Stevenson vs. Gonzalez, Alvarez vs. Saunders on ESPN FNF

MONTREAL (April 16, 2012) - Rising light heavyweight star Eleider "Storm" Alvarez takes on battled-tested veteran Rayco "War" Saunders in this week's ESPN Friday Night Fights co-feature at the famed Bell Centre in Montreal.

International Boxing Federation("IBF") No. 2-ranked Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (17-1, 14 KOs) headlines another installment of the popular Fast and Furious Series, presented in Montreal by Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron, in a 10-round unification bout with World Boxing Council ("WBC") No. 2-ranked Noe "El Carbonero" Gonzalez (28-1, 20 KOs).

Alvarez (7-0, 5 KOs), a 2008 Colombian Olympian who now lives in Montreal, is the undefeated North American Boxing Organization ("NABO") champion on a fast track to stardom. He captured the NABO title in his seventh pro fight, knocking out Emiliano Cavetano (21-3) in the opening round last December, and Eleider is already ranked No. 15 by the World Boxing Organization ("WBO").

"Storm" faces Saunders (22-15-2, 9 KOs), who has been stopped only once in his pro career, in an eight-round, non-title fight. Saunders has defeated world-title challenger Tommy Karpency and fought three-time world title challenger Danny Santiago to a draw. World-class fighters such as Ismayl Sillakh, Edison Miranda, Marcus Oliveira and Chris Henry have been unable to stop the crafty boxer from Pittsburgh.

Another Colombian Olympian also living in Montreal, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Oscar "Kaboom" Rivas (9-0, 6 KOs), meets veteran Kendrick "The Apostle" Releford (22-16-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bout.

"In addition to a legitimate Fight of the Year candidate in Stevenson-Gonzalez," promoter Yvon Michel (GYM) commented, "boxing fans at Bell Centre and those watching on ESPN will see two top prospects in Alvarez and Rivas. They both have unlimited potential but this Friday evening will each face the stiffest tests of their young careers."

Also fighting on the undercard is super featherweight Baha Laham (8-0, 3 KOs) vs. Leonis Francois (8-6, 2 KOs) in an eight-round bout, heavyweight Eric Barrack (6-0, 5 KOs) vs. Sandy Pembroke (2-4, 1 KO) in a six-round match, and Montreal light heavyweight Schiller Hyppolite (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Martin Desjardins. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

The Officials for the Stevenson/Gonzalez Unification are:

Supervisor: Mike George, Rhode Island, USA

Referee: Michel Albert Griffin, Canada

Judges: Jack Woodburn, Canada

Claude Paquette, Canada

Richard Flaherty, Massachusetts, USA

GYM's Fast and Furious is an innovative and unique series, featuring seats close to the action, staged at the Bell Centre. These exciting events are also available for PPV via Canal Indigo, Bell TV and Shaw TV.

Tickets, starting at $60.00, are on sale and available to purchase at the Bell Centre box office, or at GYM (383.0666).

Donofrio Set to Knockout Blindness on April 24

On Tuesday, April 24, promoter Joseph Donofrio of Donofrio Entertainment, the Shelby Lions Club and Leader Dogs of the Blind are holding their third-annual KNOCKOUT BLINDNESS MMA event at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township, Michigan (54660 Van Dyke).

Last year's event drew more than 600 spectators and raised about $40,000 for charity. This year figures to be as good or better.

"This has become such a great event," said Joseph Donofrio. "We've got 10 action-packed fights scheduled for this year plus a gourmet dinner, top-shelf open bar, door prizes and a silent auction and the best part is the proceeds go to such a great cause."

This annual event generates the largest donation by the Shelby Lions Club for The Leader Dogs for the Blind, an organization that provides guide dogs to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life.

The Shelby Township Lions Club has been serving its community for more than 50 years.

For tickets to KNOCKOUT BLINDNESS, please call Joe Burke (586.216.9338) or the Palazzo Grande at 586-731-2100.

Article posted on 17.04.2012

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