Davis-Gogoladze headlines Feb. 3 ESPN card!


Davis-Gogoladze headlines Feb. 3 ESPN card!

PRESS RELEASE: Promoters Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions, Brian Young/Prize Fight Boxing, and Bill Kozerski/Fight Night Inc., will present a sensational championship fight card on Friday, February 3, 2006, at the International Banquet & Convention Center, located at 400 Monroe Street in downtown Detroit, Michigan. The featured fights will be televised live on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at 9:00 P.M. Eastern time.


ESPN2’S FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS will be part of a private party for invited V.I.P. guests on the Friday preceding Super Bowl Sunday in Detroit. Tickets are not available to the public.


In the main event scheduled for 12 rounds, Antonio Davis, 19-1, with 9 knockouts, of Atlanta, Georgia, will defend the NABO jr. lightweight title against Koba Gogoladze, 17-1, with 7 knockouts, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


33 year-old Davis has won 15 fights in a row dating back to his only loss in February, 2003. He won the vacant NABO 130-pound title in January, 2005, and is making his first title defense. Antonio is currently ranked No. 4 by the WBO.


Gogoladze, 32 years old, is a native of the Republic of Georgia and a former amateur star - he represented his home country in the 1996 Olympics, and was a three-time Soviet Union amateur champion.


In the co-featured bout scheduled for 10 rounds, Mary Jo Sanders, 19-0, 5 KOs, of Detroit, Michigan, will make her first defense of the WBC female welterweight world title against a Iva Weston, 10-3, 1 KO, of San Fernando, Trinidad. Mary Joe is the daughter of former Detroit Lions great Charlie Sanders, and currently the biggest attraction on the Detroit boxing scene.


Super middleweight prospect James McGirt Jr., 10-0, 6 KOs, of Vero Beach, Florida, will be featured in a special eight round attraction against an opponent to be announced.


Three more bouts are scheduled to complete the card. All bouts are subject to change without notice.