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Cleveland card revamped

The Warner Promotions event scheduled for June 26th in the Cleveland, Ohio, suburb of North Olmsted has been postponed. The entire card will be shifting to July 31st in downtown Cleveland at the Nautica Pavilion and will be a co-promotion with American Dream Promotions. There will be three bouts added to the original card, with Cleveland’s Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson (11-1, 3 KOs) headlining the card in a ten round bout. Also added to the card will be Cleveland’s “Awesome” Aaron Williams (19-2-1, 13 KOs) as he will participate in an eight round bout and Cleveland’s Dante Moore (6-0, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder. Opponents for all three will be announced shortly.

Other bouts during the evening will be a four round professional fight featuring “The Pride of Lorain” Wilkins Santiago (1-0), coming off a scintillating pro-debut in April. Santiago is one of the area’s best middleweights and is a promising prospect with a hard-punching style to please all fans. His opponent will be French native Hedi Bouaziz (1-2), now fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.

Julius Leegrand, of Cleveland, will be looking to stay undefeated in a four round professional bout in the lightweight division. The motivated Leegrand was a 2005 Cleveland Golden Gloves champion and a representative of the U.S. in the 2008 Eastern Trials as an amateur. The 22-year-old slick boxer most recently knocked out Francisco Portillo on April 24th to improve his record to three wins, no losses, and one win by way of knockout. Leegrand will be testing his skill against the rugged Ricky Thompson, from Odessa, Texas and a veteran of eight professional fights.

Also being featured on the card is Cleveland junior middleweight Michael Moore (1-0, 1 KO) in a four round fight. Moore last fought in January travelling to Michigan to stop his opponent in the first round. Moore is matched against Rogelio Sanchez (0-1) of Fort Wayne, Ind. Also seeing action scheduled for four rounds is the Puerto Rican sensation Ivan “The Hurricane” Hernandez by way of Dunkirk, N.Y. Hernandez, 21, will be making his long awaited professional debut. As an amateur he was a two-time Junior Olympian and Empire State Games participant and won 49 of his 56 fights. His first professional opponent has yet to be determined.

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