Antonio Mesquita Headlines at Eccles Conference Center

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Brazilian Light Welterweight Champion and former WBO Latin America Junior Welterweight Champion, Antonio Mesquita (30-0) will be the Main Event of Lion Heart Boxing Productions professional boxing fight card scheduled to take place on February 16, 2006 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, in Ogden, Utah.

All I can say is that Ortiz better bring his lunch as I will be ready. He will get the hot Willie Chapman, not the Willie Chapman that runs cold sometimes. I will be fighting at home before my family, my friends and my loved ones. Willie Chapman does not plan to lose this one.

Lion Heart Boxing Productions announced today that its live professional boxing fight card scheduled to take place on February 16, 2006 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, in Ogden, Utah just got better with the addition of Brazilian Light Welterweight Champion and WBO Latin America Junior Welterweight Champion, Antonio Mesquita (30-0) as the Main Event.

Mesquita has an unbelievable winning streak for a Junior Welterweight, having won all thirty of his professional fight, most by way of knockout, and is recognized as a top Welterweight contender.

Since turning pro in 1997, Mesquita (30-0, 23 KOs) of Guaruja, Brazil, has remained unbeaten and has knocked out more than 66 percent of his opponents (20) within five rounds. The native Brazilian Mesquita captured his first pro crown, the Brazilian State Light Welterweight championship, with a 10-round KO over Valmir Gomes on December 6, 1997, after less than one year of campaigning as a professional fighter. His second major crown was the WBO Latin America junior welterweight crown which Mesquita won in his hometown by registering a first-round KO over Juan Urzua on January 15, 2001. In his sole title defense, Mesquita earned a 12-round decision over Luiz Da Silva on June 30, 2001, in Guaruja. Mesquita stayed active until 2001, when a shortage of opponents slowed his career. In his sole 2002 appearance, Mesquita floored Rodrigo Villalba in the third round on April 20. After that Mesquita only fought four more times, racking on four more wins, before taking a leave of absence in August, 2004 due to his frustration over not being able to get any of the top guys to fight him. Desiring to finish the job he started, Mesquita is on a comeback trail and is determined to make his dream of becoming the Junior Welterweight Champion of the world a reality. Before his furlough, Mesquita was ranked by all major organizations, including a ranking of Number Two 2 by the WBC.

In the co-main event is Ogden, Utah’s own world famous spoiler, Heavyweight Willie Chapman. Willie Chapman (19-23-3) is considered one of the so called gatekeepers in the crowded heavyweight field that every prospect must go through to be considered a serious contender. He is considered an important jump in competition untried prospects. Willie Chapman has been responsible for ending nine fighters’ undefeated streaks. Fighters who fell victim to Chapman’s curse and had their winning streaks stopped include: Preston Herzog (15-0); Malcolm Tann (8-0), TJ Wilson (9-0), Patrice, L’Huereuz (7-0); Phillipe Borgorques (7-0), Fai Falamoe (5-0), Grant Cudjoe (6-0), and Jason Yarosz (9-0). Chapman also has notable wins over Clifford Courser (26-6), and Shane William Heavyrunner (4-1). Chapman is a well known spoiler and a living legend. He has been featured in numerous major publications including the front page of the Sport Section of USA Today.

When he is not playing David and fighting contenders, Las Vegas-based Willie Chapman serves as a sparring partner for top heavyweights. Chapman has sparred with the best of them including former Wladimir Klitschko, current WBC heavyweight champ Hasim Rahman, 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison and 2004 USA TODAY Prospect of the Year Samuel Peter.

Chapman will take on Victor Ortiz (5-3). This is Chapman’s first fight in his native Ogden in over three years, and he promises to please his hometown fans with an impressive performance. Says Chapman, “All I can say is that Ortiz better bring his lunch as I will be ready. He will get the hot Willie Chapman, not the Willie Chapman that runs cold sometimes. I will be fighting at home before my family, my friends and my loved ones. Willie Chapman does not plan to lose this one.”

In a special feature bout on the undercard will be Ogden Utah’s hottest prospect, Light Heavyweight Prospect, Valente Tinajero, of Ogden, Utah. Tinajero will face the son of legendary trainer Leroy Caldwell, Caleb Caldwell, who will be having his professional debut.

Also highlighting the undercard is Clifford ‘Twin Tyson’ Couser. Couser’s claim to fame is his filiation with former world heavyweight champion Iron Mike Tyson. Couser, 34, is labeled "Twin Tyson," for not only does he look like Tyson, but also he played him in the HBO movie about Don King. Couser may not have the outlandish KO percentage of the young Mike Tyson or be as illustrious in the ring as Tyson, but Couser does a lower-case impersonation of the former heavyweight ruler. He isn’t shy about taking it to an opponent; he makes up for a limited amateur run with a me first, second, and third attitude. Couser’s most impressive win was over Jorge Luis Gonzalez, the big Cuban he dispatched in three sessions.

The rest of the card features several exciting fighters including two heavyweight debuts, Charles Presnell of Las Vegas, Nevada, against Danny McGarry (3-5) of Los Angeles, California; and Milton Hulbert (Debut) also of Las Vegas, Nevada against Semisi Bloomfield (1-3) of Salt Lake City. There are also several Salt Lake City based fighters, on the card, including Welterweight Gerald Prieto (6-4) and Light Heavyweight Josh Van buren in his pro Debut. Prieto will fight Blaine Jacobs (2-0) while Van Buren will be matched against another Debutante, Louis Ortiz of Las Vegas.

The fight should spark some cross-state rivalry given that all the Utah fighters (Chapman, Tinajero, Prieto and Bloomfield) are fighting Las Vegas, Nevada fighters (Victor Ortiz, Caldwell, Jacobs and Louis Ortiz).

Tickets are reasonably priced at $20 for general admission, $30 for reserved seating and $50.00 for ringside and VIP. Tickets can be purchased at the Ogden Eccles Conference center or at the Fight Coliseum in Salt Lake City.

About Lion Heart Boxing Productions

Lion Heart Boxing Productions, based in Brooklyn, New York, through its operations and affiliates, is a global and integrated Boxing Promotions and Sports Entertainment Company, started in 2001 by a New Orleans based Tax Attorney and Boxing enthusiast Edward Mendy. The Company has quickly developed a reputation as a producer of high quality fights and is well respected for its fair treatment of fighters and commitment to fighters’ rights.

Contact Information & Pictures Information

For more information about Lion Heart Boxing Productions, Ltd., or the Thursday Night Fights series, please call Edward Mendy, Chief Financial Officer, at 917-605-0250, email him at ebmendy@lionheartboxingproductions.com, or write to Lion Heart Boxing Productions, Ltd at 415 Argyle Road, Suite 5M, Brooklyn, NY 11218. For print stories, JPEG photos of the fighters and events are available upon request by calling Alex Dombroff, Vice President, Public Relations at (860) 670-1622 or Event Coordinator, Nick Butterfield at (801) 541-2770. You may also visit our website: http://www.lionheartboxingproductions.com.

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