News: Brinkley vs Gilbert; Buffalo Boxing; John Bray

RENO, NV (February 9, 2009) Just three days before their long awaited showdown at “CIVIL WAR”, super middleweights Jesse Brinkley and Joey Gilbert will once again be face to face at the final press conference on Wednesday, February 11th, at the Showroom Theater in the Eldorado Hotel and Casino..

Doors to the public press conference will open at 11:30am. The Eldorado Report and Casino is located at 345 N. Virginia St. (corner of Fourth and Virginia ) in Reno , Nevada .

As at the initial press conference announcing the fight on Thursday, December 11th, the tension in the room should be fully evident as the two fighters look to finally settle their grudge this Saturday, February 14th.

Presented by Reno ‘s “Let’s Get It On” Promotions and Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions, “CIVIL WAR” features the long awaited showdown between super middleweights Jesse Brinkley of Yerington , NV and Reno ‘s Joey Gilbert set for Saturday, February 14th at the Reno Events Center . The twelve round bout is for Brinkley’s WBC USNBC world title.

Tickets for “CIVIL WAR” are priced at $253.25, $153.25, $78.25 and 43.25 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster ( or through the Reno Events Center Box Office (775-335-8815).

A five dollar discount is available on tickets priced at $43.25 for students, active military, and police and fire department personnel with valid ID. Doors will open the night of the event at 6pm, with the first bell at 7pm. Tickets for “CIVIL WAR” are priced at $253.25, $153.25, $78.25 and 43.25.

X-Cel Worldwide Presents: The Return of Buffalo Boxing

Two-time former champion Byron “Slama from Bama” Mitchell takes on Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters for NABA-US Light Heavyweight title

Buffalo’s own “Italian Hit Man” Paul Marinaccio Appears in Co-main Event
Promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide will continue his much-anticipated revival of world-class professional boxing in Buffalo on Friday, February 20, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The aptly named “Return of Buffalo Boxing” will feature an NABA-US Light Heavyweight Championship between hard-punching two-time super middleweight world champion Byron “Slama from Bama” Mitchell (26-4-1, 19 KOs) and Madagascar’s 6′ 4″ former NABA-US champ Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters (23-3, 18 KOs).

In the co-main event, Buffalo heavyweight and favorite son Paul “The Italian Hit Man” Marinaccio will make his first return to the ring since his heroic stand against top-rated “Big” Michael Grant in an eight-round battle against tough Cleveland veteran Ryan Thompson.

A very special showcase fight will pit X-Cel Worldwide’s newest promotional client, Meacher Major (15-3-1, 13 KOs) of the Bahamas, against ultra-durable Philadelphia warrior Kevin Carmody (10-10-2, 1 KO) in a super lightweight eight-rounder.

Other featured bouts include the professional debuts of former amateur star light heavyweight Lionel Thompson (vs. Rodell Bollar) and cruiserweight Greg Brady (vs. Ohio’s Justin Riegle). Both of these talented newcomers will be looking to begin their careers with impressive performances in their separate four-found fights.

Also scheduled for four-round battles are undefeated light welterweight Michael Faragon (4-0) of Guilderland, New York, (vs. Youngstown, Ohio’s Shane Gierke) and 6′ 6″ heavyweight Johnny Davis of Niagara Falls, New York, who will also make his debut against Akron, Ohio’s George Jacobs.
Rounding out the action will be a featherweight four-rounder between deceptively skilful Harvey “Chi Chi” Murray (2-2-2, 1 KO) of Rochester, New York, and tough Pennsylvanian Omar Carrol.

“We’ve got a terrific night of boxing for the Buffalo fans that have been waiting more than five years for live, local fights,” said an optimistic Garone. “With a light heavyweight championship fight, Paul Marinaccio coming back after his unbelievably strong performance against Grant, our newest X-Cel fighter Meacher Major out to prove himself in a tough test and an undercard filled with local talent, we’re confident that fans in Western New York will come out to support the return of pro boxing.”

Garone, who says he’s received tremendous help in putting together this blockbuster event from local boxing staples like Jimmy Ralston of Olympia Boxing Club, is “overjoyed” by the response to his shows from local boxing fans. “We did our first event at the Seneca Niagara Casino and it was fantastic. I’m honored to be helping to revive a sport with such a rich history in this area.”
Tickets for “Return of Buffalo Boxing” are priced $30, $50 and $100, and are available by calling 631.878.1676.

2nd Annual John Bray Free Youth Boxing Clinic A Success!

February 9, 2009-The John Bray Boxing Foundation held its 2nd Annual John Bray Free Youth Boxing Clinic to assist the community in preventing violence, promoting discipline as well as academic success among school-age students by interfacing with local community leaders and professional boxers.

Although Southern California experienced much needed rain this weekend, it wasn’t enough to keep local kids along with their parents from weathering the storm and making the trip to the LAPD Foothill Jeopardy facility in San Fernando, California. Kids listened to inspiring stories from professional boxers, trainers and community leaders. They then later learned boxing basics and tested their new found skills on speed bags, heavy bags and hand mitts.

The John Bray Boxing Foundation would like to thank the following special guests for attending: Guitarist Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters, World Champions Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, WBC CABOFE Middleweight Champion Miguel Espino, Female Bantamweight Sensation Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West and trainer Juan West, Former Lightweight Contender Carlos Navarro, Former Middleweight Contender Alex “the Bronx Bomber” Ramos, Former Heavyweight Contender and Trainer Justin Fortune, Former Welterweight Contender Randy Shields, Former Heavyweight Contender Jeremy Williams, Carlos “The Cutman” Vargas from the Reality TV Series Contender, Former Heavyweight Contender Alex Garcia and Referee Jack Reese.

We would also like to give a special thank you to the following sponsors for their contributions: Everlast Worldwide Inc., Glaceau Vitamin Water, Convicted, Visual Impact Stunt Equipment Company, the International Stunt Association and the numerous volunteers that made this event a reality.

If you would like to see photos from the event, please access the LA Daily News website at

If you would like to donate to or sponsor the John Bray Boxing Foundation please visit or contact Jerry Gonzalez at (559) 643-9313 or

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