8 Count's celebrates 12-year anniversary
Story by Jacob Chavez
Photos by John Booz
Promoter Dominic Pesoli looks to celebrate the upcoming 12-year anniversary of 8 Count Productions; not just with an exciting cross-town showdown between two of the area’s top warriors, but with a terrific new venue he can call home.
On March 27, the ever-popular Miguel “Macho” Hernandez (20-8-0, 10 KOs) will do battle against the rugged and tenacious Luciano “El Gallo Michoacano” Perez (14-9-1, 14 KOs) at the UIC Pavilion, which is located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, just minutes from Downtown. The contest will be for the WBF Americas middleweight championship and will top off a card billed as “Windy City Fight Night.”
On Thursday, a press conference was held at the newly-adopted venue. On hand to offer support was former lightweight champion David Diaz, who is looking to return to the ring this summer.
“We are excited to see these tough warriors get in the ring,” said Pesoli. “They both have large fan bases and are both bad asses!”
Pesoli went on to explain how for nearly three years the deal with the Pavilion was in the works. Prior events were held in various venues such as the Aragon Ballroom, Cicero Stadium and Hawthorne Race Track. But with 10,000 in seating capacity and plenty of parking, the 8 Count team feels that there is no need to look further. Pesoli also announced three new inductees to the 8 Count Hall of Fame: Lou Capuano, Luis Mateo, and Freddy Cuevas.
Hernandez was the first of the fighters to speak and showed good humor by joking about an exhibition match between him and Pesoli.
“Everybody has been wanting to see this fight,” said Hernandez of his match. “People would always ask me about fighting Perez.”
Hernandez has definitely been tested and should pose quite a challenge for Perez, having fought top fighters like former world champion Raul Marquez and Yori Boy Campas. He also appeared on the hit reality series, “The Contender.” The fact that he is Puerto Rican and Perez is Mexican has no influence on Hernandez. He explained how with such a diverse city, that rivalry wont hold true that night, for he has fans within both communities.
This is a must-win for him for many reasons; one is that he has already won two belts but with three sons, he needs one more. Rick Ramos, who is training Hernandez under the tutelage of legendary trainer, Sam Colonna assured folks that his fighter was in peak condition.
Perez was man of few words.
“I want to prove it to myself and my fans that I can win,” said Perez. “But I do my talking in the ring”.
Perez has also faced tough opponents in Jesus Soto Karass and he lost a controversial decision to former world champ Carlos Baldomir. He holds the edge over Hernandez in punching power but it should prove interesting to see how the fight develops should it get to the later rounds. Perez also acknowledged that though they may be friends, “In the ring we are not friends.”
The undercard will include: Henry Coyle vs. Dave Sanders in an eight-round junior middleweight bout; Adrzej Fonfara vs. Kendall Gould in a sixer at super middle; Rita Figeuroa vs. Tammie Johnson, six rounds at jr. welter; a four-round featherweight bout between Juan Bailon and Marsay Buggs; Sergio Montes De Oca vs. David Cano, four at super bantam; and a four-round super middleweight match between Mike Kurzeja and Tony Dewey.
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For Tickets call 312.226.5800 or 312.559.1212 or visit the UIC Box Office (Thursday or Friday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM). Doors Open at 7:00PM-First bout at 8:00PM