On August 1st, undefeated middleweight contender, “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (24-0-1, 11KO) will look to take one step closer to a world title opportunity, when he takes on Marcus Upshaw (11-3-1, 5KO) on the undercard of the Delvin Rodriguez vs. Isaac Hlatswhayo battle for the IBF vacant welterweight championship of the world. The card is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and is being held at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT..
The fight will be a somewhat of a homecoming for Simms, but in more ways than just one. For starters, Simms will be fighting for just the third time in his home state of Connecticut as a professional. The Mohegan Sun in Uncasville is just a mere car ride away from Simms hometown of Norwalk and Simms expects to have a strong contingent of fans in attendance. It will also mark the rebirth of Simms relationship with promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. Simms was formally promoted by DeGuardia before the two split back in 2005. Simms took some time away from the sport, but returned to the ring in early 2007 and has since added four more wins to his record during that time. Now the two are back together, and look to start up right where they left off.
“Tarvis was climbing up the ranks and headed towards a middleweight title shot, before the split,” stated DeGuardia. “We are not looking in the past though, only to the future, and I feel that Tarvis still is one of the top middleweights in the world, and we expect him to show that to everyone in attendance on August 1st. A few more wins and we feel that Tarvis will be ready to take on any of the top contenders, or champions in his division, but first he has to take care of the business at hand on the 1st.”
“I am excited to be back with Joe,” stated Simms. “We are going to do things right I am confident in, that as long as I do my job, Joe will do his, and it’s only a matter of time before I get my shot at one of these champions in the middleweight division. I want to thank Joe for giving me this opportunity to fight in front of my hometown fans, and promise everyone coming that they will not be disappointed in my performance on August 1st.”
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Lindsay could Cruz to World Title
Martin Lindsay could be crowned champion of the World before the end of the year, after Banner Promotions Irish agent Tommy Egan was authorized to offer the Belfast fighter a shot at IBF Featherweight World Champion Cristóbal Cruz.
Former Irish amateur champion and current British Featherweight champion, Lindsay (15-0) could upgrade his British strap for a world belt if he accepts the offer and takes on Cruz (50-37-11) in Mexico this coming November.
Egan had previously, on behalf of Banner Promotions, offered the winner of Lindsay and Paul Appleby’s British title decider a shot at Cruz’s world crown, an offer which has this week been confirmed by Banner Promotions.
The dotted line has yet to be signed and negotiations are at an early stage, but Egan, who has recommended Lindsay to Banner President Art Pelullo and has been in contact with Lindsay’s manager John Rooney, confirmed the offer is concrete and that Banner Promotions are very eager to make the fight.
“I have been authorized by Art Pelullo President of Banner Promotions to offer Martin Lindsay a shot at IBF featherweight world champion Cristóbal Cruz. The fight would take place in Mexico in November. The mouthwatering class is subject to agreement but the offer is genuine and concrete. Banner Promotions are ready to get this fight on.
“Martin is terrific box fighter. He is very clever and poses a deadly left hook. He has a punchers chance of beating anybody. In fact he could be the best finisher in the featherweight division. Martin is ranked number six in the world by the IBF and is the only European in the top 10. Now Banner Promotions have offered him the chance to become number one in the world.
“This has the makings of a fantastic fight and it excites me to say we could have another Irish World Champion by the end of the year,” Egan enthused.
“GRAND SLAM” UNDERCARD THIS SATURDAY NIGHT IN YORK , PA ERIC NEMO AND STEVIE WEIMER HEADLINE HARD HITTING LINEUP
YORK, PA (July 31, 2009) TKO BOXING Promotions has announced details of an outstanding undercard to “THE BATTLE OF YORK 4” set for this Saturday night, August 1st at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, home of the York Revolution.
Headlined by a terrific eight round featherweight matchup between York’s favorite son, Carney “BEEPER” Bowman and hard hitting Dominican Delvin Placencia, “THE BATTLE OF YORK 4” undercard features seven action packed bouts featuring some of the finest young prospects in professional boxing.
Tickets for “THE BATTLE OF YORK 4”, starting at $20 for general admission in the grandstand of the stadium, can be purchased in advance through the York Revolution Box Office (717-801-HITS, www.yorkrevolution.com ). Ringside table seating is also available through the box office.
Making his return to the squared circle in his hometown of York , PA , featherweight Eric Nemo will square off against Denver ’s Jairo Delgado in a six round featherweight bout.
The 25 year old Nemo, 7-1-1 (3KO’s), returned from an almost two year layoff to brutally stop Ricky Alexander at the Valencia Ballroom on March 7th.
Denver native Jairo Delgado, 3-2-0 (3KO’s), will leave the Mile High City for the first time to face Nemo. He is coming off a third round stoppage of Eric Bradford on December 19, 2008 in his hometown.
Fellow York fan favorite, “STONE COLD” Stevie Weimer will battle newcomer Melcor Guillen Jr. in a four round welterweight bout.
In his last outing, the 19 year old Weimer, 3-0-0 (2KO’s), won a four round unanimous decision over Trenton Titsworth on November 8, 2008 at the Valencia Ballroom..
Guillen Jr., 1-1-0, is coming off a close, hard fought decision loss to Diego Pereira on May 22nd in Lincoln , Rhode Island .
Cruiserweight fan favorite Andres “ TAYLOR MADE” Taylor returns to action in a six round cruiserweight bout against Lake Charles , Louisiana ’s Roy Ashworth.
Taylor , 8-1-1 (4KO’s), will look to get back in the win column following his first loss, a six round war against Leo Bercier on June 27th that had the huge crowd in Youngstown , Ohio on their feet from start to finish cheering on the excellent two way battle. This will be Taylor ’s third bout in York , winning both of his previous bouts.
Ashworth, 5-4-0 (1KO), last fought on June 28, 2008, stopping Terry Broughton in the second round in Waveland , Mississippi .
Fighting out of Lancaster , PA , five time Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Champion Naziyr Bell will make his professional debut in a four round light heavyweight bout.
Dominican native Rafael Lora will face Puerto Rico ’s Carlos “BAM BAM” Diaz in a six round featherweight bout.
Lora, 10-0-0 (5KO’s), will be making his debut in the United States , his last bout coming on March 21st, a first round knockout of Francisco Melendez.
Diaz, 10-19-4 (7KO’s), has been involved in distance battles with highly regarded prospects Gary Stark Jr., Vicente Esocbedo, Antonio Davis, Dat Nguyen and Hylon Williams Jr.
Opening the evening, Lancaster’s Johnny DeJesus, 1-0-0 (1KO), squares off against Columbus, Ohio native Troy Nelson, 0-4-0, in a four round junior middleweight bout.
Tickets, starting at $20 for general admission in the grandstand of the stadium, can be purchased in advance through the York Revolution Box Office (717-801-HITS, www.yorkrevolution.com ). Ringside table seating is also available through the box office.
Sovereign Bank Stadium is operated by the York Revolution Professional Baseball Club, a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Sovereign Bank Stadium is located at 5 Brooks Robinson Way , York, PA 17401 . For more information, please call 717-801-HITS (4487), or visit the Revolution online at www.YorkRevolution.com.