Philadelphia's "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy will face Angelo Santana on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 in the ShoBox main event of Don King's upcoming promotion in Cleveland, one of three big fights for Classic Entertainment & Sports in the next two weeks. The world-rated Lundy is looking for his second consecutive win following a victory over Ajose Olusegun in July.
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With snow falling at a record pace along the eastern seaboard, New England-based promoter Classic Entertainment & Sports is forging ahead with three major events in the next two weeks.
Two of CES' most prolific fighters, world-rated light welterweight "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy and Providence, R.I., super middleweight Vladine Biosse, will headline major cards on ShoBox both Friday, Feb. 21, and Friday, Feb. 28, respectively. Also on the 21st, CES will host its 2014 boxing kickoff with a major event at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., starring former two-time world champion Glen Johnson.
It's an epic month for the hardest-working promotional company in combat sports.
"Not only are we thrilled to bring a world-class fighter like Glen Johnson to our home in Providence, we're excited for the world to catch a view of two our top fighters in Vladine Biosse and Hank Lundy," CES president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said. "Most boxing fans already know what 'Hammerin'' Hank is all about. He grew up on ESPN, fighting on the road against some of the best in the world, and now he'll bring his talents to ShoBox where he belongs.
For Biosse (15-2-2, 7 KOs), next Friday will be his toughest test to date as he faces unbeaten middleweight prospect J'Leon Love (16-0, 9 KOs) in the Feb. 28 Mayweather Promotions ShoBox headliner at Turning Stone Casino in upstate New York.
The Cape Verdean southpaw, now fighting out of Providence, hasn't stepped inside the ring since July when he fought to a controversial draw against fellow Rhode Islander Rich Gingras, but he owns two big wins on ESPN in 2010 and 2011 and has a knack for stepping up on the sport's biggest stage. In addition to his two nationally-televised wins, Biosse also owns a dominant victory over former world-rated light heavyweight Joey Spina in 2012. A former Divison I college football player, Biosse is now trained by Paul Andrade, the father of reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) light middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade.
Love, a Dearborn Heights, Mich., native, is ranked 20th in the World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight rankings. He challenged for the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) middleweight title in May and beat Philadelphia slugger Gabriel Rosado by split decision despite hitting the canvas in the sixth round, but the fight was later overturned when Love tested positive for a banned diuretic. Love rebounded with a knockout win over Lajuan Simon in December.
While Lundy is in Cleveland, the former two-time champ Johnson (53-18-2, 36 KOs) will make his Rhode Island debut, living up to his nickname, "The Road Warrior." The Jamaican-born light heavyweight will face Pawtucket, R.I., veteran Jaime Velazquez (11-5-2, 6 KOs) in the eight-round main event of CES' "Home Sweet Home" card at Twin River.
Johnson rose to fame in 2004 when he knocked out Roy Jones Jr. in defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) title and beat Antonio Tarver to earn the Boxing Writers' Association of America Fighter of the Year award. The 45-year-old slugger is coming off back-to-back wins in 2013, including a unanimous decision win over former world-title challenger Bobby Gunn in December. "Home Sweet Home" also features the return of unbeaten Providence super featherweight prospect Toka Kahn (9-0, 6 KOs), who will be fighting in his hometown for the first time in more than a year.
Tickets for "Home Sweet Home" are available at $41, $101 and $126 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. In a special twist, Patrick Sullivan will handle play-by-play duties alongside color commentator Gary "Tiger" Balletto, the former reality television star of The Contender series who is recovering from injuries sustained in a fall at his home in July.
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