Boxing Legend Mike Tyson Makes First Appearance as Promoter in the Windy City

Gonzalez vs. Gonzalez to Headline Friday Night Fights  on February 7 in Chicago
Global  Boxing’s Polish Prospect Kamil Laszczyk to Face Daniel Diaz in  Exciting Co-Featured Bout

Iron Mike’s Erikson Lubin in Special  Attraction

Boxing Legend Mike Tyson Makes First Appearance as  Promoter in the Windy City

On Friday, February 7, 2014, Mike  Tyson and Garry Jonas (Iron Mike Productions), Dominic Pesoli (8 Count  Productions) and Leon Margules (Warriors Boxing) will proudly present another  installment of Friday Night Fights at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, and televised  worldwide on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

 

In the night’s hard-hitting 10-round  middleweight main event, Puerto Rico’s undefeated Jonathan “Mantequilla”  Gonzalez (17-0-1, 14 KOs) will face Monterrey, Mexico’s Norberto “Demonio”  Gonzalez (20-2, 13 KOs). In the 10-round, televised co-featured bout, red-hot  undefeated featherweight prospect Kamil Laszczyk (15-0, 7 KOs) of Warsaw,  Poland, takes on Managua, Nicaragua’s Daniel “El General” Diaz (20-5-1, 14 KOs).

 

Opening the telecast will be  high-profile 18-year-old welterweight prospect Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (2-0, 2  KOs), the 2012 National Golden Gloves gold medal winner and former Team USA’s #1  overall prospect for the 2016 Olympics before recently turning professional  under the Iron Mike Productions promotional banner.

The opponent for his four-round fight  is TBA.

 

Tickets for “Friday Night Fights” are  priced at VIP $151, VIP Ringside $101, Ringside $76, Mezzanine $51 and General  Admission $31 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com,  1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices: 312-226-5800 or the UIC  Pavilion Box Office: 312-413-5740.

 

24-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez is a  native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is ranked IBF #9 and WBC #11 in the world.  He is a former amateur boxing standout and a 2008 Olympic representative for  Puerto Rico.

 

Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez is a  seven-year professional who got the biggest win of his career with a surprise  upset over Michael “Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira last November at the Seminole Hard  Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Gonzalez was undefeated in his  first 16 fights and his only 2 defeats were hotly contested decisions two top  fighters. The dominant win over Oliveira has put his career back on  track.

22-year-old Kamil Laszczyk is a  native of Warsaw, Poland, currently living in North Bergen, New Jersey. He is  the WBO #3-ranked featherweight in the world. Laszczyk was 110-7 as an amateur  and won six Polish National Amateur Championships. As a professional, he has  already won the WBO Youth Super Featherweight, WBO Inter-Continental  Featherweight and WBC Baltic Silver featherweight titles.

 

Nicaraguan Daniel Diaz is a nine-year  professional and a former NABA Champion. In 2011, Diaz unsuccessfully challenged  Koki Kameda for the WBA World Bantamweight Championship in Osaka, Japan. Most  recently, he won a decision against very highly regarded Mexican contender  Robert Marroquin.

 

“I’m looking forward to my first  appearance as a promoter in Chicago at the Gonzalez vs. Gonzalez fight on  February 7,” said Mike Tyson. “We have a great fight card lined up with some  exciting fighters. Chicago historically has a rich boxing history and I am proud  to return and bring boxing entertainment to the city that has always been good  to me.”

 

“I’m very happy to be returning to  the great city of Chicago with another fantastic show,” said Leon Margules. “I  wish to thank all my partners for their continued support in returning Chicago  to its glory days of boxing. I also wish to extend many thanks to the great Mike  Tyson for his promotional partnership. This will be another fantastic event I am  proud to be a part of.”

 

“Leon and I are very excited to again  be working with my dear friend and legend Mike Tyson and going back to Chicago  with 8 Count,” said Luis DeCubas. “UIC Pavilion is one of the best venues for  boxing in this country.”

 

“I’m very excited to bring another great show to the  loyal boxing fans of Chicagoland,” said Dominic Pesoli. “What a great way to  start off the New Year with an ESPN “Friday Night Fights” event. It will be a pleasure to work again with the  good friends from Warriors Boxing and my new friends from Iron Mike Productions.  Let’s start off the 2014 season with some serious HEAT, because Chicago can  surely use it! Please come out and enjoy the fights with us and one of boxing’s  greatest legends Mike Tyson.”

 

On fight night, doors will open at 6:00 pm CT with the  first bout scheduled for 7:00 pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine,  at the corner of Harrison and Racine on the campus of the University of  Illinois-Chicago.

 

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About Iron Mike Productions(IMP)

Previously known as Acquinity Sports, Iron Mike  Productions is a full-service boxing promotion company co-founded and led by CEO  Garry Jonas. In partnership with Hall of Famer Mike Tyson, IMP is committed to  changing traditional boxing promotion by advocating for its fighters’ successes,  inside the ring and out, throughout their professional careers and into  retirement.

 

About Warriors  Boxing

Launched in 2003, Warriors Boxing operates under a  simple philosophy-bring the best boxers in the world to fight fans, match them  in competitive bouts, and in doing so help re-establish the sport of boxing for  a new generation.

 

With a series of successful Pay-Per-View shows and  packed houses to its credit, the Warriors business model is working wonders in a  sport that was sorely in need of the innovation and energy that the company  brings to the table.

 

When it comes down to it though, a promotional company  is only as good as the fighters and fights it promotes. Warriors Boxing has  delivered on all fronts, with outstanding bouts such as Lara-Molina,  Cayo-Peterson, Abraham-Miranda I and II, Miranda-Pavlik, Miranda-Green,  Ibragimov-Briggs, Ibragimov-Klitschko, Urango-Hatton, Urango-Bailey,  Cayo-Maidana and Ibragimov-Holyfield.

For more information on Warriors Boxing, visit their  website at www.WarriorsBoxing.com.

 

ABOUT 8 COUNT  PRODUCTIONS

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.

 

Fighters currently under the 8 Count Productions banner  include; IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara, middleweight  contender Donovan George, world-class junior welterweight prospect Adrian  Granados, former world title challenger Edner Cherry, super middleweight  prospect Paul Littleton, middleweight prospect Viktor Polyakov and welterweight  prospect Jaime  Herrera.

For more  information on 8 Count Productions/Round 3 Productions please visit their new  website, www.8countproductions.com.

 

For additional information go online at www.IronMikeProductions.com or www.8countproductions.comorwww.WarriorsBoxing.com.

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