Jimmy Lange and Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson to Headline December 9th Boxing Event at the Patriot Center
FAIRFAX, VA (October 28, 2006)– Two of the Washington area’s top boxers will serve as co-headliners and a highly-anticipated, super lightweight contenders’ rematch highlight a six-bout fight card presented by Major League Boxing set for Saturday, December 9, 2006 at the Patriot Center.
Northern Virginia fan favorite JIMMY LANGE (27-3-1, 19 KOs) will return for his fourth consecutive bout in Fairfax joining one of the region’s all-time great fighters, former three-time world champion MARK “TOO SHARP” JOHNSON (44-5, 28 KOs) of Washington, D.C. as the evening’s main attractions. Opponents for both fighters will be announced shortly.
After an impressive showing earlier this month “THE PRIDE OF PORTSMOUTH ” DORIN SPIVEY (34-4, 28 KOs) returns to Northern Virginia to face DEAN “THE PIT BULL” WHITE (13-5-1, 6 KOs ) of Smithsburg, MD in an exciting eight-round rematch. The two fighters squared off back in 1998 with Spivey earning a seventh round TKO in Virginia Beach .
Lange looks to continue on the winning track after scoring a tenth round TKO win over Tommy Wilt earlier this month at the Patriot Center .
“I look forward to getting right back to work and preparing for December 9,” said Lange who recently returned to camp at trainer Buddy McGirt’s Vero Beach , FL gym. “I chose to return to the Patriot Center for my next fight instead of pursuing other options because of the great support I always receive from my hometown fans.“
Johnson, the first and only African-American boxer to ever capture a world championship flyweight title, suffered a loss to WBO bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez in his last fight held on February 25, 2006 in Las Vegas . This will be Johnson’s second fight in Virginia (first was June 12, 1992 in Alexandria ) and first area appearance since July 2004 (Bowie, MD).
“Boxing has been great to me and my goal is to get back into world title contention, eventually fighting (Robert) Guerrero for his IBF Featherweight Title,” explained Johnson who has captured the WBO Super Flyweight, IBF Flyweight and Super Flyweight championship belts during his illustrious 12–year career. “It all starts with this fight in December where I’ll get a chance to see how I feel fighting at 126 in front of a great hometown crowd.”
Promoter Joe Hensley of Major League Boxing anticipates another attractive and competitive card, top-to-bottom, with a total of six bouts to be scheduled. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with the first bout slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go onsale in the immediate future.
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Lange Scores 10th Round TKO to Regain Winning Form Saturday Night at the Patriot Center
FAIRFAX, VA (October 9, 2006) --- Needing a strong performance to get back on the winning track, popular Northern Virginia middleweight contender Jimmy Lange didn’t disappoint the 3,614 boisterous fans Saturday night at the Patriot Center, using an impressive surge late in the fight to record a ten-round technical knockout (2:45) over tough veteran Tommy Wilt in the Main Event. Lange of Great Falls, VA, improved to 27-3-1, 19 KOs, while Wilt from Altoona , PA , dropped to 20-6, 4 KOs .
Due to a schedule conflict, Lange’s head trainer Buddy McGirt was unable to work Saturday’s fight, so Lange’s camp enlisted the legendary International Boxing Hall of Famer Angelo Dundee and the highly-regarded Tommy Gallagher to serve as his corner men. Both seemed to provide the necessary motivation and support for the season-one Contender star who was looking to bounce back after suffering a disappointing loss last February.
In the co-Main Event bouts, Dorin “The Pride of Portsmouth” Spivey (34-4, 28 KOs) earned a well-fought, eight-round unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73, 78-74) against Mexico’s Roberto Valenzuela (37-26, 33 KOs), and Newark, DE’s Larry “The Laser” Marks (29-8, 16 KOs) defeated Washington, DC’s Purcell “Hard Rock” Miller (22-5-1, 18 KOs) with a commanding eight-round unanimous decision (80-71, 79-72, 79-72).
Lange’s Contender co-star Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante (27-8-3, 16 KOs) of Shakopee , MN , delivered a strong performance by knocking out Larry “The Gladiator” Brothers (6-20, 4 KOs) of Washington , DC at 2:34 in the fourth round of a scheduled six-rout tilt. Dumfries, VA’s Derek Amos (14-23, 9 KOs) and Juan Carlos Robles (4-0, 2 KOs) of Waynesboro, VA, got the evening started with a competitive heavyweight slugfest with undefeated Robles emerging victorious with a four-round unanimous decision.
Jed Phipps (17-5, 10 K0s) of Baltimore , MD failed his physical, canceling his heavyweight showdown against Washington , DC ’s Rohan “The Buffalo Soldier” Wallace (6-4, 4 KOs ). Time limitations imposed by the venue prevented two other swing bouts featuring “Money” Mike Sawyer (2-1, 2 KOs) of Falls Church, VA vs. Sault St. Marie, MI’s Randy McRorie (0-1) and Riverdale, MD’s Horace “The Reason” Grant (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Jonathon Felton (2-4, 2 KOs) of Woodbridge, VA, from taking place.
Among the notable dignitaries attending the fight were undefeated welterweight contender Paul “The Punisher” Williams, former middleweight champion William Joppy, former world champion Pernell “Sweat Pea” Whitaker (who served as Spivey’s trainer), “First Lady of Boxing” and Contender star Jackie Kallen, popular George Mason University men’s basketball head coach Jim Larranaga and former Washington Redskins star Brian Mitchell.
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) was the promoter of record and Nick Tiberi served as matchmaker.
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