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Local professional boxing in Cincinnati went on hiatus after late-January, but two promoters are getting Cincinnati (and Midwest-based) boxers back to work in the coming weeks. Brian Hughes, head of Hughes Promotions, launches a new potential series of events at one of the local boxing scene’s familiar venues in just over a month – with possibly a dozen fights scheduled.
CINCINNATI – A couple of recent announcements catapulted Ohio professional boxing to the forefront of the sport’s world stage. Undefeated IBF world lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. hosts mandatory challenger Denis Shafikov for a June 30th bout at Toledo, Ohio’s Huntington Center. The highly anticipated bout – Easter’s second consecutive title defense at the venue – is scheduled to air live on Bounce TV at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT, and Philadelphia’s Julian Williams, a top-ranked super welterweight contender, will make his return to the ring as the co-main event.
In addition to Easter Jr.’s card, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® just announced its July 29th Premier Boxing Champions’ main event featuring former four-division world champion Adrien Broner versus undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia. Ohio is unlikely to serve as the eventual host site for arguably the biggest match-up of Cincinnati native Broner’s career, but this kind of mega-fight further spurs the motivation and commitment for many of the Queen City’s promising prospects that frequently get to work with one of the sport’s youngest four-division world champions.
Long before hopeful boxers make it to television, or secure deals with major organizations like Premier Boxing Champions and SHOWTIME, they often require smaller locally promoted cards where a prospect can cultivate his or her following. On Friday July 7th Hughes Promotions presents several Cincinnati-based prospects with the chance to showcase their talents in front of local fight fans with its loaded Rumble at the Radisson event. The action will take place in the Bluegrass Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront at 668 West Fifth Street, Covington, Kentucky 41011.
At this time, the event includes six preliminary bouts and six featured bouts on the main card that starts at 9:00 PM. Area fight fans will see familiar faces such as hard-hitting cruiserweight Santino “The Great Gambino” Turnbow, rangy welterweight Boubacar Sylla and his string of four consecutive wins by knockout, unbeaten heavyweight Shaun Seymore, cruiserweight Khetag Pliev a 2012 Canadian Olympian, steadily improving middleweight Kevin Roundtree, and Dayton, Ohio’s Jeff Camp a hungry southpaw welterweight looking to capitalize on his brutal second round knockout of veteran Agustin Cicero in August of 2016. Also, heavyweight Chaen Chess, a former Don King promoted fighter, will make his hometown debut.
Tickets are on sale now at Exclusive, Hard Knock, Black-Owned, and they will be also be available for purchase at the door. Ticket prices are $10 for kids, $30 for general admission, and $50 for ringside seats. Interested fight fans can also contact Brian Hughes of Team Hughes Promotions at (513) 441-7095 for tickets and information.
Come out and see some hard-hitting action live, and support all of these courageous warriors as they attempt to advance their careers in an extremely challenging sport.