Art Simonyan vs Agapito Sanchez on July 22

15.07.05 - Promoters Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions and Bobby Hitz/Hitz Boxing Promotions, will present a sensational championship fight card on Friday, July 22, 2005, at the Allstate Arena, located at 6920 N. Mannheim Road in Rosemont, Illinois. The featured fights will be televised live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.”

In the 12-round main event, Art Simonyan, 14-1-1, with 7 knockouts, a native of Armenia based in Glendale, California, will defend the USBA jr. featherweight title against former WBO jr. featherweight world champion Agapito Sanchez, 36-9-2, with 21 knockouts, of Brooklyn, New York.

Now 29 years old, Simonyan is the IBF’s No. 9 ranked contender at 122 pounds. He challenged IBF jr. featherweight world champion Israel Vazquez in his last fight on December 28, but was stopped in the fifth round. He was undefeated in 15 previous fights, which included a win in an elimination bout for the IBF’s No. 1 ranking in May, 2004.

Sanchez, 35 years old, is ranked No. 10 by the IBF. He is experienced at the top levels of competition and has impressive wins to his credit against Oscar Larios, who currently holds the WBC super bantamweight world title, and former IBF lightweight world champion Javier Jauregui.

The co-featured bout will feature rising prospect “Irish” John Duddy, 10-0, with 9 knockouts, of Queens, New York, in an eight-round round jr. middleweight fight against veteran Pat “Cat” Coleman, 29-11, with 20 knockouts, of Rockford, Illinois

Four more fights are scheduled to complete the card. All fights are subject to change without notice.

Doors open at 7:00 P.M., first fight at 8:00 P.M. (Central Time)

Ticket prices: $25, $50, $100.

Tickets are available at Allstate Arena box office, all Ticket Master outlets (312-559-1212), and

Article posted on 14.07.2005

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