Chicago super middleweight prospect Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (7-0, 4 KOs) has seemed to have all the tools in his first seven pro fights.
Blessed with natural showmanship, decent punching power and an ever-growing army of loyal fans, Jimenez has been a world beater at the preliminary levels of his career.
Now it’s time to start finding out if he really is a world beater.
The 25-year-old will take a significant step up on Thanksgiving Eve at Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” boxing event on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, when he faces three-time world title challenger Antwun Echols (32-18-4, 28 KOs).
“I’m ready. I feel confident,” said Jimenez, “I’ve been working hard in the gym. I understand it’s a step up but I’m ready for the challenge. I think I can take this guy out.”
For a fighter with just seven pro fights, even a shop-work Antwun Echols is handful. While Echols has suffered most of his losses in recent years, they were all against top-flight opposition and before eventually winning, many of these fighters first found themselves on the floor courtesy of Echols’ well-known power.
“I heard the name and got excited. I welcome the opportunity. He’s fought top guys like Bernard Hopkins and he used to be number one contender. I talked it over with my trainer/manager Pete George and we think it’s the right move. We’ve been trying to take it the right speed, but I feel like I’m ready for this level of a challenge. He’s a big name and he’s super experienced and I’ve definitely seen him fight before. He’s real technical and throws hard punches. He’s game and he’ll be ready to bring it, but I’m going to force my will on him. I’m going to put it all together and show everybody I can do this.”
Jimenez claims that while he’s been a fan of the all-action Echols in the past, on fight night, he will be looking to make a statement. “I’ll come in there and pump my jab like I always do at first, feel him out for a bit, then start getting my shots off. I’ll have to pick my shots and use my skills to take this guy out.”
So what would a victory over Echols mean?
“I’ve been thinking about it a lot and it’d be a huge accomplishment for me to say I beat somebody like that. Definitely something I can talk about for a time to come. Not everybody gets to fight in a fight like this. I’m definitely excited about it.”
In the night’s eight-round main event, Hitz will unveil his new heavyweight contender, Andrey Fedosov (22-2, 18 KOs) the former WBC Youth Heavyweight Champion from Shuya, Russia. In his Horseshoe debut, Fedosov will face comebacking former NABA Champion “Rockin” Rodney Moore (17-6-2, 7 KOs) from Houston, Texas.
In the co-featured bout, Chicago cruiserweight Dimar “Strongman” Ortuz (5-0, 3 KOs) will be taking on UFC veteran and fellow undefeated Terry Martin (5-0, 5 KOs) in a heavily hyped local grudge match.
In another notable six-round encounter, Chicago (via Lithuania) middleweight slugger Donatas Bondorovas (15-3-1, 4 KOs) will take on Evansville, Indiana’s “King” David Thomas (10-2-2, 8 KOs).
The huge undercard (12 bouts are scheduled in total) will also feature Pacquiao sparring partner and undefeated knockout sensation Abdulai “The Classiq” Amidu (20-0, 17 KOs) also going six.
In four-round fights will be Frankie “Time Bomb” Scalise (4-1, 4 KOs), Genaro Mendez (4-1, 3 KOs), kickboxing and Golden Gloves champ Simon “The Punisher” Buettner (2-0, 2 KOs), Russell “Rocky” Fiore (6-2-1, 6 KOs) and, making their pro-debuts, “Irish” Jimmy Murphy and Jonathan Manos.
Complete match-ups will be announced shortly.
The high-class atmosphere and luxurious surroundings the Horseshoe has to offer make their boxing shows a Las Vegas-style night of boxing that Chicago-area fans don’t have to get on a plane to enjoy.
The Horseshoe Casino has an intimate, comfortable venue with luxurious seats, a spectacular gaming area, free parking, exquisite food and all the amenities — and is just 20 minutes from Downtown Chicago.
Tickets are priced at $90 Ringside & $40 Orchestra and available at all Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com.
Please Note Early Start Time: On fight night, doors open 6:00 pm and the action starts at 7:00.
All bouts are subject to change.
HUGE DEMAND FOR FONFARA VS. KARPENCY TICKETS, RINGSIDE SEATS SOLD OUT FOR THIS FRIDAY NIGHT
CHICAGO, IL (November 14, 2012) This Friday night’s IBO Light Heavyweight World Title clash between Chicago’s Polish Prince Andrzej Fonfara and world title challenger Tommy Karpency of Adah, PA at the UIC Pavilion has proven to be a very hot ticket with all $150 Ringside tickets sold out.
‘This world title fight has truly become a huge event in Chicago. Sports fans are excited about the fight between Fonfara and Karpency and also about the sensational undercard. We have an unprecedented 89% winning percentage across the board on this card and fans know their going to see a fantastic evening of professional boxing” said Frank Mugnolo, President of Round 3 Productions.
“I’d strongly suggest that fans buy in advance this week either through our office or through Ticketmaster. With the Bulls out of town and the Blackhawks not playing, sports fans are looking for a Friday night fix and we’ve got it.”
“It’s a very busy week with heavy tickets sales, our press conference at the Trump Towers on Wednesday and the public weigh-in at Cinespace Film Studios on the set of the hit TV shows Chicago Fire and Boss. Friday night is going to be a memorable event here in Chicago.”
Remaining tickets for “WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING” priced at $100, $50 and $30 may be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com, phone 1-800-745-3000) or at the UIC Pavilion Box Office (phone 312-413-5700) in addition to the Round 3 Productions Office (phone 708-345-9999).
The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine on the near West Side of Chicago. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm.
In the super middleweight division, former Chicago Golden Gloves Champion Paul Littleton, 4-0-1 (4KO’s) will return to the UIC Pavilion in front of his legion of fans to face St. Louis, Missouri prospect Michael Williams, 2-0-0 (2KO’s) in a six round middleweight clash.
Mexican American Jaime “THE TRUTH” Herrera, 8-2-0 (4KO’s), fighting in front of his massive following at the UIC Pavilion where all of his fights have taken place will be challenged by undefeated Patrick Boozer, 5-0-0 (2KO’s) of Ann Arbor, MI in a six round welterweight clash.
Also in the welterweight division Puerto Rican welterweight “Luis “SITO” Santiago, 5-0-0 (1KO) will face fellow undefeated prospect Justin Jones, 5-0-0 (3KO’s) of Bellair, Florida in a six round clash.
Heavyweights will also be represented as perennial contender Carl “IRON FIST” Davis, 16-4-0 (12KO’s), of Evanston, will clash with undefeated Kansas City, Missouri native Richard Carmack, 10-0-0 (8KO’s) in a scheduled six rounder.