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Former undisputed junior middleweight world champion Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs) and two-division world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (36-1, 27 KOs) hosted a media conference call today to discuss their fight on April 11th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. “True champions fight each other,” said Winky who is fighting for the first time since his loss to Bernard Hopkins in July 2007. “I want to fight the best.” The Punisher vowed that he’s ready and said he’s happy that Winky agreed to fight him. “It will be the date the two most feared fighters meet,” commented Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, who named Arthur Abraham, Vernon Forrest, Mikkel Kessler and Jermain Taylor as fighters who have passed on fights with Winky. Williams’ promoter Dan Goossen said, “Winky has been the most avoided fighter, Paul has been the most feared fighter.” He added that Williams is fighting at 160 lbs. because no one at 147 or 154 will fight him. He said Williams wants a fight with WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley after this fight.
Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has been named as one of the world’s most influential people by Time Magazine. The respected magazine has listed 100 finalists on their website and readers can vote for their choice. At press time, Pacman was rated #13, two spots behind President Obama and two spots above House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Click here to vote.
“I am going to prove on Saturday night that I belong in big fights” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr said at a Top Rank press conference in Los Angeles. “I never chase after any fighter, even De La Hoya. I fight for the people. In Mexico the people want to see De La Hoya and myself in the ring.” Chavez Jr., the Son of the Legend, of Culiacan, Mexico takes on undefeated Luciano Cuello of Argentina on Top Rank’s “Latin Fury 8 – Tijuana Thunder’ on Saturday night.
The Tijuana Thunder announce team will be Rich Marotta, Al Bernstein and Maureen Shea. This will be the announcing debut for Shea, a communications major at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. Maureen, a professional boxer, was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Born in 1981, she was raised by a Irish father, a now retired NYPD Detective. Maureen’s mother, of Mexican heritage, worked in the airline industry and this afforded ample travel to Maureen. Maureen spent much of her youth growing up in the Bronx and in the Guadalajara area of Mexico. “Maureen is very charismatic and all of us at Top Rank are excited she is on the announce team,” said Bob Arum.
Jimmy Lennon will be the ring announcer. Chavez Jr vs. Cuello will be available on iNDEMAND, DirecTV and the Dish Network.
The WBC has declared reigning heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko to be “the greatest puncher ever in the heavyweight division.”
Official WBC Statement: “[Vitali] Klitschko proved that he is the best fighter in the world nowadays, pound for pound, after defeating Juan Carlos Gomez who had a record of 35 knockouts in 44 wins and only 1 loss. Klitschko has outdone all other fighters, no matter what division they belong to. The heavyweight world champion is the only one who can claim he is the greatest champion in the world of boxing as nobody can defeat him. With Vitali´s extraordinary wins, in fights that have been stunning to world fans, showing absolute control and power, our king of the heavyweights has silenced many mouths and media that had unfairly attacked him without any evidence, and been disrespectful to him, considering the great class he is showing. Jose Sulaiman, president of our organization, stated today that Klitschko is the pride the WBC as well as he is the pride of world boxing. Vitlai Klitschko’s record is now: 37 wins; 36 of them by knockout, and including his last win by KO, his percentage in this specialty went up to 97.2%, fact after which Klitschko is placed as the greatest puncher ever in the heavyweight division.”
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Luciano Leonel Cuello respects Julio César Chávez Jr. and even he acknowledges his quality. But, Cuello assures that he will defeat Chavez simply because he is a better fighter than Chavez. “Julio César is a great boxer, got a wide varieties of punches and has a great techniques, but I am going to win because I am better. I come in very good shape, I have done hard training and by the time of the fight I will be showing everything I have learned,” said the Argentine fighter after checking into his hotel in the center of Tijuana. Cuello (23-0, 10 KOs) will face Julio César Chávez Jr. (38-0-1, 29 KOs) for the WBC Latin American super welterweight championship on Saturday in the main event of “Latin Fury 8: Tijuana Thunder” at the Plaza Monumental of Playas de Tijuana on a card promoted by Top Rank and Zanfer. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
Carlos Molina looked like just another tough kid from The Windy City of Chicago until he fought Julio Caesar Chavez Jr to a hotly contested draw back in December of 2005. Since then, Molina has fought on ESPN twice, upset a string of opponents, and quietly found himself a home in of all places Tacoma, Washington at the Emerald Queen Casino. Molina,(15-4-1, 7 KOs) takes on another top prospect in Ed Peredes (21-2) on Saturday, April 11th in the ten-round main event at the71st edition of the “Battle at the Boat” series at the Emerald Queen Casino. Molina has captivated the Northwest fans with a rugged style which is hard to figure out. He doesn’t possess great punching power, and his boxing skills don’t remind anyone of Roy Jones or Shane Mosley. Yet Molina’s relentless style which utilizes constant pressure, a high output of punches, and good defense has made him a fan favorite. (more…)
By Jose Reyes
This Saturday, Peacemaker Promotions will present an eight-bout fight card billed as “Sons of The Valley” in the South Texas hotbed of boxing known as the Rio Grande Valley, Texas at the Harlingen Field ( White Wing Baseball Stadium ). The main event features the return of Harlingen’s own and former NBC’s “The Contender” participant, JP “El Gallo Negro” De La Rosa (19-2-1, 15 KOs) who makes his return back to the ring after a year absence when he faces Guadalupe “Man of Steel” Martinez (16-2, 9 KOs) in a battle of middleweights. The co-main event has JP’s younger sibling, up and coming welterweight prospect and former WBC Youth welterweight champion ”King” James De La Rosa (18-0, 12 KOs) versus Marteze Logan (26-35-2, 6 KOs). (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Word has just come from the WBC offices that former World Bantamweight Champion Raúl “Raton” Macías Guevara has passed away a the age of 74. Macias was born on July 28, 1934 in Mexico City, Mexico. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Cleotis ‘Mookie’ Pendarvis (8-1-2, 2 KOs) will take a major step up in competition when he battles veteran Steve ‘ The Mongoose’ Quinonez (31-13-1, 13 KOs) this Friday at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California in a junior welterweight contest. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds and is being promoted by Ed Holmes Allstar Boxing. The two fighters are no strangers to each other having sparred multiple rounds last year in Glendale, California. Pendarvis is very confident of handling the stern test that awaits him. ” I just feel that their comes a point in a boxer’s career where you have to step up and see where you’re at in your career and I feel that time is now for me,” said Pendarvis. Quinonez has fought several former world champions including Jose Luis Castillo, Steve Forbes, and the late Diego Corrales. Eight other bouts are scheduled on the card with the doors opening at 6:30PM. For tickets call (323)816-6200.
This time, Jermain Taylor is training for one thing, and one thing only. He wants a championship belt again. Taylor, who held the middleweight championship from 2005 through 2007, will get his shot at the WBC super middleweight belt when he faces current WBC titleholder Carl Froch on Saturday, April 25, on Showtime Championship Boxing from MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The telecast will air live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Taylor (28-2-1, 17KO”s) said the knowledge that he could be champion again is the only incentive he needs to train like he never has before for this fight. He has a new perspective and appreciation for boxing after more than nine years as a professional fighter. “Every time I get up in the morning, I say to myself, let’s go get that belt back,” Taylor said. “Every fighter wants to be world champion and have a belt. I have a sense of purpose and motivation to be a world champion again.” (more…)
By Peter Lim
Undefeated prospects light heavyweight Alfonso Lopez, 12-0 (10 KOs), and featherweight Crystal Delgado, 8-0 (1 KO), co-headline Rock Solid Promotion’s latest fight night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom in Houston, TX, on March 26. Lopez will most likely pad his record against Billy Thompson, 8-9 (3 KOs), while 18-year-old Delgado faces the sternest test of her young career against Stacy Reile, 8-1 (3 KOs). The undercards are rife with unbeaten local fighters the likes of Willie Edwards, 5-0 (2 KOs), Sam DiPace, 5-0 (3KOs), Johana Mendez 3-0 (1 KO) and Dustin Jones 1-0 (1 KO). Perennial sparring partner to many highly-ranked lightweights/junior welterweights Jose “Tapita” Gutierrez, 12-5 (9 KOs), a vicious body puncher and local crowd favorite, will also fight on the card.
In December of 2005, Zef Ramirez founded his promotion company formally known as “Jew Boy” promotions. With the name change in 2006 to Zeferino Entertainment, the company has emerged as one of the most exciting new promotional outfits in the sport, and looks set to make 2009 a breakout year. Zeferino Entertainment is set to see two of it’s top prospects fighting in career defining fights in the coming months, and with a solid stable of fighters and hopeful young prospects, looks poised to make some noise in the sport for years to come . . . click here for more
Tickets are now on sale as Scott Wagner’s Ballroom Boxing and Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, present an evening of world class professional boxing on Thursday, April 2nd at Michael’s Eighth Avenue.
Tickets, starting at $35.00, can be purchased in advance, by calling the Ballroom Boxing Box Office at 410-766-7474. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:30pm. Michael’s Eighth Avenue is located at 7220 Grayburn Dr., in Glen Burnie, MD.. . . Click here for more
When Miguel Angel Torres steps inside the cage to defend the WEC® bantamweight title against Takeya Mizugaki on April 5, the entire mixed martial arts world will be focused on the championship bout. Yet in the midst of the electric atmosphere at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, no one will be more interested in the outcome than the winner of the night’s co-featured bout . . . Click here for more
TQS and Ultimate Fighting Championship® today announced a television deal to air UFC® events and programming, marking the first time in North American history that live UFC fights will be seen on terrestrial television. TQS has reached an agreement with UFC to present fights traditionally only aired via cable television networks . . . Click here for more
“Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey puts his undefeated record on the line March 28, when he faces fellow unbeaten junior middleweight Ronald Hearns in a 10-round bout on a special Saturday edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Yorgey is proud to have the opportunity to compete on national television. “If I’m a boxing fan and I don’t have SHOWTIME then I’m going to run out and get it,” the outgoing, well-spoken Bridgeport, Pa., resident said. “You’ve got two guys that are undefeated trying to make it to the top. It’s going to be great.” Detroit’s Hearns (21-0, 17 KOs), the son of legendary Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, and Yorgey (21-0-1, 9 KOs) will open the ShoBox telecast from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla. World-class super middleweight Andre Dirrell (17-0, 12 KOs), of Flint, Mich., will meet Derrick Findley (13-2, 8 KO’s) of Gary, Ind., in the ShoBox main event. The event is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and DiBella Entertainment. (more…)
World rated and unbeaten Julio César Chávez Jr, is ready to face Argentina’s Luciano Cuello on Saturday’s “Tijuana Thunder” pay-per-view card at the Plaza de Toros Monumental de Playas. Chavez Jr-Cuello will be for the vacant WBC super welterweight Latino title. “This is a very important fight for me, because it’s the beginning of what I’m sure will be one of the most important years of my career. I not only hope to win the fight, but to do so convincingly,” said Chavez Jr. (38-0-1, 29 KOs) during a press conference today in Los Angeles. (more…)
Undefeated son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (center), WBO junior bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (L) and WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto (R) pose during a Top Rank press conference Monday for their upcoming “Latin Fury 8 — Tijuana Thunder” pay-per-view extravaganza on Saturday, which will be broadcast live from the 21,000-seat Plaza de Toros Monumental bullring in Tijuana, Mexico. Chavez Jr. will battle Luciano Cuello in the main event while Soto will defend his title against Antonio Davis and Montiel will step up in weight to take on Diego Silva for the interim WBO bantamweight title.
Two new videos of world champions Timothy Bradley and Kendall Holt have now hit the web. Bradley (WBC) and Holt (WBO) are preparing to unify their 140-pound world titles on Saturday, April 4, live on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m. ET/PT).
Bradley Trash Talk: 101… Watch Bradley get trash talking lessons from Dexter star David Zayas, Inside the NFL reporter Jenn Brown and former NFL player and wrestling star Bill Goldberg.
Brandon Jacobs & Kendall Holt… See Holt and his childhood friend Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants workout together and discuss the fight ahead.
24 hours after his unsuccessful title challenge against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, “The Black Panther” Juan Carlos Gomez returned from Stuttgart to Hamburg by train instead of driving in a ‘Maybach’ [a German luxury car with prices starting at $344,000], which promoter Ahmet Öner had promised him in case of a win. Öner is now already planning the next steps for Gomez. “After this fight Juan deserves to take a short break and recover from all the stress and the hard work. He proved to be one of the best heavyweight boxers in the world today. It’s no shame to lose to the best and Vitali showed that he is the best right now. I am sure that after this great heavyweight fight Juan will still appear in the top spots of the world ratings. We will try to match him with a top ranked man – maybe from the WBA ratings – in his next fight so we can hopefully get another shot at a world title. I think Juan would easily beat Nikolai Valuev or Ruslan Chagaev. He definitely has what it takes to become heavyweight champion of the world and he still has time to make his dream come true!”
Jimenez Communications Inc and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the sixth edition of Boxeo La Revista will be available this Saturday as the official program of “Tijuana Thunder” to be held at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Playas de Tijuana. The magazine includes stories on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., his opponent Luciano Cuello, as well as features on world-champion Fernando Montiel and Humberto Soto. The 28-page glossy souvenir magazine also has stories on Tijuana’s rich boxing history and its champions and an in depth look at the greatest Tijuana champion ever, Erik “El Terrible” Morales. “We are excited about our first official program for 2009 taking place at a border city that has so much to offer and via our digital issue more fans all over the world will have an opportunity to enjoy this one in a lifetime edition,” said Rafael Soto, editor of Boxeo La Revista. See Tijuana Thunder’s digital edition.
All Star Boxing/Promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr. will present an interesting boxing show on April 3 with the return to South Florida of former WBA world champion Diosbelys Hurtado at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming. The event has been billed “The Homecoming” with Hurtado (40-3-1, 25 KOs) of Santiago, Cuba facing two-time world title challenger Arturo “El Silencioso” Morua (25-11-1, 14 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a clash scheduled for 12 rounds in the welterweight division. Also in action is undefeated Cuban prospect Lester “El Cubanito” Martinez, Orlando Gonzalez of Homestead and the US debut of Rodolfo “Epi” Gonzalez of Argentina. Seven fights are scheduled. Doors open at 7:30 PM, first bout 8:30 PM. Tickets are already on sale at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming 500 SW 177 Ave., Miami, FL or by calling (877) 242-6464. They are also available in www.ticketmaster.com. The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.
Feature story by Felipe Leon
With a broad grin displayed across his face, WBC Super Featherweight Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto fits right in at the CREA Gym run by Romulo Quirarte and his two sons, Romulo Jr. and Bobby.
At CREA, Soto has been prearing for his first defense of his title this coming Saturday night, against Antonio Davis (26-4, 13KO) of Atlanta, Ga., one of four fights on the PPV-televised “Latin Fury 8-Tijuana Thunder” card . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay (20-0. 14 KOs) will make his first world title defense against former WBA middleweight champ Masolino Masoe (29-5, 27 KOs) on the April 25 “Universum Champions Night” card at the KönigPALAST in Krefeld. Germany. The world title twinbill will also feature WBA middleweight Felix Sturm (31-2-1, 13 KOs) defending against unbeaten #14 power hitter Koji Sato (14-0, 13 KOs). Also scheduled is a very attractive bout between unbeaten middleweights WBA #3 Gennady Golovkin (15-0, 12 KOs) from the Spotlight Boxing Team and undefeated WBA #11 rated Tarvis Simms (24-0-1, 11 KOs). Popular heavyweight Markus Tomala (6-0, 3 KOs) faces Cuban Pedro Carrion (6-1, 4 KOs) in his toughest fight to date.
Report by Frank Coleman
Saturday night, a loud and enthusiastic crowd of 4,137, witnessed an outstanding night of boxing as Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, curator’s of the coast to coast “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” series and Cincinnati’s Tmax Events presented “3 The Hard Way” at the US Bank Arena . . . Click here for more.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales, photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
Although he starred on the popular boxing series on television, Miguel Espino (20-2, 9 KOs) is quickly living up to being an actual contender in the middleweight division. Espino dropped two-time former world champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia (26-5-1, 23 KOs) twice before Garcia quit on his stool after the completion of the sixth round at the Playboy Mansion in Bel Air, CA. With a possible title opportunity on the line in the near future, middleweight contender Roman Karmazin (38-3-1, 24 KOs) is not about to let anything get in his way. Not even the explosive hands of Antwun Echols. Karmazin was dropped by the hard-hitting Echols (31-10-4, 27 KOs), but began breaking the veteran down and eventually forced the referee’s stoppage in the seventh round of their scheduled ten round fight. The bout headlined a ten fight “Box Azteca” card, presented Top Rank, Bash Boxing, ESMG, Art of Boxing, Zanfer, Brian Halquist, and Rumbletime Promotions . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Potapov at ringside
Photos: Pavel Terekhov
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WBC heavyweight Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) won by technical knockout in the ninth round over official challenger Juan Carlos Gomez (44-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. (more…)
Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel has been an elite boxer for a long time, but 2009 could be the year that he finally gets the recognition he richly deserves as a two-time world champion and one of the best Mexican champions of his era. “I have waited in two different weight classes to face the big names but they have never wanted to fight me. But I feel that this could be my year as I move up in the bantamweight division to seek those big fights that have eluded me in the past”, said Montiel from his hometown in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. On Saturday night, Montiel will take on Diego Silva of Argentina for the the WBO Interim bantamweight championship in “Tijuana Thunder” a big pay-per-view card promoted by Top Rank that will be held at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Tijuana. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Promoter Brian Peters had warned that Bernard Dunne would “reach the top of the game of boxing ” on Saturday night in Dublin against Ricardo Cordoba. The Irishman won the WBA Jr Featherweight title with a come-from-behind, dramatic stoppage of the talented, favored Cordoba in what may have been the greatest night of Irish boxing. Brian Peters gambled on the upset and won. (more…)
For a young boxer with only 15 fights and a total of just 52 rounds of experience, Alfredo Angulo (15-0, 12 KOs) has been matched very tough in his recent bouts. Many promoters and boxers will not take that type of risk when just starting off. Undoubtedly that mindset comes from years of sparring with Antonio Margarito. Angulo was the main sparring partner for the Tijuana Tornado and their sessions have been proverbial gym wars. A rising star with a crowd-pleasing style, Angulo is intense and aggressive and perhaps even a little more of a complete fighter, having been an Olympian for his native Mexico. Angulo has certainly looked like a contender close to a championship fight in his last two bouts and now the undefeated junior middleweight will face former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron on May 30th. FightNews had the pleasure of speaking exclusively to the young star. (more…)
Former WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter (32-2, 23 KOs) is a man of his word. After losing his title to Vitali Klitschko last October in Germany, the powerful slugger vowed to redeem himself by taking on the best the division has to offer. Peter will jump right back into the thick of it against once-beaten and IBF #3 rated “Fast” Eddie Chambers (33-1, 18 KOs) this Friday, March 27, at the Nokia Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and televised live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. “I’m excited and I just can’t wait to prove I am back,” said an eager Peter. “What happened in Germany was not me. Don’t judge me on my last fight. Tune in on Friday night to see the real Samuel Peter.”
By Ray Wheatley
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
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IBF Pan Pacific Bantamweight champion Tantong Kiattaweesuk (10-0) defended the championship successfully when he stopped Singo Kinaro of Indonesia at Petchaburri, Thailand on Friday. Kiattweesuk dropped Kinaro from solid combinations for two counts in round two and was punishing him on the ropes when referee Somsak Sirianant terminated the bout at 2:36 of the round. (Kinaro is rated #1 contender in latest Indonesian Boxinig Assoccation ratings). In the main supporting bout, classy jr lightweight Vacharakrit Senahan (13-1) was impressive in outpointing Win Kilno Armase of Indonesia over eight rounds. Hard punching flyweight Ruslee Samoh (7-1) scored knockout in round one over Kongsak Sithsaithong. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang. Televised throughout Thailand on Channel 7 television network.
Ringside report & photos by Chris Cozzone
They don’t coddle their fighters in Mexico, at least not in Chihuahua. In fact, sometimes it seems as if they’re seeking to sink their rising stars in a sea of sharks. Last night, though, Chihuahua’s top two hopefuls, Marco “Dorado” Reyes and Victor “El Nene” Zaleta, not only swam with the sharks, but backed up the billed “Palabras Mayores” (Strong Words) card by letting their fists do the talking . . . Click here for full report and gallery
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Argentine welterweight Sebastián Luján (31-5-1, 19 KOs ) won a close fight against Venezuelan Charlie Navarro (17-3-0, 12 KOs) by majority decision in the main event of “Rosario de Nocauts” promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Aranno Promotions and HBO. The event took place at the Newells Old Boys soccer stadium in Rosario, Argentina with nearly 4,000 fans on hand. Judges Edgardo Codutti and Adalberto Lleonart scored it 116-112 for Luján, Ramón Cerdán had it 114-114. Referee was Jorge Basile. All officials were from Argentina.
In the co-feature, unbeaten Lucas Matthysse (24-0, 22 KOs) scored a second round KO over Dominican Luís Ernesto José (29-6, 24 KOs) in a bout for the WBO Latino super lightweight title.
Lightweight Carlos “Buby” Rodríguez (20-2, 10 KOs ) was a winner by sixth round KO over Alberto Santillán (15-2, 3 KOs).
Other Results: Cruiserweight Rogelio Rossi (10-2, 5 KOs ) won a six round unanimous decision over Orlando Farías (16-7, 6 KOs); lightweight Pablo Barboza (6-0, 3 KOs) topped Eduardo Monge (4-5-1, 1 KO) by unanimous decision in a four-rounder; lightweight Alejandro Gómez (10-16-3, 2 KOs) took a four round split decision over Leandro Almagro (9-10-1, 2 KOs); lightweight Lucas Obregón (3-0) won a unanimous four-round decision over Oscar Mutuverría (5-5-1).
By Lee Bates
Former multi-division world champion James Toney says he has split with longtime promoter Goossen Tutor and will launch his own promotional firm, Light Out Promotions. Toney’s manager/cornerman John Arthur will run the new group, which plans a kickoff in the second week of May at a venue to be named. Fittingly, Toney will headline the debut card.
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