Los Angeles, CA (November 30, 2009) – Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon, born and raised in Paulsboro, NJ now residing in Philadelphia, PA will battle Maryland-born Tony “The Tiger” Thompson in a heavyweight battle between two fighters who each began their boxing careers in their twenties. To the winner of Saturday night’s fight between these two giant-sized heavyweights, go the spoils of World Champion Contender status..
On Saturday night December 5th, in the Main Event at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, Paul Williams, the “Most Feared Fighter in the World,” will face his latest and possibly his toughest challenge, coming from WBC Jr. Middleweight Champion, Sergio Martinez, in a scheduled 12-round Middleweight Bout. In the 10-round co-featured bout, Cristobal Arreola will see his first action since a courageous loss at the hands of WBC heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko, when he battles upset-minded Brian Minto.
Goossen Tutor Promotions and Caesars Atlantic City in association with DiBella Entertainment are presenting this evening of boxing. Williams vs. Martinez and Arreola vs. Minto will be broadcast on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PM PT.
Tickets, priced at $300, $200, $100 and $50, are on sale and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com.
Witherspoon (26-1, 18 KOs), New Jersey born and bred, graduated in 1999 from Paulsboro High in NJ. Spurning college scholarships for tack and basketball, Witherspoon chose instead to accept an academic scholarship to St. Joseph’s University. While at St. Joe’s, Witherspoon once again turned down an invitation to play basketball, this time for the famed Hawks team. Still needing an athletic aversion, Chazz consulted former heavyweight champion and second cousin, Tim Witherspoon, who steered him towards boxing. After an abbreviated amateur career, Witherspoon turned professional in 2004 and blitzed through to a 23 wins and no losses record prior to the biggest fight in his career against World rated Cristobal Arreola. Witherspoon was knocked down twice in the third, the second coming at the end of the round when Chazz’ corner jumped to the ring mat prior to the referee ending his count, thereby ending the fight. Witherspoon has since returned to knock out his last three opponents.
Thompson (32-2, 20 KOs) began his boxing career at the ripe age of 28, looking for a career change. Having not played sports in high school, Thompson began a family at a young age and decided to give boxing a go. He began his professional career by winning his first four fights prior to a loss and then started a string of twenty-seven consecutive wins, including a win against Luan Krasniqi in a Title Elimination Bout in Germany. Determined not to leave his destiny of becoming WBO No. 1 ranked contender and the mandatory challenger to champion Wladimir Klitschko in the hands of foreign judges, Thompson dismantled Krasniqi winning by fifth-round TKO. The win set up a July 12, 2008 bout against IBF/WBO/IBO World Heavyweight Champion Klitschko in Germany. Thompson battled for 10 hard rounds but eventually lost in the eleventh-round by TKO. Of Klitschko’s fifty opponents, Thompson was only one of three others who had made it past ten-rounds with the hard-hitting champion.