Abner Mares and Jonathan Oquendo Added To "Independence Brawl"

03.09.06 - Undefeated super bantamweight prospects Abner Mares and Jonathan Oquendo have been added in separate bouts to the huge INDEPENDENCE BRAWL professional boxing card on September 15th at the Aragon Ballroom, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions..

INDEPEDENCE BRAWL, an outstanding evening of world class professional Boxing is presented by 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING along with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank.

The fully air conditioned Aragon Ballroom is located at 1106 W. Lawrence Avenue on the north side of Chicago. Doors for this event will open at 5:30pm, with the first bell scheduled for 6:30pm. Tickets starting at $25 are available in advance by calling 312-226-5800.

Mares, a 2004 Mexican Olympian, currently residing in Montebello, California, will battle in an eight round bout. Currently his record stands at a perfect 8-0 with five knockouts. His most recent win was a unanimous decision over Omar Adorno on February 24th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mares was scheduled to make his Chicago debut on the WAY BY THE SHORE this past May but suffered an emergency appendectomy after the weigh-in. He is trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr., also the trainer of Oscar De La Hoya.

Oquendo, 10-0 with six knockouts, of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, returns to Chicago following his stunning third round knockout of Terrence Roy at Cicero Stadium on January 27th of this year. His exciting crowd pleasing style has quickly made him a favorite in Florida and Arizona, as well as Las Vegas. Most recently he thrilled Las Vegas’ MGM Grand crowd by knocking out Arturo Bracamontes at the Mosley/Vargas 2 event on July 15th.

Said Dominic Pesoli, “Both Mares and Oquendo have great futures and are very exciting fighters. I’m thrilled to work with Oscar to bring both of them to Chicago for the INDEPENDENCE BRAWL event which is shaping up as a phenomenal card for our fans.”

“I’d encourage our fans to order tickets in advance for the best seats and I’d also like to remind them of the earlier start to this event. Doors will open at 5:30pm with the first bout scheduled for 6:30pm.”

Master of Ceremonies for this event will be the Internationally Recognized Voice of Latino Boxing, Lupe Contreras.

The open to the public weigh-in for this event will be held at Club Aquarius located at 2459 N. Pulaski On the Northwest side of Chicago at 7pm.

The full fight card is as follows;

Librado Andrade vs. Richard Grant, ten rounds, super middleweight
Tavoris Cloud vs. Tim Shocks, eight rounds, light heavyweights
Abner Mares vs. TBA, eight rounds, super bantamweights
Ivan Rodriguez vs. Vineash Rungea, six rounds, featherweights
Jonathan Oquendo vs. TBA, six rounds, super bantamweights
Nora Reyes vs. TBA, four rounds, featherweights
Mateusz Masternak vs. Jason Medina, four rounds, light heavyweights

Much more information on this event will be announced shortly.

To view the seating chart and poster for this event or for more information on 8 Count Productions and the 6,000 square foot JABB Boxing Gym, please visit and

For more information on Librado Andrade, Abner Mares and Jonathan Oquendo please visit the Golden Boy Promotions’ website at

Article posted on 04.09.2006

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