GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents “Johnson VS Gunn” Beginning on January 6 on TCN & CSN

GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN) & COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN)

GOFIGHTLIVE PRESENTS “JOHNSON VS GUNN” BEGINNING JANUARY 6

January 6, 2013

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class championship boxing as Johnson VS Gunn takes center stage at the Sands in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

In the main event, Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (52-18-2, 36 KOs), of Miami, Florida battles Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-5-1, 18 KOs), 40, of Hackensack, New Jersey for the WBU Cruiserweight Championship.  Johnson is a former light heavyweight champion whose biggest victory was a stunning 9th round KO of former P4P King Roy Jones Jr. in their 2004 world title showdown.  Johnson now looks to add another title to his collection by taking on the tough and gritty Gunn.  These two seasoned pugilist will go toe to toe for a scheduled 8 rounds.  Johnson fought most of his career at light heavyweight while Gunn has always been a naturally bigger fighter.  When these two clash in the ring, you can bet these vets will bring out the best in one another.  A solid win by Johnson could put him in line for a rematch against Bernard Hopkins that Johnson has been chasing for years so the stakes are high when Johnson and Gunn face off.

In the co-main event, Miguel Cartagena fights Eduardo Valenzuela in a super flyweight title.  Cartagena is a highly touted prospect but faces a very durable and technical fighter in Valenzuela who has made a career off of beating the odds.  This fight will be a great test of how far Cartagena has come and how far he has to go.  Don’t blink when these two start throwing leather.

If you love the sweet science then this is a must see.

Air times are listed below:

The Comcast Network (TCN) (Mid Atlantic):  Monday, January 6 at 7:00pm ET

The Comcast Network (TCN) (Philly):  Monday, January 6 at 10:30pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic):  Tuesday, January 7 at 9:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Philly):  Saturday, January 11 at 9:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic):  Saturday, January 11 at 11:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Thursday, January 9 at 8:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia Replay: Sunday, January 12 at 11:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Johnson VS Gunn in the weeks and months to follow.  In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.

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CSN Northwest http://www.csnnw.com/ontv

CSN Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv

Upcoming Events on Comcast

1/6:  Glen Johnson VS Bobby Gunn (boxing)

1/13:  Irish Christmas:  Tevin Farmer VS Carlos Vinan (boxing)

1/20:  Spadafora VS Perez (boxing)

1/27:  CFFC 30 replay (MMA)

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Cartagena speaks to Boxingscene.com about fight on GFL.tv tonight at 7pm EST!!

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Watch this event LIVE around the WORLD right here!
Tonight, Wednesday December 18th 2013, Miguel Cartagena (9-0) will see action for the 4th time in 2013 when he meets Eduardo Valenzuela (5-3-1).  This fight will be apart of the Bobby Gunn-Glen Johnson undercard at the Sands Casino as well as LIVE around the WORLD on GFL.tv!
Miguel is a high touted super flyweight prospect out of Philadelphia, PA.  Miguel is managed by an up and coming and soon to powerhouse manager Mark Cipparone.  Both men know and impressive victory by Miguel could     start to open door in 2014.   Boxingsene.com was able to sit down with Miguel today before his fight tonight LIVE on GFL.tv.  Here is what he had to say:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Boxingscene.com:  How is training camp?
Miguel Cartagena:  Great.  Real good.  It was a great 8 weeks since the card was pushed back from the 3rd to the 18th.  I had an extra 2 weeks.  I made weight with ease.  I feel strong mentally & physically.
Read more at Boxingscene.com or by clicking this link:  http://www.boxingscene.com/cartagena-on-ring-return-plans-2014-more–72875

 

Bobby Gunn vs Glen Johnson is LIVE around the WORLD tonight on GFL.tv at 7pm EST!!

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Watch LIVE from anywhere in the WORLD right here!

 

December 18th, will be a MONUMENTAL night for Boxing fans all over the world, when XFE presents “Warrior versus Warrior” from the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA which will be broadcasting LIVE around the WORLD on GFL.tv!

 

The main event, which has the potential of being 2013 “Fight of the Year” written all over the fight, will see BKB Heavyweight Champion Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” (21-5-1) square off with Former muti-time World Champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (52-18-2) for the WBU Cruiserweight Championship.

 

Bobby Gunn, who became the 1st man to capture the lineal BKB championship in 2011, will be returning to the ring for the 1st time since losing to future Hall of Famer James Toney, a fight in which he fought the entire time with a broken hand.

 

Gunn, who was originally slated to face another future Hall of Fame fight Roy Jones Jr., was excited to hear that he was receiving a stiffer test in the well traveled Johnson.

 

“To be honest with you, this is a way tougher fight” said Gunn, who battled Enzo Maccarinelli, Tomasz Adamek and James Toney. “It’s been a dream of mine to Roy Jones Jr as long as I can remember but he backed out only a few weeks before fight night. I’m very thankful that Glen Johnson accepted the bout on short notice. He’s fought everybody you can think of and was on the wrong end of a lot of bad decisions. This is a very dangerous fight for me but IÃ??Ã?¢??m a fighter and what fighters do is fight. I know he’s never been knocked out before and was only stopped on his feet once but he’s also never faced a solid cruiserweight. My goal is to end the fight early and take my frustrations (over the Jones situation) out on Johnson.”

 

His opponent Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson, has made quite a name for himself for his consistent championship level performances and the sheer fact that he is always willing to travel to his opponents back yard to accomplish a goal.  Johnson’ biggest victory was a 9th round KO over a prime Roy Jones Jr. Johnson drubbing of Jones Jr was even more impressively followed up with a 12 decision victory over Antonio Tarver for the Light Heavyweight Championship of the World.  These 2 spectacular feats earned “The Road Warrior”, 2004 “Fighter of the Year”.

 

Not only is Johnson known for his willingness to fight his opponents anywhere & anytime while performing on a Championship level, he is also known for possessing one of the most solid chins in boxing.  Johnson, has only been stop by living legend Bernard Hopkins in a middleweight title bout 16 years ago.

 

In his last 2 Championship fight, Johnson has came up short on the judge’s scorecards.  His lost to IBF Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch, left many observers scratching their heads thinking Johnson did more than enough to earn the victory against the Englishman.

 

Even though Johnson has faced a who’s who of future Hall of Fame fighters, he knows he is facing and incredibly tough task when he steps in the ring with former champion Bobby Gunn, at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA & LIVE around the WORLD on GFL.tv!

 

“I know he’s a former champion with a great record and I respect him,” Johnson said of Gunn. “He’s a natural cruiserweight and has fought some big names. This is my first fight at cruiserweight and there’s definitely some risk with doing that but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ve been working on some new stuff (in the gym) and I feel energized again. I needed a break from boxing and now I feel like a new fighter. I’m looking forward to the 18th and am excited about getting in the ring to show what I still have.”

 

Promoter David Feldman, CEO of XFE, exclaimed, “Expect the unexpected.  This could be cruiserweight fight of the year!  This is each fighters last hurrah.  All I can say is fireworks!”

 

For both men this bout could signify their last chance at capturing a WORLD title, as well as these warrior’s careers hanging in the balance.  Fans watching, in attendance at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA as well as around the WORLD LIVE on GFL.tv, can expect nothing less than blood, sweat, and tears from both competitors on December 18th!

 

In the co-main event, highly touted & undefeated prospect Miguel Cartagena, out of Philadelphia, PA, will take on the very rugged Eduardo Valenzuela (5-3-1) in a 6 round super flyweight bout.

 

Cartagena, who is looking to notch his 4th victory in 2013, does not know much about his opponent but that is a usual problem in his division.  “I don’t know anything at all.  I didn’t even look into him.  It doesn’t matter to me.  I am confident in my training both mentally and psychically.  The division I am in, super flyweight, opponents always get switched up so I am use to not knowing. “

 

A win for Cartagena is important because he will be capping off a great year while allowing him to go full steam ahead into 2014 which he hopes is a busy one.  “Keep on fighting.  Try to get more fights.  Train harder.  Keep on fighting until the next level,” says Cartagena on his plans for 2014.

 

His opponent Eduardo Valenzuela (5-3-1) is a very tough fighter.  He has yet to be knocked out in his 9 fight career suffering only close decision loses.  Tonight’s fight will mark only the 2nd time Valenzuela has fought outside of Mexico.  To be victorious tonight, with the world watching LIVE on GFL.tv, could open a lot of doors for him allowing him to fight in the US more.  Not only will it help in securing fights in the US but a win will be a huge stepv to rebuilding his young career.

 

With a lot on the line for both fighters, fans in attendance as well as those watching around the world LIVE on GFL.tv, can expect both fighters to give their blood, sweat, and tears for an all action fight!

 

In heavyweight action, undefeated prospect Mark Rideout (4-0) will face Eric Newell (7-2-1) in a rematch from their 4 round war in February.

 

Rideout, who turned pro in 2012, has been impressive in 4 straight victories in his young career.  Never in an easy fight, Rideout looks to cap off 2013 with an exclamation point by defeating Newell for the 2nd time.

 

Newell, who specifically requested this rematch, has been vying for revenge in his highly contested split decision loss in his 1st bout with Rideout.  With revenge on his mind expect Newell to leave it all in the ring as well a Rideout who will be looking to keep his undefeated record in tact.

 

In other heavyweight action, Dante Selby (2-0-1) will take on Randy Easton (1-2-1) over the course of 4 rounds in a fight that is not expected to reach the distance.

 

Th undefeated Dante Selby, who trains out of Danny Garcia’s Gym, looks to extend his winning streak to 3 since turning pro back in April,  While Easton looks to capitalize on his 1st victory on 11/30 by defeating Selby in Bethlehem.  Both men pack a hard punch so don’t blink because you could miss a highlight reel knock out.

 

Finally rounding out the card, the ALWAYS exciting Travis Thompson (4-11-3) will take on Julius Leegrand (4-1-1).  Thompson is coming off a hard fought draw on November 30th to Emil Rodriguez (0-3-1) and is looking for a victory to close out 2013.  Thompson is a fan favorite who is always all action and will once again be looking to impress tonight to set up another pay day in 2014.

 

Justin Leegrand is coming off his only loss in 2013 to Micah Branch (1-8-1).  Before that Leegrand had not fought since a draw to Justin Johnson (1-1-1) in November in 2010.  A once promising prospect, Leegrand knows he must win here to keep himself as a prospect.  This bout will surely keep boxing fans, in attendance as well as those watching LIVE and around the WORLD on GFL.tv, on the edge of their seat.

 

 

Ticket are still available but almost sold out. Tickets for the XFE promoted “Celtic Warrior vs Road Warrior”, a surefire candidate for Cruiserweight Fight of the Year, are available by going tohttp://sandseventcenter.com/event/details/world-championship-boxing/ or calling the Sands box office at 610-297-7400. Tickets are $50, $75, $125, & $200.
If you can’t be live in attendance you can watch the event from start to finish from anywhere in the WORLD LIVE on GFL.tv!  Order once & re watch for LIFE on GFL OnDemand!

Gunn-Johnson LIVE tonight on GFL.tv : Weigh in Results from the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Watch entire EVENT LIVE around the WORLD right here!

 

Main Event:
Bobby Gunn – 195.3
Glen Johnson – 193.5
Co-Main Event:
Miguel Cartagena – 112
Eduardo Valenzuela – 114.9
Featured bouts:
Eric Newell – 257.5
Mark Rideout – 248
Dante Selby – 215.5
Randy Easton – Will weigh in at 9am EST today.
Travis Thompson – 135.7
Julius Leegrand – 132
Ticket are still available but almost sold out. Tickets for the XFE promoted “Celtic Warrior vs Road Warrior”, a surefire candidate for Cruiserweight Fight of the Year, are available by going tohttp://sandseventcenter.com/event/details/world-championship-boxing/ or calling the Sands box office at 610-297-7400. Tickets are $50, $75, $125, & $200.
If you can’t be live in attendance you can watch the event from start to finish from anywhere in the WORLD LIVE on GFL.tv!  Order once & re watch for LIFE on GFL OnDemand!

 

Fonfara retires Johnson

July 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Andrzej Fonfara scored the biggest win of his career when he scored a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Glen Johnson at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

It was a tough fight that saw Fonfara use his height most of the time to unleash combinations from distance. Johnson showed his championship mettle by working hard on the inside but it was clear the wars of the seventy fight career has slowed down the man known as “The Road Warrior”

Fonfara, 173 3/4 lbs of Chicago won by scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 97-93 and is now 22-2. Johnson, 173 3/4 lbs of Miami is now 51-17-2.

After the fight Johnson announced his retirement

Former world Lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo stopped Ivan Popoca after round eight of their scheduled ten round Welterweight bout due to a bad cut that covered the face of Popoca.

Castillo rocked Popoca in round one from big left hard. Castillo landed a huge left in round two that sent Popoca to the canvas. Popoca was cut in round three and the blood worsened throughout the fight. The ringside doctor checked the cut several times but deemed Popoca OK to continue on. Popoca showed a lot of heart as he would get in some shots from time to time but Castillo looked fresher then he has in years. The referee called a halt to the action after the eighth round after he told Popoca that he had little chance to win.

Castillo, 146 lbs of Mexicali, MX is now 64-11-1 with fifty-five knockouts. Popoca, 147 lbs of Chicago is 15-2-1.

CASTILLO MAKES WEIGHT!!!

July 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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JOHNSON/FONFARA SET TO GO
TOMORROW NIGHT

Former world champion Jose Luis Castillo made weight easily today at the official weigh-in for his showdown tomorrow night (Friday, July 13) against Ivan Popoca at the “CROSSROADS” boxing event presented by 8 Count and Warriors Boxing at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

All the other main participants did as well.

Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KOs) will face Popoca (15-1-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round welterweight co-main event in support of former world champion Glen Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) taking on “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) in the 10-round light heavyweight main event.

Castillo claims his previous problems with weight have been due to mix-ups with contracted weights and conflicting information. “When I have proper time and I know in advance the correct weight on the contract, I have no problem,” said the former champ.

Johnson and Fonfara both came in comfortably under their contracted weights.

Promoter(s): 8 Count Productions, Warriors Boxing, Round 3 and Blue Wave Boxing

Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois

TV: ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

Glen Johnson 174 vs. Andrzej Fonfara 174

Jose Luis Castillo 146 vs. Ivan Popoca 147

Jaime Herrera 146.5 vs. Tyrone Chatman 148

Elijah McCall 226 vs. Jason Massie 268

Paul Littleton 163.5 vs. Ramiro Bueno Jr. 167

Junior Wright 177 vs. Covon Graham 177.5

Juan Bustamante 135 vs. Michah Branch 127

Vilier Quinonez 176.5 vs. Dorian Hatcher 178.5

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Advance tickets for “CROSSROADS”, priced at $151, $101, $51 and $31, can be obtained through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices, 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office, 312-413-5740.

The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Harrison, at the corner of Harrison and Racine on the campus of University of Illinois-Chicago.

Doors on the night of the event will open at 7 pm with the first bell at 7:45 pm

QUOTES FROM TODAY’S CROSSROADS PRESS CONFERENCES FEATURING GLEN JOHNSON/ANDRZEJ FONFARA

July 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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All four principal fighters were respectful and professional to each other at two separate press conferences were held today, one at the MAJESTIC STAR CASINO in Gary, Indiana, and one at PLAYBOOK SPORTS BAR in Niles, Illinois, to discuss this Friday’s (July 13) “CROSSROADS” boxing event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Crossroads is presented by 8 Count and Warriors Boxing and will feature former world champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) taking on “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) in the 10-round light heavyweight main event and former world champion Jose Luis Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KOs) facing Chicago fan favorite Ivan Popoca (15-1-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round welterweight co-main.

Glen Johnson

This will be a great fight. Fonfara will come forward and put on a great show. You already know what I do. Don’t miss it. It will be a terrific event.

Andrzej Fonfara

Glen is a great warrior and a legend. I’m ready. I had a great camp. I can’t wait for Friday the 13th to see what happens. I’m ready as I’ll ever be.

Jose Luis Castillo

Thanks to Ivan Popoca for the opportunity to fight and may the best man win! There are still big fights out there for me and I will show in this fight that I am still a great fighter.

Ivan Popoca

It’s a privilege to fight such a legend as Jose Luis Castillo. I will definitely be looking for the knockout when I get in there. It’s going to be a war. That’s how I fight.

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Several local and national prospects are scheduled to appear on the CROSSROADS undercard. In a six-round welterweight battle, Jaime Herrera, 7-2-0 (4 KOs) of Franklin Park, Illinois, will face Tyrone Chatman (9-1-2, 6 KOs) of St Louis, Missouri; Bassett, Virginia’s Elijah McCall (9-1-1, 8 KOs), son of heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, will appear in a six-round heavyweight scrap against Jason Massie (7-2, 4 KOs), Cleveland, Ohio; popular Chicago super middleweight Paul Littleton (3-0, 3 KOs) will face Ramiro Bueno Jr., (2-2-0, 1 KO) of South Bend, Indiana, in a five-round bout; cruiserweight Junior Wright (3-0, 3 KOs) of Evanston, Illinois, will face Covon Graham (1-2-1, 1 KO) of Detroit in a four-rounder; Chicago super featherweight Juan Bustamante (3-0, 2 KOs) will go against Michah Branch (0-1-0) of Cincinnati, Ohio, in a four-rounder; Miami, Florida’s hard-punching Vilier Quinonez (3-0, 2 KOs) will take on Hesperia, Michigan’s Rogelio Saldana (1-3, 1 KO) in a light heavyweight four-rounder; and in a heavyweight four-rounder Curtis Tate (4-3, 4 KOs) of Oakland, Tennessee will face Calbert Lewis (0-1) of Gary, Indiana.

Advance tickets for “CROSSROADS”, priced at $151, $101, $51 and $31, can be obtained through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices, 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office, 312-413-5740.

The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Harrison, at the corner of Harrison and Racine on the campus of University of Illinois-Chicago.

Doors on the night of the event will open at 7 pm with the first bell at 7:45 pm.

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights’ Studio Show to Originate from U.S. Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs

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Former Light Heavyweight and Lightweight Titlists in Co-Main Events

Former Light Heavyweight titlists Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) and Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) will meet in the 10-round main event July 13 on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra. Friday’s show will air at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Chicago. The card is presented by Warriors Boxing.

ESPN2 studio host Bernardo Osuna will be hosting Friday’s show from the United States Olympic training facility in Colorado Springs. The show will include interviews with members of the men’s and women’s Olympic boxing team as they prepare for the 2012 London games.

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside for ESPN2 HD and ESPN3 at the UIC Center describing the action. Diana Alvarado and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights), with Alex Pombo and Robert Abromowitz in the studio.

Main Event:
Chicago’s Fonfara has won his last nine fights, all by knockout, including a third-round TKO win over former Super Middleweight titlist Byron Mitchell.

Fonfara said of Friday’s fight: “Glen Johnson is a very tough guy. He fights with the best guys – Roy Jones Jr., Antonio Tarver, Tavoris Cloud, Carl Froch, and Lucian Bute. He has very good experience. He’s a very good boxer, very smart. It’s a tough fight for me, but I’m prepared for this fight, and I want to win.”

Miami’s Johnson brings a wealth of experience into the ring with him, having fought former and current titlists Lucian Bute, Carl Froch, Tavoris Cloud, Chad Dawson, Montell Griffin, Clinton Woods, Antonio Tarver, Roy Jones Jr., Julio Gonzalez, Sven Ottke, and Bernard Hopkins. He will look to rebound from a 12-round decision loss to former Super Middleweight titilist Lucian Bute.

Co-Feature:
Friday’s 10-round Welterweight co-feature will pit former two-time Lightweight titlist Jose Luis “El Temible” Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KOs) against Ivan “El Marro” Popoca (15-1-1, 10 KOs). Mexico’s Castillo enters Friday’s card experienced, having fought former titlists Ricky Hatton, Diego Corrales , Julio Diaz, Joel Casamayor, Floyd Mayweather , Cesar Bazan, Stevie Johnston, Jorge Paez , Javier Jauregui , and Cesar Soto. He is coming off a second-round TKO win over Sammy Ventura, while Chicago’s Popoca will look to rebound from a fourth-round knockout loss to Ruslan Provodnikov.

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Do or Die for Glen Johnson Next Friday: ‘If I lose I Probably Won’t Want to do it Anymore.

July 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) is working hard with trainer Orlando Cuellar, co-Trainer Hamlet McKenzie and strength and conditioning coach Steve Arintok at Thump Boxing Gym in Miami.

The still-dangerous former world champion is putting the finishing touches on preparations to face Chicago’s “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) in the 10-round main event of 8 Count Productions and Warriors Boxing’s “CROSSROADS”, boxing event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights next Friday, July 13.

In the co-main event that night, former world champion Jose Luis “EL Terrible” Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KOs) will face Chicago fan favorite Ivan “EL Marro” Popoca (15-1-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight battle.

“Training went well,” said Johnson. “I feel good. I’m going to come out and look good next Friday. I feel sharp right now. I’m feeling real relaxed and energetic. I’m excited about going out there and showing the things I can do and re-establishing myself.”

Johnson says he’s happy about the choice of opponent for his return, and true to his always-considerate nature, not just because he thinks he can win.

“I know he’s a big aggressive kid, who uses his jab and comes forward with the right hand and the hook. He’s just an aggressive guy, basically. I love aggressive guys. They create good fights for the people.”

So why does a 43-year-old ex-champion continue to trade leather with men who could be his son? Because he can.

“I like the challenge. I’m excited about going out there and doing the things I do. I’m still able to do it at a high level. People are still excited about seeing me perform, so that’s another plus. Mostly, I keep doing it because I’m still enjoying it.”

Aware of father time, however, Johnson says at this point in his career, a loss to a non-champion like Fonfara would probably spell the end.

“Oh yeah. If I lose to a guy like this, then that would tell me exactly the opposite of all I just said – that I’m sharp and ready to go and can still do it on a high level. If I lose I probably won’t want to do it anymore.”

Putting the pressure of keeping his boxing career alive aside, Johnson says he’ll probably deliver in a big way Friday.

“The way I’m feeling right now, I think I will stop this guy, but it’s always easier said from the outside looking in. I just want to get in there and see exactly what’s happening and then I’ll put my shots in the right spots. I really think I’ll stop him.”

Johnson has fought in Chicago a couple times already, but claims this is already his favorite fight in the area.

“This is my first time where I can actually enjoy the weather. Every time I went there, it was freezing ad I hated it. I’m not a cold-weather guy. I’m going there now when it’s fairly warm and the kind of weather I can deal with. I will enjoy this fight more than any other one I’ve had here.”

A die-hard basketball fan, Johnson says he’s already having a great summer because of his favorite team’s victory.

“Miami Heat. Champions. Glen Johnson is extremely excited about that. The only thing that would be better is if I won another world championship!”

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Several local and national prospects are scheduled to appear on the CROSSROADS undercard.

In a six-round welterweight battle, Jaime Herrera, 7-2-0 (4 KOs) of Franklin Park, Illinois, will face Tyrone Chatman (9-1-2, 6 KOs) of St Louis, Missouri; Bassett, Virginia’s Elijah McCall (9-1-1, 8 KOs), son of heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, will appear in a six-round heavyweight scrap against Jason Massie (7-2, 4 KOs), Cleveland, Ohio; popular Chicago super middleweight Paul Littleton (3-0, 3 KOs) will face Ramiro Bueno Jr., (2-2-0, 1 KO) of South Bend, Indiana, in a five-round bout; cruiserweight Junior Wright (3-0, 3 KOs) of Evanston, Illinois, will face Covon Graham (1-2-1, 1 KO) of Detroit in a four-rounder; Chicago super featherweight Juan Bustamante (3-0, 2 KOs) will go against Michah Branch (0-1-0) of Cincinnati, Ohio, in a four-rounder; Miami, Florida’s hard-punching Vilier Quinonez (3-0, 2 KOs) will take on Hesperia, Michigan’s Rogelio Saldana (1-3, 1 KO) in a light heavyweight four-rounder; and in a heavyweight four-rounder Curtis Tate (4-3, 4 KOs) of Oakland, Tennessee will face Calbert Lewis (0-1) of Gary, Indiana.

Advance tickets for CROSSROADS/ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS, presented by 8 Count Productions, Warriors Boxing, Round 3 and Blue Wave Boxing, priced at $151, $101, $51 and $31 are now on sale through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions’ Office (312-226-5800).

Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 7:45pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine, just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway. Doors on the night of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 7:45 pm.

The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing events. For further information, please visit their website at www.uicpavilion.com.

ABOUT 8 COUNT PRODUCTIONS

8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland.

Fighters currently under the 8 Count Productions banner include; super middleweight contender Donovan George, world ranked light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara, former world title challenger Edner Cherry, middleweight prospect Viktor Polyakov, junior welterweight prospects Ivan Popoca and Adrian Granados along withwelterweights Achour Esho and Jaime Herrera.

For more information on 8 Count Productions please visit their new website, 8countproductions.com. Follow them on Twitter at 8_Count and Facebook at “8 Count Productions”.

ABOUT WARRIORS BOXING

Launched in 2003, Warriors Boxing operates under a simple philosophy-bring the best boxers in the world to fight fans, match them in competitive bouts, and in doing so help re-establish the sport of boxing for a new generation.

With a series of successful Pay-Per-View shows and packed houses to it’s credit, the Warriors business model is working wonders in a sport that was sorely in need of the innovation and energy that the company brings to the table.

When it comes down to it though, a promotional company is only as good as the fighters and fights it promotes. Warriors Boxing has delivered on all fronts, with outstanding bouts such as Lara-Molina, Cayo-Peterson, Abraham-Miranda I and II, Miranda-Pavlik, Miranda-Green, Ibragimov-Briggs, Ibragimov-Klitschko, Urango-Hatton, Urango-Bailey, Cayo-Maidana and Ibraginov-Holyfield.

For more information on Warriors Boxing, visit their website at warriorsboxing.com.

ANDRZEJ FONFARA HITS “RUN THE RIDGE” 5K THIS SATURDAY MORNING, PREPS FOR GLEN JOHNSON CLASH ON JULY 13TH

June 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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CHICAGO, IL (June 20, 2012) World ranked light heavyweight professional boxer Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara will take a short break from his intense training this Saturday morning, June 23rd to participate in the “RUN THE RIDGE’ 5K in Burr Ridge, Illinois.

The 24 year old Fonfara is spending the excessively hot summer Chicago days preparing for his showdown with former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson in the main event at “CROSSROADS” set for Friday, July 13th at the UIC Pavilion and broadcast on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

“Training has been terrific and I will be at my very best to face Johnson on July 13th. The heat in Chicago over the last week has worked to my advantage, particularly during training and sparring sessions” said Fonfara.

The “RUN THE RIDGE” 5K, sponsored by Codilis and Associates PC benefits the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation.

Continued Fonfara, “As part of my training I run almost every day and I’m happy to contribute my time to this most worthy cause.”

For more information on the “RUN THE RIDGE” 5K, visit their website at www.right-fit.com

Just 24 years old, Fonfara, 21-2-0 (12KO’s), has built a reputation in the vast Chicago Polish community and among local boxing fans as a hard punching, all action fighter with dynamite knockout power in both hands.

In his last start on March 16th, Fonfara brutally stopped former world champion Byron Mitchell in the third round in front of thousands of local supporters at the UIC Pavilion.

A native of Warsaw Poland, now based in Chicago, Fonfara is currently ranked #9 by the World Boxing Association.

Compiling a record of 51-16-2 with 35 knockouts, future Hall of Famer Glen Johnson holds wins against numerous boxing legends and former world champions including Roy Jones, Antonio Tarver, Clinton Woods and Chicago’s Montell Griffin.

The co-main event will feature a ten round welterweight battle between legendary two-time former world champion Jose Luis “EL Terrible” Castillo and longtime Chicago fan favorite Ivan “EL Marro” Popoca.

Presented by 8 Count Productions, Warriors Boxing, Round 3 and Blue Wave Boxing, advance tickets for “CROSSROADS”, priced at $151, $101, $51 and $31, can be obtained through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices, 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office, 312-413-5740.

The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Harrison, at the corner of Harrison and Racine on the campus of University of Illinois-Chicago. Doors on the night of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 7:45pm.

ABOUT 8 COUNT PRODUCTIONS

8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland.

Fighters currently under the 8 Count Productions banner include; super middleweight contender Donovan George, world ranked light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara, former world title challenger Edner Cherry, middleweight prospect Viktor Polyakov, junior welterweight prospects Ivan Popoca and Adrian Granados along with welterweights Achour Esho and Jaime Herrera.

For more information on 8 Count Productions please visit their new website, www.8countproductions.com. Follow them on Twitter at 8_Count and Facebook at “8 Count Productions”.

ABOUT WARRIORS BOXING

Launched in 2003, Warriors Boxing operates under a simple philosophy—bring the best boxers in the world to fight fans, match them in competitive bouts, and in doing so help re-establish the sport of boxing for a new generation.

With a series of successful Pay-Per-View shows and packed houses to it’s credit, the Warriors business model is working wonders in a sport that was sorely in need of the innovation and energy that the company brings to the table.

When it comes down to it though, a promotional company is only as good as the fighters and fights it promotes. Warriors Boxing has delivered on all fronts, with outstanding bouts such as Lara-Molina, Cayo-Peterson, Abraham-Miranda I and II, Miranda-Pavlik, Miranda-Green, Ibragimov-Briggs, Ibragimov-Klitschko, Urango-Hatton, Urango-Bailey, Cayo-Maidana and Ibraginov-Holyfield.

For more information on Warriors Boxing, visit their website at www.WarriorsBoxing.com.

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