PHILADELPHIA (June 21, 2013)—Former middleweight world title challenger Grzegorz Proksa is ready for his big showdown with former world champion Sergio Mora on June 28th at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The card is promoted by Banner Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Matchroom Sport, Yes-Uum Events and Kevin “Silk” Brewer and will broadcasted live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
Proksa of Redhill, England via Poland has an impressive mark of 29-2 with 21 knockouts and knows that in order to get back at the front of title contention and has worked hard for the bout where he must beat the former WBC Super Welterweight champion.
“I have had 10 weeks of training”, said Proksa. “I am really happy and I am in great shape. I have had good preparation, so I can’t wait for the opening bell to prove myself and give a great performance.”
“I have got a lot of respect for Sergio but that respect will stop when the opening bell rings. I am in tip top shape, and I am already on weight”.
In the ten round co-feature, Brazilian knockout artist, Patrick Teixeira will take on Marcus Willis in a Jr. Middleweight bout.
The 22 year-old Teixeira of Sao Paulo, Brazil has a record of 19-0 with 17 knockouts. Teixeira has faced and knocked out the best Junior Middleweights in his native Brazil, such as Jailton De Jesus Souza (11-0); Eraldo Cesar Pereira (5-0); Dario Armando Matorras (13-1) and Pablo Aguero (3-0). In his last bout, Teixeira scored a 1st round stoppage over Luis Acevedo on January 12th.
Marcus Willis of Fort Myers, Florida has a record of 13-2-2 with 3 knockouts. The 26 year old has faced good competition and has quality wins over top prospect James De La Rosa (21-1) in an upset on April 12th in Las Vegas; undefeated Yolexcy Leiva (2-0); Jamond Bourgeois (2-0) and Christopher De La Paz (4-0).
The undercard will feature the 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist from the Ukraine Taras Shelestyuk, now undefeated at 3-0, with 3 knockouts as a professional versus the undefeated Travis Hanshaw (7-0, 3 KO’s); Heavyweight prospect Donovan Dennis (6-1-0, 5 KO’s) from Davenport, Iowa will battle local Jacksonville heavyweight Curtis Harper (7-2); Jacksonville heavyweight Chris Vendola will appear in a 4 round heavyweight scrap when he takes on Kareem Brann, who will be making his professional debut in a four round Heavyweight bout. Brann is a Jacksonville Corrections Officer and FOP member; Jacksonville middleweight Steve Chadwick will also appear in a 4 round bout. The remainder of the undercard will be announced shortly. All bouts are subject to change without notice.
Jeremy Mincey aka Mr. Mince will host and perform at the Big City Brawl in Duval. He will also host the weigh-in at The Jacksonville Landing.
Doors open at: 5:30 P.M. (all times Eastern Time)
First fight at: 7:00 P.M.
First Bout on ESPN at: 9:00 PM
Tickets prices: $25, $35, $50, $75, $100, $125 & Tables $3,000 (Seat 10 People).
Tickets available at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office – Tel.: (904) 630-3900, and on the Arena website: www.jaxevents.com .
For media credentials, contact: Christina Castle, (904) 630–4026 Office, (904) 386-5408 Cell, CCastle@smgjax.com Email.