TKO BOXING PROMOTIONS HITS TAMPA--FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH EDNER CHERRY, LENROY THOMAS AND JOSEPH ELEGELE FEATURED AT HOMETOWN ALA CARTE PAVILION CARD
TKO Boxing Promotions will bring its nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” boxing series to the beautiful Gulf Coast city of Tampa, Florida on Friday, February 19th at the Ala Carte Event Pavilion.
Featured at “FIGHT NIGHT AT THE PAVILION” will be numerous local fan favorites including world ranked lightweight Edner “CHERRY BOMB” Cherry, fast rising Jamaican heavyweight Lenroy “TNT” Thomas and sensational newcomer, junior welterweight Joseph Elegele.
Tickets for “FIGHT NIGHT AT THE PAVILION” presented along with Fight Night Productions and Ker’s WingHouse, starting at $20, can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com). The Ala Carte Event Pavilion is located at 4050 Dana Shores Drive. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm, with the first bell at 8pm.
“We’re thrilled to work with Fight Night Productions in bringing our first show to the beautiful city of Tampa, Florida. Tampa has an excellent reputation as a terrific fight town with outstanding fans and we’re in the process of putting together a world class event on February 19th” said Chet Koerner, President to TKO Boxing Promotions.
Other local prospects who will see action at “FIGHT NIGHT AT THE PAVILION” include female sensation Jenna “THE COWGIRL” Shiver, middleweight Ahsandi “MR. BRIXX” Gibbs and junior middleweight Ali Tareh.
Former world title challenger Cherry, 25-6-2 (13KO’s), made a huge statement with his return to the ring on December 17th with a brutal third round stoppage of Jovann Jones at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. Dropping down to lightweight for his return, the 27 year old Cherry used an array of devastating power shots to drop Jones three times on his way to the victory.
In September 2008, Cherry lost a very hard fought twelve round decision to welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley, a SHOWTIME televised battle from Biloxi, Mississippi.
Since losing his pro debut, Jamaican heavyweight prospect Lenroy “TNT” Thomas has won fourteen bouts in a row, eight by knockout. The 24 year old southpaw, guided by award winning trainer Dan Birmingham, has improved with each outing, most recently shutting out Andrew Greeley over six rounds on November 5th in Baltimore, Maryland at the Jonathan Ogden Foundation Benefit.
After a terrorizing run as an outstanding amateur in Florida, welterweight Joseph Elegele has won his first two starts impressively in the pro ranks. Starting off with a four round decision win over fellow amateur standout Keith Redding on November 5th, Elegele followed up with a crunching first round knockout of Juan Carlos Diaz on December 17th.
Featherweight Shiver is amongst the most popular fighters in Florida. With a record of 9-4-1 (2KO’s), the 24 year old Shiver has fought her last nine fights at the Ala Carte Event Pavilion, most recently winning a six round decision over Lucia Larcinese on May 8, 2009.
The 31 year old Gibbs, 10-1-0 (4KO’s), will be looking to get back on the winning track after losing his first professional bout on May 8th when he was stopped in the fourth round by Marcus Upshaw. Also a staple of the Ala Carte Event Pavilion, Gibbs will be fighting in his tenth bout there on February 19th.
Tareh, 7-7-4 (4KO’s), will be making his return to action after a two and half year absence. He us scheduled to face Great Britain’s James Todd, 2-2-1 in a scheduled four round bout.
Additional details on “FIGHT NIGHT AT THE PAVILION” will be announced shortly.
ABOUT TKO BOXING PROMOTIONS
Formed in early 2008, Chet Koerner’s Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions, originators of the “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” national boxing series, stable includes; heavyweight Lenroy Thomas, cruiserweight Andres Taylor, super middleweights Joey Gilbert and Fedor Chudinov, middleweights Peter Manfredo Jr., Elvin Ayala, Albert Onolunose, James Countryman, Dmitry Chudinov and J’Leon Love, junior middleweights Bastie Samir, welterweights Demetrius Hopkins, Juan Buendia, Raul Tovar, David Garcia, Bradley Blankenship and Mikael Zewski, junior welterweights Francisco Contreras, Joseph Elegele and Hastings Bwalya, lightweights Edner Cherry, Rolando Reyes, Mickey Bey Jr., Terence Crawford and Fidel Maldonado Jr., featherweights Matt Remillard, Carney Bowman, Dat Nguyen, Delvin Placencia, Rafael Lora, Maxwell Awaku and Robert Rodriguez, super bantamweights Rafael Valenzuela, bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz and flyweight Rayonta Whitfield
ABOUT FIGHT NIGHT PRODUCTIONS
Fight Night Productions, LLC is a professional boxing promotion based out of Tampa, Florida. The company was created in December 2009 and is comprised of prominent Orthodontist Dr. Randy Feldman (formerly of Starfight Productions), Jim McLoughlin, Christian Myer, Shea Bailey Promotions, Inc. and Pugilist Promotions, Inc. Fight Night is headed by Chief Executive Manager, Aaron Jacobs (formerly of Starfight Productions and Banner Promotions), as well as Vice Executive Manager, Shea Bailey (formerly Starfight Productions and Pound for Pound Promotions). The group was formed with the intentions of continuing the long standing tradition of professional boxing in the Tampa Bay area. Feldman, Bailey and Jacobs were part of the recently dissolved Starfight Productions which had promoted over fifty professional boxing events in Tampa including numerous nationally televised live events on ESPN2. McLoughlin is a former boxing trainer and manager and patriarch of the 4th Street Boxing Gym. Myer, a criminal defense attorney, currently co-owns the 4th Street Boxing Gym in St. Petersburg, Florida which is the home to many of the Bay area's top boxing talents including Jenna Shiver, Ahsandi Gibbs, Derrick Samuels, Carlos Rivera and Jason Barnett.