News: Lionell Thompson; Monty Meza-Clay; Kaliesha West

TORONTO (November 17, 2011) – First impressions are everlasting and last weekend, undefeated Buffalo light heavyweight Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson made a smashing United Kingdom debut, knocking out Phil “You Know” Goodwin in the second round in Manchester, England..

Thompson-Goodwin was on the Tyson Fury-Neven Pajkic undercard, presented by Hennessy Sports, at EventCity in Trafford Park.

Thompson improved his perfect pro record to 11-0, 7 KOs. “I was very excited to fight in England for the first time,” 26-year-old Lionell said. “I can’t wait to fight there again in front of those great fans. I trained hard and was in great shape. British fans got to see an up-and-coming star who delivered.”

The only other fighter to stop Goodwin in two rounds is Tony Bellew, who recently went the full distance against World Boxing Organization (“WBO”) 175-pound champion Nathan Cleverly.

“Not only is Lionell a dangerous fighter,” promoter Adam Harris (Hennessy Sports) said, “he’s also true showman. British fans really loved him. He must have spent at least 30 minutes after his fight signing autographs for young fans. We’re very high on Lionell Thompson.”

Rated as high as No. 2 in his division as a U.S. amateur boxer, Thompson was a five-time New York Golden Glove and three-time Empire State champion.

Other members of Hennessy Sports’ growing stables of champions, contenders and prospects include undefeated Commonwealth and British heavyweight champion, WBC # 11 Tyson Fury newly-signed middleweight sensation Chris Eubank, Jr., super bantamweight Kid Galahad, former Commonwealth welterweight champion John O’Donnell, former British light welterweight title-holder “Lightning” Lenny Daws, former WBC light welterweight king Junior “The Hitter” Witter, WBC International Silver welterweight champ Victor Lupo; unbeaten prospects such as NABA super featherweight champion and WBA #9 Logan Cotton McGuinness, welterweight Samuel Vargas and featherweight Tyler Asselstine.

Meza-Clay vs. Bobo Thanksgiving Eve in Pittsburgh

Roy Jones Jr. in association with TNT Promotions presents "Thanksgiving Feast of Fists" on Wednesday Night November 23rd @ Stage AE on Pittsburgh's North Shore. In the Main Event, World Ranked Contender Monty Meza-Clay (31W-3L) faces fellow contender Leon Bobo (18W-8L-1D). In the Co-Feature, WBF Americas Cruiserweight Champion Andres "Taylor Made" Taylor (19W-1L-2D) locks horns with UT State Cruiserweight Champion Gary "Pit Bull" Gomez (19W-12L-2D). Five additional bouts are scheduled for the under card. The night before Thanksgiving is one the biggest nights out of the year & to experience professional prizefighting within the electric atmosphere of Stage AE's state-of-the-art entertainment complex is second to none. Tickets are Gold Ringside $100, Silver Reserved $65 & General Admission $35 & can be purchased @ Ticketmaster outlets. A limited number of Exclusive Platinum Ringside VIP Tables & Box Seats are available while supplies last by calling 724-513-1416. All Ages. Doors open at 7:00 PM, 1st bell at 8:00 PM. Bouts subject to change.


The WBO Champion West will attend the women’s championship boxing card in Las Vegas on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, featuring the main event between Ada Velez and Melinda Cooper.

World Boxing Organization (WBO) Bantamweight Champion, Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (Moreno Valley, California, 14-1-3, 4 KOs) will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to support the women’s championship boxing card on November 20, 2011, held at the Dallas Events Center, located within the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel. The main event will feature Ada “The Ace” Velez (19-3-3, 6 KOs) defending her IBF Super Bantamweight Title against Melinda “La Maravilla” Cooper (21-1, 11 KOs) in a 10 round bout. This will be a rematch of their previous March 2011 bout in Costa Rica, which Velez won by split decision. In addition, Stacy “Stay-Lo” Reile (10-3, 4 KOs) will defend her IBF Featherweight title against Dahiana Santana (27-6, 12 KOs). Undefeated, Russian heavyweight, Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov (11-0, 11 KOs) will take on Rich “Super” Power (15-1, 11 KOs). Promising female boxer, Tatina “Lil’ Tyson” Anderson, will be featured on the undercard.

Sampson Boxing, LLC, is promoting the boxing card in association with Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel. Also helping to bring women’s boxing back to Las Vegas is Pablo Betancourt, owner of Executive Entertainment, LLC, who teamed up with Sampson Boxing, LLC, and Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel to make this event a reality. Like Kaliesha West’s promoter, Hector Garcia, Sampson Lewkowicz believes that women deserve to be showcased on major boxing cards in the United States. Team West is not directly connected with the promotion of this fight, yet they believe it is extremely important for women’s boxing that a large amount of people support this event. Kaliesha and Juan West will be taking a day off from training to attend the event.

Kaliesha West said, “I’m as excited for this fight as the boxing fans were for Pacquiao-Marquez, held last week in Las Vegas. I’ve been in the ring with both of these women, so I know it is going to be an exciting fight for the fans and one to look forward to. This fight has the opportunity to prove just how skilled female boxers can be. America has been missing out on great boxing for too long. The pool of women’s boxing talent is much better than it was in the 90’s, because women have had the opportunity to be mended in the amateurs, unlike earlier times when they weren’t allowed. I hope everyone comes out to support women’s boxing on November 20th in Las Vegas.”

Juan West, her father, trainer and manager said, “I’m excited to travel to Las Vegas to see a female title bout in the main event. This fight features two of the best female professional boxers in the United States, Ada Velez and Melinda Cooper.

Women are taking a step closer to gaining the recognition they deserve for all the hard work that they put in to their sport. I’m traveling to Vegas to support this event, and I hope others follow as well. Hopefully, this fight is successful in gaining momentum towards women of this caliber being showcased live on all the major television networks. I am looking forward to both women giving it their all. It is time for the world to be impressed by the new era in women’s boxing.”

Kaliesha West was born in South Haven, Michigan, and began boxing at the age of ten. Her family relocated to Moreno Valley, California, and she became a decorated amateur boxing star, winning 98 amateur bouts, including the 2003 National Golden Gloves. She began her pro career in 2006, when she was just eighteen years old. On September 18, 2010, she won the vacant Women’s WBO Bantamweight title on the under card of the Mosley-Mora Golden Boy Promotions PPV, by defeating Angel Gladney, via a seventh-round knockout. The fight took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and was held during the Mexican Bicentennial Celebration.

Kaliesha West, who is twenty-three years of age, signed with HG Garcia Boxing in July 2011. On August 20, 2011, she successfully defended her WBO title against Jessica Villafranca, winning by a unanimous decision. Due to unforeseen circumstances regarding her opponent, West’s title defense on October 29, 2011 was cancelled. No date has been set for West’s next WBO title defense.

Tickets for the fight are $25 and $75. Tickets can be purchased at the Rewards Center, Marianas Supermarkets, La Moda Latina or online at Doors open at 2:30pm. First bout will be at 3:00pm. Boxing superstars including Sergio Martinez, Kaliesha West and Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez will be on hand early to take pictures and sign autographs. The Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel is located at 2101 Texas Star Lane, Las Vegas, NV, 89032. The hotel phone number is (702) 631-1000.

For any questions regarding Team West, please contact Lorin Chvotkin of Team West by email at, on twitter at or by phone at (240) 498-1478. For the latest updates on Kaliesha West, add her official fan page on Facebook, Follow Kaliesha West on twitter at

Article posted on 18.11.2011

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