Two-time former super middleweight champion Byron “Gator” Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) will face “Next Great Champ” winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (21-6-2, 8 KOs) in a 12-round duel for the USBA light heavyweight title on May 7 at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. In the co-feature, former #1 heavyweight contender “Big” Michael Grant will make his return to the ring. The towering 6’ 7” Grant (45-3, 33 KOs) is undefeated since 2003. The event, billed as “Hassle in the Castle” will feature six bouts, as well as celebrity guests, fashion models, and a special tribute to legendary trainer and manager Lou Duva.
Also scheduled for action are Maryland-based welterweight Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (6-0, 5 KOs), and Patterson, New Jersey’s Elvin “KoKo” Sanchez (3-0, 3 KOs) and two more fights that are currently TBA.
The all-star celebrity guest list reads like a Hall of Fame induction ceremony directory and includes 1984 Olympic Boxing Team: Lou Duva, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, Pernell “Sweat Pea” Whitaker, Tyrell Biggs, Mark Breland, Plus “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney, Burt Sugar, Emile Griffith, “Vicious” Vivian Harris and a Mystery Hall of Famer.
Between bouts, high-fashion models will showcase Carla’s Closet Swimsuits, as seen in 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Oheka Castle is the second largest residence in the United States and is an architectural wonder to behold in itself.
On fight night, doors will open at 6:30 pm. A VIP Meet & Greet will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 and the first bout starts at 7:45.
Tickets are priced at General $350 and VIP $500 and are available at www.ringsidenow.com or by calling 310.592.9134.
Open Bar and Hors D’oeuvres are included with VIP ticket purchase. Oheka Castle is located at 135 West Gate Drive in Huntington, New York. For more information, call 310.592.9134 or visit www.championsofboxing.com.
The card is presented by X-Cel Worldwide and promoter Nick Garone, in Association with Film Producer John Edmonds Kozma his company Bang Productions and the legendary Lou Duva, and will benefit the Shea Megale Trust for SMA and the Elena Melius Foundation.