Championship Boxing Returns
to Pala Casino Spa & Resort
(by California Chronicle)
May 18, 2009
Junior Middleweight World Title Bout Headlines Outstanding Prospects on Undercard.
PALA, CALIFORNIA - World-class championship boxing returns to North San Diego County as TKO BOXING Promotions and Pala Casino Spa and Resort present "TKO World Championship Boxing at Pala Casino" Sat., Aug 22, in the Events Center.
Tickets start at $25 and will be available starting Sat., May 22 at 10:00 AM through Star Tickets at www.startickets.com or charge by phone by calling 1-800-585-3737 Monday – Saturday between 5:00 AM and 9:00 PM PST and Sunday between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM PST.
Tickets are also available at the Pala Privileges Booth with no service charges. Call 1-877-WIN-PALA for more information.
"The Southern California region has long been a hotbed of world class professional boxing and we´re thrilled to partner with Pala Casino Spa and Resort to present a great evening of entertainment," said Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions, "Promoting at Pala Casino truly builds into our national ´HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS´ series
- along with the world title main event, we will have numerous talented local prospects on the card, many of whom we believe can become world champions."
Headlining the inaugural "TKO World Championship Boxing at Pala Casino" event will be an I.B.O. Junior Middleweight World Title bout between world ranked contenders Zaurebek Baysangurov of Kiev, Russia and Grady Brewer, winner of ESPN´s The Contender, Season Two.
Twenty-four-year-old Baysangurov, 20-1-0 with fifteen knockouts, is a former European Junior Middleweight Champion. Now based in Los Angeles, the heavy handed Baysangurov is looking to kick off his U.S. debut with a stellar performance.
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.
Representing San Diego is MMA-champion KJ Noons – a 26 –year-old who has taken the professional boxing ranks by storm with his Jake Lamotta-style, tough guy reputation, movie star good looks and action-packed style. The 26-year-old Noons, 8-2-0 with five knockouts, is looking to impress the hometown crowd in his first local appearance in more than two years.
Originally from Mongolia, now fighting out of Arlington, Va., Bayan "THE MONGOLIAN MONGOOSE" Jargal has become boxing´s most talked about lightweight prospect. Since turning professional about two years ago, the heavy-handed Jargal has built a record of 12-0-1, with eight knockouts. His all-action, aggressive style has made Jargal a fan favorite across the country. The 27 year old has knocked out all three opponents this year, two in the first round.
Also featured on the undercard is sensational super bantamweight prospect, Rafael Valenzuela. After an outstanding amateur career in which he was ranked number one in the United States in his weight division, the 23-year-old native of Phoenix, Ariz. has earned a professional record of 12-1-0 with six knockouts.
In March 2008, Valenzuela took a fight on very short notice at the featherweight limit and shocked the boxing world with a second round knockout of Robbie Cannon for the WBO/NABO title.
Leo "TERREMOTO" Santa Cruz has burst into the professional ranks from the vibrant Los Angeles boxing scene as an outstanding young prospect in the super flyweight division. Also ranked number one in the nation as an amateur, the 20 year old has easily beaten more experienced veterans in his eight professional bouts. He is trained by former junior lightweight world champion, Robert Garcia.
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 http://www.palacasino.com.
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, www.tkoboxingpromotions.com.