HOLLYWOOD, Florida (November 5, 2005) – What do you call a boxing event packed with hard-hitting contenders from around the globe putting their fistic careers on the line in a quest for that always-elusive moment of glory?
You could call it an early Holiday gift for fight fans.
We call it “Global Warfare.”
On Thursday, December 15th, Warriors Boxing in association with Sampson Lewkowicz, Nafta Moskva and Duva Boxing return to the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida with an evening of world-class professional boxing destined to start your end of year fireworks with a bang.
In the main event, it’s “The Nightmare before Christmas” as top Heavyweight contender Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (24-1, 21 KOs) returns. He is coming off his “Fight of the Year” candidate with Wladimir Klitschko where he had the Russian giant down three times and came within inches of knocking him out! Peter will face rugged Robert Hawkins (21-4, 7 KOs), from the fighting city of Philadelphia.
And while a main event featuring one of boxing’s rising stars in a tough fight alone is worth the price of admission, Warriors Boxing is just getting started.
In the co-main event, imposing Heavyweight contender Lance “Mount” Whitaker (31-3-1, 26 KOs), lives up to his desire to fight only the best in the world when he tackles unbeaten 2000 Olympic silver medalist, Russian bomber Sultan Ibragimov (18-0, 15 KOs), in a 12-round title fight that will likely produce a future challenger for one of the world champions in boxing’s glamour division.
Also featured will be undefeated Colombian junior welterweight star Juan Urango (16-0-1, 13 KOs), who looks to carry the momentum from August’s knockout victory over Andre Eason as he defends his WBO and IBF Latino titles against former world champion Cesar Bazan (44-7-1, 29 KOs) from Mexico This is a huge step up for this young contender.
“We’ve started a good thing here at the Hard Rock Live Arena, and it’s turning into a snowball effect for the boxing business,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Warriors Boxing. “The fans are showing up in droves, and the fighters are responding in kind by asking for the toughest fights possible. These are the kinds of shows that will help resuscitate this great sport, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
Nigerian-born Samuel Peter (24-1, 21 KOs) needs no introduction to fight fans. Perhaps the most talked about young Heavyweight in the game today, the 25-year-old knockout artist is seen by practically all fight observers as a future world champion. Fresh off his decision loss to former World Champion Wladimir Klitschko, Peter gained valuable experience in a bout that will only make this former Olympian more dangerous in the months and years to come.
Blessed with power in both hands and the wisdom that comes from being at or near the top of the heavyweight division for the better part of the past six years, Lance Whitaker (31-3-1, 26 KOs) believes he is ready to make his run at a world championship in 2006. Winner of his last two bouts by knockout (and four of his last five), California’s Whitaker is in his physical prime as a heavyweight fighter, and that’s bad news for the rest of the division.
Few knew of Sultan Ibragimov when he first started making a name for himself in the division over the last couple of years. After winning the silver medal in the 2000 Olympics, Ibragimov has reeled off 18 straight wins, with only three going the distance.
Boxing fans knew Juan Urango before August 26th, and they knew the Colombian junior welterweight was a fighter to watch out for, but after his decisive seventh round stoppage of Andre Eason in a late-summer matchup, “Iron Twins” has become must-see TV for any follower of the sweet science. Ranked in the top ten by three of the four major world sanctioning bodies, Urango is chasing after a world title in 2006, and he’s moving fast.
Tickets are on sale now for “Global Warfare”. They are priced at $150, $100 and $50. For more information please call the Hard Rock Live Box Office at .954.797.5531 or contact Ticketmaster at .954.523.3309 in Broward, 305.358.5885 in Dade, 561.966.3309 in Palm Beach or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
“Global Warfare” will air live on In Demand Pay-Per-View. Suggested retail price is $19.95.
Doors open at 6:30pm and the first bell rings at 7:30pm.