Panda 5 Star Promotions is back at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida on Friday August 22, as it presents Thunder At The Forum Round Two, featuring a stacked card of professional boxing headlined by two World Boxing Federation (WBF) championship fights.
Fighting for the vacant WBF Womens World Welterweight crown, local former multiple world champion Chevelle “Fist of Steel” Hallback takes on long-time top-contender Victoria Cisneros in what is undoubtedly an elite match-up in the division.
It is also a rematch, as Hallback won a hotly contested split decision in their first fight in 2010, in Cisneros hometown of Albuqueque.
Besides winning several world titles, Hallback has fought a whos-who of the biggest names in the sport, and holds an impressive professional record of 29-8-2 (12) with thirteen championship fights on her resume. She last fought this past June, stopping Dominga Olivo in two rounds, also at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Victoria “La Reina de Guerra” Cisneros probably has the most misleading record in womens boxing today. Her 11-15-2 (4) ledger does her no justice, as she is unquestionably world class and one of the best campaigners in or around her weight class.
Last May the 29-year-old dropped a close decision to WBF World Light Welterweight Champion Rola El Halabi in Germany, after giving the local star hell for ten rounds in one of the best female fights in years, and before that she stopped undefeated Mexican Paty Ramirez (in Mexico) to win a regional title.
In the co-featured bout, Washington’s former World Champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, 40-22-1 (24), faces upset minded David Rodela, 17-9-3 (7), from Oxnard, California for the vacant WBF North America Light Welterweight title.
With names such as Floyd Mayweather Jr., Zab Judah, Miguel Cotto and Marcos Maidana on his record, just to name a select few, Corley is as experienced as can be, and is looking to start a new run towards a world championship fight by winning the WBF North America title in Tampa.
David Rodela has yet to be successful at the highest level, having lost recent fights to notable names such as current world champion Terence Crawford and former world titlist Jorge Linares. However. he is coming off a good win over 15-5-1 Tyrell Samuels last month.
In 2008 Rodela sprung an upset by scoring a decision over a faded former world champion in Kevin Kelley, and on various other occasions he entered the ring as the underdog but left as the victor, so he will be squaring off with DeMarcus Corley knowing what it takes.
ADDITIONAL UNDERCARD BOUTS ANNOUNCED for Thunder at the Forum: Round 2 at the Tampa Bay TImes Forum August 22
TAMPA, FL – The Tampa Bay Times Forum and Panda 5 Star Productions announce the undercard bouts for THUNDER AT THE FORUM: ROUND 2 presented by Corona Extra on Friday, August 22, at 7:45 p.m.
To accompany the unique dual main events, the following six local fighters have been announced as the undercard
– Jose Resendez (Sarasota, Fl.), Featherweight
– Justin Pauldo (Orlando, Fl.), Lightweight
– Josh Medina (Tampa, Fl.), Welterweight
– Lee Dawson (Tampa, Fl.), Lightweight
– Manny Woods (Tampa, Fl.), Middleweight
– Martin Lagunas Jr. (Ruskin, Fl.), Welterweight
Coming off a June win during Thunder at the Forum, Tampa’s Chevelle “Fist of Steel” Hallback will take on Victoria “La Reina de Guerra” Cisneros as they fight for the WBF Female Welterweight World title.
In a 10-round bout for the men’s WBF North American Jr. Welterweight title, DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley will meet Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis for the first time in the ring. Corley has taken on Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Miguel Cotto, Devon Alexander and Zab Judah while Pendarvis has worked with Sugar Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito and Oscar De La Hoya. Both fighters have held titles from several sanctioning bodies.
Tickets: Tickets for THUNDER AT THE FORUM: ROUND 2 are on sale now at the McDonald’s® Ticket Office at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Ticketmaster outlets and at Ticketmaster.com. To order tickets by phone call 800.745.3000. Single ticket prices are $25 and $40 with ringside tables of eight available for $600 and $1000. Specially priced $15 tickets are available for students and military with ID at the ticket office windows. Prices do not include facility fee or service charges. Advanced parking passes are available at Ticketmaster.com or the ticket office.