Lightweights Arturo "The Conqueror" Morua, 20-6-1 (13 KOs) and James "Too Sweet" Crayton, 33-19-2 (20 KOs) are the new headliners in a scheduled ten round bout as Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Top Rank presents the Aragon Rumble, to be broadcast internationally as part of Telefutura's Solo Boxeo weekly Friday night professional boxing series.
Morua was last seen in Chicago on September 10th as he upset world ranked Omar Weis. Last month, he defeated world ranked Carlos Maussa in Miami, FL winning the WBO Latino Junior Welterweight Title. Morua will look to continue his winning ways as he steps in against Crayton who most recently dropped a very close decision to top contender Javier Jauregui this past July. Crayton has faced very tough competition in his career, losing decisions to world champions Julio Diaz, Juan Lazcano, Gabriel Rueles and Stevie Johnston. Most recently he has upset wins over Ernesto Zepeda and Rogelio Castaneda.
The co-main event features a crosstown/showdown as Chicagoans Miguel Hernandez, 14-1 (9KOs) and Shay Mobley, 7-4-1 (2KOs) square off in a scheduled eight round slugfest. Hernandez is currently riding an eight bout winning streak and looks to continue his steady rise in the middleweight class. Mobley of One In a Million Boxing, was last seen in Chicago last June in a six round bout against David Estrada broadcast on ESPN2.
Said Hernandez about the fight, "its going to be a tough match for me, Mobley 's going to come to fight and I'm sure he'll have his supporters and I'm sure I'll have mine. Hopefully, its another step up the ladder for me."
In a special six round attraction, middleweight prospects Carlos Molina, 4-1 (2KOs) of Green Bay, WI and Joe Lynch, 4-0 (2KOs) of Buffalo, MN will square off. Molina last appeared in Chicago this past September in a very hard fought battle against Jonathan Ogden. Lynch made his Chicago debut two months ago cruising to a four round decision over Trinidad Garcia. Other Chicagoland fan favorites on the card include featherweight sensation Frankie Tafoya, middleweight Ottu Holifield, the pro debut of amateur standout Francisco Rodriguez and female newcomer Rita Figueroa.
Stated Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, "its a new year and our commitment to our growing loyal following is to continue to bring them "The Best in Chicago Boxing." We've updated our website at www.8countproductions.com
and our huge fan base will find information updated there on an almost daily basis. There's plenty happening at 8 Count Productions and we'll continue to keep our fans informed on a continuous basis."
The open to the public weigh-in for this spectacular evening of boxing takes place at 7pm this Thursday at Ritchie's LTD. Nightclub, located at 2748 W. 59th Street on the Southwest Side of Chicago. The newly remodeled Aragon Ballroom is located at 1106 W. Lawrence Ave. near the corner of Lawrence and Broadway in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood and is easily accessible, just 4 blocks west of Lake Shore Drive and just 4 miles east of the Kennedy expressway. There are three large parking lots located within a 1/2 block of the Aragon Ballroom. Additionally, the Howard Street Blue Line stops just across the street. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale now by calling 312-226-5800. Doors open at 6pm, with the first bell scheduled for 7pm .
The full bout sheet is as follows:
Arturo Morua vs. James Crayton, ten rounds, lightweights
Miguel Hernandez vs. Shay Mobley, eight rounds, middleweights
Carlos Molina vs Joe Lynch, six rounds, junior middleweights
Frankie Tafoya vs Clarence Bunkholt, four rounds, featherweights
Ottu Holified vs. Allen Medina, four rounds, middleweights
Francisco Rodriguez vs. LaShaun Blair, four rounds, bantamweights
Rita Figueroa vs. Sarina Hayden, four rounds, women's junior welterweights