Junior middleweight prospect Karl “KJ” Noons will make his hometown professional boxing debut next Thursday night, May 28th in one of the feature bouts at “THE BEATDOWN IN H-TOWN”, an evening of world class professional boxing at the Arena Theatre, presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions.

The 26 year old Noons, 8-2-0 with five knockouts, will battle Enrique Gallegos, 6-4-0 (1KO) in a scheduled six round junior middleweight bout.

Said Noons, a 2001 graduate of Clements High School, “I’m thrilled to be fighting at home. All of my boxing matches have been on the road and it will be great to have the support of all my friends and family for the first time.”

Noons, also a world champion Mixed Martial Arts Fighter, had won four boxing matches in a row prior to losing a very close hard fought decision to James Countryman on March 21st in Cincinnati.

“It’s all about getting back on a winning streak and it starts next Thursday. I’ve prepared very well and I’m confident I can adjust to anything Gallegos brings to the fight” said Noons.. The Hawaiian- born Noons trains in San Diego under the tutelage of head trainer Rob Garcia who has worked with boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya for many years.

The 27 year old Gallegos, a native of Medford, Washington is the current Washington State Middleweight Champion.

“KJ had a very tough fight with James Countryman two months ago and we’re thrilled to have him on our show next Thursday. Our “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” national series is truly on display with this card as the Houston boxing fans will be able to see numerous local fighters such as KJ who we will feel have the ability to become future world champions” said Koerner.

Also featured at “THE BEATDOWN IN H-TOWN” will be standout Houston prospects Gerardo “TIN TIN” Ibarra and Omar Henry along with Mission, Texas native Raul Tovar as well as the pro debut of former amateur standout Jonathan Gover of San Antonio.

Also appearing will be world class prospects Rafael Valenzuela of Phoenix, Arizona and Vietnamese standout Dat Nguyen in separate bouts.

Tickets, starting at $20, are now on sale and can be purchased through the Arena Theatre Box Office; 713-772-5900 or The Arena Theatre is located at 7326 S.W. Freeway in Houston. Doors will open on the evening of the event at 7pm, with the first bell at 8pm..

Further details for “THE BEATDOWN IN H-TOWN” will be announced shortly.

Formed in early 2008, Chet Koerner’s Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions, originator of the “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” national boxing series, stable includes; heavyweight Lenroy Thomas, super middleweight Joey Gilbert, middleweights Elvin Ayala, Albert Onolunose and James Countryman, junior middleweights Bastie Samir and Anthony Thompson, welterweights Juan Buendia and Raul Tovar, junior welterweights Jonathan Gover, Francisco Contreras and Hastings Bwayla, lightweights Rolando Reyes and Terence Crawford, featherweights Matt Remillard, Carney Bowman, Delvin Plascencia, Rafael Lora and Maxwell Awaku, super bantamweights Rafael Valenzuela and Carlos Reyes.

Further information on TKO Boxing Promotions can be viewed at their newly remodeled website,

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