World ranked junior middleweight Anthony “THE MESSENGER” Thompson will now face Grady Brewer, winner of The Contender, Season Two, for the I.B.O. Junior Middleweight Title on Saturday August 22nd at “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino”.

Presented by TKO BOXING Promotions and the Pala Casino Spa and Resort, tickets for “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino”, starting at $25, are available through Star Tickets (, phone 1-800-585-3737).

Brewer was originally scheduled to face Zaurebek Baysangurov.

Said Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions, “As soon as he heard that Baysangurov was out, Anthony stepped right in and took the fight. He’s a very exciting, world class boxer and the Southern California fans are in for a terrific matchup between him and Grady Brewer.”

The 27 year old Thompson, a native of Philadelphia, PA, brings a record of 24-3-0 with eighteen knockouts into the 12-round battle with Brewer. In his only bout this year, Thompson scored a crowd stunning first round stoppage of veteran Luis Lopez on May 2nd at the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

On August 15, 2008, Thompson was involved in an ESPN2 televised, highly controversial bout against Ishmail Arvin in Washington, D.C. Despite dropping Arvin twice in the third round, Thompson was kept from victory when the bout was stopped after the sixth round due to a cut he suffered from an earlier head butt and was awarded to Arvin.

As shown on replays, and viewed by the referee and members of the local commission the cut was clearly caused by a head butt and Thompson, who was way ahead on the scorecards should have been awarded the victory.

Prior to the Arvin bout, Thompson lost a very close split decision ten round bout to Yuri Foreman at Madison Square Garden on the Miguel Cotto/Zab Judah PPV undercard on June 9, 2007.

Since defeating former world champion Stevie Forbes in 2006 for The Contender, Season Two championship, Brewer, 24-11-0 (13 KO’s), has fought twice since fully recovering from knee surgery. Amongst the most popular boxers in the sport, Brewer is coming off a 10-round decision win over Cornelius Bundrage in Providence, Rhode Island this past November.

Other outstanding prospects previously announced include San Diego middleweight K.J. Noons, 8-2-0 (5KO’s), Mexican junior featherweight Rafael Valenzuela, 12-1-0 (6KO’s), Los Angeles based bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz, 9-0-1 (2KO’s) and Mongolian lightweight standout Bayan “THE MONGOOSE” Jargal, 12-0-1 (8KO’s).
Further details of “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” 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, cruiserweight Andres Taylor, super middleweights Joey Gilbert, Dennis Hasson and Fedor Chudinov, middleweights Peter Manfredo Jr., Elvin Ayala, Albert Onolunose, James Countryman and Dmitry Chudinov, junior middleweights Bastie Samir and Anthony Thompson, welterweights Juan Buendia and Raul Tovar, junior welterweights Cortez Bey, Francisco Contreras and Hastings Bwayla, lightweights Rolando Reyes, Mickey Bey Jr., 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,


Pala Casino Spa & Resort is located in northern San Diego County 15 miles north of Escondido, 12 miles south of Temecula and just five miles east of I-15 on Highway 76. The AAA 4-diamond Pala Casino Spa & Resort offers 507 luxury rooms, including 82 suites. The casino has more than 2,000 state-of-the-art slot and video machines, 87 Vegas-style table games, eight restaurants and four entertainment venues. The state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot Pala Spa won the 2009 Best Casino Spa from Spas of America. For more information about Pala Casino Spa & Resort visit


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