News: Angulo vs Yorgey; Lenny Zappa; Juho Haapoja

PHILADELPHIA (October 25, 2009) – Art Pelullo, president of Banner Promotions and promoter of undefeated Top-Five junior middleweight contender Harry Joe Yorgey, announced today that he has petitioned the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to sanction Yorgey’s upcoming fight against fellow Top-Five contender Alfredo Angulo for the WBO’s interim 154-pound world title..

Yorgey (22-0-1, 10 KOs), of Bridgeport, PA and Angulo (16-1, 13 KOs), of Mexicali, Mexico, WBO-rated No. 5 and No. 4, respectively, face-off in a 12-round junior middleweight rumble on Saturday, November 7 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Their fight, along with the Chad Dawson vs. Glen Johnson World Boxing Council (WBC) Interim / International Boxing Organization (IBO) light heavyweight championship battle, will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT.


TOTOWA, NJ (October 23, 2009) – Promoter Gary Shaw announced today the addition of undefeated lightweight sensation LEONARDO ZAPPAVIGNA, known as LENNY ZAPPA, to Gary Shaw Productions’ roster. Lenny Zappa will be making his U.S. debut on Saturday, December 12, on the non-televised undercard headlined by the Timothy Bradley vs. Lamont Peterson / Vic Darchinyan vs Tomas Rojas world championship doubleheader at Agua Caliente Casino Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The two title fights will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / PT (delayed on the West Coast.)

Australian by birth and Italian by descent, Lenny Zappa (21-0, 15 KOs), of Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia, established himself as a prospect as an amateur. The four-time national amateur champion fashioned a 72-9 record which culminated with a Bronze Medal in the lightweight class at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, where he represented Australia.

“Lenny Zappa is the goods – the whole goods,” said Shaw. “His hair style is reminiscent of Kostya Tszyu, but more importantly so is his power. I see him following in the footsteps of those that have been great in the lightweight division before him. The best part of promoting Lenny is that I get to do it with Vic Darchinyan and Elias Nassar. It's the byproduct of a beautiful friendship and I look forward to working with them on developing more talent from Australia, Armenia and Russia for many years to come."

Zappavigna, 21, trained by Billy Hussein and Tommy Mercuri, is considered Australia’s best young star and a future world champion. Back-to-back International Boxing Federation (IBF) Pan Pacific junior welterweight title victories over former world title challenger Tommy Browne and former world champion Gairy St. Clair have catapulted him to a No. 13 world rating by the International Boxing Federation (IBF). And in between fights, he is a favorite of top fighters for sparring, including Manny Pacquiao. He returns to the ring in December fresh from a first-round knockout victory of Thongthai Rajanondh in August.

Caramelito Promotions´ third show – Katajisto, Jack, Selesmaa, Antman

The personal coach for reigning Finnish national and Baltic (BBU) heavyweight champion Juho Haapoja, Petro “El Caramelito” Koskimies with his Caramelito Promotions – professional boxing stable will promote his third pro boxing show in Vaasa Finland on the 14th November. The show is called as “NÄYTÖN PAIKKA – SHOWTIME”.

The upcoming show will contain four international professional boxing fights with some local amateur fights. Pro fights will be started by Petter Antman, 29, (3-0, 1KO) who is managed by Miika Forsström. In the second fight Jaakko Helminen´s boxer Aki ”Boogieman” Selesmaa, 33, will try to continue his KO-artist road in a fight which is scheduled 6 round just like Antman´s fight does.

The internationally best known fighter on the card is Swedish Badou Jack, 25, who represents Caramelito Promotions co-operation partner McClory Sports from the neighboring country. Jack who is now 3-0 with 2 KOs has magnificent amateur background with 150 fights with 128 victories among other achievements Jack took part in Olympic Games 2008 and also he is 6-time Swedish national amateur champion in 2002-2008. Badou Jack has already once fought in the show promoted by Caramelito Promotions. That time Jack knocked out his Russian opponent in just 47 seconds!

In the main event there is 4-round scheduled heavyweight fight with Caramelito Promotions´ Janne “Finnish Butterbean” Katajisto, 31. The former two-time Finnish national amateur Super-Heavyweight champion started his pro career back in August by KO 1 victory over a Russian opponent and continued his victorious walk on mid-September over Hungarian Ferenc Zsalek (now 7-11, 1KO) by points in 4 rounds.

All opponents will be announced at the press conference on the 4th November.

Article posted on 24.10.2009

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