Mares vs. Hudgins on Undercard of Andrade vs. Grant Friday Night

12.09.06 - Undefeated super bantamweight prospect Abner Mares of Montebello, California will square off against Kevin Hudgins of Pensacola, Florida in the eight round co-main event of INDEPENDENCE BRAWL this Friday night, September 15th at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom. INDEPENDENCE BRAWL, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing is presented by 8 Count Productions and 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, with a record of 8-0 with five knockouts, 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 WAR BY THE SHORE event 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.

Hudgins, 5-5 with 2 knockouts is returning to the 8 Count Productions' ring where he fought a six round war with Francisco Rodriguez last year, dropping a very close unanimous decision.

Said Dominic Pesoli, "Mares was supposed to fight here earlier this year but took ill the night before the fight. I saw his last bout in Vegas and he looked great. Hudgins is an extremely tough guy who loves to fight and this should be an all action battle from the opening bell."

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 on Thursday, September 14th at 7pm at Club Aquarius located at 2459 N. Pulaski on the Northwest side of Chicago.

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. Kevin Hudgins, 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

More information on this event will be announced shortly.

To view the seating chart and poster for this event or for more information on Tavoris Cloud and 8 Count Productions along with 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 13.09.2006

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