ARTUR SZPILKA TAKES ON MANUEL QUEZADA FRIDAY

POPULAR CHICAGO HEAVYWEIGHT ARTUR SZPILKA TAKES ON MANUEL QUEZADA AT UIC PAVILION ON FRIDAY, JUNE 12

Plus Exciting Stars Anthony Peterson, Dominique Dolton & Elieder Alvarez All In Action As Premier Boxing Champions On Spike Returns To Chicago

CHICAGO (June 9, 2015) – A full slate of exciting fights round out a stacked undercard coming to UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, June 12 as heavyweight bruiser and fan favorite Artur Szpilka (18-1, 13 KOs) takes on Manuel Quezada (29-9, 18 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight attraction.

The full night of undercard action supports the Premier Boxing Champions on Spike doubleheader that features Cuban boxing sensation Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) taking on veteran Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KOs) and Russian knockout artist Artur Beterbiev (8-0, 8 KOs) facing Alexander Johnson (16-2, 7 KOs). This edition of PBC on Spike begins at 9 p.m. ET. Doors at UIC Pavilion open at 5 p.m. CT with the first fight set for 5:15 p.m. CT.

Also competing in undercard action is the explosive Anthony Peterson (34-1, 22 KOs) who battles Ammeth Diaz (32-11, 23 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight bout and undefeated rising contender Eleider Alvarez (16-0, 9 KOs), who battles Anatoliy Dudchenko (16-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight duel.

Ronald Hearns, the son of the legendary Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, returns to the ring to(27-5, 21 KOs) face David Thomas (10-4-2, 8 KOs) in a six-round super welterweight contest while undefeated prospect Domonique Dolton (16-0, 8 KOs) faces Victor Fonseca (9-4-1, 7 KOs)in eight rounds of super welterweight action.

The card also features a slew of Illinois’ top prospects including 24-year-old Ramiro Carillo (8-0, 5 KOs) out of Chicago battling 31-year-old Dedrick Bell (12-23-1, 7 KOs) out of Memphis in a six-round welterweight contest and Chicago’s Josh Hernandez will make his pro debut as he faces 23-year-old Joe Estrada (0-3)from Kearney, Missouri in a four-round welterweight battle.

Rounding out the local flavor is 20-year-old Jose Quezada (6-0, 5 KOs) from Alsip, Ill., taking on 26-year-old Jeffrey Ramos (4-3, 2 KOs)from Puerto Rico in a six-round lightweight bout and 22-year-old undefeated prospect Eddie Ramirez (8-0, 6 KOs) out of Aurora, Ill., battling 35-year-old Gerardo Cuevas (17-14, 15 KOs) from Mexico City in an eight-round junior welterweight attraction.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing in association with Group Yvon Michel (GYM) and Star Boxing, are priced at $151, $101, $51, and $31, not including applicable service charges, and are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or UIC Pavilion Box Office at (312) 413-5740. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the UIC Pavilion Box Office (Thursday or Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.).

With only one loss to the undefeated Bryant Jennings on his record, the 26-year-old Szpilka will look to build on his most recent victories, a unanimous decision in Nov. 2014 over heavyweight star Tomas Adamek and a second round TKO over Ty Cobb in April. Born in Wieliczka, Poland, he has made a name for himself in Chicago having fought there three times before and picking up knockout victories each time. He faces the 38-year-old Quezada out of Wasco, California by way of Mexico.

The brother of former world champion Lamont Peterson, the 30-year-old Peterson hopes to soon make a name for himself on the big stage. Owner of wins over Daniel Attah, Dominic Salcido and Marcos Leonardo Jimenez, the Washington, D.C. product is looking to win his fifth consecutive fight on June 12. He will be opposed by the 32-year-old former world title challenger Diaz who fights out of Panama.

A 2008 Colombian Olympian, the 31-year-old Alvarez has risen to contender status in the light heavyweight division as he remained undefeated with three big wins in 2014. Fighting out of Montreal by way of Columbia, his 2015 debut will also be his U.S. debut when he takes on the 36-year-old Dudchenko who fights out of Los Angeles by way of Ukraine.

Son of the legendary Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, the 36-year-old Hearns looks to build on his last win, a fifth round knockout over Roberto Ventura in Dec. 2014. The Southfield, Michigan native is an exceptional athlete who played Division 1 basketball at American University while getting his degree in Criminal Justice. He faces the 32-year-old Thomas out of Evansville, Indiana.

Undefeated since turning pro in 2008, the 25-year-old Dolton got off to a strong start in 2015 as he dominated Juan Carlos Rojas in February. The Detroit-native looks to keep his momentum going when he meets the 22-year-old Mexican Fonseca on June 12.

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

These match ups are disgusting and are the closest thing to fixed fights with bags of cash being passed around. This card is a step back for boxing.


-deepwater2 :

Look at the money line to see what type if mismatches we have here. You must bet $3300 to win a $100 on AS You must bet $8000 to win $100 on lara In comparison ,Porter is the slight favorite against Broner, you must bet 125 to win 100 on SP. The more I think of it, I don't think Broner will win, but the way things are with most things bring stacked against Porter with the catch weight and most likely blind judges, I see Broner with the upset. disputed of course.


-Bernie Campbell :

What in the name of Polish Ca Ca signifys this fight! A better fight would be Szplilka and Chagaev! Chagaev is still rated in Rings top ten! If Szplylka wants to climb the ladder this is the second rung! (Absolutely Ludercrous)!


-stormcentre :

It's going to be interesting to see how long this practice - which is not uncommon in boxing outside of PBC, but certainly more pronounced within it and particularly with some fights - goes on for. Clearly PBC is leaning on the fact that many households that Haymon's "free to air" fights are broadcasted to, are as clueless about boxing as a wild Equus Asinus. Speaking of PBC and their fighters; Guerrero's last fight was interesting for many (perhaps related) reasons, including; A) Robert was - despite a recent family issue/tragedy (nothing directly to do with his wife this time) - clearly unprepared for the resistance and offence that Martinez provided. B) It "appeared" that Robert had entered the ring believing that the risk was either, so low, or adequately managed; due to the fact that Martinez' last fight was just over a year ago and resulted in a * KO loss for him - which suggests a matchmaking deficiency. Or (depending on if you work for PBC or not) a matchmaking proficiency. * Guerrero was matched with Martinez, whom going in, had not only not fought for 14 months beforehand, but the last time he had done so it resulted in a KO loss in round 5, to Josesito Lopez. Prior to that, almost 1 year to the day, Martinez fought Alberto Herrera (8-8-1 going in) and won by decision. Then, 7 months prior to fighting Herrera, Martinez had lost a 10 round decision to the same Jessie Vargas that is penned to face Tim Bradley. So, even a Jackass could easily see not only what the PBC matchmaking objectives were here - but also how they were so loaded that they possibly even removed the typically critical requirement to properly prepare for a fight; as Robert looked like he was just there to collect (a not too shabby) cheque, but instead - for a while at least - got both a nasty little surprise (was out on his feet and knocked down) and also a little wake up call. In the crowd of the Guerrero V Martinez fight Rios could be seen laughing at the spectacle of it all. And that's not to say that I am. Smiling perhaps, but not laughing. :) :) :)


-deepwater2 :

Fighting set ups and stay busy fights is nothing new. What is new is a monopoly trying to take over the sport and calling itself premiere boxing champions and feeding us garbage fights all the while telling us that it is a filet mignon, all the while it is expired meat. The ghost barley won, if he actually did win, because a lot of fans say he lost, to a guy who was decked in his last fight and only has 3 knockouts to his name. The reports say tsAH's company is down 100 million and lost 28% of its value. If that is true, how will this sham outfit turn a profit? It won't with these rotten matchups. These rotten match ups are boxing's dirty secret to be played out off of tv not highlighted on "free tv" TsAH is lining his pockets and laughing on his walk to the bank.


-stormcentre :

Yep, gotta give credit where it's due D2. You were one of the first few that raised the alarm bells about PBC. In Texas they have a saying for what seems to be going on with PBC; "all hat and no cattle". Same as all talk and no action. Personally - and I agree it was a tricky fight to score - I have Robert just ahead at the end of his Martinez fight. But, I would not have cried out if Martinez got the nod. A draw would have been fair too. As far as PBS and/or Haymon's commercial strategy is concerned; I can't substantiate this, but I wouldn't be surprised if it travels along the lines of securing the lion's share of marketable (in more ways than how they perform in the ring) fighters, and then waiting for some of the other major promoters fighting stock/stable dry out. Time will tell. :)


-deepwater2 :

Yep, gotta give credit where it's due D2. You were one of the first few that raised the alarm bells about PBC. In Texas they have a saying for what seems to be going on with PBC; "all hat and no cattle". Same as all talk and no action. Personally - and I agree it was a tricky fight to score - I have Robert just ahead at the end of his Martinez fight. But, I would not have cried out if Martinez got the nod. A draw would have been fair too. As far as PBS and/or Haymon's commercial strategy is concerned; I can't substantiate this, but I wouldn't be surprised if it travels along the lines of securing the lion's share of marketable (in more ways than how they perform in the ring) fighters, and then waiting for some of the other major promoters fighting stock/stable dry out. Time will tell. :)
Thanks. If Pbc put on competitive pick em fights regularly I would applaud them. It's rare that they do. The matchmaking is weak at best and fixed at worst. The match ups are biggest problems. Saturating different channels with non competitive fights do a big disservice to boxing. Professional boxing is the red light district and it feels watered down when certain aspects are removed. Ring girls, announcers in the ring, fighters walking in with their entourages and music add to the fight. Pbc has removed those things. Boxing is a sport where the police commissioner ,a list movie stars, criminals, hookers, Wall Street bankers and a local union electrician can all sit in the same section and cheer for a knockout.