Boxing Promoter Andrew Sobko, with Natex Boxing Promotions, has announced that Boxing Night, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, needed a larger house so they've moved it from Melrose Park to the Midwest Conference Center, 401 W. Lake Street, Northlake. With as many as eight professional fights, they'll also be shown live on Comcast.
“We needed a bigger house,” said Sobko. “And this is a much nicer venue.”
He added that, for those who miss boxing night in Chicago, these aren’t just want fights – they’re good fights. “Our philosophy is 'Work hard, have fun, make history,' and we're planning to make some history."
The slate of fighters for the upcoming Boxing Night include:
In a middleweight bout, Dmytro Mytrofanov will face off against Marcus Willis. Mytrofanov is a bronze medal winner in the 2011 European Championships, held the Ukrainian National Title in 2008 and 2012 and fought in the 2016 Olympics. Willis, from Fort Myers, FL, has 17 victories, including 4 KOs, and 4 losses.
Giovanni Mioletti, an up-and-coming Chicago boxer is scheduled to face lightweight southpaw Tyronne Harris from Lansing, MI, in an eight-round bout. Harris has won 26 of 37 fights, 16 by knockout.
Ricardo Chavez vs. will fight four rounds in the cruiserweight against Thad Berkhousen, a resident of Saint Johns, MI. Berkhousen has 10 fights with four victories, one by KO.
Rustam Tulaganov, from Oxnard, CA, will fight Martez McGregor in the light heavyweight bout. McGregor is from Maywood, IL, and has four wins to one loss.
Shady Gamhour, a middleweight from Pensacola, FL, has five wins (4 by knockout) and no losses. He’ll face Jauvan Andre John, from Brooklyn, NY, in a four-round fight. John is a 25-year-old boxer who was fought five bouts, winning two.
Antonio Gates is a super lightweight from Chicago who will make his debut in four rounds against Kevin Dwayne Shacks of Haslett, MI. This will be Shacks’ sixth fight. He has two victories so far.
Special guest at the event is cruiserweight boxer Roy Jones, Jr. He has 74 professional bouts, winning 65 (47 by knockout) and is ranked No 6 in the USA. Jones has won, and successfully defended, the IBF World Super Middleweight Title. He also won WBC, IBF, IBO and WBA World Light Heavyweight titles.
Sobko said the final slate of boxers is not set yet but that this already promises to be a night that serious boxing fans will appreciate as much as casual followers of the sport.
Tickets are available for Boxing Night at www.natexboxing.com (fights are subject to change).
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