Montell Griffin to fight Corey Cummings in hometown bout


Montell Griffin to fight Corey Cummings in hometown bout

Press Release: “Nine years is a long time to be fighting out of town, I’m thrilled to be fighting at home on June 20th” said former world titlist Montell “ICE” Griffin after a training session in his native Chicago. "I’ve been on the road for while and it’s nice that my kids and family can come see me fight in Chicago,” continued Griffin who was tutored in the past by the legendary Eddie Futch. Griffin, 48-7 with 30 knockouts over his 15 year career, will battle Baltimore native Corey Cummings, 16-2 (12KO’s) in a ten-round light heavyweight bout on a show presented by Dominic Pesoli’s  8 Count Productions, on Friday, June 20th at the Aragon Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the 8 Count Production offices at 312-226-5800. The Aragon Ballroom is located at 1106 W. Lawrence Ave. Doors for this event will open at 5:30pm with the first bell at 6:30pm.

About the current status of his career, Griffin was candid, “I know the deal at this point. I want to get to 50 wins and another shot at the world title. I’m training for Cummings like I would for a world title fight, there is absolutely no way I’m going into this fight at anything less than 100%. Hopefully a win here puts me in line for a bigger fight”, said the 1992 US Olympian.

In regards to the some of his biggest battles of his career including the DQ win over Roy Jones Jr., the wins over James Toney and controversial Rico Hoye decision loss Griffin said, “I never got the credit for the win over Roy because he got DQ’ed. The scores were close at the time of the stoppage and I believe I would have won if the fight had gone 12.  When I fought Toney in 1995 he was coming off the loss to Roy Jones. I beat him and folks said it was a fluke, so I beat him again the following year.

"Against Rico Hoye everyone who watched that fight on Showtime saw what happened. It was a waste of time having to fight him and then not get the title shot against Clinton Woods.”

Said promoter Dominic Pesoli about Griffin, ‘I’m proud to have him on our card on June 20th. He’s been a great fighter for many years and Chicago fight fans are in for a real treat in seeing him fight.”

Headlining the show will be a bantamweight clash as Alex Valdez, (20-2-1 with 15 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico battles Accra, Ghana native Anyetei Laryea (17-4 with 8 KOs) over ten rounds.

In the co-main event, Salinas, California super bantamweight Alejandro Perez, 12-0-1, squares off against Mexico City’s Adolfo Landeros, 17-10-1, in a scheduled eight rounder.

On the undercard, Chicago favorite Ivan Popoca, 6-0-1, will face Khristian Geraci, 3-2-1, in a six round welterweight bout. Also on the undercard, Michigan native Frederico Flores Jr. 4-2 (2KO’s) faces Chicagoan Gustavo Palacios, 2-3 (1KO’s) over four rounds.

Rounding out the card is a four round junior lightweight battle between Chicago native Juan Bailon, 2-0 and Mexico’s Gerardo Alarcon, 0-1.