As the 2006 Winter Olympic Games wind down in Torino, Italy with disappointing medal results for the United States, the only member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic squad to win a boxing Gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia – unbeaten middleweight Andre Ward – will headline an exciting eight-bout pro card at the Tachi Palace Casino & Hotel in Lemoore, CA tomorrow night.
The show will mark the debut telecast of a Goossen Tutor Promotions on the Mark Cuban-owned HDNet, a subscription service which is the leader in high definition broadcasting, producing and televising more hours of original HDTV sports, entertainment and news programming each week than any other network.
“We’re having a double celebration,” promoter Dan Goossen revealed. “This show marks the first of Goossen Tutor’s relationship with Mark Cuban and HDNet and it comes on the 22nd birthday of Olympic Gold medalist and budding superstar Andre Ward who is headlining the show. We are confident that both the Goossen Tutor-HDNet association and the career of Andre Ward have a golden future.”
Ward (7-0, 4 KOs), from Oakland, CA, will take on Wisconsin’s Kendall Gould (7-7-1, 4 KOs) in a six-round main event. Viewed as the future superstar of the middleweight division, inside and outside the ring, Ward was just the second boxer to be signed to an endorsement deal by Jordan Brand, a division of Nike, the first being Roy Jones, Jr.
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Travis Walker (14-0-1, 12 KOs) also will be featured in a six-round contest. A native of Colorado Springs, CO, Walker has been credited with decking Russian behemoth Vitali Klitschko in a heated sparring session and causing him to call it a career. He will be pitted against hard-hitting Iowan Travis Fulton (13-13, 13 KOs).
Another exciting bout on the card is a clash of cruiserweights: local favorite, Fresno’s Charles Davis (17-8-1, 4 KOs) battles Danny Batchelder (23-1-1, 11 KOs) of Phoenix. Davis will be defending his WBC Continental Cruiserweight title in a scheduled 10-rounder.
There will be five other action-packed bouts on the card starting at 6:15 PM PST, with the first bout to be seen on HDNet at 7:00 PM PST. Cable and satellite subscribers should contact their local cable or satellite provider for programming package and channel location information, or go online at http://hd.net