News: Sonsona Out To Defend WBO World Title; Telesco-Mitchell In Crossroads Battle

On November 21, the eyes of the boxing world will once again be on Casino Rama, as one of the sport’s budding superstars, 19 year-old dynamo “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (14-0, 12 KO’s) mounts the first defense of his newly captured WBO Jr. Bantamweight World title in the main event of the Rumble @ Rama X. In just his 14th pro fight the teenage sensation lived up to his nickname “Marvelous” when he dominated reigning champ Jose Lopez to clinch a thrilling unanimous decision at Rumble @ Rama IX..

Sonsona’s opponent will be WBO contender Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (22-7-1, 11 KO’s) of Mexico City. A veteran of 30 professional fights at 23 years of age, Hernandez has never been stopped and promises to give Sonsona all he can handle.

The “Canadian Kid”, Steve Molitor (30-1, 12 KO’s) will appear as the co-main event in a match that has yet to be finalized as he bides his time awaiting another shot at the world title in early 2010.

In a surprise announcement, Orion Sports Management has inked WBO #6 ranked Super Bantamweight contender, Ciso “ Kid Terrible” Morales (13-0, 8 KO’s) and has indicated he will make his Canadian debut on the November 21 card. Morales, from Cagayan De Oro City in the Philippines, hopes to follow in the footsteps of Marvin Sonsona in establishing himself on the Canadian scene, joining Sonsona’s consortium of promoters in his quest for a world championship down the road.

Also appearing will be fan favorite Greg “ The Steel Pole” Kielsa, (10-0, 5 KO’s) the reigning Canadian Heavyweight Champion, making his debut under new Trainer, Egerton Marcus. And to round out a stacked undercard, both Justin “The Matrix” Fountain (6-1-2, 2 KO’s), hot prospect, Felix “El Destino” Mercedes (3-0, 2KO’s) will be returning in action-packed fights.

Allan Tremblay, President of Orion Sports Management stated “ This array of talent will provide our fans with one of the best nights of boxing they have ever witnessed. Get your tickets early”

Whilst television arrangements are still being negotiated, Orion Sports Management has confirmed that both Mexico and the Philippines will carry the show live.

Jeff Craik, Vice President of Marketing for Casino Rama, says “Rumble @ Rama IX featured one of the best all-around fight cards we’ve seen in the Rumble series. We’re looking forward to Rumble X capturing the same excitement; it should be a sensational fight night!”

Tickets for Rumble at Rama X will be $125, $75, $50 and $25 will go on-sale this Tuesday, October 13, at 12 noon EST. Tickets will be available in-person at the Casino Rama Box Office, and at all TicketMaster locations, by calling (416) 870-8000 and online at beginning Thursday, October 1st at 12 noon EST. Ticket prices do not include applicable taxes or service charges.

Held in Casino Rama’s state-of-the-art 5,200 seat Entertainment Centre, the Rumble at Rama series has firmly established the Casino as the premier venue in which to see the Big Time Excitement of a world-class fight in Ontario. Rumble at Rama X takes place on Saturday, November 21st, with the undercard bouts getting underway at 8:00 pm. The co-main event takes place at approximately 9:45 pm, and the main event set to begin at 10:30 pm.

Tickets for Rumble at Rama X will be $125, $75, $50 and $25 and are available in-person at the Casino Rama Box Office, and at all TicketMaster locations, by calling (416) 870-8000 and online at Ticket prices do not include applicable taxes or service charges.


On October 21 Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing returns to the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY, to present its second installment of Rumble at the Rye Town Hilton. Headlining the card once again will be heavy-handed, former world title challenger, David Telesco (30-6-1, 26KO) taking on fellow banger and former two-time world champion, Byron Mitchell (27-5-1, 20KO). The bout is scheduled for eight rounds in the light heavyweight division.

"This is an intriguing fight between two former contenders and champions who have always been known to produce very entertaining and exciting fights," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO and founder of Star Boxing. "With both David and Byron, you know exactly what you are going to get. You have two guys who will be stepping in that ring with one purpose in mind, and that's to knock the other guy out. David is coming off a very impressive victory in his last fight, and Byron's KO victories are well-known throughout the industry. We are expecting a great showing from both combatants, and an all around great show you won't want to miss on October 21st."

The Pride of Port Chester, Telesco, returned from nearly a four and a half year layoff this summer to blow out the extremely durable William Gill in the second round of their eight round light heavyweight contest. Telesco, who in his heyday fought many of the top contenders and champions in his division, including going the distance against Roy Jones Jr. in a fight that was for the undisputed light heavyweight championship, looked very sharp against Gill. In the second a huge combination from Telesco dropped Gill hard. Sensing his opponent was hurt, Telesco wasted no time jumping all over Gill, battering him from ring post to ring post, before he finally was able to trap Gill in the corner. Telesco began unloading monstrous shots and another huge combination had Gill completely out on his feet. Luckily for Gill the referee jumped in, saving him from any further punishment. The official time of stoppage was 2:13 of the second round.

Mitchell, who hails from Atlanta, GA, like Telesco, is also on the comeback. The hard-hitting Mitchell twice held the WBA super middleweight belt, and is also the first person to ever knockdown Joe Calzache, when they fought back in June of 2003.

As DeGuardia touched on both guys like to bang and mix it up, which always makes for exciting fights. Of Telesco and Mitchell's 57 combined victories, 46 of them have come by way of knockout (81%).

This is a very important fight in both of the careers of Telesco and Mitchell with the winner taking a major step in pointing their career back in the right direction, while the loser may never get another opportunity like this again.

A complete list of the undercard will be announced shortly. Tickets are priced at Gold Ringside ($100), Silver Ringside ($60) and reserved seating ($40). Tickets can be purchased by calling the Star Boxing office at (718) 823-2000 or by CLICKING HERE: ( ). The Hilton Rye Town Hotel is located at 699 Westchester Ave in Rye Brook, NY. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:30. Free parking is included in your ticket.

Article posted on 10.10.2009

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