Other former world heavyweight champions confirmed to attend the event include Lennox Lewis, Roy Jones Jr., Larry Holmes, Michael Moorer, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, Hasim Rahman, Tony Tucker, Tony Tubbs, James “Bonecrusher” Smith, Michael Bentt, Lamon Brewster, Chris Byrd, John Ruiz, Mike Weaver, Tim Witherspoon, Pinklon Thomas, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks and Bruce Seldon.
Sponsorship packages are available that include ringside tables with a former world heavyweight champion sitting at each.
The event will feature a total of eight heavyweight fights, including a 12-round title fight with two-time world heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs vs Mike Marrone as its main event. Briggs, a former Lineal and WBO world heavyweight champion and current world-record-holder for 38 first-round knockouts, will enter the ring to further his quest to defeat a third world heavyweight champion; Briggs previously defeated world heavyweight champions George Foreman and Siarhei Liakhovich.
On Saturday, Sept. 5, with more than 20 former world heavyweight champions ringside, former Lineal and World Boxing Organization (WBO) world heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs will battle Mike Marrone in a 12-round heavyweight bout, headlining “World Heavyweight Champions – Saturday Fight Night” at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Undisputed world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will be ringside, as well as reigning WBA, IBF and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. Undisputed world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will be attending festivities leading up to Saturday Fight Night. Other former world heavyweight champions confirmed to attend include Lennox Lewis, Roy Jones Jr., Larry Holmes, Michael Moorer, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, Hasim Rahman, Tony Tucker, Tony Tubbs, James “Bonecrusher” Smith, Michael Bentt, Lamon Brewster, Chris Byrd, John Ruiz, Mike Weaver, Tim Witherspoon, Pinklon Thomas, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks and Bruce Seldon.
Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (58-6-1, 51 KOs), from Brooklyn, New York, made his professional debut in 1992 and began his career with 25 consecutive wins. He is the current world-record-holder for 38 first-round knockouts. Briggs defeated George Foreman on Nov. 22, 1997, to become the Lineal Heavyweight Champion and defeated Sergei Liakhovich on Nov. 6, 2005, for the WBO world heavyweight title; he will enter the ring on Sept. 5 to further his quest to defeat a third world heavyweight champion.
Mike Marrone (21-4, 15 KOs) from Vero Beach, Florida, made his professional debut in 2004 and won his first 18 bouts, 12 of which were by knockout. He last fought at the Hard Rock in 2011 and lost a world cruiserweight title fight to Guillermo Jones.
Tickets cost $154, $104 and $54.* All seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.myhrl.com, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.
About Hard Rock Live
Hard Rock Live, a spectacular state-of-the-art facility, further expands the ultimate entertainment experience at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This 5,500-seat indoor arena has attracted more than 3 million people since its opening in 2005 and has regularly hosted South Florida’s greatest variety of musical acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Tim McGraw and Carlos Santana; top comedians including Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Kathy Griffin and George Lopez; as well as major sporting events and events of major sports stars, from UFC matches to charity galas for Jason Taylor, Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and more. For additional information, please visit www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com or www.myhrl.com.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, is a Green Lodging-Certified, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort showcasing 469 luxurious guest rooms, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, boutique retail shops, Rock Spa, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space and the 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. As South Florida’s premier destination for fun and entertainment, Seminole Hard Rock offers over 100 table games of Blackjack, Baccarat and more on a nearly three-acre casino floor. In addition, 2,000 slots include linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, offering new-style Japanese cuisine. The poker room, located in Seminole Paradise, hosts various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold ’em, 7-Card Stud and two-dollar and four-dollar-limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 153 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.