“GO FIGHT…FRIDAY NIGHT!” Friday, October 12, 2012 Presented by Dee Lee Promotions, LLC in Association with The Tropicana Casino and Resort

September 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Atlantic City, NJ (September 10, 2012) — Dee Lee Promotions, LLC, in association with the Tropicana Casino and Resort presents “GO FIGHT…FRIDAY NIGHT!” Friday, Oct., 12, 2012. Dangerous” Dorin Spivey (41-6-0/30 KO’s) of Portsmouth, VA, the reigning NABA Lightweight Champion, will defend his title when he faces “Lightning” Rod Salka (16-1-0/3 KO’s) of Bunola, PA. Tropicana Showroom doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the first bout slated for 8:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $40, $55, $65 and $100 and can be purchased at the Tropicana Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000 or Dee Lee Promotions at 856.692.1206.

Spivey won the NABA Lightweight Crown at the Tropicana this past February in a bout that The Press of Atlantic City described as “…an action-packed candidate for ‘Fight of the Year’.” Spivey inflicted an electrifying and bruising seventh-round TKO over Victor Vasquez. Salka is hoping to make his own headlines and will put Spivey to the test in the scheduled 10-round title bout.

“Our goal is to present a card that has an audience standing on their feet,” said Diane Fischer Cristiano, President Dee Lee Promotions. “It is the heart, hunger and talent we have in the ring that thrills fans by knocking opponents off of theirs,” she added.

Nine undercard bouts are slated showcasing boxing’s fresh talent and rising stars. Super middleweight and Atlantic City native Antowyan Aikens (5-0-0/1 KO’s) leads an ambitious group of young fighters on the evening’s card. Heavyweight Dorsett Barnwell (7-0-0/3 KO’s) of Norfolk, VA will step into the ring coming off his seventh win from a thrilling fight last month in Atlantic City. Other notables include: Norfolk, VA light heavyweight, Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone (9-2-1/2 KO’s); Hicksville, NY welterweight, Anthony “Showtime” Karperis (2-0-0/2 KO’s); Millville, NJ featherweight, Joshua Reyes (3-0-0/1 KO’s); Birmingham, AL light middleweight Keandrea Leatherwood (10-1-1/7 KO’s); and making his pro debut, Fight Quest MMA Warrior Doug Anderson of Brooklawn, NJ.

“GO FIGHT… FRIDAY NIGHT!” will feature another Dee Lee first. Las Vegas native Christina Kwan (0-1-0) will be holding the cards when she competes in Tropicana’s “Knockout Bounty Poker Tournament” in the poker room, Wednesday, Oct., 10 at 7:00 p.m. and then she’ll lace up her gloves and enter the ring in the Tropicana Showroom as part of Friday night’s undercard, Oct. 12. For “Knockout Bounty Poker Tournament” and “GO FIGHT… FRIDAY NIGHT!” details visit www.tropicana.net.

About Dee Lee Promotions, LLC
Dee Lee Promotions, LLC, is owned and operated by New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Diane Fischer Cristiano of Vineland, NJ. Fischer has earned a reputation not only as a premier matchmaker who has presented some of the most memorable and entertaining boxing contests in the country, but as woman who has been innovative and overcome gender barriers in an industry dominated by men. Her industry awards and distinctions include: New Jersey Promoter of The Year; Undercard Fight of the Year; Best Girl Fight of The Year; The First Time Six World Title Belts [Pay Per View] appeared on one card (Atlantic City); The First All Girl Fight on the East Coast; The first woman ever to promote an all girl fight card in Baton Rouge Louisiana; The first woman promoter ever to promote a World Title Fight in Panama City; The first male or female promoter to present a title fight in Delaware; The first woman promoter to promote/co-promote a Heavyweight Championship Fight on HBO, Ray Mercer, and Wladimir Klitschko on June 29, 2002; the fight also was aired on PPV in Germany and was the first Heavyweight Championship promoted by a female in that country. To contact Dee Lee Promotions LLC., call 856.692.1206.

About Tropicana Casino and Resort
Tropicana Entertainment Inc. (“Tropicana Entertainment”) owns and operates 8 casinos and resorts in Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, and New Jersey. In addition, the Company owns a development property in Aruba. Tropicana Entertainment properties collectively have 5,750 rooms, 8,300 slot positions and 240 table games.
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DEE LEE PROMOTIONS, LLC IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE TROPICANA CASINO AND RESORT PRESENT “GO FIGHT. FRIDAY NIGHT!”

August 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Atlantic City, NJ (August 9, 2012) — Dee Lee Promotions, LLC, in association with the Tropicana Casino and Resort presents “GO FIGHT… Friday Night!” Friday, October 12, 2012. “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey (41-6-0/30 KO’s) of Portsmouth, VA, the reigning NABA Lightweight Champion, will defend his title against “Lightning” Rod Salka (16-1-0/3 KO’s) of Bunola, PA. Spivey won the NABA Lightweight Crown with an electrifying, bruising seventh-round TKO over Victor Vasquez this past February at Tropicana, which The Press of Atlantic City described as “…an action-packed candidate for ‘Fight of the Year’”. “Lightning” will be taking on a very “Dangerous” fighter.

Atlantic City Native Antowyan Aikens (5-0-0/1 KO’s) leads a very talented and ambitious group of young fighters on the six bout undercard. Aikens, an up and coming super middleweight, will be joined on the undercard by heavyweight Dorsett Barnwell (6-0-0/3 KO’s) of Norfolk, VA, along with fellow Norfolk resident, light heavyweight Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone (9-2-1/2 KO’s).

The exciting undercard will feature another Dee Lee first as Las Vegas native Christina Kwan (0-1-0) makes her first duel appearance in both the Atlantic City boxing scene and the Atlantic City poker scene. Kwan will host the “Knockout Bounty Poker Tournament” on Wednesday, October 9, 2012 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort before lacing up her gloves Friday evening.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the first bout slated for 8:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $40, $55, $65 and $100 and can be purchased at the Tropicana Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000 or Dee Lee Promotions at 856.692.1206.

About Dee Lee Promotions, LLC
Dee Lee Promotions, LLC, is owned and operated by New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Diane Fischer of Vineland, NJ. Fischer has earned a reputation not only as a premier matchmaker who has presented some of the most memorable and entertaining boxing contests in the country, but as woman who has been innovative and overcome gender barriers in an industry dominated by men. Her industry awards and distinctions include: New Jersey Promoter of The Year; Undercard Fight of the Year; Best Girl Fight of The Year; The First Time Six World Title Belts [Pay Per View] appeared on one card (Atlantic City); The First All Girl Fight on the East Coast; The first woman ever to promote an all girl fight card in Baton Rouge Louisiana; The first woman promoter ever to promote a World Title Fight in Panama City; The first male or female promoter to present a title fight in Delaware; The first woman promoter to promote/co-promote a Heavyweight Championship Fight on HBO, Ray Mercer, and Wladimir Klitschko on June 29, 2002; the fight also was aired on PPV in Germany and was the first Heavyweight Championship promoted by a female in that country. To contact Dee Lee Promotions LLC., call 856.692.1206.

About Tropicana Casino and Resort
Tropicana Entertainment Inc. (“Tropicana Entertainment”) owns and operates 8 casinos and resorts in Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, and New Jersey. In addition, the Company owns a development property in Aruba. Tropicana Entertainment properties collectively have 5,750 rooms, 8,300 slot positions and 240 table games.
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SALKA vs. SANCHEZ HEADLINES 26TH ANNUAL ERIE BOXING CLASSIC NOVEMBER 24 at the AVALON HOTEL

October 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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ERIE, PA (October 28, 2010) — Michael Acri Boxing Promotions, in association with Budweiser, present the 26th Annual Erie Boxing Classic, Wednesday November 24, beginning at 8 p.m., at the Avalon Hotel (10th and State Street.)  Headlining the card is Pittsburgh’s Rod Salka (12-0, 3 KOs) vs. Guillermo Sanchez (11-2, 5 KOs), of Buffalo, NY, in an eight-round lightweight battle.

Sanchez is a two-time Erie Boxing Classic (EBC) alumnus.  He made his EBC debut in 2007, scoring a first-round TKO against Markel Muhammad.  Sanchez returned to the EBC in 2008 where he blasted out Rasool Shakor via a second-round knockout.

Salka’s last fight was on June 30 at Heinz Field, an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Ikem Orji.

The co-feature will pit unbeaten junior welterweights Campbell, Ohio’s Jake Giuriceo (8-0-1, 2 KOs), of Campbell, OH, against Johnny Garcia (4-0, 2 KOs) from Holland Mich., in a six round bout.

The card will also feature Erie heavyweight Rocky Mullooly (3-2) and junior welterweight Ivan Hernandez (0-1) of Dunkirk, NY, in a four-round battles.   Additional bouts will be announced.

Tickets, priced at $40 (Golden Ringside), $30.00 (Ringside), and $20 (General Admission), go on sale Today! Thursday, October 28, and can be purchased at Dee’s Cigar Store, the Avalon Hotel, Ringside Restaurant and Pony Express (8th and Delaware St.)

Mike Jones takes out Esalas in two at the Blue

March 7, 2009 by · 3 Comments
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In a word it was triumphant in many ways.

Hall of Fame promoter, Russell Peltz promoted on of the best shows in the city in a long time and he did a show at the place where shows like that were common place throughout his forty year run as one of the top promoters in the country.

On this night, The Blue was packed.  It was a standing room only crowd and I would be hard pressed to find one customer that went home disappointed in the least.

The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, which has housed fifty world champions may have played host to one of most dynamic fighters ever to walk through those hallowed halls in welterweight Mike Jones

Jones scored an explosive second round stoppage to retain his NABA Welterweight champion over late-replacement Dairo Easlas at: 1:56 of round two in a scheduled twn round affair.

The first round was a typical “feeling out” round.  That was a prelude to a second round that produced more fireworks then the biggest Fourth of July celebrations.

The second round showed what a lot of boxing people have been saying for months.  Mike Jones is NASTY!!!  Jones floored Esales three times in the span of a minute.  Each time was more vicious then the next.  Easlaes tried like heck to fire back and even caught Jones a few times during some furious action but Jones was too big and powerful for Easales.

Although Esales isn’t a world beater by any means, he provided an experienced foe that a guy like Jones needs to take out to hop over the fence from prospect to contender.  Jones is already ranked my two of the sanctioning organizations, so it’s inevitable that competition will get stiffer as each fight develops.

Jones, 144 lbs of Philadelphia is now 17-0 with fifteen knockouts.  Esales, 145 ½ lbs of Miami is now 31-16.

One would expect Jones to get one more fight in this spring before he possibly will headline the final boxing card at the Philadelphia Spectrum which is rumored to be taking place in August.

In the co-feature, undefeated Jr. Featherweight Teon Kennedy survived his first major adversity as he fought through a nasty cut over his right eye and third round knockdown to score a split decision over Andre Wilson.

Kennedy rocked Wilson early in round one and the fight looked like it was taking on a similar pattern as Kennedy’s first round annihilation of Thomas Snow last year as Kennedy continued to pound Wilson in the corner.  Wilson got out of the round only to suffer the wrath of some terrific body work from Kennedy.

In round three everything changed as a headbutt caused a terrible cut over the right of Kennedy.  Moments after the blood started to stream, Kennedy ate a flush counter left that sent him on the seat of his pants for the first time in his perfect career.  Kennedy didn’t now have confident facial expressions as the round was coming to a close as he walked to his corner.

Kennedy showed a lot of heart and grit as got back to basics and worked the body and mixed in some hard right hands to begin getting the rounds in the book to offset the knockdown.  The cut over the eye began to worsen as each round went on but that did not deter Kennedy from landing a thudding left to the body that hurt Wilson in round five.

Kennedy was safe in spots but continued to come forward as the blood covered up the right side of his face.  Wilson was tough as he gave it his all but it wasn’t enough as Kennedy won by scores of 79-73, 76-75 while Wilson took a card at 76-75.  15rounds.com saw 78-73 for Kennedy.

Kennedy, 121 lbs of Philadelphia is now 12-0.  Wilson, 118 ½ lbs of St. Joseph, Mo is now 11-2-1.

In what could have been an early candidate for city fight of the year, Rod Salka and Victo Vasquez shed more blood then a High School Blood Drive over six furious rounds with Salka pounding out a unanimous decision in a six round Light weight affair.

The two didn’t waste any time as they pounded on each other with Salka getting the better of the action on the ropes.  The second saw great two way action with both landing heavy shots.  Salka started to bleed from his right eye as a result of one of the many punches he endured in the round.  Salka made it a bit of a phone booth fight in round three as he landed a beautiful four punch combination to highlight that frame.  Vasquez began to shed hemoglobin in round four as blood streamed from his nostrils.  The two continued to pound away on each other with Salka trying to box a little but Vasquez would try to engage in flurries for which he started eating more and more punches as the rounds wore on.  The two landed simultaneous right hands that brought some “Ooohs and ahhs” from the sold crowd.  In round six, both fighters went for broke as Salka landed a huge right that set off a massive flurry on the ropes that had Vasquez in serious trouble.  Vasquez regained his composure to bring the fight right back to Salka.  Salka once again landed two left lefts on the ropes yet Vasquez landed a nice right.  The fight ended with both guys a bloody mess and to a reception from the sold out crowd.

Salka, 136 1/2 lbs of Bunola, Pa won by scores of 60-54 on all cards to stay undefeated at 7-0.  Vasquez, 135 lbs of Philadelphia is now 8-3.

Dennis Hasson remained undefeated by scoring a six round unanimous decision over Garrett Wilson in a Super Middleweight clash of Philadelphian’s.

Hasson was very good technically as he used his length to land some booming rights behind his jab that much shorter Wilson could not evade.  Wilson was durable as the flush hands would have put a lesser man down but Wilson hung around and once in a while would show some offense but it was Hasson, 170 ½ lbs winning by scores of 6-54, 60-54, and 59-55 to reach a record of 7-0.  Wilson, 169 lbs is now 3-2.

Derrick Bivins and Luis Esquilin fought a featherweight bout that didn’t show much separation between the two and the bout ended in a deserved draw.

Bivins did well by using his length over the first two rounds.  Bivins suffered a cut from his nose and that seemed to change the momentum to Esquilin as he gained confidence to do well over the final two rounds.

The scores were all over as they read 40-36 Esquilin; 39-37 Bivns and 38-38 (same as 15rounds.com).

Bivins, 125 lbs of Philadelphia is now 1-0-1.  Esquilin, 128 ½ lbs of Philadelphia is 1-1-1.

Jamaal Davis boxed his way to a six round unanimous decision over Clarence Taylor in a Jr. Middleweight bout.

Davis used a very nice body assault that slowed Taylor down throughout the fight.  Davis, 153 ½ lbs of Philadelphia, had a very nice rhythm and won by scores of 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55 and is now 9-4.  Taylor, 153 lbs of Wilmington, De is now 13-21-3.

Kasseem Wilson used a height advantage to score an eight round unanimous decision over Martinus lay in a Welterweight bout.

Wilson mixed up a nice assortment of jabs and hooks to win by scores of 79-73, 79-3 and 78-74.

Wilson, 146 ½ lbs of Philadelphia is now 11-1-3.  Clay, 146 ½ lbs of Wilson, NC is now 13-20-4