"ALL FOR ONE!"
NO. 1 CONTENDERS
WINKY WRIGHT & SAM SOLIMAN
TO DUKE IT OUT FOR THE TOP SPOT!
SAT., DECEMBER 10 -- MOHEGAN SUN -- HBO
LOCAL FAVORITE CHAD DAWSON, FROM NEW HAVEN,
HIGHLIGHTS SPECTACULAR UNDERCARD
IN THE MOHEGAN SUN ARENA
TICKETS ON SALE TODAY!
UNCASVILLE, CT (November 9, 2005) Mohegan Sun and Gary Shaw Productions, in association with Goossen-Tutor Promotions, present “All for One!”, a sensational night of boxing action on Saturday, December 10, as the WBC/WBA No. 1 middleweight contender Winky Wright (49-3, 25 KOs), from St. Petersburg, FL battles the IBF’s top-rated middleweight contender Sam “The King” Soliman (31-7, 12 KOs), from Melbourne, Australia in a 12-round middleweight bout that will determine the division’s true No. 1 contender. The undercard is highlighted by local favorite and undefeated super middleweight contender Chad Dawson (19-0, 13 KOs), from New Haven, CT. Dawson is currently world-rated No. 16 by the WBC, and No. 2 by the NABF.
The action begins at 7:30pm live from the Mohegan Sun Arena and will be televised live on HBO’s “World Championship Boxing,” beginning at 10 P.M. ET / 7 P.M. PT. Tickets go on sale today, priced at $150, $90, and $50, and are available through the Mohegan Sun Box Office and Ticketmaster. Customers may log onto ticketmaster.com; call any Ticketmaster phone number; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.
Wright, the former undisputed junior middleweight champion and the only three-belt World Champion in Division History, defeated future Hall of Famer Felix Trinidad from Puerto Rico in May. The pay-per-view fight, which was purchased by 500,000 viewers the biggest boxing PPV in 2005 proved to be Wright’s best career performance yet.
Most ringside media, and one judge, had him winning all 12 rounds of their WBC-sanctioned title elimination bout, while the two remaining judges gave Winky 11 of the 12. Trinidad subsequently retired for a second time after his fight with Wright. (Winky's fight-by-fight record. Link courtesy boxingrec.com. http://boxrec.com/boxer_display.php?boxer_id=003600)
Soliman has established himself as an elite middleweight contender by riding a four-year, 19-bout winning streak, including a 12-round unanimous decision over former IBO champion Raymond Joval, in July 2004, in an IBF-sanctioned title elimination bout on scores of 120-107, 120-107, and 119-108. In his most recent fight, last July, Soliman, won a 10-round unanimous decision, again almost pitching a shutout, over Fernando Zuniga. Both of these performances took place in the U.S. and helped establish him as a force to be reckoned with in the division.
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