Undefeated bantamweight Khabir “The Crazy Russian” Suleymanov (10-0, 4 KOs) continues his quest for a world championship when he takes on Javier “El Girito” Gallo (17-1-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant NABO title. The ten-round main event will headline “GLENDALE GLORY 3″ at the Glendale Civic Auditorium on Friday, October 22nd.
Suleymanov, originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, now living in Hollywood, CA and training out of Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Boxing Club, won the New York Golden Gloves as an amateur. Gallo, originally from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico and now living in Buena Park, CA, is the #13 ranked bantamweight in the NABO. Both fighters had signed to face then NABO champion Chris Avalos before Avalos lost his title to Christopher Martin on ShoBox last month. The NABO title was then ruled vacant because Martin had failed to make the requisite weight for the title.
The undercard for “GLENDALE GLORY 3″ will feature several well-regarded local fighters including cruiserweight Deon “The Natural” Elam (12-1) from The Contender series, world ranked lightweight “Sugar” Ray Beltran Jr. (23-4, 15 KOs), cruiserweight Anatoliy “The Dragon Man” Dudchenko (9-2), East L.A. welterweight Aaron Martinez (13-1-1), undefeated Huntington Park featherweight Jesus “El Pollo Hernandez (8-0-2), and the pro debut of Holly “Lil Bear” Lawson. Lawson’s debut will be the first female fight in the history of Glendale.
The “GLENDALE GLORY” series debuted on June 12, 2009 after a 62-year-old ban on professional boxing in the City of Glendale was withdrawn. In 1947, the sport of boxing was banned as “unwholesome” entertainment in the City of Glendale but Section 5.32 of the Glendale Municipal Code – which banned professional boxing matches within the city – was revoked on March 17, 2009 thanks to the efforts of the citizens of Glendale plus promoters Kahren Harutyunyan of Art of Boxing promotions and Steve Bash of Bash Boxing.
At the inaugural “GLENDALE GLORY” event, Russian heavyweight Andrey Fedosov scored a spectacular second TKO over hardcore veteran Galen Brown to capture the WBC Youth Intercontinental title in the main event.
“GLENDALE GLORY 2″ on January 10th was this year’s opening card for the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights series and featured a “Fight Of The Year Candidate” when former IBF jr middleweight champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin rose off the canvas from a devastating knockdown to knockout Dionosio “Mr. Knockout” Miranda. A celebrity boxing crowd including James Toney, Sergio Mora, unbeaten super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan, Hall of Famer Terry Norris and female sensation Mia St. John were ringside along with Hollywood celebrities Charles Dutton, Cedric the Entertainer and singer Brian McKnight.
“Steve (Bash) and I are very grateful to return to the beautiful city of Glendale,” said promoter Kahren Harutyunyan of Art of Boxing promotions. “I promise that ‘GLENDALE GLORY 3′ will continue the tradition of showcasing world-class talent with plenty of non-stop action and knockouts!”
Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased online at www.glendaleglory.com or by calling the (626) 388-8888. Doors open at 7p and the first bout is at 8p.