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Kessler - Stieglitz at PARKEN on November 5; Punchin at the Paradise undercard announced

Team Sauerland and SES Boxing are delighted to announce that WBO Super Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) will make his mandatory defence against Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) at Copenhagen´s PARKEN Stadium on November 5. The two champions faced the media today during a media tour with press conferences in Berlin, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark. “We are thrilled to bring this exciting world title fight to the home of the Viking Warrior,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said at PARKEN Stadium. “The negotiations with SES Boxing and Robert Stieglitz have been tough but now everything is in place. With the support of his ferocious Danish fans, I am sure that Mikkel will accomplish his goal and become world champion for a fourth time..

The Viking Warrior clinched the WBC Super Middleweight Title with an epic victory over Carl Froch in the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic in April 2010 before an eye injury forced him to withdraw from the tournament. On June 4, Kessler returned in style, stopping tough Frenchman Mehdi Bouadla in six rounds in front of a passionate crowd at PARKEN Stadium. Stieglitz has been the WBO Super Middleweight Champion since August 2009 when he stopped Karoly Balzsay in Hungary. He has made four successful title defences thus far. “I have a lot of respect for Robert Stieglitz,” Mikkel Kessler said. “He has a very good record and he is a deserving world champion. But his reign will be over once we meet in the ring. Throughout my career, I have proven myself against the best fighters out there. I can´t wait to be world champion again. Winning the title for a fourth time will be special.”

Kessler is once again counting on the ferocious support of his home fans. “It´s fantastic that the fight will take place at PARKEN,” he added. “I have never lost a fight in Denmark. It will be no different this time. It can promise my fans a hell of an evening with me leaving the ring as the winner.”

Stieglitz is confident he can make another successful title defence. “As world champion I accept every challenge and am ready to get into the ring with every opponent. Mikkel Kessler is an opponent that needs to be taken very seriously. He will not take my crown away from me. It may be that he is a national hero in Denmark, such as Karoly Balzsay was in Hungary. The home advantage did not help him at all and it will not help Mikkel Kessler either.”

Added his promoter Ulf Steinforth: “The fight between Robert Stieglitz and Mikkel Kessler is a true sporting highlight, a fight at the highest level between two top boxers. Boxing needs fights like this. I am looking forward to it and I am sure that Robert will win.”

Tickets are available at www.billetlugen.dk. Danish TV2 and Germany´s ARD will be broadcasting the fight live.

"PUNCHIN AT THE PARADISE" COMPLETE UNDERCARD ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK (August 17, 2011) - On Friday August 19, Golden Boy Promotions and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing are teaming up to present the latest installment of the "Punchin at the Paradise" fight series. The card, which will be broadcast live on TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" will be headlined by Newark's undefeated prospect Michael "The Artist" Perez (13-0-1, 7KO's) taking on Miguel Rodriguez (7-2, 3KO's) in an eight round lightweight match-up.

Fighting in the co-featured bout of the evening will be the Bronx's 18-year-old boxing phenom Eddie Gomez (5-0, 4KO's) who will look to keep his perfect record intact when he takes on, Marcus Hall (5-3-1, 2KO's) in a six round jr. middleweight showdown. For Gomez, a two-time National Jr. Olympic Champion and 2010 New York Golden Gloves Champion, the fight on August 19 will mark the first time he will have the opportunity to showcase his skills as a professional in front of his hometown fans in New York. Gomez has tremendous speed and power in both his hands and proof of that comes in the fact that all four of his knockout victories have come in two rounds or less, including his most recent victory, a first round technical knockout over Jonel Tapia who at the time was 8-1 and 5 KO's.

Also scheduled to see action on the card are two Long Island natives, as former nationally ranked amateur and now undefeated professional, Mike "The Nassau Nightmare" Brooks (4-0, 1 KO) of Oceanside will look to remain unbeaten when he takes on Rochester's Jamell Tyson (2-2-1, 1KO) in a six round lightweight contest. Brooks had a standout amateur career which saw him become STAR BOXINGa two-time Metro Champion as well as a two-time Northeast Regional Champion before turning professional in late 2009.

In a battle of pro-debuting welterweights, Westbury's Rich Neves takes on Newark, New Jersey's Latwon Halsey in bout scheduled for four rounds.

Opening up the professional portion of the card, in another battle of New York vs. New Jersey will be New Jersey's Todd Eriksson squaring off against Queens' Borngod Washington in a four round light heavyweight match-up.

Also scheduled on the show will be two exciting amateur bouts featuring some of New York City's top up-and-coming amateur prospects and champion hopefuls; including New York Golden Gloves Champions Pedro Sosa, Louis Cruz and Wesley Ferrer. Sosa and Cruz, who both hail from the Bronx, are returning to the ring for the first time since competing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Boxing Trials. Cruz is scheduled to take on New Rochelle's Bryant Cruz in a rematch of their highly entertaining scrap (Bryant Cruz W-3) that opened up Star Boxing's July 15 show at Roseland Ballroom, with Sosa taking on Long Island's Ferrer in the other scheduled match-up.

The night of world-class professional boxing is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Star Boxing and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. Doors open at 6:30pm ET and first fight begins at 7:00pm ET. TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" will be broadcast at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT).

Tickets, priced at $30, $50 and $100, are available for purchase by calling Star Boxing at (718) 823-2000 or visiting www.starboxing.com. Tickets may also be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet or by visiting the Paradise Theater Box Office, or by calling the Paradise Theater at (718) 220-1015.

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.twitter.com/TheArtistPerez or visit us on Facebook at Golden Boy Promotions Facebook Page. For more information on Star Boxing, visit www.starboxing.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/starboxing or visit us on Facebook at Star Boxing Facebook Page.

Article posted on 18.08.2011



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