Purcell “Hard Rock” Miller to face Larry “The Laser” Marks in Eight-Round Clash
Co-Main Event Announced for October 7th Show
FAIRFAX, VA – One of Virginia’s top boxing cards just got bigger and better. Major League Boxing announced today that the co-Main Event for the October 7th card featuring Jimmy Lange vs. Tommy Wilt will showcase Washington, D.C.'s own PURCELL "HARD ROCK" MILLER (22-4-1, 18 KOs) taking on former world title challenger, LARRY "THE LASER" MARKS, (28-8, 16 KOs) of New Castle, DE, in an explosive eight-round middleweight clash.
Miller, a Washington, D.C. boxing icon known for his legendary ring entrances featuring a ten-piece brass band, possesses legitimate knockout power in both hands with 18 of his 22 wins ending inside the distance.
"I don't like to leave it in the judges' hands," says Miller. Miller's list of opponents is an impressive one including: Dante Craig, Jason Naugler, Robert Frazier, Carl Daniels, Raul Frank, and Kenny Baysmore. Miller is confident that he will add the talented Marks to his list of KO victims and move on to a title shot in the near future.
The veteran Marks is not concerned about Miller's vaunted punching power. "I'm not worried," says the confident Marks. "Besides, I've got a lot of pop in my punches too. He'll see." Marks has also faced a list of world class opponents, having once challenged for a World Title on HBO against Andrew "6 Heads" Lewis. In addition to Lewis, Marks has fought current World Champ Cory Spinks, Tokunbo Olajide, Angel Hernandez, Clarence "Sonny Bono" Taylor, Charles "The Natural" Murray, Andrew Murray, Brandon Mitchem, and Michael Covington. The winner of this showdown should make a huge leap in the middleweight ratings.
JIMMY LANGE (23-3-1, 16 KOs) of Great Falls, VA will be featured in the Main Event against Altoona, PA’s TOMMY WILT (20-5, 4 KOs). Lange has headlined the Patriot Center's first two successful boxing shows, each drawing more than 5,000 plus fans. Lange will be showcased in the Main Event of the six-bout card promoted by Major League Boxing in association with Guzman Entertainment. Doors will open at 7 PM, with the first fight scheduled for 8 PM.
The undercard features an exciting mix of world class contenders and up-and-coming prospects. Scheduled to compete are: Portsmouth, VA's DORIN SPIVEY (34-4, 28 KO'S), Leesburg, VA's PERRY BALLARD (18-1, 14 KOs), Falls Church, VA’s "MONEY" MIKE SAWYER (2-1, 2 KO'S), Front Royal, VA's ANDREW FARMER (2-0, 2 KOs), and heavyweight prospect HORACE “THE REASON" GRANT (1-0, 1 KO) of Riverdale, MD.
Tickets, priced at $500 (VIP Ringside), $350 (Ringside), $250, $150, $100, $75, $50 and $25, are available for purchase through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Patriot Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.majorleagueboxing.com, or via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT or 410-547-SEAT. George Mason University faculty, staff and students, area high school and college students, local law enforcement officials, firefighters and military members may receive a discount on select tickets by presenting a valid ID at the Patriot Center box office only. For more details and information, contact the Patriot Center box office at 703-993-3000 or visit online at www.patriotcenter.com.
NOTE: Bouts are subject to change.
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HBO PPV: HASIM RAHMAN VS. OLEG MASKAEV II
AMERICA'S ONLY WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION HASIM RAHMAN BATTLES OLEG MASKAEV OF KAZAKHSTAN ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 12
Las Vegas - America's only current world heavyweight champion, Baltimore-born Hasim Rahman, will defend his world title for pride, honor and country when he takes on hard-punching No. 1-rated contender and mandatory challenger Oleg Maskaev of Kazakhstan, at the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, on Saturday, August 12.
Promoted by Top Rank in association with Dennis Rappaport Productions, Caesars Palace and Wynn Las Vegas., Rahman-Maskaev II will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Tickets, priced at $600, $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, go on sale Friday, May 12. They can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack box office, online at www.unlvtickets.com or by calling (702) 739-FANS Rahman is the last remaining American to hold a world heavyweight title in a division dominated by natives of the former Soviet Union.
"The Rock is America's Last Line of Defense," said Bob Arum of Top Rank. "He's a great champion but he's in very tough against Maskaev.""Rahman-Maskaev II is a very intriguing heavyweight title fight," said Mark Taffet of HBO Pay-Per-View. "Rahman wants to defend his belt and avenge his 1999 loss to Maskaev, and Maskaev is just as determined to win again."
In their previous bout in 1999, Maskaev rallied late and slammed Rahman with an overhand right to the head which sent him through the ropes head-first and onto the HBO announcing team table. It was a chilling, riveting finish with Maskaev getting the stoppage in the eighth round. That was seven years ago and Dennis Rappaport, the promoter of Maskaev, said, "Oleg has had a lot of peaks and valleys since that win over Rahman. But Oleg has battled back and he has earned his position as the No. 1 contender."
Hasim, 33, is an 11-year pro and a two-time heavyweight world champion. Hasim won the WBC interim heavyweight world title in August, 2005, with a 12-round unanimous decision against Monte Barrett. In his last fight he defended the WBC heavyweight title with a 12-round draw against former three-time world champion James Toney on March 18.
After the Toney fight, Hasim said, "The heavyweight division needed a good fight. I think we put on a good fight. He can punch harder than a lot of heavyweights I've been in with. He's brave, he's got heart, he's got speed, power, he's a force to be reckoned with. I ain't ashamed to admit I learned a thing or two from James Toney tonight. James proved he could stand up to a heavyweight power puncher. I earned some respect from James, and he earned some respect from me. Now it's time to exact some revenge from Maskaev. He may consider this mandatory title challenge, but come August 12, Judge Rahman is going to dish out a mandatory sentence."
Hasim was first scheduled to challenge WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko on April 30 for the title, but the fight was postponed and rescheduled twice - on June 18 and July 23 - due to injuries sustained by Klitschko. The WBC authorized the fight for the interim title in Klitschko's absence, with the condition that Klitschko fight the winner in his next fight. Hasim was again scheduled to fight Klitschko on November 12, but Klitschko was again injured in training and retired.
Having won the interim world title and the world title vacated, according to WBC rules, Hasim became WBC heavyweight world champion. It was the same WBC rule that applied when Lennox Lewis and Ken Norton became WBC heavyweight world champions after winning final world title eliminators. Hasim "The Rock" Rahman became heavyweight champion when he shocked the world on April 22, 2001 when he landed a picture-perfect right hand that knocked out champion Lennox Lewis.
Maskaev grew up in Abai, Kazakhstan where he labored on a farm, worked in a coal mine, joined the Russian Army, became a Lieutenant, joined the Russian Amateur Boxing Team, became a National Champion and stopped Vitali Klitschko in one round.
The Rahman vs. Maskaev pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT has a suggested retail price of $49.95, will be distributed domestically by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 56 million pay-per-view homes.
The telecast will be available in high-definition television for those viewers who are HDTV capable. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. Rahman vs. Maskaev daily updates can be found during fight week at www.HBO.com
BARRERA-JUAREZ II TICKETS GOING FAST
LOS ANGELES – It goes without saying that whenever boxing superstar Marco Antonio Barrera steps into the ring, it’s a big event for fight fans. But add a hungry challenger looking for redemption in a rematch to the mix, along with two more highly anticipated championship bouts, and you’ve got a night that will go down in history as one of the greatest fight cards in recent memory.
And the fans have responded, as tickets to the September 16 “Too Close to Call” card at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino - which features the championship rematch between Barrera and Rocky Juarez, along with the Jhonny Gonzalez vs Israel Vazquez and Jorge Rodrigo Barrios vs Joan Guzman title bouts – have been selling at an amazing rate since going on sale on July 15th.
“I’m pleased with the response to this event, but with the caliber of fights that we’re putting on, I’m really not surprised,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, the event’s promoter. “This is a fight fan’s dream card, and everyone who sees this card will remember it forever.”
To get your tickets to “Too Close to Call”, which are priced at a reasonable $75, $150, $250, and $350, visit any Ticketmaster outlet, ticketmaster.com, or call (702) 474-4000.
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