysayers in our sport who are decrying the sad state of the game. What we are finding is that there is an unbelievable wealth of world class talent out there. If brought along and promoted correctly, these young fighters can and will build huge new fan bases across the country. They are the true future of the sport. Fidel Maldonado is just one of a very exciting group of young fighters who we will build under the banner of TKO Boxing.”

Fighting out of the Atrisco Boxing Club in Albuquerque, Maldonado Jr. has spent the last two years competing at the highest level of amateur competition including the National Golden Gloves, National P.A.L. Boxing Championships, National Golden Glove Tournament of Champions and the National Silver Gloves.

In the 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships Semi-Final Round, Maldonado showed courage and valor belying his youth. Battling Shemuel Pagan of Brooklyn, New York in a highly entertaining, back and forth bout, Maldonado earned the last three points of the fourth round to earn a dramatic 16-15 win. The first three rounds were evenly scored.

The memorable bout had the huge crowd at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on their feet throughout the match.

Maldonado Jr. will be guided in the professional ranks by award winning manager Cameron Dunkin who counts world champions Kelly Pavlik, Nonito Donaire and Steven Luevano along with sensational Russian middleweight prospect Matvey Korobov amongst his stable of outstanding fighters.

Said Dunkin, “Fidel has all the attributes necessary to become a world champion. He’s got an exciting fan friendly style that has made him very popular in the Albuquerque area.”


CHICAGO, IL (September 21, 2009) Just days ahead of their lightweight showdown on Saturday night, September 26th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, former world champions David Diaz and Jesus Chavez will hold public/media workouts on Tuesday afternoon at JABB BOXING Gym.

Fight fans are encouraged to join the local media as Diaz and Chavez wrap up preparations for their headline bout at “WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6”, an action packed seven bout card presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, since 1998.

JABB BOXING Gym is located at 410 N. Oakley on the near northwest side of Chicago (Phone 312-733-5222). Jesus Chavez will begin his open workout at 2pm, with David Diaz following at 3pm.

Tickets for “WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” are priced at $151, $101, $76, $51 and $31, and are available 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 The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing events.

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.

Page 3 Stunners Prepare For Big London Fight Night - Judgement Day - 30th Sept 09

The excitement is really building for the highly anticipated White Collar Boxing event - Judgement Day - which will be held at the prestigious Cable Club in South London on the 30th September.

The interest in the unique Judgement Day event, which will be the first White Collar Boxing event to also feature a Mixed Martial Arts exhibition fight as well as an all female bout on the card, has been nothing short of phenomenal. Not only has the event attracted top White Collar Boxers from around the globe but has also created another highly interesting competition - for Ring Card Girl honours!

The organisers of Judgement Day, Rooney’s Boxing Gym, were more than a little (pleasantly) surprised when they received many requests from beautiful young women eager to be a Ring Card Girl on the night. Following many long hours of debating, after perusing the candidates portfolios, the organising committee finally selected rock singer and former model Francesca Santamaria and Page 3 regular Penelope Ashton.

Rooney’s Boxing Gym’s publicist, Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro, spoke briefly about this unexpected development. “It’s awesome to think that we had so many stunningly beautiful women wanting to be the Ring Card Girls for our Judgement Day event at the Cable Club on the 30th September. This only goes to prove that Judgement Day is THE White Collar Boxing event to be seen at.

It was really hard for us deciding between so many lovely young women, but at the end of the day Francesca and Penelope are both just so beautiful and vivacious we couldn’t help but chose them.

Francesca was actually the first girl to approach us, literally the day we announced the event. She’s a gym regular. Don’t get me wrong that isn’t why we chose her. I mean, look at the photos she’s gorgeous! Another bonus is that she and Penelope get on so well with each other.

What a result, everyone's eyes will be on the ring from the moment the action starts right to the end of the last fight with these two parading between rounds.

We think it’s great that not only will this incredibly exciting event set the standard that all future White Collar Boxing events will be judged by, but also it seems will be setting the another new standard by having such exceptionally beautiful Ring Card Girls.”

On learning that they had been chosen, Francesca, a classically trained opera singer and former model who has appeared in Playboy, Maxim and Loaded before returning to music fronting indie rock band Spiderbaby, and Page 3 model and boxing fan Penelope dropped into Rooney’s Boxing Gym and undertook an impromptu photo session with gym regular Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng, who recently won his professional debut fight, as there were not any of the competing White Collar Boxers present.

The Judgement Day White Collar Boxing event comprises of 8 White Collar Boxing bouts, featuring boxers from England, Australia, Brazil and Israel, as well as a K1 Mixed Martial Arts exhibition bout and an all female exhibition boxing bout.

There will be an after show party, again at the Cable Club, following the final bout.

Judgement Day will be held at the Cable Club, Bermondsey Street Tunnel, London SE1 3JW on Wednesday 30th September 2009. Doors open at 7.00pm.

Ticket are priced £30.00 (unreserved) and £50.00 (V.I.P.) and are available from Rooney’s Boxing Gym, 895/896 Holyrood Street, London SE1 2EL or call 020 7403 6113

Article posted on 22.09.2009

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