(Reno, Nevada – March 31, 2007) – After a successful first boxing production in Lake Tahoe, Joey Gilbert Promotions will be bringing its second professional boxing event to Joey Gilbert’s hometown of Reno, NV. The Reno After Dark Championship Boxing event will be held at the newly built Reno Events Center on Saturday, May 12th, with doors opening at 6 PM and the first bout starting at 7 PM..
Gilbert, a TV star from the reality show “The Contender” and WBO-NABO Middleweight Champion, will be headlining the event at 9pm against an opponent to be named shortly. This will be his third title defense, but his first bout in his hometown since his college glory days, and an important step in his quest to become world champion. Gilbert’s second successful title defense resulted in a 12-round unanimous decision against undefeated Michi Munoz (17-1, 12 KOs) in Lake Tahoe on March 2nd. In addition, Reno’s Derek Hinkey will also fight again after an impressive first round TKO during his pro debut at the Snow Brawl.
“Ever since my college boxing days and the incredible international exposure I received on the Contender, I have waited for the right time to bring boxing back to my hometown community,” said Gilbert. “Promoting and fighting in Reno is what I have worked so hard for and I am excited to showcase the local and regional talent this area has to offer.”
As a world-ranked professional fighter, Gilbert is currently the World Boxing Organization’s (NABO) Middleweight Champion and ranked #6 by the WBO with a record of 14-1, with 10 knockouts. Prior to his professional career, Gilbert was a collegiate fighter at the University of Nevada where he was a three-time National Champion, a four-time Regional Champion, a four-time All American, and Nevada State Golden Gloves Super Middleweight Champion.
Gilbert chose the Reno Events Center in association with the Eldorado Hotel and Casino to promote this entertainment production. “The Eldorado and the Carano family have always been supportive of my boxing and entrepreneurial endeavors,” said Gilbert. “This is a big production not only for our team but also for our city, and I’m glad to have them in my corner when this event produces knockout results.”
Tickets will be available on April 5th at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (775) 787-8497. The ticket prices range from $250/$200/$150/$100/$75/$35 and $20 for all military, police, fire, college and high school students with a valid ID.
Joey Gilbert Companies, LLC is a Nevada-based company, founded in 2006, providing professional representation for athletes and entertainers throughout the United States. President and Founder, Joey Gilbert, a world-ranked professional boxer and current WBO-NABO Middleweight Champion, is also a licensed Nevada attorney, sports agent, businessman, TV personality (from NBC’s “The Contender”), actor, sports commentator and product spokesperson. For more information please visit www.joeygilbert.com.