News: Raymond Gatica; CES Boxing; Derrik Ennis

February 13, 2010, the Las Vegas Hilton will be the site of a great night of boxing as Top Rank, Inc.promotes a great Pay Per View fight card featuring “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire defending his Super-Flyweight title against Mexican banger, Gerson Guerrero. The under card bouts feature many proven veterans and up-and-coming prospects..

One such prospect is Cestus Management’s welterweight destroyer the undefeated Mexican American Raymond Gatica (11-0-0 w/6 kos) who will face off with Filipino southpaw Mark Jason Melligen, in an eight round bout. This fight promises to be an exciting affair as Gatica promises to showcase his skills and take care of business.

Ray "LINO" Gatica had this to say about his opponent, "There is no way that Melligen will beat me, this is the opportunity that i have been waiting for and Melligen will not be able to handle what i will produce on February 13th and i promise that whatever Melligen does i will do better and win the fight with ease". Gatica continued, "I have trained hard and understand what i must do and i will give Melligan what he is used to and that's another loss".

Gina Iacovou, Cestus’ CEO, said, “We are very excited and confident that Ray "LINO" (Gatica) will be victorious and is ready to step-up and begin to make a name for himself. Raymond has been working very hard in the gym and is looking fantastic". Iacovou continued, "Raymond is a very determined young man and the type of pressure and power that Ray "LINO” will produce will shock opponent".

Mike Michael, who is Cestus’ Chief Advisor, said, “Ray Lino Gatica is ready to make his move in the boxing world and we will do whatever it takes to get him into the next levels. He (Gatica) is a very strong kid and a has tremendous natural talent and physical attributes”. Michael continued, "Melligen is a very predictable fighter who has never been in the ring with a fighter as strong and fearless and as gifted as Ray "LINO" Gatica. So lock the doors and run for cover this fight will be explosive!!".

CES inks 3-fight series at Foxwoods CES Presents “Brace For Impact”

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Feb. 8, 2010) – Jimmy Burchfield, president of Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), announced today that CES will promote three professional boxing cards at Foxwoods Resort Casino in 2010.

The first show is scheduled for March 12 with the rematch between heavyweights Tony “TNT” Grano (16-1-1, 13 KOs) and Mark “Oak Tree” Brown (15-2, 7 KOs) headlining “Brace For Impact” in Fox Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. “Brace For Impact” will also include a dynamic undercard, which will be announced shortly. The other CES dates at Foxwoods are Sept. 24 and Oct. 22.

“I’ve been allies and friends with not only the many members of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, but the management of Foxwoods and MGM since before Foxwoods was built,” Burchfield said. “CES has promoted boxing shows at Foxwoods since the beginning and we’re excited to come to an agreement to promote three shows there this year. Fans know that CES promotes competitive fights and entertaining shows that you can’t find anywhere else.

“CES has sold out many shows at this great venue and all of us are very proud to continue that tradition. Our entire team is going to be creative and we’re discussing plans to add unique variety to our 2010 series, including special promotions for our most loyal fight fans.”

Foxwoods has hosted some of boxing’s greatest fights (James Toney vs. Vasilly Jirov, Scott Pemberton vs. Omar Sheika I & II) and fighters (Vinny Paz, Julio Cesar Chavez, Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr., Floyd Mayweather Jr., Pernell Whitaker, etc.) during the past two decades.

“Jimmy Burchfield is one of the few hands-on promoters today,” commented William Satti, Director of Public Affairs, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. “He really believes in boxing and the advancement of fighters. We’re all very familiar with Jimmy and CES. He has promoted great shows here for years and we’re happy he will continue to bring excitement to our venue at Foxwoods.”

Tickets for “Brace For Impact,” priced at $40.00, $60.00 and $100.00, are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254) or Foxwoods (800.200.2882), going online at or, or in person at the Foxwoods box office. For more information contact CES (401.724.2253/2254/ or Foxwoods Resort Casino ( Doors open at 6:00 PM/ET, first bout at 7:00 PM/ET.

It was a knockout weekend on GFL

NEW YORK (February 8, 2010)—This past weekend two big boxing events on the east coast took place and the action was as hot inside the ring as it was cold outside. Despite blizzard conditions, crowds in Philadelphia and Newark saw two incredible nights of boxing that started out on Friday from The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia where USBA Jr. Middleweight champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis scored a fifth round stoppage over Edwin Vazquez.

The next night in Newark, New Jersey, former Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek scored a unanimous decision victory over former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada in Adamek’s second start as a Heavyweight. That bout was fought before an astonishing crowd of over 10,000 fans in the Prudential Center in Newark.

Both great events were streamed live and are now available on-demand on


In the main event, USBA Jr. Middleweight champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis tuned up for a spring title defense by dropping Edwin Vazquez twice in round five with a vicious body assault to score a knockout at 1:26 of that round in their scheduled eight round non title clash.

Ennis showed tremendous hand speed and clearly worked the body behind a solid jab. Vazquez showed a lot of heart and determination as he would not only mock Ennis but try to start some offense for himself.

In round five, Ennis dropped Vazquez with a blistering left to the body and moments later he did the same thing to the other side of Vazquez’ body with the right and the fight called off.

In one of the most anticipated undercard bouts, Former World Junior Amateur champion Joey Dawejko of Philadelphia needed just forty-seven seconds to dispose of Ricardo Johnson.

Dawejko landed a perfect counter right hand that thrilled the crowd that was heavily supporting the nineteen year old from the Tacony section of town.

Dawejko is now 2-0.

Former U.S Olympic alternate, Eric “The Outlaw” drilled out former world title challenger Roberto Bonilla at the end of round one of their scheduled six round featherweight bout.

Hunter dominated the action with blazing handspeed until a left to the live put Bonilla down and out at end of the first stanza.

In the fight of the night, Jackie Davis scored a four round unanimous decision over Melisenda Perez in a ladies four round war.

The two traded shots and thrilled the crowd and the fighters received standing ovations throughout the fight.

Swedish heavyweight Andreas Gustafson moved to 4-0 with a stoppage over Levay King at the end of round two of their scheduled four round bout.

Ronald Cruz scored an impressive third round knockout over the experienced Martinus Clay in a scheduled six round bout.



Some are calling it controversial; some think the right decision was rendered; now you can be the judge as former Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek battled former U.S. Olympian in a an action filled Heavyweight bout that had a crowd of over 10,000 fans on the edge of their seats at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

It was a close knit battle where both combatants had their moments. But it was Adamek who gained the unanimous decision win and he may now be in position for an April 24th showdown with former world title challenger Chris Arreola.

Estrada was irate at the decision and now the fans all over the world will be able to give their opinion when they order this terrific Heavyweight scrap.

Fans can also witness a terrific three fight undercard that was headlined by undefeated New York based Middleweight, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin make his return to the squared circle when he takes on veteran Fernando Zuniga.

Two of New Jersey’s better undefeated prospects in Middleweight Patrick Majewski and Dennis “Mamma’s Boy” Douglin were impressive in separate bouts.


Article posted on 07.02.2010

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