Fans turn out for 'High Stakes' presser!

A large contingent of Houston fight fans and local media turned out on Thursday afternoon at Champs Americana for the final press conference for HIGH STAKES, an evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday night, October 10th at the Arena Theater.

Amongst those in attendance in addition to Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions, were featherweight Vietnamese sensation Dat “BE DAT” Nguyen, former flyweight world title challenger Rayonta “STINGRAY” Whitfield, MMA champion and middleweight contender Karl “KJ” Noons and local welterweight prospect Gerardo “TIN TIN” Ibarra.

Presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, “HIGH STAKES” features an evening of world class professional boxing including local stars Eugene “MEAN GENE” Hill, Gerardo “TIN TIN” Ibarra, Karl “KJ” Noons, as well as former world title challenger Rayonta “STINGRAY” Whitfield, and outstanding national prospects Dat “BE DAT” Nguyen, Mickey Bey Jr., Francisco “THE PHENOM” Contreras and pro debuting David Garcia.

Starting at $25, tickets for “HIGH STAKES” can be obtained through the Arena Theater Box Office (, phone 713-772-5900). The Arena Theater is located at 7326 Southwest Freeway (between Bellaire and Fondren) in Houston. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm.


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 and Fedor Chudinov, middleweights Peter Manfredo Jr., Elvin Ayala, Albert Onolunose, James Countryman and Dmitry Chudinov, junior middleweights Bastie Samir, welterweights Juan Buendia and Raul Tovar, junior welterweights Francisco Contreras, Joseph Elegele and Hastings Bwayla, lightweights Rolando Reyes, Mickey Bey Jr., and Terence Crawford, 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.

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


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