News: Daniel Edouard; Kendall Gill; Ballroom Brawl

Edouard in Panama, Friday, April 30 – Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (22-2-2 KOs 13) makes his return to action Friday, April 30 at the illustrious Hotel Melia Panama Canal, Colon City, Panama. Edouard, whose last fight was nearly a year ago, has been a constant presence in the boxing gym and feels he is in supreme condition..

“My conditioning is great. I had an excellent camp and I’m ready to go.” A buzz started when Edouard was slated to face Sergio Mora on the undercard of the Roy Jones Junior/Bernard Hopkins rematch, but ultimately, he was not able to commit to that fight due to family crisis. He continued, “The business of boxing sometimes causes you to wait. Then there are times life makes you wait. I’m just happy the wait is over.”

Edouard, ranked #11 WBA, #20 WBC and #14 IBF/USBA, as his ring name implies, is of Haitian decent. Common to the entire Haitian community, of which Edouard is no exception, are the still lingering signs of a massive earthquake that hit the island country in early January.

“We have suffered great loss as a people and on individual levels as well, but we are not discouraged. We are working hard to rebuild that which was lost and improve those things we can. It isn’t an easy task, but we are faithful that as we continue moving forward we will get it done.”

Immediately following the earthquake, Edouard, who is actively involved in humanitarian work through Haitian Sensation Foundation, relocated his boxing camp to his native homeland. “Moving the camp to Haiti allowed me to keep assisting in relief efforts while staying focused on my next fight.”

Edouard faces current Panamanian light middleweight champion, Jose Arosemena (12-5-2 KOs 10), who is described as a knock out artist. Arosemena hopes to advance his career at the expense of The Haitian Sensation.

“We both have the same goal, to win. Only one fighter can win though. I intend for that fighter to be me.”

Permission granted to use the attached photo per Haitian Sensation Promotions.


CHICAGO, IL (April 28, 2010) Former NBA Star Kendall Gill will return to the professional boxing ring this Friday night, April 30th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion as one of the featured off-TV undercard bouts on the SHOWTIME ® televised “THE NEXT GENERATION OF SUPERMIDDLEWEIGHTS.

Presented by DiBella Entertainment, Warriors Boxing and Chicago’s 8 Count Productions, advance tickets for THE NEXT GENERATION OF SUPERMIDDLEWEIGHTS, starting at $31, can be purchased through Ticketmaster (, phone 1-800-745-3000) and the 8 Count Productions Office, (312-226-5800). Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7:00pm with the first bell at 7:30pm.

Gill, 3-0-0 (2KO’s), will square off against Miles Kelly, 1-1-0 (1KO), in a scheduled four round heavyweight bout.

“I’ve wanted to get back in the ring for some time; most recently I’ve been training for the last two months at JABB Boxing Gym with Mike Garcia and Luis Mateo. I’m in terrific shape and can’t wait to get back in the ring” said Gill who last fought professionally in 2005.

A native of nearby Olympia Fields, Gill graduated from Rich Central High School in 1986, going on to the University of Illinois where he played four years for the Fighting Illini. As a junior, he led the 1989 team to the Final Four where they were dubbed the “Flying Illini” for their high flying, high scoring offense.

After fifteen years in the NBA, including the 2003-2004 season with the Chicago Bulls, Gill took his training to JABB Boxing Gym where he received the best training of his athletic career.

“I thought I was in great shape while playing in the NBA, but training to box put me in a completely different physical mold as a person” said Gill, who currently works as an NBA analyst for Comcast Sports Net Chicago.

THE NEXT GENERATION OF SUPERMIDDLEWEIGHTS will be televised on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast)

The televised tripleheader of “THE NEXT GENERATION OF SUPERMIDDLEWEIGHTS” featured Chicago’s Donovan “DA BOMB” George, (19-0-1, 17KO’s) taking on Osumanu Adama, (14-1, 10KO’s), Marcus “TOO MUCH” Johnson, (18-0, 14KO’s) battling Derek “THE BLACK LION” Edwards, (25-0, 13KO’s) and Edwin “LA BOMBA” Rodriguez, (14-0, 10KO’s) tangling with Kevin Engel, (17-2, 14KO’s).

May 21 Ballroom Brawl lineup announced!

Tampa, FL: One Punch Productions is pleased to release the full lineup for the next installment of the Ballroom Brawl! Professional boxing series, set for Friday May 21st, at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel. The fight card, with 11 bouts planned, is the largest scheduled fight card in the Bay area in years.

The main event features Bronx, NY transplant and Ocala’s adopted son Danny Santiago (30-4-1, 19 KO’s), Santiago has battled some of the best light heavyweights in the world, including Antonio Tarver, undefeated Zsolt Erdie, and also holds a knockout victory over Elvir Muriqi, who was 30-1 at the time. Local fight fans might also recall Santiago’s thrilling slugfest with Olando Rivera in St. Petersburg back in 2002, a fight remembered as a hometown version of the epic Gatti-Ward 1 fight.

The card continues with Sarasota favorite Adam Jaco (8-3-1) in a 6 round co-feature bout. Jaco is coming off a dominant performance against Marcus Hall (11-3) in his previous fight at the Doubletree on January 22, and continues to step up in competition as he takes on the entertaining Robbie “The TazMexican Devil” Tovar (15-5-1).

The huge undercard consists of the best and brightest talent from Florida and beyond. The lineup includes:

Marcus Willis (4-0-2) vs. Stalinn Lopez (6-0) in a 6 round bout at 152 lbs.
Azea Augustama (6-0) vs. Walter Foster (4-2-1) in a 6 round bout at 175 lbs.
Cordaro Simpkins (4-0) vs. Angel Albelo (2-2) in a 4 round bout at 130 lbs.
Sherali Dostiev (5-0) in a 4 round bout at 122 lbs.
Manny Woods (3-0) vs. Yolexcy Leiva (3-1) in a 4 round bout at 156 lbs.
Ray Cepeda (2-0) vs. Steven Benjamine (1-0) in a 4 round bout at 147 lbs.
Enrique Rios (pro debut) vs. Yuniel Ramos (0-2) in a 4 round bout at 124 lbs.

The undercard also features the professional debut of female Tampa Firefighter and amateur standout Christina Swanson against Jaqueline Hernandez (0-0-1) in a 4 round bout at 135 lbs., as well as the professional debut of Phil Alessi prospect Marquis Davis vs. Donald Clark (1-0) in a 4 round bout at 160 lbs.

Tickets are priced at $20, $35, and $75, and are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations and Tickets are also available by calling 813-503-8109. The Doubletree Westshore is located at 4500 W. Cypress St., 1 block east of Westshore Blvd. Doors open at 7pm, and with this many bouts scheduled the action will start promptly at 7:30pm. More information is available at

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