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Mollo opponent named

Heavyweight Mike Mollo (19-3-1, 12 KOs) returns to action in his hometown of Chicago for the first time in two and half years to battle veteran Billy Zumbrun (23-11-1, 13 KOs) in the main event at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion on March 26th. Training for most of the winter months in West Palm Beach, Florida, Mollo is thrilled to be fighting in Chicago again. “It’s been like a breath of fresh air. My new team, manager Ed Gersh and trainers, Pete Brodsky and Dave Lewter are great to have on my side. I’ve been training in West Palm Beach for the last five months and I’m in the best shape of my life, physically and mentally,” said Mollo.

Chicago has been the home to two of Mollo’s biggest victories in recent years, a brutal second round stoppage of Art Binkowski in October 2007 at the Sears Center and a second round knockout of Kevin McBride in October 2006 at the Allstate Arena.

Continued Mollo, “I love fighting in Chicago, I know there’s going to be a crowd of supporters for me. It’s been too long since I’ve fought at home and I can’t wait until March 26th.”

Zumbrun is best known for losing a controversial split decision against former world champion Riddick Bowe in 2005. About Zumbrun, Mollo stated, ‘He’s a very tough veteran but I’m so well prepared that I’d be big trouble for any heavyweight in the world on March 26th.”

Other Chicagoland fan favorites featured on the Dominic Pesoli-promoted card are cruiserweight contender Jason Robinson and newcomers; heavyweight David Latoria, junior welterweight Adrian Granados, featherweight William Hernandez, bantamweight Sergio Cristobal and Polish heavyweight Krzystof Zimnoch.

Advance tickets starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster (, the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions’ Office (312-226-5800).

Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine , just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway.

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