By Phil Doherty
Al Bonanni is a no holds-barred, tell-it-like-it-is kind of guy. His no-nonsense approach earned him the respect of former employer Don King and the eleven world champions Bonanni trained during his Florida Boxing Hall of Fame career. It’s the same approach he brings to his current promotional reincarnation with his company Tiburon Promotions. Promising fans local fighters on their way up, Bonanni brings his second local show to the Casino Miami Jai Alai fronton on Saturday August 10th in a card titled “Summer Slugfest.” The “Slugfest” boasts some heavy hitting action, headlined by former Haitian Olympian and Golden Gloves champ Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (14-1, 9 KOs)in a ten-round light heavyweight “War” against Pennsylvania veteran Rayco “War” Saunders10 KOs (23-19-2, 10 KOs).
Miami fan favorite Jessy Cruz (9-5-1, 3 KOs) tussles with Lamar Charlton (1-3-1, 1 KO) of Ocala in a scheduled six-rounder.
Looking to leverage the excitement of his first-round knockout victory this March is Egyptian-born light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (1-0, 1 KO) taking on Jerrod Caldwell (2-3-1, 1 KO) for four rounds.
Super featherweight Adrian Perez of Honduras makes his pro debut against “The Fighting Jockey” Jose Rivera (0-5) of Puerto Rico.
Light middleweight Idel Torriente of Cuba will step in against Honduran-born Harold Calderon for four rounds.
Heavyweight Chaen Chess (2-1, 2 KOs) makes his second consecutive visit to the Casino Miami Jai Alai when he battles Mexican Carlos Reyes (5-4-1, 3 KOs) in their four-round affair.
Fans and media are invited to attend the final press conference this Wednesday at Casino Miami Jai Alai beginning at 1 PM.
Tickets are already on sale for $15, $25 and $75. Fans may purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com or from the Casino Miami Jai Alai box office at (305) 633-6400.
Doors open at 7:30, first bell at 8:00.