Blankenship turns pro in Vegas

This Friday night, April 2nd, former UNLV amateur boxer and standout Sierra Vista High School running back Bradley Blankenship will make his professional debut at Hometown Heroes at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas.

HOMETOWN HEROES, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing, featuring numerous terrific young prospects and Las Vegas fan favorites, is presented by Guilty Boxing in association with TKO Boxing Promotions.

The 20 year old Blankenship will battle Tucson, Arizona’s, Abraham Espinoza, 0-1, in a scheduled four round bout.

Last November, Blankenship announced his decision to turn professional, signing with Las Vegas based TKO Boxing Promotions and retaining award winning manager Cameron Dunkin to guide his career. Blankenship trains in Las Vegas with Kenny Adams who has worked with numerous world champions.

Said Chet Koerner, President of TKO Boxing Promotions, “Bradley was a very accomplished amateur, having won the Nevada State Golden Gloves and was ranked #3 in the country by USA Boxing. We’re very excited to bring our HOMETOWN HEROES series to the Rio Casino and have the opportunity to feature Bradley at this event.”

Other sensational prospects and Las Vegas fan favorites featured at HOMETOWN HEROES include undefeated lightweight Sharif “THE LION WARRIOR” Bogere, junior lightweight Lonnie Smith, super middleweight Eddie Salas, lightweight Terence Crawford, welterweight Michael Finney, lightweight Fidel Maldonado Jr., and bantamweight Robert Rodriguez.

Advance tickets for HOMETOWN HEROES, priced at $100, $50 and $30, can be purchased through Ticketmaster (, 1-800-745-3000) and the RIO CASINO box office (, 1-888-746-7784).

The RIO CASINO is located at 3700 W. Flamingo Road in Las Vegas. Doors on the night of the event will open at 6pm with the first bell scheduled for 6:30pm.


Formed in early 2008, Chet Koerner’s Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions, originators of the “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” national boxing series, stable includes; heavyweight Lenroy Thomas, cruiserweight Andres Taylor, super middleweight Fedor Chudinov, middleweights Peter Manfredo Jr., Elvin Ayala, James Countryman, Dmitry Chudinov and J’Leon Love, junior middleweights Bastie Samir, welterweights Demetrius Hopkins, Bradley Blankenship, Mikael Zewski, Leti Leti and Eric Mendez, junior welterweights Francisco Contreras and  Joseph Elegele, lightweights Edner Cherry, Rolando Reyes,  Terence Crawford and Fidel Maldonado, featherweights Matt Remillard, Carney Bowman, Dat Nguyen, Delvin Placencia, Rafael Lora, Maxwell Awaku and Robert Rodriguez, super bantamweights Rafael Valenzuela, bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz and flyweights Rayonta Whitfield and Randy Caballero.

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