Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite is proud to announce further details of Mexican Independence Brawl at the Hawthorne Race Course on Friday, September 10th.
The Hawthorne Race Course is located at 35th and Laramie on the Chicago/Cicero border, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson expressways. Tickets, starting at $25, are available in advance by calling 312-226-5800. Doors open at 6pm, first bell is at 7pm.
After a very long search over the past three weeks amongst top junior welterweights prospects all over the country, Floridian Derrick Wilmore, 6-3 (1 KO) will head to Chicago to face Al "Speedy" Gonzales, 14-1-1 (7 KO's) in the co-main event of Telefutura's SOLO BOXEO Friday night internationally broadcast boxing series.
Speaking about the difficulty finding a dance partner for this bout, "Speedy" said, "its been crazy, Jerry (Alfano, matchmaker for 8 Count Productions) has been on the phone for the last three weeks. All these guys talk about fighting anybody, its all bull. This is a great opportunity to fight on live TV, for good money, and a chance to show what you've got against another top prospect and yet nobody wanted the fight."
"I'm out here in LA with Jessie Reid getting in terrific shape and these guys are on the internet running their mouths but then when it comes down to fighting they back off, cause they're not in the gym or they're not ready"
Speaking specifically about Wilmore, "Speedy" said, "I hear he's a tough guy from Florida and I'm sure he sees this as his opportunity to show the world what he's got. Guys like this that are sort of unseen you gotta be very careful of. The guy that just beat Luciano a couple of weeks back had just a couple of pro fights and I heard he really came to fight. I gotta be smart here and prepare myself as if he's world ranked so I don't get surprised."
Headlining the action packed card is a terrific junior welterweight showdown between Argentinean Omar Weis, 30-4-3 (16KO's) against Arturo Morua, 18-6-1 (13KO's).
Also appearing on the card is Illinois State Middleweight Champion, "Macho" Miguel Hernandez, 12-1 (7KO's), super middleweight Don "Da Bomb" George making his pro debut and middleweight Carlos Molina, 2-0 and middleweight Rudy Cisneros, 1-1 (1KO) in separate bouts.