Andre Ward On This Week's Friday Night Fights; Thompson-Takehara on August 27

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra, will close out the 2011 season from Hammond, Ind. on August 19 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and when undefeated junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade (13-0, 9 KOs) and Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (28-12, 16 KOs) meet in the 10-round main event. The card is presented by Banner Promotions/HITZ Boxing.

Joe Tessitore and Andre Ward, Ring Magazine’s No.1 ranked super-middleweight, will be ringside at the Horseshoe Casino describing the action, while studio host Brian Kenny will present the latest boxing news. Ward, a 2004 Olympic Gold medalist, who will meet Carl Froch in the Super Six World Boxing Classic in late October, is sitting in for Teddy Atlas who is in Russia training Alexander Povetkin.

Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian from Providence RI., is coming off a second-round knockout win over Omar Bell. After the fight’s Dan Rafael wrote, “It was business as usual as he (Andrade) dominated the first round and then ended it in the second. He caught Bell with a left hand to the body and Bell went down. Although he didn’t look too hurt, Bell got to a knee and took the full count from the referee at 1 minute, 31 seconds.”

Lawton Okla.’s Brewer, 2006 winner of The Contender, is coming off a June fourth-round TKO win over previously undefeated Fernando Guerrero.

After the fight Rafael wrote, “Brewer took care of another highly touted youngster in shocking fashion. He pounded Guerrero with clean right hands and uppercuts, finally sending him falling through the ropes onto the ring apron for a knockdown. Guerrero made it to his feet, but he was done. As soon as the fight resumed, Brewer was all over him again. He continued to pound him with body shots and uppercuts until Guerrero finally slumped forward and fell to the mat. A stunning finish that ranks up there with any of the biggest upsets of the year.”

Friday’s card will also feature former lightweight titlist David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) and “Hammerin’ ” Hank Lundy (20-1-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature. Chicago’s Diaz, is coming off a 10-round majority decision win over Rob Frankel, while Philadelphia’s Lundy is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Patrick Lopez.

Undefeated Thompson, Takehara Main Event Battle at the Boat 83

TACOMA, Wash. – Undefeated Tacoma heavyweight Vincent Thompson steps back into the ring on August 27 when he faces Masataka Takehara in the main event of Battle at the Boat 83 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma.

Thompson improved his record to 8-0 with a unanimous decision over Kelsey Arnold on June 4.

In addition to his victory over Arnold, Vincent also scored an impressive victory over the previously unbeaten Charles Ellis, a former 2003 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion on Nov. 13, 2010.

Thompson, however, will face his toughest challenge to date in Takehara, a former national champion and the No. 1 ranked heavyweight in Japan.

“This is a big step for Vincent,” said promoter Brian Halquist, “but he’s handled everything that has been thrown at him. He keeps improving with every fight. Takehara won’t back down. It’s going to be an exciting fight.”

To prepare for the upcoming bout Thompson spent the last week training in Moscow, Russia under the watch of Teddy Atlas, who conditioned Michael Moorer to the world heavyweight title in 1994.

Thompson spend time sparring with top 10-ranked Alexander Provetkin (21-0), who will face Ruslan Chagaev for the vacant WBA world heavyweight title on Aug. 27.

The eight-round main event will mark Takehara’s second bout in the United States as he has fought primarily in Japan and Australia during his professional career.

Takehara scored a six-round draw with Alex Leopai in July 2009. Leopai, ranked in the Top 20 in the world by some organizations, is 14-0-1 in his last 15 bouts with this draw to Takehara being his only non-victory

Highlighting the undercard will be a semi-main event between undefeated Oscar Andrade (6-0) and Mike Lucero (12-16-0).

First fight on the card will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, $45 and $100 and are available at the Emerald Queen Casino box office 1-888-831-7655 and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

For more information please visit


Main Event

Vincent Thompson (8-0-0) vs. Masataka Takehara (6-4-5)

Semi Main Event

Oscar Andrade (6-0-0) vs. Mike Lucero (12-16-0)

Under Card

Aaron Schupp (2-1-0) vs. Edgar Zubia (1-0-0)

Randell Corpuz (0-1-0) vs. Nalo Leal (4-11-1)

Jose Rico (Debut) vs. Tommy Davis (Debut)

Darren Anzai (2-3-0) vs. Mike Gavronski


Tickets are available at the Emerald Queen Casino box office 1-888-831-7655 and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Or online at

Ticket Prices: *$100 - $45 - $25

Get up to date information at:

For more information or fighter interviews contact event coordinator Marin McCauley at (253) 486-2141

* Includes VIP Party 5:00-7:00 pm at the Bridge Night Club.


What: Battle at the Boat 83

Where: Emerald Queen Casino’s I-5 Showroom

When: August 27, 2011

Time: Event starts at 7:00 P.M. Doors open at 6:00 P.M.

Article posted on 17.08.2011

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