Further details of LATIN SHOWDOWN, Chicagoland's biggest professional boxing card of 2004 have been announced as Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite returns to Hawthorne Race Course on Friday, October 15th. This marks the second straight month that Telefutura's internationally broadcast Friday night boxing series originates from the South Side of Chicago.
The Hawthorne Race Course is located at 35th and Laramie, just minutes from both the Stevenson and Eisenhower expressways. Doors for this internationally televised event open at 6pm, with the first bell at 7pm. Tickets, starting at $25 are available now by calling 312-226-5800. For this event, the very spacious second floor ballroom at the Hawthorne Race Course will be used to allow for the expected large audience.
Headlining the live, internationally televised action packed card is the return to Chicago of Mexican legend, former world champion, Cesar Bazan, 43-6-1 (20KO's) of Mexico City, Mexico in a ten round welterweight battle against tough veteran Francisco Campos, 17-1-1 (9KO's) of Cartago, Costa Rica. Bazan made his first appearance in Chicago this past February in a fight shortened by his opponent's continual low blows resulting in a second round disqualification win for Bazan in front of a packed DePaul Athletic Center of 3,500 local fight fans.
Just announced is a terrific co-headlining bout featuring Illinois State Middleweight Champion "Macho" Miguel Hernandez, 13-1 (8KO's) and the highly skilled Texan, Victor Lares, 8-1 (2KO's) of Corpus Christi in a scheduled eight rounder.
Also just added to the card is the return of welterweight fan favorite Luciano "EL GALLO BRAVO" Perez, 9-1 (8KO's) in a scheduled six rounder against Joseph Pujoe, 3-2-1 of Gary, IN. Speaking after a long sparring session at JABB Boxing Gym, Luciano said "the last fight was very tough, but I look forward to putting on a terrific show for the huge 8 Count crowd. I wasn't at my best last time and need to get back in the winning column. Buendia was tough, but I can do better and I'd like to fight him again." Perez also promised a full mariachi band as part of his walk to the ring on October 15th.
Speaking of Pujoe, Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions said, "I just saw him fight in Merrillville, IN a couple of weeks back. He had been off for a couple of years, but he looked very good winning a six round decision. Luciano's facing a tough guy, but that's how we do things--there's no easy fights at an 8 Count event."
Other bouts on the card include the Chicagoland middleweight cross-town showdown between David "The Weasal" Estrada, 6-1 (4KO's) and Michael "The Midnight Stalker" Walker, 4-0 (4KO's) of One in a Million Promotions, in a scheduled six rounder.
A four round featherweight bout features local newcomers, Frankie Tafoya, 1-0 (1KO) and Omar Reyes, making his pro debut.
Other local favorites appearing on the card include middleweight Don "DA Bomb" George, 2-0 (2KO's) and
"Hurricane" Ivan Rodriguez, 1-0 (1KO) in separate four rounders.
In a special feature women's bout, newcomers Rita Figueroa and Courtney Elliott will battle in a scheduled four round junior welterweight bout.
Open for only ten months, JABB Boxing Gym has quickly become the premier workout location for an array of professional and amateur boxers as well as a large contingent of those looking to stay in great shop through their multitude of classes, camps and private lessons. JABB Boxing Gym is located at 410 N. Oakley on the near northwest side of Chicago. Visit their terrific new website at www.jabbboxing.com