Main Events Drama: 3 Events Set the Stage for Promoters Action Packed Weekend
Main Events is gearing up for a weekend jam-packed with non-stop boxing excitement, including a world title fight. Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO said “This weekend will be our most exciting ‘production’ in quite sometime. It’s certain to be two nights of action-packed boxing drama.”
On Friday, September 18, Main Events Welterweight, Henry Crawford, 22-0-1, 9 KO’s, of Paterson, NJ, will take on Antwone Smith, 16-1-1. 8 KO’s, of Miami, FL, on Showtime’s “The New Generation Series” at Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, CA. Crawford is undefeated and it will be his first Showtime appearance. He jumped at the opportunity to fight even though it only left him with 18 days to prepare. He didn’t even quibble about money. “For me it’s all about exposure and showing everyone who Henry Crawford is,” said Crawford. Main Events is looking forward to a win which will surely open doors to future televised matches.
Another Main Events fighter, Giovanni Lorenzo, 27-1-0, 19 KO’s, from the Dominican Republic will travel to Germany to challenge Sebastian Sylvester, 31-3-0, 15 KO’s, of Greifswald, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, on Sylvester’s home turf for the vacant IBF Middleweight title. Giovanni’s’ manager, Rich Ryan, spoke of fighting in the midst of the opponent’s home crowd, “We actually prefer it. There is no pressure. All the pressure will be on Sylvester to perform for his family and friends. Giovanni is relaxed; he is used to traveling for fights. Giovanni’s size and strength is our asset and we intend to use that to our advantage.”
Kathy Duva said, “We’ll be on pins and needles all weekend as we await the results of the fights in California and Germany. This is an exciting weekend for us. We wish we could clone ourselves to be in all these places at the same time! We anticipate victorious news from both the West Coast and Europe!”
September 19, “Night of Thunder: A Tribute to Arturo Gatti”, holds a special place in Main Events’ hearts. This evening at Bally's Atlantic City is dedicated to the honor of Arturo Gatti’s memory. In addition to 7 bouts of outstanding local talent, will be tributes to, and special memories of the former two division champion. A 10 round Super Bantamweight fight between Philadelphia, PA’s, Teon Kennedy, 13-0, 5 KO’s and Lante Addy, 6-4, 4 KO’s of Accra, Ghana, will highlight a card sure to please all the fans who were once addicted to the Gatti phenomenon. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com