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Brinkley returns to TV!

On January 29th Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22 KOs) will be in the national spotlight once again as he faces off against Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2, 15 KOs) on the January 29th ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.  The WBC-USNBC super-middleweight title currently held by Brinkley will be on line plus the winner will capture the IBF #2 ranking.

Like most athletes, the 33 year old Brinkley has experienced peaks and valleys throughout his career.

As a promising young fighter, Brinkley was selected to be a part of the first season of ‘The Contender” series on NBC. He was known for his big personality and big punch. Under less than ideal circumstances, Brinkley became a semifinalist within that competition. In the time after ‘The Contender” series he had a few poor performances in the ring and was considering retirement.

But that was not the end of the road.

In mid-2007, Brinkley made the decision to work with trainer Peter Manfredo Sr. on a permanent basis. He also signed a long-term promotional agreement with Let’s Get It On Promotions in an effort to reinvigorate his career.

The changes proved to exceed everyone’s expectations.

Since then, Brinkley has ripped off eight straight wins. He has become wildly popular throughout Northern Nevada and is now ranked in the top ten in the IBF and WBC.  The confident Brinkley sees the opportunity on January 29th to show the boxing world that he is back, better than ever, and ready for a world title shot.

“Everything has just been clicking lately,” says Brinkley. “I have the right team behind me!  I’ve been working by butt off the last three years, and it’s time to show the country that I am one of the best super-middleweights in the world.”

The January 29th “Reno Xtreme Fights II” is promoted by Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing plus Terry and Tommy Lane of Let’s Get It On Promotions. The bout will take place at the Grand Theatre inside the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Doors open at 6p with the first bout scheduled for 7p.  Tickets are $100, $75, or $40 and are available at or by calling 1(800) 648-3568. Tickets for a King’s Row Booth for four are priced at $1000. Included in your V.I.P. ringside booth are light appetizers and one bottle of premium alcohol.

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is also offering boxing lovers incredible room specials during “Reno Xtreme Fights II” event.  Guests may book a room at the casino on Thursday, January 28th or Friday, January 29th for $49 and get the second night free.  Reservations can be made by calling 1.800.648.5080 or by visiting and using the offer code: xfight2. Guests be at least 21 years old and present a valid ID to redeem.

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