David Diaz v Cristian Favela on Friday Night

14.06.06 - Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions has announced final details of the seven fight, June 16th “DESTINY” event at Cicero Stadium. The main event will feature an outstanding matchup between Chicagoland’s most popular boxer, 1996 US Olympian David Diaz and Cristian Favela of Los Mochis, Mexico in a twelve round bout for the IBA Lightweight World Championship..

“DESTINY” is presented by 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated, along with Miller Beer and TCF Bank.

Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 6pm with the first bell at 7pm. Tickets, starting at $30 are on sale in advance by calling 312-226-5800.

Diaz, 30-1-1 (16), is coming off a terrific ten round decision win over Silverio Ortiz at the
Aragon Ballroom at the 8 Count Productions “MADNESS IN MARCH” event on March 17th of this year.

The heavy handed Favela, now fighting out of Los Angeles, California, fought to an eight round draw with Efren Hinojosa on December 2, 2005. Hinojosa was originally scheduled to face Diaz in the main event but had to bow out due to illness. His eight year career also includes a victory over former world champion Willie Jorrin on November 6, 2003.

Undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Gonzalez, a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, now fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, currently 6-0 with six knockouts will be matched up against heavy handed Jeff Hinds, 7-5 (5) of Webb City, Missouri in the eight round co-main event.

Stated Pesoli, “Our fans have told us they want to see quality matchups and our matchmaker Jerry Alfano along with our partners at Top Rank have done an outstanding job with this event. It’s unfortunate that Hinojosa had to drop out but Favela makes a great fight with David.”

“We’ve got 49 scheduled rounds of boxing on this card. Our fans should truly get their monies worth and we’re expecting a huge crowd for this one.” said Pesoli.

The full fight card is as follows;

David Diaz vs. Cristian Favela, 12 rounds, lightweight
IBA Lightweight World Championship
Mike Gonzalez vs. Jeff Hinds, 8 rounds, lightweights
Francisco Diaz vs. Moises Martinez, 6 rounds, middleweights
Donovan George vs. Robert Smallwood, 6 rounds, super middleweights
Kenny Kost vs. Alberto Mercedes, 6 rounds, middleweights
Barbaro Zepeda vs. Miguel Figueroa, 6 rounds, super featherweights
Trinidad Garcia vs. Chris Govan, 5 rounds, junior middleweights

The Master of Ceremonies for this event will be the internationally recognized voice of Latino boxing, Lupe Contreras.

The weigh-in for this event will take place on Thursday, June 15th at Club Aquarius at 7pm. Club Aquarius is located at 2459 N. Pulaski on the northwest side of Chicago.

8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1997 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

To view the seating chart and poster for this event or for more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit and

Article posted on 14.06.2006

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