|Windy City Fight Night Boxing Notes
By Special Report on Doghouse Boxing (Jan 27, 2011)
This Friday night’s January 28th card marks the 13th anniversary of 8 Count Productions presenting monthly professional boxing cards in the Chicago area. The first 8 Count Productions event was held on February 20, 1998 at the Park West Theatre on the Near North side of Chicago and was headlined by contenders Rocky Martinez and Mike Garcia in separate bouts.
Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions reports that advance sales are among the highest they’ve ever been. “These are the biggest numbers we’ve seen in Chicago with the exception of Diaz/Morales in 2007 and Vargas/Castillejo in 2005. Chicago is absolutely a terrific fight town and the fans are in for a sensational evening on Friday night.”
The public weigh-in for WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 15 is on Thursday night, January 27th at Club Aquarius, 2459 N. Pulaski Road at 7pm.
Advance tickets can be purchased by calling the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800. Tickets will also be available at the UIC Pavilion Box Office on Friday night. Doors will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm
The full bout lineup is:
David Diaz vs. Robert Frankel, ten rounds, lightweights
Andrzej Fonfara vs. Adam Jaco, eight rounds, light heavyweights
Jaime Herrera vs. Alex DeLeon, six rounds, welterweights
Genaro Mendez vs. Keandre Gibson, four rounds, junior welterweights
Anton Novikov vs. Dashon Johnson, eight rounds, welterweights
Achour Esho vs. Corey Rodriguez, six rounds, welterweights
Ramiro Carrillo vs. Clifford McPherson, four rounds, junior welterweights
Aslanbek Kozaev vs. Hector Alatorre, six rounds, junior welterweights
Numerous legends and world champions have passed through the 8 Count ring over the years including; Johnny Tapia, James Toney, Erik Morales, Fernando Vargas, David Diaz, Angel Manfredy, Montell Griffin, Abner Mares, Ray Mercer, Cory Spinks, Oba Carr, Nate Campbell, Wilfredo Rivera and Julio Cesar Gonzalez
Local favorites over the years who have thrilled Chicagoland fight crowds at 8 Count shows include; Freddie Cuevas, Jose Hernandez, Francisco Rodriguez, Luciano Perez, Miguel Hernandez, Rita Figueroa and the current crop of excellent prospects; Andrzej Fonfara, Jaime Herrera, Ramiro Carrillo Adrian Granados, Achour Esho and Genaro Mendez.
Five fights that stand out in Pesoli’s mind over the last thirteen years are Freddie Cuevas’ knockout of former world champion Wilfredo Rivera, David Diaz’s world title defense against Erik Morales, Jose Hernandez’ knockout of Jason Litzau, promoting Fernando Vargas’ Chicago fight and the Chicago urban legend brawl between Jimmy Gonzalez and Michael Walker.
‘Freddie’s fight with Rivera was a real war, both guys taking lots of punishment; it was a very hot summer night in 2002. In the seventh round, Freddie came off the ropes, drilled Rivera with a monstrous right hand and Rivera went down very hard and the fight was over. Terrific fight that was broadcast on Telemundo.”
“David beating Morales was huge, there were over 10,000 people at the Allstate Arena and David showed he was a true champion by winning the final rounds after being behind early. A great night for Chicago boxing.”
“Jose Hernandez went down to Miami, Florida in December 2006, dropped Litzau in the first, lost the next six rounds and just as the announcers on HBO were calling for a stoppage in the eighth, Jose dropped him again and then twice more to end the fight.”
“Our first big event was Main Events bringing Fernando Vargas to Chicago in August of 2005. The demand for tickets was huge and that night truly cemented our place in Chicago boxing. Sold over 12,000 tickets that night. Fernando spent two weeks here promoting the event; he was fantastic to work with.”
“Finally, I have to mention the Jimmy Gonzalez/Michael Walker fight from July 2005 which wasn’t televised. It was at the Aragon on a very muggy night. Jimmy only had two fights; Walker had won his first seven. There was real animosity from their amateur days and when the fight started fans gathered around the ring, like they were going to watch a street fight.”
“From the opening bell it was nothing but vicious power shots, each one designed to knockout the other, I don’t think they threw ten jabs the whole fight between them. The crowd was pretty evenly divided and they were screaming the whole time. It ended in a draw, a true urban legend for Chicago fight fans.”
“I’ve promoted sensational nights of boxing and made numerous friends over the last thirteen years; hopefully 8 Count can continue to provide THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING for the next thirteen. It’s truly an honor to promote shows here in Chicago .”
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