Former heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman (46-7-2, 37 KOs) kept a big group of assembled local media captivated today, during a press conference at the Niagara Falls Conference Center to announce Rahman’s main event against Troy New York’s Shannon Miller (16-4, 9 KOs) on June 19. Never short of wit, when informed Miller couldn’t attend because of his job as head of a security firm, Rahman quipped “That’s ok. He’s going to need security when I get through with him.”
“The Rock Returns” is promoted by X-Cel Worldwide in association with The Empire Sports and Entertainment.
The conference was emceed by former #1 heavyweight contender “Baby” Joe Mesi. Also in attendance was Niagara Falls, New York mayor Paul Dyster.
Also slated for action on June 19 are undefeated former Canadian Olympian and recent X-Cel promotional signee Donald “Donnie Boy” Orr (15-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round tilt, as well as sensational Zambian future star Hastings “Sting” Bwalya (2-0, 2 KOs); Buffalo, New York’s superb, undefeated light heavyweight Lionel Thompson (2-0, 1 KO); and unbeaten heavyweight Johnnie Davis (1-0) in separate four-round bouts.
“We’ve teamed up with Greg Cohen and The Empire to put on this terrific night of boxing,” revealed X-Cel Worldwide CEO and Founder Nick Garone. “The name Hasim Rahman speaks for itself. He scored the knockout of the decade over Lennox Lewis. We’ve got him taking on a tough guy from New York in the main and then five undefeated kids from nearby and all over the world on the undercard.”
Single-handedly resurrecting a once-flagging local boxing scene, Garone has done five shows in the Buffalo/Niagara area in the last 18 months. “I love doing shows in this area because this area loves boxing!”
Tickets for “The Rock Returns” are available online at championsofboxing.com or by calling 716.278.2195. They are priced at $25 $45 and $65 for ringside, in advance. Special VIP seating is available by calling 631-878-1676. For more information, visit championsofboxing.com. Doors open at 6:30 on fight night and the action starts at 7:30.