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Boxing back at the Horseshoe Casino

Chicago promoter Bobby Hitz will return on February 15 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana (just 20 minutes from Downtown Chicago). The first main event of the year will feature the rematch between middleweights Donatas Bondorovas (16-3-1, 5 KOs) and “King” David Thomas (10-3-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round battle. In their first fight in November, Bondorovas had to get off the floor and survive several shaky moments before storming back to win via a come-from-behind (and some would say early) stoppage in round two.

Undefeated Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez and Dimar “Strongman” Ortuz will each be featured in separate fights. 32-year-old cruiserweight Ortuz (7-0, 5 KOs) will go six rounds against Memphis southpaw Grover Young (7-8-1, 4 KOs) and 25-year-old super middleweight Jimenez (9-0, 6 KOs) will face local veteran Michael Walker (19-17-3, 12 KOs).

In other matches already finalized, Hammond, Indiana’s own heavyweight powerhouse David Martin III (6-0-1, 5 KOs) is coming back for a six-rounder against Chicago tough guy Felix Abner (3-2, 2 KOs); and 21-year-old Rockford, Illinois, lightweight Anthony Linenfelser (3-3, 3 KOs) will bring his brand of excitement to bear against explosive Chicago native Russell “Rocky” Fiore (6-2-1, 6 KOs) in a four-rounder.

Popular locals also featured in four-round fights will be junior welterweight Genaro Mendez (5-1-1, 3 KOs); pro super flyweight and former National Jr. Olympic Champion Johnny “WiteBoi” Determan (5-0, 4 KOs) from Nebraska, as well as the other heavily decorated Chicago-based amateur he is on a collision course with: 21-year-old super flyweight prospect Adan Ortiz (5-0, 4 KOs); welterweight “Irish” Jimmy Murphy (1-0, 1 KO) and the second fight of welterweight Nick Ramirez (0-0-1).

All opponents not specified will be announced shortly.

Tickets are priced at $90 Ringside & $40 Orchestra and available at all Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com.




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