News: Peter Manfredo Jr; Hasim Rahman; Kennedy-Beranza; Richard Hargraves

LAS VEGAS, NV (March 25, 2010) TKO Boxing Promotions nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” boxing series will return to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on Saturday, May 22nd. In the main event, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. will battle Angel “ EL Toro ” Hernandez of Chicago, IL for the vacant IBO Middleweight Title. The co-feature will see Hartford ’s Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard defending his NABF Featherweight Title. Ticket information and further details will be announced shortly..

Rahman Begins Comeback Tonight in KC!

Former undisputed and two-time World Heavyweight Champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman will begin his comeback tonight at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Missouri, on Danger Fire Promotions' "March Mayhem" event.

Rahman, who has been inactive since his December 2008 unsuccessful challenge for Wladimir Klitschko's IBF and WBO Heavyweight Championships, will face Missouri veteran Clinton Boldridge in a special-attraction bout.

"We plan on keeping Rock busy," said Rahman's promoter, Greg Cohen of The Empire Sports and Entertainment. "He's a very special fighter who is at his best when he's active, so getting him back in the ring is essential to his comeback. Hasim still has plenty left to offer the heavyweight division and he'll begin proving that tonight."

"March Mayhem will feature nine professional fights in boxing, kickboxing and MMA. Tickets for the All Ages event are priced at $20, $40, $60 and $75 and can still be purchased at the door. Doors will open at 6 pm and the fights begin at 8 pm. A sellout is expected, so please come early.

Danger Fire Promotions is a promotional collaboration between veteran boxers Craig Cummings and Damon Reed.

The Beaumont Club is located at 4050 Pennsylvania. For more information, please call 816.668.4752 or 785.221.2123


Atlantic City, NJ—Undefeated Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA, makes the first defense of his United States Boxing Association (USBA) super bantamweight title when he faces Jose Angel Beranza, of San Pedro, CA, in the scheduled 12-round main event on Saturday evening, May 22, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. First fight at 7.30 p.m.

This will mark Kennedy’s first fight since Nov. 20, 2009, the night he won the vacant USBA title in his tragic encounter with Francisco Rodriguez, of Chicago, IL, at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA.

In that match, which was close on the scorecards after nine rounds, Kennedy won by knockout when referee Benji Estevez stopped the contest at 1.52 of the 10th round. Rodriguez had taken a beating in the 10th, but was still on his feet when the fight was stopped.

Rodriguez was led back to his corner and he sat down on the stool, but when he did not respond minutes later, he was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. He died 48 hours later from brain injuries suffered in the fight.

Kennedy, 23, has a 14-0-1 record, 6 K0s. The win over Rodriguez landed Kennedy the No. 13 spot in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world rankings at 122 pounds.

A former National Golden Gloves flyweight champion, Kennedy has pro wins over Castulo Gonzales, Thomas Snow and Lucian Gonzales.

Beranza, 33, turned pro in 1996. His pro record is 32-17-2, 25 K0s. He has fought some of the best in the world between 118 and 122 pounds, including world champions Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr., and Jhonny Gonzalez, as well as top contenders Jorge Lacierva, Antonio Escalante, Nestor Rocha and Jonathan Oquendo.

Twice in the last 16 months Beranza upset unbeaten prospects. He out-pointed Jesus Rojas, then 13-0, on Dec. 6, 2008, on the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao card at the MGM in Las Vegas, and he also beat highly touted Juan Carlos Velasquez, then 9-0, on July 24, 2008, on an ESPN-televised card from El Paso, TX.

The combined record of Beranza’s last 13 opponents was 260-33-10.

Tickets for the seven-bout card, promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., are priced at $75 and $50. They are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions (215-765-0922) and all Ticketmaster outlets (1-800-745-3000). Tickets also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.xcom and

Amateur Standout Richard Hargraves Returns To The Ring

March 26, 2010 San Francisco, CA - Amateur standout, Richard Hargraves (1-0, 1 KO), makes his way back to the ring Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Feather Falls Casino in Oroville, California. Hargraves will face JC Saade of Los Angeles, CA in a four round welterweight bout on the highly anticipated Playboy Fight Night card promoted by ESMG World.

Tickets: $40/$50/$60 - Special $10 standing room only tickets.

On Saturday night March 27th at the Feather Falls Casino in Oroville, California the much talked about and highly anticipated Playboy Fight Night® (PBFN) live event will provide fight fans in Northern California with their initial offering of the very best in combat sports entertainment. PBFN blends the sports of boxing, mixed martial arts and kickboxing with Playmates, Playboy radio broadcasting live, DJ Tuesdae of the Playboy Mansion, DJ D-Wrek from MTV's Wildin' Out, and the Centerfold dancers in the ultimate fight club meets the night club setting. All patrons in attendance can have their pictures taken with the Playmates on the red carpet, and watch the action in a very fun, and chic setting. Expect the term Fight party to be brought to life!

Article posted on 26.03.2010

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