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News: Holly Holm vs Melissa Hernandez; Brandon Gonzalez; Sadam Ali

Tuesday, October 20 at the Isleta Hotel Ballroom A in Albuquerque , New Mexico the world’s top female welterweight Holly Holm (25-1-3, 7 KO) and her challenger Melissa "Hurracan" Hernandez (11-1-2, 4 KO) will both be present at the official announcement of their December 4, 2009 title bout. Their fight is a defense of Holms' WIBA Welterweight title to be fought at a lower catch weight, and promises lots of excitement. Promoter of the event Lenny Fresquez said, "We are enthusiastic to make this fight happen. It’s the first time I have seen Holly hostile towards an opponent." Hernandez, always a tough competitor, who is moving up from super featherweight to fight Holm, promises an upset. "The Tall will Fall on December 4!"

In addition to the Holm/Hernandez battle, the card will also see action from the under-card featuring Winklejohn-trained fighter Jodi Esquibel; as well as 10-time amateur national champion Amanda Crespin; local Heavyweight Fernando Reyes makes his return to the ring and light heavyweight Michael Brookes will also be on the card.

Tickets for Holm/Hernandez: "Bad Blood" are now on sale and can be purchased via the internet at
http://isleta-casino.com/entertain/tickets.cfm). For more information and updates view www.fresquezproductions.com and www.hollyholm.com..


LET’S GET IT ON PROMOTIONS INKS BRANDON “FLAWLESS” GONZALES

Nevada (October 19th, 2009) – Let’s Get It On Promotions is proud to announce the signing of top middleweight prospect Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales 8-0 (7 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract.

At a press conference on Wednesday at Sacramento, California’s Avalon nightclub, Let’s Get It On Promotions and Brandon Gonzales announced that they have entered into a promotional agreement.

Gonzales has already compiled an undefeated record as a pro. All but one of his eight wins have come by way of knockout – four of those have occurred in the first round. Before turning pro, Gonzales was regarded as one of the top amateurs in the country at light heavyweight. After medaling in several national and international tournaments and competitions, he was ranked as the # 1 U.S. amateur in 2005. Since then, he comfortably moved down to 160 lbs and plans to campaign in that division.

“I'm excited about fighting under the Let's Get It On Promotion's banner along with their other talented fighters.” Says Gonzales. “I am ready to work hard, and fight for a world title someday.”

His electrifying style has made him a popular draw in his hometown of Sacramento, CA. Team Gonzales plan to have him fight in Reno, NV on December 11th. Details will be announced shortly.

“Brandon is the type of fighter that fight fans want to see.” Says Let’s Get It On Promotions’ Terry Lane. “He is undefeated, exciting to watch – he's the whole package.”

“Brandon has everything it takes to become a world champion.”

Gonzales is managed by Mike Fountano and trained by Ray Woods.


US Olympian Sadam Ali added to “Fright Night At The Sun” card

Spina-Del Valle headlines Oct. 31st card at Mohegan Sun

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 19, 2009) – 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali has been added to the October 31st (Halloween Night) “Fright Night At The Sun” pro boxing card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in a 4-round welterweight bout at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

World-rated light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina (25-1-1, 17 KOs) headlines “Fright Night At The Sun” against former world champion Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle (36-6-1, 22 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

“Sadam is like Vinny Paz in the ring,” promoter Jimmy Burchfield said. “He goes all out and boxing people really love that style. He’s a real puncher and a great kid. Sadam Ali is the future. We’re all excited about having another US Olympian fighting on one of our cards.”

Ali (3-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Brooklyn, was the first Arab-American to represent the U.S. Boxing Team in the Olympics, as well as the first New York City boxer on the U.S. Olympic squad in 20 years. He was a highly-decorated amateur since he stared boxing 13 years ago, including 3-time PAL National Championships champion, as well as 2-time National Golden Gloves Tournament and Under-19 National Tournament gold-medal winner.

Taking this fight against an opponent to be determined on only two weeks notice, Ali explained, was an easy decision because he’s always working hard in the Coney Island gym with his trainer, Andre Rozier. “I feel good about this fight,” the 21-year-old Ali commented. “I’m always in the gym. I’m excited and ready. I don’t know what style I’ll use, other than be exciting, until I figure out my opponent. Sometimes I use my speed to box, other fights I’ll come in and take out my opponent. In either case I’m coming to win.”

Ali, who has comfortably made the adjustment from amateurs to the pros, started in karate at the tender age of four, but he switched to boxing four years later after watching Prince Naseem Hamed. “I liked his energy and the support he received from his fans,” Sadam explained. “I loved watching his fights but I don’t really fight like him.

“I’m comfortable as a pro. There’s not that much of a difference other than no head gear and smaller gloves. I have my goals and dreams, but I’m not looking forward, just focusing on one fight at a time. I know where I can get and this is just the beginning.”

One of the hottest prospects on the East Coast, UBC junior welterweight champion “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (15-0-1, 9 KOs), of Philadelphia, fights an opponent to be determined in the 10-round co-feature.

On the undercard in separate 4-round bouts are a pair of promising Hartford (CT) prospects from Puerto Rico, Hartford junior middleweight David Bauza (2-0, 2 KOs) against Rafael Jastrzebski, and light welterweight Edwin Soto (1-0, 1 KO) versus pro debuting Rasheed Francis.

Also fighting on the undercard is unbeaten lightweight Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (5-0, 2 KOs), a 2008 National Golden Gloves Tournament runner-up from Quincy (MA), in a 4-round bout against Israel Suarez (2-2). In two other 4-rounders, undefeated Philadelphia lightweight Frank Trader (6-0, 2 KOs) faces Gustavo Daily, while Long Island light heavyweight Joe Smith, Jr., 2008 New York Golden Glove champion, makes his long-awaited pro debut vs. TBA. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets for “Fright Night At The Sun,” priced at $27.00, $50.00 and $80.00, are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254), going online at www.cesboxing.com or at the Mohegan Sun Box Office. Ticketmaster customers may log on to www.ticketmaster.com, call Ticketmaster’s national toll-free charge by phone (1.800.745.3000) or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.

For more information contact CES (401.724.2253/2254/www.cesboxing.com) or Mohegan Sun (www.mohegansun.com). Doors open at 6:30 PM/ET, first bout at 7:30 PM/ET.

Article posted on 17.10.2009



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