Twenty-year-old junior lightweight prospect Toka Kahn-Clary, fighting out of Providence by way of Liberia, has been added to next Thursday evening’s (Sept. 20) 11th annual Fight To Educate Pro-Am boxing card at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
Anothger Providence fighter, undefeated junior middleweight contender Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (17-0, 12 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, will be the headliner for the third consecutive year. Co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, Andrade takes on Alexis “Hurricane” Hlores (16-4-2, 12 KOs), who has fought top 5 world-ranked James Kirkland, in the scheduled 10-round main event.
The 24-year-old Andrade, who was the AIBA World amateur champion in 2007, is currently world rated No. 4 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No. 5 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), as well as No. 10 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 15 by the World Boxing Association (WBA).
Fight To Educate, presented this year in part by Absolute Broadcasting WGAM, The Game, is a unique charity event that combines a love of sports with the vision of assisting children and seniors in need, who with fundraisers like this could be ‘down for the count.’ During the past 10 years, Fight To Educate has raised more than $500,000 in donations benefiting local New Hampshire non-profit organizations.
Kahn (2-0, 2 KOs), promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank, made his pro debut on June 29 in Providence, stopping Jonathan Caban in the second round. He followed that up with a opening round knockout of Jamil Winfield in their August 18 fight in Atlantic City.
Undefeated junior middleweight Chris Gilbert (4-0, 3 KOs), of Windsor (VT), meets upset specialist Antonio Chaves Fernandez (2-7), of Brockton (MA) by way of the U.S. Virgin Islands, in the six-round co-feature. This past weekend Fernandez upset previously unbeaten Irish National amateur champion Michael McLaughlin in Boston. Gilbert vs. Fernendez could easily steal the show because of the aggressive styles of both fighters.
Three amateur matches are also on tap featuring Claremont (NH) middleweight Neiko Clow, Vermont State Golden Gloves Champion and New England Golden Gloves finalist, vs. TBA; West Forks (ME) light welterweight Brandon Berry, another Vermont Golden Gloves Champion, vs. Rhode Island State Golden Gloves Champion Tevin Aleau, of Providence (RI); 90-pound boxer Thomas Blumenfield, National Junior Olympics Champion from Claremont (NH), vs. TBA.
Proceeds from the 11th annual Fight To Educate will benefit SEE Science Center (www.see-sciencecenter.org), The Bobby Stephens Fund for Education (www.stepheneducationfund.com), and New Horizons for New Hampshire.
Tickets, priced at $50.00 and $25.00 (general admission), are available to purchase by going online at www.ticketmaster.com, calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000, or at the Verizon Wireless Arena Box Office or any Ticketmaster location.
Table tickets for a night of professional boxing and Black Tie dinner, as well as an auction and meet-and-greet with special boxing legends such as former world heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas, who knocked out Mike Tyson in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, as well as three of New England’s all-time greatest boxers, “Irish” Micky Ward, John “The Quietman” Ruiz and “Dangerous” Dana Rosenblatt. Ward was a three-time participant in the Fight of the Year, as well as the World Boxing Union junior welterweight champion, whose life was portrayed in the award-winning movie, “The Fighter.” Two-time WBA heavyweight champion Ruiz is the first and only world heavyweight champion of Latino heritage who fought in 12 world title fights Rosenblatt is a former WBU and International Boxing Association middleweight champion who defeated the Outstanding Boxer of the 1976 Olympics, Howard Davis, Jr., as well as multiple time world champions Vinny Paz and Terry Norris. Call Stephen Singer at 603.669.4100 for more details about this special opportunity.
The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. ET, doors for boxing open at 7:30 PM/ET with the first bout scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
Go online to www.fight2educate.com or www.verizonwirelessarena.com for additional information.
“COMANCHE BOY” RETURNS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is proud to present “Comanche Nation’s Friday Night Fights” on SEPTEMBER 28. The event features the return of undefeated and world ranked middleweight George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah at Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Tahdooahnippah will face off against Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s Gundrick “Sho Gun” King in the main event for the NABA Middleweight Title.
Advance tickets priced at $250 for VIP Ringside Seating and $15 for General Admission can be purchased through Stub Wire (www.stubwire.com). The Comanche Nation Casino is located at 402 SE Interstate Drive in Lawton, Oklahoma, 73501. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:00pm.
Said DeGuardia, “We’re honored to work with the Comanche Nation Casino in our first event promoting George, he’s an exciting boxer with an aggressive fan friendly style and we’re looking for big things from him starting with this NABA Title bout.”
Sporting a record of 30-0-1 with 22 knockouts, the heavy handed “Comanche Boy” returns to the Comanche Nation Casino where he scored one of the finest victories of his eight-year career, a first round knockout of Jimmy Holmes on July 16, 2011, earning the WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Title.
Tahdooahnippah won the first two bouts of his 2012 campaign; most recently dominating Rahman Yusubov over six rounds on April 26 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
A proud Native American Indian and member of the Comanche Nation, Tahdooahnippah is based in Lawton, Oklahoma with his wife and four children. He celebrates each of his fight appearances and victories with the pounding of the Native American drums, the breathtaking display of Native American Fancy War Dancers and the hip hop sounds of his Native American rappers.
Riding a two bout-winning streak, Gundrick enters the title bout against Tahdooahnippah with a record of 18-8-0 (11KO’s). In his last outing Gundrick won a unanimous decision over Mikel Williams on August 4 in Mobile, Alabama.
A full slate of exciting undercard bouts for this event will be announced shortly.
For more information on the Comanche Nation Casino, please visit their website at www.comanchenationcasinos.com
SUPER CHANNEL FIGHTS UPDATE:4-FIGHT SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING EVENT
EDMONTON (Sep 10, 2012) – Super Channel, Canada’s only national English pay television network, is pleased to present an unparalleled quadruple header boxing event, LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, September 15th at 9 p.m. ET courtesy of SHOWTIME®, when undefeated Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez takes on boxing’s breakout star and upset-minded Josesito Lopez for Canelo’s World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Championship in the main event.
Fans can expect fireworks all night long in the four fight event which also features WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defending his title against former World Champion Daniel Ponce de Leon. Other fights include Marcos Maidana battling Jesus Soto Karass and Leo Santa Cruz taking on Eric Morel.
Already a phenom in his home country of Mexico, Canelo turned professional at the age of 15 and has amassed a record of 40-0-1, with 29 knockouts. Since 2008, he has knocked out 14 of 18 opponents and is coming off of a dominant unanimous decision win over future Hall of Famer and former Three-Division World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley in May. Now, the 21-year-old considered to be one of boxing’s fastest-rising stars will make his SHOWTIME debut on Mexico’s biggest holiday weekend of the year, Mexican Independence Day weekend. Canelo will look to continue his meteoric rise to international superstardom as he follows in the footsteps of Oscar de la Hoya, his childhood idol and current promoter.
In June, Lopez emerged from relative obscurity and scored the biggest win of his career over the heavily favored Ortiz in the main event of a SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Lopez shocked the boxing world by stopping Ortiz, one of today’s most popular and talented fighters. Lopez (30-4, 18 KO’s) of Riverside, Calif., has the opportunity to recreate his “Rocky moment” on Sept. 15, when he challenges for his first world title against a man that many believe to be boxing’s next superstar.
Also featured on the SHOWTIME telecast will be reigning Mexico City’s Jhonny Gonzalez (52-7, 45 KO’s) who once ruled the bantamweight division with his iron fists, winning two world titles and defeating the likes of Fernando Montiel, Irene Pacheco and recently inducted Hall of Famer Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson. Reinventing himself at featherweight, where he has gone 12-0 with 11 knockouts, he won the WBC 126-pound title by stopping Hozumi Hasegawa in the fourth round in April 2011. Four title defenses, including an April 2012 decision over Elio Rojas, have followed, and on September 15, the 30-year old will seek a fifth successful defense against De Leon.
Power puncher Daniel Ponce De Leon (43-4, 35 KO’s) has long been one of boxing’s most dependable warriors. Former WBO Junior Featherweight World Champion De Leon defended his crown six times during his 2005-08 reign. After losing the title to Juan Manuel Lopez in 2008, he began the next chapter of his career, winning nine of his next 11 fights following that defeat. In 2012, wins over Omar Estrella (KO6) and Eduardo Lazcano (W10) at featherweight have put him in line for a shot at 126-pound gold, but to get it, he will have to beat countryman Gonzalez on the 15th of September.