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Slayer Megadeth New Date Aug. 20th

SLAYER, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR THE "AMERICAN CARNAGE" NORTH AMERICAN TOUR - February 5th tickets will be honored on Aug. 20th date

Slayer and Megadeth are thrilled to announce the new, confirmed routing for the American Carnage North American Tour, which will commence with the rescheduled Canadian Carnage East dates in Quebec City on Friday, July 23.  Slayer will then head to Europe for a run of festival dates, returning to kick off the American Carnage leg in August and landing in Chicago of Friday, August 20 at the UIC Pavilion.  Tickets for this show are now on sale at the UIC Pavilion box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.  Fans who already purchased tickets for the February show can use those tickets at the new date in August.  If fans are unable to attend the August 20 show, refunds are available at the original point of purchase. 

The American Carnage Tour, originally scheduled to take place in January and February, had to be put on hold due to Slayer's vocalist/bassist, Tom Araya's ongoing, minimally-invasive treatments for what was diagnosed as a Cervical Radiculopathy, an occupational hazard for the rocker who is known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing. Right after the first of the year, Araya made the difficult decision to undergo a surgical procedure, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, a relatively routine practice with an excellent recovery rate.  That surgery took place early last week.

"The doctors said that Tom's surgery went very smoothly and was a resounding success," said Rick Sales, long-time Slayer manager.  "He's home now, doing really well, and he said the numbness in his fingers had already diminished considerably." 

Shortly after the surgery, Slayer's Kerry King received a text from Tom:  "Awake and feeling good, actually whatever he did, it feels better."

The American Carnage Tour will mark the first time that Slayer, Megadeth and Testament will have toured the U.S. together since 1991's epic "Clash of the Titans" tour, making this truly a "must-see" event.

Slayer recently announced the rescheduling of its headline tour in the UK and Europe, and Megadeth and Testament are currently on tour together playing U.S. cities that will not be on the American Carnage itinerary.

Both Megadeth and Slayer will hit the road on July 23 in support of their most recent albums:  Megadeth's 2009 album, ENDGAME, and Slayer's World Painted Blood, the band's 10th studio venture, which hit stores November 3, 2009.  Testament's The Formation of Damnation:  Special Tour Edition, will be released on February 23, 2010 with special unreleased bonus tracks.

Slayer and Megadeth have already massacred territories together outside of the U.S., first with four explosive dates in June 2009 across Western Canada - "Canadian Carnage" - the first time the bands had toured together anywhere in 18 years - and then six co-headlining "Carnage" dates in Australia followed last October.

According to various Canadian press outlets last summer:  "It was a night of thrash impossible to trash..."  "Tales about war, death, destruction, Satan, aliens and serial killers have never been so much fun..."  "The two heavy metal heavyweights...went head-to-head on a level playing field.  Both bands brought their 'A' game.  And the results were anything but pretty - unless you include pretty freakin' loud and pretty freakin' awesome."

Slayer.  The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot wrote that Slayer is "one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre."  Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer - guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, vocalist/bassist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo - bring to its live shows, having been named "Best Live Band" by numerous media outlets including RevolverSPIN, and Metal Hammer.  World Painted Blood offers a Slayer-ized point of view of our world - God's terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, and a chilling hypothesis of how the rest of the world might view America.  The album was recorded in Los Angeles over two time periods, during October 2008 and then between late January and March 2009.  World Painted Blood was produced by Greg Fidelman who has spent time in the studio with Metallica, the Gossip, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, Slipknot and others, and executive produced by long-time Slayer colleague Rick Rubin, who suggested Fidelman for the project. One reviewer called the album "the heaviest, bloodiest and best album in almost two decades."  World Painted Blood landed on boatloads of U.S. and International "Best of" lists for 2009, and N.A.R.A.S. saw fit to bestow its fourth Grammy nomination on Slayer - Best Metal Performance for the WPB track, "Hate Worldwide."   For "American Carnage," Slayer's Tom Araya promises, "no ballads, no acoustic numbers, no slow tempos."

Megadeth.  2009 saw the release of ENDGAME, which has been heralded as Megadeth's best album in years.  It's the record where it all comes full circle in a career that has not only set standards in hard rock and metal, but defined them.  Megadeth's signature shredding and rousing lyrics are the hallmarks of ENDGAME, with vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine once again musing and making declarations about the world we live in, having named the album after a government document that should strike fear in the hearts of Americans!  But that's Mustaine and Megadeth, using the vehicle of music to shake things up, to make a point and to rattle your brain, literally, figuratively and sonically.  Revolver magazine said of ENDGAME, "One of their best albums."  VH1's 'That Metal Show' deemed it "One of the metal albums of the year," and Popmatters said, "the record positively scorches with an intensity not heard since Rust in Peace." The band was also awarded the eighth Grammy nomination of its career for “Head Crusher,” which serves as more proof that ENDGAME is quickly earning “essential” status in the Megadeth catalog. Megadeth will appear on the season premiere of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show,” which airs Saturday, February 6, at 11 PM EST.  Megadeth has teamed with ILoveAllAccess.com to offer Ultimate Fan Packages.  For more info, go to www.megadeth.com

Legendary thrash metal titans Testament, whose latest award-winning release (2008 Album of the Year, Metal Hammer's Golden God Award) The Formation of Damnation, displays them as the quintessential modern heavy metal band, whose experience and accumulated skill allows them to attack with reserves of anger, energy and finesse that make them more powerful than ever.  Lead singer Chuck Billy says, "Uniting these bands is the heavy metal event of generations.  We are so proud to be a part of it."

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Polish Prospects Added to Windy City Fight Night 8

Wawrzyk and Fonfara Featured on Huge Ten Bout Card on Friday, January 29

CHICAGO, IL (January 18, 2010) Sensational Polish prospects, heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk and light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara have been added to “WINDY FIGHT FIGHT NIGHT 8”, an evening of world class professional boxing set for Friday, January 29th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.

The action packed ten bout “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 8” is presented by Chicago’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, in association with Warriors Boxing and Bullit KnockOut Promotions.

Advance tickets, starting at $31, are now on sale locally at Centrum Sports, 5535 W. Belmont (773-545-9777, www.centrumsport.com) on the Northwest Side of Chicago as well as through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).

The 22 year old Wawrzyk, sporting an undefeated record of 16-0-0 (10KO’s), will face off against veteran Harvey “THE CANDY MAN” Jolly, 10-12-1 (5KO’s) of Adrian, Michigan in an eight round bout.

A native of Krakow, Poland, Wawrzyk will be fighting for the first time in the United States. He is coming off a ten round unanimous decision over Alexey Mazikin on December 18th in Lodz, Poland. The win over Mazikin was the fourth defense of the WBC Youth World Heavyweight Title by Wawrzyk, which he won by eighth round knockout over Harry Duiven Jr. on October 18, 2008 in Zabrze, Poland.

In September 2009, the 33 year old Jolly brutally stopped unbeaten hometown favorite Nicholas Iannuzzi in the first round in Tampa, Florida. Iannuzzi was dropped three times in the first stanza as Jolly upset the unbeaten prospect.

Light heavyweight Fonfara, 12-2-0 (3KO’s) will face off against Mexican Adan Leal, 6-1-0 (5KO’s) in a six round bout at“WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 8”.

Born and raised in Warsaw, Poland , the 22 year old Fonfara has fought almost entirely in the Chicagoland area since turning professional four years ago. Known as the “POLISH PRINCE” Fonfara won all three of his bouts in 2009, most recently stopping Skyler Thompson in the second round on June 26th to earn the WBF United States Super Middleweight Title.

Based in Nogales, Arizona , the heavy handed Leal won his first six professional bouts, the first five by knockout as he became a staple of the Arizona fight scene since turning professional in 2007.

“WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 8” is headlined by a super middleweight showdown between Chicago fan favorite Donovan “DA BOMB” George and Minnesota ’s Phil “THE DRILL” Williams.

Other Chicago based prospects featured at “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 8” will be undefeated junior welterweight Ivan Popoca, undefeated heavyweight David Latoria and Lightweight Bobby Jaskierny as well as lightweight newcomer Antonio Avila.

Also making his Chicago debut is highly regarded, undefeated, Puerto Rican prospect Kenny Galarza.

Also just added, undefeated Chicago welterweights Ryan Smedick and Achour Esho will square off in a scheduled six rounder, the first for each prospect.

Also on the undercard, super bantamweights Sergio Montes De Oca and Sergio Cristobal, will attempt to settle their cross-town score in a four round bout.

Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine , just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway. The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing events.

8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland.  In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia, opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

For more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit www.8countproductions.com and www.jabbboxing.com.

Additional information on Warriors Boxing can be viewed at www.warriorsboxing.com For information on Bullit Knockout Promotions, please visit their website at www.knockout.pl.

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YES, THE RUMORS ARE TRUE: SLAYER, MEGADETH TEAM UP FOR "AMERICAN CARNAGE"

Co-Headliners to Tour the U.S. Together For the First Time in Nearly Two Decades; Testament to be Special Guest

Recession-Proof $10.00 Tickets Available in All U.S. Markets

LOS ANGELES, CA - Monday, November 16, 2009 -- Slayer. Megadeth. Two names synonymous with fierce, crunching power. Two bands whose histories are inevitably intertwined in defining the thrash/metal genre. Individually, their respective prowess and accomplishments are impressive; but together, they're brutal and unstoppable. Megadeth and Slayer will join forces to co-headline "American Carnage," the most blistering, the most explosive, and the most eagerly-antcipated mega-tour of the winter - and you do not want to miss it.

"American Carnage" will kick off on January 18 in Seattle, WA for a 26-date trek across North America that will include the six Canadian dates postponed earlier this month. Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday, November 20. Ticketmaster is offering a special presage for most shows from Wednesday, November 18 at 10AM until Thursday, November 19 at 10PM.

"American Carnage" is the first time that Slayer and Megadeth will have toured the U.S. together since 1991's epic "Clash of the Titans" tour. To celebrate that, and in recognition of the tough economic times that many of their fans are having, Megadeth and Slayer have decided to roll back the price of a chunk of tickets at every U.S. show to the "1991 price" of $10.00. These specially-priced tickets will be limited and when they're gone, they're gone. Megadeth has also teamed with iloveallaccess.com to provide an Ultimate Fan Package including premium seats, meet and greets, pre-show parties and more.

In addition, Testament, who was also on the '91 "Clash of the Titans" bill, will be Special Guests on the entire tour, marking the first time that all three bands have shared a stage together in more than 18 years, and making this a "must see" metal event.

Both Megadeth and Slayer will hit the road supporting new albums: Megadeth's 2009 album, ENDGAME, and Slayer's World Painted Blood, the band's 10th studio venture, which hit stores November 3. Testament's The Formation of Damnation: Special Tour Edition, will be released on February 23, 2010 with special unreleased bonus tracks.

Slayer and Megadeth have already massacred territories together outside of the U.S., first with four explosive dates in June 2009 across Western Canada - "Canadian Carnage" - marking the first time the bands had shared a stage anywhere in 18 years; and then six co-headlining "Carnage" dates in Australia followed in October.

According to various Canadian press outlets last summer: "It was a night of thrash impossible to trash..." "Tales about war, death, destruction, Satan, aliens and serial killers have never been so much fun..." "The two heavy metal heavyweights...went head-to-head on a level playing field. Both bands brought their 'A' game. And the results were anything but pretty - unless you include pretty freakin' loud and pretty freakin' awesome."

Slayer. Few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer - guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, vocalist/bassist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo - bring to its live shows, having been named "Best Live Band" by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. World Painted Blood offers a Slayer-ized point of view of our world - God's terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, and a chilling hypothesis of how the rest of the world might view America. The album was recorded in Los Angeles over two time periods, during October 2008 and then between late January and March 2009. World Painted Blood was produced by Greg Fidelman who has spent time in the studio with Metallica, the Gossip, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, Slipknot and others, and executive produced by long-time Slayer colleague Rick Rubin, who suggested Fidelman for the project. One reviewer called the album "the heaviest, bloodiest and best album in almost two decades." Fans got a couple of early morsels of the brutal new Slayer material -- "Psychopathy Red," a Hanneman song inspired by the heinous Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, who confessed to savagely murdering 56 children, was recorded last October and then leaked online. Then, the King-penned track, "Hate Worldwide," was made available in July as a limited-edition single through Hot Topic. For "American Carnage," Slayer's Tom Araya promises, "no ballads, no acoustic numbers, no slow tempos."

Megadeth. 2009 saw the release of ENDGAME, which has been heralded as Megadeth's best album in years. It's the record where it all comes full circle in a career that has not only set standards in hard rock and metal, but defined them. Megadeth's signature shredding and rousing lyrics are the hallmarks of ENDGAME, with vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine once musing and making declarations about the world we live in, having named the album after a government document that should strike fear in the hearts of Americans! But that's Mustaine and Megadeth, using the vehicle of music to shake things up, to make a point and to rattle your brain, literally, figuratively and sonically. Revolver magazine said of ENDGAME, "One of their best albums." VH1's 'That Metal Show' deemed it "One of the metal albums of the year," and Popmatters said, "the record positively scorches with an intensity not heard since Rust in Peace."

Legendary thrash metal titans Testament, whose latest award-winning release (2008 Album of the Year, Metal Hammer's Golden God Award) The Formation of Damnation, displays them as the quintessential modern heavy metal band, whose experience and accumulated skill allows them to attack with reserves of anger, energy and finesse that make them more powerful than ever. Lead singer Chuck Billy says, "Uniting these bands is the heavy metal event of generations. We are so proud to be a part of it."

Slayer and Megadeth are also rescheduling the east coast leg of the "Canadian Carnage" tour, postponed from this fall.

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NOTRE DAME'S LUKE HARANGODY VOTED PRESEASON PLAYER OF YEAR

The Fourth Annual Chicago Invitational Challenge will highlight the nation's premier college basketball in November at the UIC Pavilion.   Luke Harangody (23.3 ppg, 11.8 rpg) was the leading vote-getter Monday on the Associated Press preseason All-America team.  The senior forward received 57 out of 65 possible votes from the national media panel.

The City of Chicago will get its chance to watch the Fighting Irish from Notre Dame take on Northwestern University at the UIC Pavilion on Friday November 27th.  Other teams that will be participating:  Iowa State University, Saint Louis University, Liberty University, Mississippi Valley State University, Tennessee State University, and Kennesaw State University.

Rounds one and two will be played at Notre Dame, Iowa State, Northwestern, and Saint Louis with the final rounds during Thanksgiving Nov. 27-28 at the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago.  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 , and online at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the UIC Pavilion Box Office.  Tournament pass prices are $82, $62, and $42 and are good for all eight games.  Single day pass prices are $42, $31, and $21 and will be good for all 4 games.

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NEGOTIATIONS ARE FINAL…DIAZ VS. MALIGNAGGI II LANDS IN CHICAGO ON DECEMBER 12

HBO BOXING AFTER DARK TO TELEVISE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED REMATCH AT THE UIC PAVILION

PLUS VICTOR ORTIZ RETURNS AGAINST ANTONIO DIAZ

CHICAGO (November 5) – The fans demanded it and so did the fighters, so on Saturday, December 12, one of 2009’s most exciting fights gets an encore, as Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz meets up with Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi once again, this time on neutral territory at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois in a 12 round rematch of their August 22, 2009 battle. HBO Boxing After Dark will televise the bout along with a co-main event featuring the return of top junior welterweight contender “Vicious” Victor Ortiz in a pivotal 10 round matchup against the always dangerous contender Antonio Diaz.

“I enjoyed beating Malignaggi the first time and I’m more than willing to do it again,” said Diaz, who scored a hard-fought 12 round unanimous decision win over Malignaggi in their first fight on August 22. “This time though, I’m looking for the knockout so I don’t have to hear his mouth anymore.”

“The public demanded this rematch and I am looking forward to fighting Diaz for the second time,” said Paulie Malignaggi. “This time I’m going to get the win on my record not just from the boxing community and the fans.”

“After how exciting and close their first fight was, it made a rematch a natural choice to close out the year for us,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Diaz and Malignaggi are two talented young fighters at the top of their games, but there is no doubt that Juan won the first fight and he will beat Paulie again.”

“Sometimes rematches are forced and sometimes rematches are inevitable, but this rematch was necessary,” said Lou DiBella President of DiBella Entertainment. “I look forward to a great fight on December 12 and for all of the questions to be answered. I thank all involved for making the right thing happen.”

“The first meeting between these two fighters produced a close fight with great back-and-forth action, but the result obviously left a lot of people longing for a more gratifying outcome,” said Luis Barragan, director of programming, HBO Sports. “We’re pleased to be able to give fight fans an opportunity to see these two talented boxers fight again and hopefully battle to a more incontrovertible outcome.”

Diaz vs. Malignaggi II: Former Three-Time Lightweight World Champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz will take on former Junior Welterweight World Champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi in a 12 round junior welterweight rematch of their exciting August 22, 2009 bout. The co-main event will feature a junior welterweight showdown between top contender “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and former world title challenger Antonio Diaz. The evening of boxing is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment in association with 8 Count Productions. The bouts will air live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:15 pm ET/PT (9:15 pm CT).

A scholar outside the ring and a ferocious competitor inside it, former Three-Time World Champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (35-2, 17 KO’s) juggled books and left hooks for much of his career before graduating from the University of Houston-Downtown in May of this year. One of the sports most exciting fighters pound for pound, Diaz defended his lightweight title five times including knockouts over Acelino Freitas and Julio Diaz. Now able to focus on boxing full-time before he begins law school, the 26-year-old wants to close out another impressive year that already includes an epic war against Five-Time World Champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez and the aforementioned August battle against Malignaggi with another win over Malignaggi on December 12.

One of boxing’s most technical craftsmen, Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (26-3, 5 KO’s) has made headlines for years with his fast hands and brash confidence. A former amateur star, the 28-year-old Brooklyn native has been in with some of the best in the world over the course of his career, including Diaz, Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton. The former Junior Welterweight World Champion knows that with a win over Diaz, he will be on his way to another shot at a world title.

Ventura, California’s “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (24-2-1, 19 KO’s) is one of the most promising young fighters in the game today, as evidenced by his knockout wins over Emmanuel Clottey, Jeffrey Resto and Mike Arnaoutis. Despite suffering a loss in his exciting first world title bout against Marcos Maidana in June, Ortiz’ star is still on the rise, something he plans on showing veteran Antonio Diaz this December.

For over 14 years, Coachella’s Antonio “Tono” Diaz (46-5-1, 29 KO’s) has specialized in delivering unforgettable fights to fans around the world. The owner of wins over Cory Spinks, Emanuel Augustus, Ivan Robinson and Micky Ward, the 33-year-old Diaz took a nearly three year break from the ring in 2005, but he has won four in a row since returning in 2008 and is sharper than ever as he looks to take out young gun Ortiz on December 12.

A full undercard and ticket information will be announced shortly. For more information regarding the December 12 event, please visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.dbe1.com or www.8countproductions.com.

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DONOVAN GEORGE VS. JASON NAUGLER NOVEMBER 6TH IN CHICAGO

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT SHOWDOWN HEADLINES UIC PAVILION CARD

CHICAGO, IL (October 27, 2009) Chicago fan favorite Donovan “DA BOMB” George will battle “NOTORIOUS” Jason Naugler of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the ten round main event on Friday, November 6th at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions.

The George/Naugler bout headlines “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 7” an outstanding evening of action packed professional boxing. Advance tickets, starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions’ Office (312-226-5800).

The 24 year old George brings an undefeated record of 17-0-1 (15KO’s) into the battle with the 31 year old Naugler sporting a record of 18-10-1 (11KO’s).

Said Pesoli, “Donovan has fought most of his career at home in Chicago but this is his first local bout in over two years and the response we’ve gotten in the last three weeks has been tremendous. He’s brings a high level of excitement to the ring and the Chicago fight fans are very happy to have him back fighting in Chicago.”

“Jason Naugler is a very experienced Canadian fighter who has faced numerous world class fighters including Chad Dawson, Jean Paul Mendy, Jesse Brinkley and Anthony Thompson.”

George has fought twice this year, a first round knockout of Mike Walthier on May 1st in Detroit and a fourth round stoppage of Emmanuel Gonzalez on July 31st in Hollywood, Florida.

George is co-promoted by Chicago’s 8 Count Productions and Seminole Warriors Boxing of Hollywood, California. He is managed by Cestus Management.

The outstanding undercard at “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 7” will feature hard hitting Chicago based junior welterweight Rita Figueroa, 10-1-1 (3KO’s) taking on Kita Watkins, 3-5-0 (1KO), of Camden, Arkansas, in a six round bout.

In a special attraction lightweight bout, Chicagoans Antonio Avila, 1-0-0 (1KO) and Juan Gonzalez, 0-1, will battle in a scheduled four rounder.

A four round super bantamweight bout will see Chicago’s Sergio Montes De Oca, 3-0-0, battle Sergio Cristobal, 0-1-0, also of the Windy City.

Also returning to the 8 Count Productions’ ring, junior welterweight newcomer Ryan Smedick, 3-0-1 (1KO) will face veteran Jeremy Marts, 5-8-0 (3KO’s) of Ottumwa, Iowa, in a four round bout.

Rounding out the undercard is returning heavy handed lightweight prospect Russell Fiore, 2-0-0 (2KO’s) who will see action in a four round bout against Puerto Rican native Jose Hernandez, 0-1-0.

Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine, just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway.The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing events.

8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia, opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

For more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit www.8countproductions.com and www.jabbboxing.com.

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Last Minute Change of Venue for Kylie Minogue in Chicago on Wednesday, October 7

Note: All Tickets are General Admission. The floor has a limited capacity. Wristbands will be handed out at the door on a first come first serve basis for floor access.

Kylie Minogue’s first ever show in Chicago this Wednesday October 7th is being moved at the last minute to the UIC Pavilion (University of Illinois at Chicago: 525 S Racine Ave., Chicago, IL 60607-3303)!

The Spectacular, originally scheduled to be staged at the Congress Theatre, sold out months ago but the sheer scale of the production just won’t fit into the Congress, necessitating the upgrade.

The promoters apologize to any fans inconvenienced by this last minute change. The good news is that UIC Pavilion will showcase Kylie better. The downtown venue is more accessible for most fans and the move has created a release of additional tickets for those previously disappointed.

All tickets purchased for the Congress Theatre show will be honored at UIC Pavilion. Newly opened tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets beginning today, Sunday, October 4, 2009, at 3p.m. CDT. Tickets will also be available at UIC Pavilion Box Office, on the day of show only, beginning at 6 p.m.

This was easily the best show I’ve seen in Oakland, and may be the best for some time. Kylie Minogue is a great performer, and the entire show is so much bigger than the room, it can blow away anyone who might come into contact with it. I’m glad to have been there, ... go for it. You won’t be disappointed. SPINNING PLATTERS - Thursday 1st October 2009

It’s impossible to describe the full spectacle of the Kylie experience...The fact that she fit it all into a relatively intimate venue was a marvel unto itself. The show seemed to have been designed to be visible from the moon...it was one thrill after another, especially for the fans who had waited so long for this moment... SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE –Friday October 2, 2009

.. fabulous. .. a live singing spectacular .. this is her best tour ever, .. Amazing!! PEREZ HILTON – Friday 2nd October 2009

Minogue’s spectacle never relented once. .. (she) radiates a bliss that can’t be bought. . 22 years is a long time (to wait) to catch a glimpse of perfection!! ROLLINGSTONE.com – Thursday 1st October 2009

‘"Kylie, Kylie, Kylie!" shrieked the ecstatic crowd .. Kylie awes her fans with her energy and hot dance moves. .
SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN - Thursday 1st October 2009

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Chicago Invitational Challenge moves to UIC Pavilion

Tickets on sale at 12 AM CT, Friday, September 25, 2009

Tickets already purchased over the phone or at Ticketmaster.com will be automatically credited. Tickets purchased at Ticketmaster retail outlets should be returned to point of purchase.

The Fourth Annual Chicago Invitational Challenge will include Big East power University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, Iowa State University, Saint Louis University, Liberty University, Mississippi Valley State University, Tennessee State University, and Kennesaw State University.

The fighting Irish from Notre Dame (21-15) received some great news this summer as Senior Forward and All-Big East player Luke Harangody (22.3pg) has decided to return for his Senior season. Alongside Harangody will be two highly recruited transfers Scott Martin from Purdue and Ben Hansbrough from Mississippi State.

Iowa State University (15-17)is returning a talented young squad including All-Big 12 performer Junior Center Craig Brackins (20.2 ppg). Joining the all-American candidate will be junior guards Diante Garrett (9.8 ppg) and Lucca Staiger (8.2 ppg).

Excitement surrounds next years Northwestern University Wildcats (17-14), with the return of Senior F Kevin Coble (15.5 ppg), Junior G Michael Thompson (9.9 ppg) and Sophomore F John Shurna (7.3 ppg). The Wildcats look to challenge for the Big 10 Title and hopes are high for the schools first selection in the 2010 NCAA tournament.

The Saint Louis University Billikins (18-14) return one of the youngest team in America. Led by 3 Sophmores Kwamain Mitchell G (11 ppg), Willie Reed F (7.7 ppg), and Brian Conklin F (6.1 ppg) the Billikins look to compete for this years Atlantic 10 crown.

Rounds one and two will be played at Notre Dame, Iowa State, Northwestern, and Saint Louis with the final rounds during Thanksgiving Nov. 27-28 at the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago. Tickets are available at the participating schools ticket office and beginning Friday September 25, 2009 through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 , and online at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the UIC Pavilion Box Office. Tournament pass prices are $82, $62, and $42 and are good for all eight games.

UIC Pavilion is an 10,000-seat multi purpose family entertainment, cultural, and sports arena located in downtown Chicago.

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David Diaz starts two week Chicago media blitz ahead blitz of Jesus Chavez Fight on September 26

CHICAGO, IL (September 15, 2009) Former lightweight world champion David Diaz has embarked on a two week media blitz in his hometown of Chicago ahead of his showdown with two-time world champion Jesus Chavez set for Saturday, September 26th at the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago.

The ten round Diaz/Chavez bout headlines ”WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING since 1998.

Said Pesoli, ”The media attention to this fight has really been unprecedented. Between TV, radio and the newspapers, they’ve truly treated David like another franchise here in Chicago . He hasn’t fought in Chicago in over two years, but the Chicago sports fans and media have a great memory of his valiant performance defending his title against Erik Morales in August of 2007.”

Diaz kicked off the two week media blitz with a special guest appearance at Chicago’s Mexican Independence Day Parade on Sunday afternoon. The huge crowds lining 26th Street in the Little Village neighborhood were estimated at over 150,000 by parade organizers.

Diaz was a member of the 1996 US Olympic Team and has been instrumental in assisting the 2016 Chicago Team in their attempt to win the bid as the host city.

Tickets for ”WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” are priced at $151, $101, $76, $51 and $31, and are available through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions Office (312-226-5800).

Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine , just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway. For further information, please visit their website at www.uicpavilion.com. The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing events.

8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia, opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

For more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit 8countproductions.com and jabbboxing.com.

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Wilco (the concert), with special guest Tortoise

Sunday, October 18 [& Monday, October 19] at 7:30pm — The UIC Pavilion in Chicago

Wilco have just announced details of their highly anticipated hometown show here, which will take place on Sunday, October 18 at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 25 at 10am for what is certain to be one of the highlights of the fall concert season.

With the recent release of their seventh studio album, Wilco (the album), the band not only experienced the most successful sales week in their 15 year history; they also continue to explore new ground sonically and artistically. Critical response on the new record has also been as strong as ever, including a 4-Star review in Rolling Stone Magazine. Spin Magazine calls the album “fantastic” and according to the L.A. Weekly, the record includes “some of the best songs of his [Jeff Tweedy] career.”

The UIC Pavilion is conveniently located on the corner of Harrison and Racine, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The venue is easily accessible via the I-290 expressway or public transportation. In a recent change of venue policy, fans can now enjoy their favorite brew at The Pavilion, including selections from Goose Island, Stella, Bud and Miller.

Tickets On Sale Saturday, July 25 at 10:00 AM

Reserved tickets ($39.50) and Main Floor General Admission tickets ($39.50) will be available at The UIC Pavilion box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge-by-phone call 800-745-3000. To order online, visit Ticketmaster.com.

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Fres Oquendo faces Bruce Seldon in Chicago on Friday, July 24

Fresh off a devastating third round knockout win on Friday, June 26th, two time world title challenger “FAST” Fres Oquendo will now face former heavyweight world champion, Bruce “THE ATLANTIC CITY EXPRESS” Seldon for the NABA Heavyweight Title in the ten round main event at “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 4” on Friday, July 24th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.

Oquendo was originally scheduled to face Argentinean Gonzalo Omar Basile last month at the upcoming “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 4”.

Oquendo, now 30-5-0 with nineteen knockouts, was dominant from the opening bell in his long awaited Chicago return against the rugged New Jersey native Mark Brown last month at “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 3” Dropping Brown twice hard in the third round, the bout was waived off by referee Geno Rodriguez at the 2:58 mark with a badly hurt Brown unable to defend himself.

Seldon, 40-7-0 (36KO’s), won WBA World Heavyweight Title against Tony Tucker in 1995 and defended it once before losing to the Mike Tyson in September 1996. He has knocked out five of his last six opponents. Most recently he stopped Gabe Brown in the fifth round on May 15, 2009 in Atlantic City .

Said Oquendo about Seldon, “Bruce was always a very smart, technical fighter. I expect more of the same from him, he’s got a lot of pop and he knows all of the tricks of the game, so I’m going to have to be at my very best to beat him.”

About his quick return to fighting in Chicago , Oquendo said, “It was such a terrific night for my family and friends to be there, along with the support of the Chicago fight crowd. I really fed off their enthusiasm and look forward to fighting in front of them again on July 24th.”

The knockout win over Brown was Oquendo’s first bout in the Chicagoland area in nine years and his first as part of the Simmons Entertainment Marketing LLC management group, headed by NBA Star Bobby Simmons.

Said Pesoli, “There’s just too many complications bringing Basile in from Argentina , I’ve seen Seldon’s last two fights and he was in very good shape and looked sharp. With his power, experience and intelligence, this is going to make for a terrific heavyweight fight on July 24th.

The undercard at “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 4” is headlined by a terrific lightweight bout between Chicagoans Gadiel Andaluz and Oscar De La Cruz.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, the 26 year old Andaluz won his first three professional bouts in Chicago last year before suffering a setback against Dannie Williams in Tacoma , Washington late last year which moved his record to 3-1-0 (2KO’s).

A native of Mexico City, De La Cruz brings a competitive record of 5-6-0 (2KO’s) into the bout with Andaluz. His eleven pro bouts include battles against outstanding young prospects Matt Remillard, Mike Oliver and Argenis Mendez..

Other newcomers at “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 4” include super featherweight Noe Perez, 2-0-0 (2KO’s), super middleweight Mike Kurzeja, 1-0-0 (1KO) and the pro debuts of heavyweight David Latoria and junior middleweight Nate Mohr in separate bouts.

Additional information on “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 4” will be announced shortly.

“WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 4” is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, now in its twelfth year as the HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING.

Advance tickets for “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 4”, starting at $31, can be purchased through the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800 and through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine , just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway. For further information, please visit their website at www.uicpavilion..com

8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia, opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

For more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit 8countproductions.com and jabbboxing.com.

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Fres Oquendo Added in Title Fight on June 26 in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL (June 10, 2009) Two time heavyweight world title challenger Fres Oquendo will face Gonzalo Omar Basile in the new ten round main event at “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 3” on Friday, June 26th at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pelosi’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING.

Recently signed to Simmons Entertainment Marketing LLC, Oquendo is looking towards another run at a world championship bout in the near future. The bout against Basile, for the WBO Latino Heavyweight Title, is Oquendo’s first hometown bout in nine years.

Tickets for “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 3”, starting at $31, are on sale now through the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800 and through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Oquendo, 29-5-0 (18KO’s) is coming off a highly controversial split decision loss to former world champion James Toney on December 13th. The bout, broadcast from Cabazon, California on VERSUS, was thought to be amongst the worst decisions of 2008.

Basile, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, brings a record of 41-4-0 (19KO’s) into the battle with Oquendo, having won his last nine bouts, five by stoppage. He won the WBO Latino Heavyweight Title on February 14, 2009 by stopping Daniel Frank in the third round in Buenos Aires .

Said Pesoli, “An already excellent card just got a great deal better. Fres hasn’t fought in Chicago in a long time and I know he and the Chicago fight fans will be looking toward a great performance from him on June 26th. Fres was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Chicago so he has legions of fans all across the city.”

Already announced for “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 3” is an outstanding eight round junior welterweight showdown between undefeated Chicago fan favorite, Ivan Popoca and Tulare, California’s Hector Alatorre.

An additional eight round bout is a super middleweight title fight between Chicago ’s Andrzej “THE POLISH PRINCE” Fonfara and Rockford, Illinois’ Skyler Thompson for the WBF All-Americas Super Middleweight Title..

In a special feature attraction, Chicago fan favorite Rita “LA GUERA” Figueroa and Lynnwood, Washington native Tammie “THE TASMANIAN DEVIL” Johnson will square off once again in a rematch of their draw on March 27th at the inaugural “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT”.

The undercard features Chicago natives; highly touted junior welterweight prospect Ramiro Carrillo, featherweight Juan Bailon along with welterweights Ryan Smedick and Achour Esho in separate bouts.

Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine , just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway. For further information, please visit their website at www.uicpavilion.com

Additional information on this card will be announced shortly.

8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia, opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

For more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit www.8countproductions.com and www.jabbboxing.com.

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TICKET ALERT! Fight Night 2: Jaime Sandoval vs Juan Carlos Martinez — Friday, May 29

CHICAGO, IL (April 26, 2009) World class professional boxing returns to the UIC Pavilion on Friday, May 29th, as Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, presents “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 2”.

Tickets for “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 2”, starting at $31, are on sale now through the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800 and through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine Ave., just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway.

“WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 2” is headlined by an outstanding ten round main event between Chicago based lightweight Jaime “SUPERFLY” Sandoval and Juan Carlos “EL PEZ” Martinez of San Luis Potosi, Mexico for the World Boxing Foundation Americas Lightweight Championship.

The Sandoval/Martinez bout is a rematch of their terrific battle on October 19, 2007 at Cicero Stadium, won by Martinez in an epic eight round bout that saw both warriors bruised and battered as they fought to a very close finish in front of their legions of loyal fans. Martinez was declared the victor by scores of 78-74, 78-74 and 77-75.

Said Pesoli, “I’ve wanted to make this rematch for over a year and I’m thrilled that Jaime and Juan Carlos have agreed to fight again on May 29th. The fans in Cicero saw an outstanding bout between these two warriors and we’re confident the rematch will be even better. They’ve both fought on our shows a number of times and have huge fan bases.”

“This is our third event at the UIC Pavilion and we’re very happy to see the large crowds turn out at our new home. The Sandoval/Martinez rematch extends our commitment to our fans, now in our 12th year, to putting on great events with terrific fights” continued Pesoli.

Since beating Sandoval, the 27 year old Martinez has fought five times, most recently battling former world champion Guty Espadas Jr. in an excellent ten round war, losing a close split decision by scores of 94-97, 94-96 and 98-92 on April 4th in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

In his six year career, he has compiled a record of 15-10-1 with seven knockouts.

The 27 year old Sandoval, younger brother of former world champion Jesus Chavez, has built a record of 15-3-1 with 12 knockouts since turning professional five years ago.

Long a staple of the Chicago boxing scene, Sandoval is coming off a hard fought ten round draw with undefeated Rashad Ganaway in Harlingen, Texas on March 28th.

Prior to that, Sandoval won a career best eight round decision over highly regarded and undefeated Dominican prospect Argenis Mendez on October 3rd in Denver, Colorado.

The co-main event will feature sensational super bantamweight prospect Eric “EL LOCO” Estrada in a six round bout. The 21 year Chicago native, 7-0-0 (3KO’s) has impressed local fight fans with his outstanding boxing skills and aggressive all-action style since turning professional in September 2007.

Estrada is coming off an impressive fifth round stoppage of Steve Cannell on January 23rd at Cicero Stadium.

Rounding out “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 2” will be newcomers; featherweight Sergio Montes De Oca, lightweights Russell Fiore and Jose Hernandez and super bantamweights Sergio Cristobal and Juan Carlos Fernandez.

Additional information on this card will be announced shortly.

8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia, opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights Returns to Chicago on April 24

Antonio Escalante vs Gary Starks Jr. in the Main Event
Advance Tickets Now on Sale for UIC Pavilion Card

CHICAGO, IL (April 2, 2009) — Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions will team up once again up to present a spectacular evening of world class professional boxing as ESPN’s FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS hits Chicago’s UIC Pavilion on Friday, April 24th with advanced tickets on sale now.

Tickets, starting at $31, can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Online: www.ticketmaster.com, Phone: 1-800-745-3000) and through the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7:30pm with the first bell at 8:30pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 N. Racine, at the corner of Harrison and Racine in the downtown West Loop area of Chicago.

Headlining the outstanding ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS broadcast beginning at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT on ESPN2 is a terrific junior featherweight matchup between El Paso’s Antonio Escalante and Gary “Kid” Stark Jr. from Staten Island, NY.

“We’re looking forward to returning to Chicago with ESPN’s Friday Night Fights,” said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar de la Hoya. “The great Chicago fight fans always seem to bring out the best in fighters and will them to fight their hardest.”

The 23 year old Escalante, 19-2 (12 KO’s), is a popular favorite amongst Chicago fight fans and will be making his fourth appearance in the Windy City. In his first appearance, he battled local native Jose Andres Hernandez in a ten round war on January 27, 2006 that was named the SOLO BOXEO “Fight of the Year” for it’s dramatic and powerful swings in each fighters’ favor.

Born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Escalante was able to win a unanimous decision, dropping Hernandez in the eighth and ninth rounds after being knocked down earlier in the fight. The win in front of a sold out Cicero Stadium cemented Escalante as a “must see” attraction in Chicago.

Escalante has won five fights in a row, most recently scoring a crushing third round knockout of Mike Oliver on October 24th at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California. He is currently world ranked #5 by the World Boxing Association.

Stark, a favorite amongst fight fans in the New York City area, has compiled a record of 22-2 (8 KO’s) over his seven year career. He is on a four bout winning streak, highlighted by a brilliant display of courage and valor when he won a rematch over Andres Ledesma on March 5, 2008 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York in revenge of a 2007 loss. Fighting with a right eye that had been swollen shut in the middle rounds, Stark, cheered on by a thundering Manhattan crowd, rallied to a unanimous decision win over Ledesma.

Said Dominic Pesoli, “These are two outstanding warriors and the spirit they’ve showed in the ring truly outlines what should be an outstanding fight on April 24th.”

In the co-main event, sensational super middleweight prospect Daniel Jacobs, 14-0 (13KO’s) will see action in an eight round bout. The former Two-Time National Golden Gloves Champion and U.S. Amateur Champion has thrilled fight fans across the country with his fast, powerful hands since turning pro in December 2007. An indicator of his concussive power, nine of Jacobs’ knockouts have come in the first round.

Making his Chicago debut is 2008 U.S. Olympian Deontay “THE BRONZE BOMBER” Wilder, the only United States Boxing Medalist from the 2008 Beijing Games, who will see action in a four round bout. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama heavyweight has won his first three fights in dramatic knockout fashion and is thought by many to be THE American heavyweight of the future. The 23 year old Wilder, 3-0 (3 KO’s), is trained by 1984 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist and former World Welterweight Champion Mark Breland.

Also featured in his first eight round bout is Chicago favorite, Ivan Popoca. The junior welterweight, 9-0-1 (7 KO’s), has thrilled the Windy City fight fans with his heavy hands and aggressive style. In his last bout, he won an early career defining battle over Daniel Garcia by unanimous decision in a six round bout.

Also on the card will be newcomer, 2008 Chicago Golden Gloves champion Noe Perez, who will see action in a four round junior lightweight bout. The younger brother of “blood and guts” warrior, Luciano Perez, Noe won his first bout on December 12th, stopping Elijah Linder in the second round at Cicero Stadium.

Opponents for Jacobs and Wilder, as well as a full undercard, will be announced shortly.

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World Extreme Cagefighting Confirms Remaining Bouts for First Ever WEC® Event in Chicago

WEC Bantamweight Title Match: Miguel Angel Torres vs Takeya Mizugaki

  • Jeff Curran vs Joseph Benavidez
  • Jameel Massouh vs Raphael Assuncao
  • Ben Henderson vs Shane Roller
  • Akitoshi Tamura vs Manny Tapia
  • Rani Yahya vs Eddie Wineland
  • Fredson Paixao vs Wagnney Fabiano
  • Diego Nunes vs Cub Swanson
  • Ivan Lopez vs Dominick Cruz
  • Anthony Pettis vs Anthony Njokuani
  • Cole Province vs Rafael Dias

Live From UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Sunday, April 5 — Tickets on Sale Now

Las Vegas, NV (USA) — World Extreme Cagefighting® proudly confirms the remaining bouts for WEC: Torres vs. Mizugaki, live from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, April 5.

Tickets for World Extreme Cagefighting are on sale now and priced at $45.00, $75.00, $125.00 and $175.00. Tickets are available for purchase through the UIC Pavilion, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

World Extreme Cagefighting will be televised live nationally on VERSUS beginning at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT. All live WEC events are presented in Hi-Definition (HD) where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local viewing area, visit versus.com/findversus.

In addition to the electric main event between WEC® bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres (35-1) and Japanese striker Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2), and the 135-pound co-feature clash between Joseph Benavidez (9-0) and Jeff Curran (31-10-1), nine more exciting bouts fill out WEC’s inaugural trip to the Windy City.

Before the co-main events get underway, lightweights Ben Henderson (fighting out of Glendale, AZ) and Shane Roller (fighting out of Las Vegas, NV) lock horns in a battle between two accomplished wrestlers. After making his WEC debut in January with a submission win over Anthony Njokuani, Henderson looks to continue his rise in the 155-pound division by defeating Roller. Defeating Roller will be no easy task though. The Tulsa, OK native is a three-time Division I All-American wrestler and currently riding a five-fight winning streak. Roller, undefeated in the WEC with wins over Todd Moore and Mike Budnik, is rapidly climbing the lightweight ladder and looks to get one step closer to the title with a win over Henderson.

Brazilian Raphael Assuncao (fighting out of Marietta, GA) makes his long-awaited WEC debut when he tackles the well-rounded Jameel Massouh (fighting out of Milwaukee, WI). Touting a 12-1 record, Assuncao is a feared 145-pound competitor whose arrival spells trouble for the featherweight elite. Known for his slick ground work, Assuncao will have his hands full with former Pancrase star Massouh. A winner of 21 of 25 bouts since launching his professional career in 2005, Massouh is a well-rounded fighter with a unique blend of knockout power and submissions.

Undefeated lightweight Anthony Pettis (fighting out of Milwaukee, WI) makes his WEC debut against Nigerian-born striker Anthony Njokuani (fighting out of Las Vegas, NV). Pettis, 6-0 in his two-year professional career, will face a stern test in the Muay Thai savvy Njokuani. With a record of 22-0 as a professional kickboxer, the 6’0" Njokuani is in search of his first WEC win and hopes to use his potent leg kicks to derail Pettis.

With three straight victories since losing to then-featherweight champion Urijah Faber in 2007, the supremely-conditioned Dominick Cruz (fighting out of San Diego, CA) hopes to entrench himself in the bantamweight division with a win over newcomer Ivan Lopez (fighting out of San Diego, CA). Since moving to the 135-pound weight class in 2008, Cruz has pounded out unanimous decision wins over Charlie Valencia and Ian McCall. Undefeated at 9-0, Lopez has taken the bantamweight scene by storm with superior kickboxing and submission skills. Born in Tijuana, Mexico and now fighting out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, CA, Lopez is looking to make a name for himself in the WEC with a win over Cruz.

Cub Swanson (fighting out of Orange County, CA) has stopped 10 opponents in 15 professional fights with an array of knockouts and submissions. The 25-year-old looks to continue that impressive streak when he takes on the precision-punching Diego Nunes (fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Nunes, a former professional soccer player and Brazilian Muay Thai champion, looks to extend a streak of his own, as the 26-year-old seeks score his second consecutive WEC win in Chicago. Nunes earned a unanimous decision victory over Cole Province in December.

Fighters who have had the misfortune of going to the ground with decorated Brazilian jiu jitsu artist Wagnney Fabiano (fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) have had a difficult time avoiding the black belt’s submission attempts. The grappler has won six of his last seven bouts by submission, including a victory over Akitoshi Tamura in December. The 33-year-old featherweight contender will look to earn his eighth straight victory when he battles similarly gifted grappler Fredson Paixao (fighting out of Las Vegas, NV). A fellow Brazilian, Paixao is dangerous on the ground and has won eight of 10 professional bouts.

An intriguing bantamweight bout pits local product Eddie Wineland (fighting out of Highland, IN) against submission ace Rani Yahya (fighting out of San Diego, CA). The 24-year-old Wineland is a former WEC bantamweight titleholder who boasts competent wrestling and striking. Those skills will be put on display against Yahya, who is coming off an impressive first round submission victory over Yoshiro Maeda last November.

Rugged 135-pound contender Manny Tapia (fighting out of Chino, CA) looks to rebound from a December loss to champion Miguel Torres when he takes on Osaka, Japan’s Akitoshi Tamura. Tamura, who is coming off a hard-fought three rounder with Wagnney Fabiano, is hungry to gain his first WEC win and will look to use his submissions and kickboxing to stymie Tapia.

An intelligent ground and pound specialist, featherweight Cole Province (fighting out of Edmond, OK) hopes that his collegiate wrestling background will allow him to outmuscle American Top Team product Rafael Dias (fighting out of Coconut Creek, FL). Dias, a former law student who trains at one of the top gyms in the country, will almost certainly match Province’s ground attack with a solid grappling game of his own. With both fighters searching for their first WEC wins, the Province-Dias clash has the potential to be a war.

All bouts subject to change. For more information about current WEC fight news, visit wec.tv.

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Henry Coyle Returns to Chicago on Friday, March 27th

Junior Middleweight Prospect Co-featured at UIC Pavilion — Advance Tickets Now on Sale

CHICAGO, IL (February 24, 2009) — Popular Irish junior middleweight prospect Henry Coyle will once again battle in Chicago as he will be featured in the eight round co-main event at the inaugural “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT” on Friday, March 27th, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING.

The 21 year old Coyle, 9-1-0 (8KO’s), is coming off an eight round unanimous decision over Sergejs Savrinovics on November 15th in Castlebar, Ireland. A native of Geesala, Ireland, Coyle’s aggressive, heavy handed style has made him a favorite amongst Chicago fight fans.

Said Pesoli, “Henry’s fought twice in Chicago and has really built a tremendous following amongst the huge local Irish population. We’re very happy to have him on our first show at the larger UIC Pavilion on March 27th.”

Details of Coyle upcoming bout will be announced shortly.

“WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT” is headlined by a ten round Chicago junior middleweight showdown between “MACHO” Miguel Hernandez and Luciano “EL GALLO MICHOACANO” Perez.

Other fighters scheduled to see action on the eight bout card include; super middleweight Andrzej “THE POLISH PRINCE” Fonfara, unbeaten junior welterweight Rita "LA GUERA" Figueroa, featherweight Juan Bailon, junior welterweight Ryan Smedick, super bantamweight Sergio Montes De Oca and pro debuting super middleweight Mike Kurzeja.

Advance tickets, starting at $30, for “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT” are now on sale through the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com). Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm.

8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

For more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit www.8countproductions.com and www.jabbboxing.com.

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Miguel Hernandez vs Luciano Perez Headlines First “Windy City Fight Night”

Advance Tickets Now on Sale for March 27, UIC Pavilion Card

CHICAGO, IL (February 18, 2009) — Two of Chicago's proudest warriors, "MACHO" Miguel Hernandez and Luciano "EL GALLO MICHOACANO" Perez will battle in the main event at the inaugural "WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT" on Friday, March 27th at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING.

"This fight has been brewing for the last few years and Chicago fight fans are in for an outstanding war as these two stake their claim as the King of Chicago Boxing. They've both long made their mark as true warriors in numerous fights in Chicago and across the country" said Pesoli.

"Chicago has a great history of local fighters settling their often times, contentious feelings towards each other in the ring, this fight should be no exception."

Hernandez brings a record of 20-8-0 (10KO's) into the bout with Perez who sports a record of 16-9-1 (14KO's). The scheduled ten round battle will be contested for the World Boxing Federation Americas Middleweight Title.

Over his six year career, the 34 year old Hernandez has engaged in battles with former world champion Raul Marquez and Yory Boy Campas. In 2006 he won the WBC United States Middleweight Title from Ryan Davis in Coral Gables, Florida. The flashy and powerful Puerto Rican has long been a fan favorite for Chicagoland fight fans.

The 30 year Perez is a native of Michoacan, Mexico. Fourteen months ago he fought evenly with former world champion Carlos Baldomir, losing a highly disputed SOLO BOXEO televised majority decision in Cabazon, California. His five year career also includes wars with Jesus Soto Karass as well as a legendary blood filled bout that he won over Francisco Rincon in 2006 at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.

Continued Pesoli, speaking about the ten round junior middleweight bout "With the new series we want to kick off with a bang and this bout will provide fireworks from the opening bell. With Miguel and Luciano both having legions of loud and loyal fight fans it should provide a great atmosphere for opening night."

Advance tickets, starting at $30, for "WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT" are now on sale through the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com). A full undercard will be announced shortly. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm.

8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

For more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit www.8countproductions.com and www.jabbboxing.com.

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World Extreme Cagefighting® Announces First-Ever WEC® Event in Chicago

WEC Bantamweight Title Match — Miguel Angel Torres vs Brian Bowles
& Bantamweight Showdown — Jeff Curran vs Joseph Benavidez

  • Live From UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Sunday, April 5
  • Tickets Go on Sale February 14th at 10 AM CT

Las Vegas, NV (USA) — On Sunday, April 5, World Extreme Cagefighting® takes its maiden voyage to the Windy City of Chicago, and it’s bringing the best bantamweights in the world to the UIC Pavilion for WEC: Torres vs Bowles. In the main event, WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres returns to fight in the Midwest for the first time in two years to face the biggest challenge to his crown yet in unbeaten Brian Bowles, and Island Lake, Illinois’ Jeff Curran looks to make his case for a shot at the belt when he battles undefeated phenom Joseph Benavidez.

Tickets for World Extreme Cagefighting go on sale at 10 a.m. CT Saturday, February 14 and will be priced at $45.00, $75.00, $125.00 and $175.00. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to WEC newsletter subscribers Thursday, February 12 starting at noon CT. To access this presale, users must register for the WEC newsletter through wec.tv. Tickets will be available for purchase through the UIC Pavilion, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

World Extreme Cagefighting will be televised live nationally on VERSUS beginning at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT. All live WEC events are presented in Hi-Definition (HD) where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local viewing area, visit http://www.versus.com/findversus.

Universally regarded as one of mixed martial arts’ premier fighters, pound for pound, East Chicago, Indiana’s Miguel Angel Torres (35-1) is a dynamic performer who is deadly wherever the fight takes him. Owner of the WEC bantamweight championship since February of 2008, the 28-year old Torres has since defended his title with spectacular stoppages of Yoshiro Maeda and Manny Tapia, and with a third defense over Brian Bowles, he will continue to cement his position on top of the MMA world.

Athens, Georgia’s Brian Bowles (7-0) has taken an old school route to his bantamweight title shot, cleaning out all contenders in his path and leaving no questions about his status as the number one contender at 135 pounds. 4-0 in the WEC, the well-rounded 28-year old has finished Charlie Valencia, Marcos Galvao, Damacio Page, and Will Ribeiro to get his shot at the belt, and now he’s looking to finish off the king on April 5th.

A longtime favorite of the Midwest fight scene, former WEC featherweight contender and title challenger Jeff “Big Frog” Curran (31-10-1) has long had his sights set on Miguel Torres, and he has even dropped down to the bantamweight division to chase his local rival. There is business to take care of for both men first though, and for Curran, that means his clash with Joseph Benavidez on April 5th. So expect the 30-year old Curran to come out with guns blazing in order to move forward in the crowded bantamweight division.

The 24-year old Joseph Benavidez (9-0) came to the WEC last December with a lot of hype due to his raw talent and impressive previous performances, and he lived up to the expectations with a big win over Danny Martinez. Now the stablemate of former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber is ready for the next step in his career, and for him, there would be nothing better than to add the name Jeff Curran to his victims list.

All bouts subject to change. For more information about current WEC fight news, visit wec.tv.

About World Extreme Cagefighting

The WEC brand is recognized as one of the premier mixed martial arts organizations in the United States. Founded in 2001, the WEC features many of the most prominent athletes in the sport of mixed martial arts today. Owned and operated by WEC Holdings LLC., and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the WEC produces live and taped events annually that are distributed through the Versus network. In addition to its U.S distribution, WEC programming is shown on the TSN network in Canada and Cadena Tres in Mexico. For more information and current WEC fight news, visit wec.tv. World Extreme Cagefighting® and WEC® are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by WEC Holdings, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions and are licensed to WEC Productions, LLC.

About VERSUS

VERSUS celebrates real competition across all platforms (VERSUS.com, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD). Now in more than 74 million homes, the network is the national cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the IndyCar® Series as well as best-in-class events such as The Tour de France, Davis Cup Tennis, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Professional Boxing. The network also offers collegiate sports featuring nationally-ranked teams from top conferences such as the Pac-10, Big 12, Mountain West and Ivy League. VERSUS features the best field sports programming on television and is a destination for sports fans, athletes and sportsmen to find exclusive, competitive events and original programs, such as TapouT, Sports Soup and The Contender, that audiences can't find elsewhere. VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

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Boxing on tap at UIC

Promoter Pesoli is bringing competitive cards back to Chicago with ‘Windy City Fight Night’ series at Pavilion

Dominic Pesoli has ambitious plans for boxing fans in the city, and while he might not meet every goal, there’s no question the dynamic promoter will achieve his main objective:

Bring competitive boxing cards back to the city on a regular basis.

Pesoli’s “8 Count Productions” signed a contract with UIC to hold cards once a month at the Pavilion as part of the “Windy City Fight Night” series. The first one is March 27.

“We’re obviously excited to bring fights back to the city,” Pesoli said. “We were doing it at DePaul, which was a good situation for us.

“And then we went to Cicero and lost our groups of executives and yuppies. At DePaul, we’d have guys buy blocks of 10–15 tickets each. But they didn’t want to go to Cicero.”

As a city dweller without a car, I didn’t go to Cicero, either. I loved going to the Aragon for fights, but Pesoli points out the parking there kept people away. The Pavilion has plenty of parking and an L stop.

“Hopefully, I can bring some big shows,” Pesoli said. “When I was at the tail end of my run at DePaul [in 2005], we had built up a nice fan base in the city and were doing 3,000 to 4,000 people.

“My goal here is to do 3,000 to 5,000 people. It might take a little while to build that up again. But there are restaurants nearby, and people can eat a meal and go to the fights.”

The only way a promoter can make this work is if he’s hooked up, and Pesoli is. He’s co-promoted shows with Oscar De La Hoya’s “Golden Boy Promotions” and “Top Rank.”

If former WBC lightweight champ David Diaz ignores my advice to retire and has a couple more fights, I’d love to see them at the Pavilion. Jesus Chavez has been mentioned as an opponent for Diaz, who currently is rehabilitating his injured knee, and that would be a terrific local fight.

“I’m going to talk with “Golden Boy” and “Top Rank” to see if we can bring a big fight -- maybe an HBO or Showtime deal -- here,” Pesoli said. “With the Solo Boxeo series being canceled, everything is up in the air and TV dates are harder to come by.

“What’s important is we put on fights that entertain fans. As long as they’re competitive, that’s what people want to see.”

And that’s what they will see with Pesoli calling the shots. It would be great to get back to the days when Mike “Choir Boy” Landini, “Irish” John Collins and Carlos Tite packed local arenas.

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Killers at UIC Pavilion: New-wave sing-alongs hit the mark, but those fake plastic trees have got to go

The monitors lining the stage’s front lip at the Killers concert Tuesday doubled as pulpits for singer Brandon Flowers to stand on high and serenade the UIC Pavilion crowd. Or, in many instances, for the crowd to serenade Flowers.

The singer waved his arms like a conductor or thrust a microphone stand in the direction of the multitudes, who obliged him by taking over vocal duties on several choruses: “Are we human, or are we dancer?”; “I’ve got soul/But I’m not a soldier”; “Well somebody told me/You had a boyfriend/Who looked like a girlfriend/That I had in February of last year.”

Jam-packed arena concerts aren’t really reasonable places for musical nuances to be communicated. Instead, it’s imperative to gear everything toward the back row. It’s not about expressing, it’s about projecting. The Killers have been playing to the balconies since releasing the first of their three multimillion-selling releases in 2004.

At the Pavilion, the band came loaded with singles, and not much else. The staging by the standards of most arena shows was chintzy, a mix of plastic palm trees, a neon “K” that looked like it had been purloined from Toys-R-Us, and a couple of tepid blasts of confetti and soap bubbles. It would have to be the music that would keep the crowd engaged, and for the most part it did.

The Killers’ best songs draw on a particular period of new wave, circa 1978-83, when synthesizers crept into the postpunk vocabulary and rock bands started busting out dance moves. The Killers paid homage to this era with a brisk cover of Joy Division’s “Shadowplay,” dialing down the song’s gloomier aspects, pumping up the bass and turning it into an ooh-oohing dance number --- a well-intentioned atrocity.

That sound also served as a template for many of the singles off “Hot Fuss,” the Killers’ debut and still their best work. Indeed, the band played the first five songs from that album, and they remain exuberantly catchy --- perfect for sing-along time. Since that album, Flowers has become more self-serious and ponderous as a lyricist, but he better be careful. Nothing kills a party faster than a would-be poet trying to act profound. The belabored metaphors and references to devils, the Promised Land and Cinderella looking for her nightgown were quickly forgotten once the band hit one of those big choruses, however, and the spindly Flowers reared back and sang them with gusto.

His three largely anonymous bandmates, backed at times by three additional musicians, played tightly constructed arrangements that left no room for freelancing. Once the band worked through its best songs, it was left with second-tier trifles such as “Joy Ride” and “I Can’t Stay,” with unctuous saxophone and Latin percussion. They may be a Vegas act, but the Killers are best when they try to sound like a 1981 British new-wave band rather than refugees from a tiki lounge.

Killers Set List

  1. Spaceman
  2. Losing Touch
  3. For Reasons Unknown
  4. Somebody Told Me
  5. Smile Like You Mean It
  6. This Is Your Life
  7. Joy Ride
  8. I Can’t Stay
  9. Bling (Confession of a King)
  10. A Dustland Fairytale
  11. Neon Tiger
  12. Human
  13. Sam’s Town
  14. Read My Mind
  15. Mr. Brightside
  16. All These Things That I’ve Done

Encore

  1. The World We Live In
  2. Shadowplay (Joy Division cover)
  3. Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
  4. When You Were Young

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