October 20, 2003 “ Continuing his quest to bring the highest quality boxing action to Chicagoland, promoter Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing is teaming up with Dan Goosen of Goosen-Tutor Promotions to present an evening of world class boxing action from Rosemont, Illinois on Friday, October 24th. Fox Sports “Fight Night on Fox” will feature rising contenders and a star-studded audience.
In addition to 7 bouts, fans are invited to meet some of boxing’s most famous
personalities. On hand will be Jackie Kallen, Amy Hayes, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, O’Neil Bell and Angel Hernandez.
The “First Lady of Boxing,” Jackie Kallen rose to fame when she managed
to tumultuous career of James “Lights Out” Toney in the 90’s. She also was the
publicist to Tommy Hearns and was an integral part of his legendary career.
This coming February, Paramount Pictures releases “Against the Ropes,” starring Meg Ryan in the movie based on Kallen’s life of triumph in the male dominated world of boxing. Omar Epps co-stars and Emmy award winner Charles Dunton directed. Official site: www.againsttheropes.com
Author of the newly re-released “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”: A Fight Plan for
Dealing with All of Life’s Hard Knocks,” Kallen’s self-help book explains how to apply many of the things she learned in the boxing world to various lifechallenges. Ms. Kallen is a professional speaker and is a proponent of early detection for women having had two lumpectomies and a stent implant for her heart.
She will be in Chicago to attend the professional boxing debut of her newest
protege, 3-time US Amateur Champion and World Bronze Medalist Amber Gideon of
suburban Warrenville. Gideon is confident that Kallen’s managerial skills can lead her to a professional world title.
Amy Hayes is the first and only female professional ring announcer. Her exclusive television contract is with Fox Sports for their “Fight Night on Fox” series. Amy has been featured in Playboy (2002), Maxim Magazine (2001), ESPN2, Showtime, Best Damn Sports Show Period, E! Entertainment and The Howard Stern Show. She currently graces the cover of The University of Kentucky Hockey calendar which is a huge honor in Wildcat land. Amy will be announcing the Friday night event in Rosemont. www.AmyHayes.com
Living legend Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was a boxing fan favorite during the 80’s with his aggressive, power punching style. After 20 straight wins, “Boom Boom” got a chance to fulfill his father’s dream by taking on the legendary Alexis Arguello for the WBC lightweight title on October 3, 1981. After a valiant effort, Mancini succumbed to Arguello in the 14th round, but he was undeterred in his quest to become champion. Seven months later, on May 8, 1982, Mancini finally won a title for himself and his father. In 2 minutes and 54 seconds which contained more action than many 12 rounders, Mancini stopped Arturo Frias to win the WBA
He defended the title four times, including a brutal knockout over Duk-Koo Kim after which Kim tragically died. Boom Boom manages welterweight prospect Billy Lyle(3-0, 2 KOs) and will be in town for his fight on this Fridays.
Also in attendance will be Cruiserweight contender O’Neil Bell. The Atlanta
native is rated #1 IBF, #1 WBC and #4 WBA, promoter Bobby Hitz is in final
negotiations for Bell to fight for a world title in the next few months.
Chicago Super Middleweight and IBF #7 rated Angel Hernandez is preparing for is November 8th showdown with IBF Champion Winky Wright. The Wright vs Hernandez World Title bout is the co-main feature on the Roy Jones Jr. vs Antonio Tarver pay-per-view from Las Vegas. Angel will be on hand to meet fans. More Angel info to the media after this Friday’s event.)Of course, in addition to the star studded attendance, there will be 7 exciting bouts. Including:
Main Event: Jr. Middleweights -10 rounds
Kofi Jantuah, Ghana/Las Vegas (24-1, 14 KOs) vs Marcos Primera,
Venezuela/Durham (16-4, 10 KOs)
Co- Main: Jr. Welterweights -8 rounds
JERMAINE MARKS, Chicago (9-0, 6 KOs) vs Jessie Feliciano, Las Vegas
(10-1,6 KOs) Possessing speed and power, rising Junior Welterweight Jermaine Money Marks returns to the ring following his third round starching of Mark Scott on September 5th. This is his television debut.
Also in action, Chicago’newest media darling, Middleweight “Macho” Miguel Hernandez (4-0, 3 KOs) takes on Cuban Oriol Martinez (2-2) over 4 rounds.
Rounding out this action-packed event are former Ukrainian Olympian now living in Chicago Super Middleweight contender Vitaliy Kopytko (21-5, 8 KOs),Chicago Cruiserweight Ed “Iron Man” Gutierrez (9-0-1, 6 KOs), Kallen-managed boxer Amber Gideon in her professional debut and Mancini-managed Welterweight fighter Billy Lyle (3-0, 2 KOs) from Youngstown.
The Ramada Hotel O’Hare is located just 25 minutes northwest of the Chicago Loop at 6600 N. Mannheim Road in Rosemont.
Doors open at 7 pm. First bout at 8 pm.
For tickets: Hitz Boxing- 630/295-9800 or www.HitzBoxing.com
$35, $50 and $100 VIP.
All bouts subject to change without notice.
Media Contact: Trayce Zimmermann 773/294-4498 TrayceDZ@aol.com