Championship Boxing Returns to the Delta Center

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Chauncy Welliver (28-3) defends his WBC Fecarbox Heavyweight title against Mike Tyson's brother, Cliff Couser (25-10). In the co-main event Brazilian Light Welterweight Champion Antonio Mesquita (31-0, 25 KO's) continues his assault on the Welterweight ranks.

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Thursday Night Fights, known as “The best fight series of all time,” will return live Championship Boxing to the home of the Utah Jazz, the Delta Center, in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Thursday, March 30, 2006.

The Main Event will be a clash of heavyweights featuring heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver (29-3) versus veteran Cliff Couser (25-10) for Chauncy Welliver’s World Boxing Council (WBC) Fecarbox title. Welliver, of Spokane, Washington is the WBC Fecarbox Heavyweight Champion as well as the WBC Youth Heavyweight Champion. Though he is only twenty two, Welliver’s accomplishments speak for themselves as he has already fought thirty six professional fights and sport an impressive record of twenty nine wins, three losses and three draws. The fight will be an important test for Welliver as he has fought mainly limited competition. Welliver insists that he has not dodged any tough fight, “I am ready to fight anyone and have been called out several of the current champions and big names in the game. Top fighters just do not want to take a risk on me because I am a skilled boxer.” Welliver most notable wins were over Billy Zumbrun of Ogden Utah, who went toe to toe with former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe before losing a controversial decision, then undefeated Chris Lewallan (9-0), Felipe Borjoquez (10-1), and King Ipitan. His only losses were to David Bostice, John Sargeant, and Jonathan Williams.

Challenging Welliver for his title is Cliff Couser. Cliff Couser’s claim to fame is being the brother of former world heavyweight champion Iron Mike Tyson. Couser, 34, calls himself "Twin Tyson," for not only does he look like Tyson, but also he played him in an HBO movie about Don King. Couser may not have either the outlandish KO percentage of the young Mike Tyson or be as illustrious in the ring; nonetheless, Couser does his best to impersonate the former heavyweight ruler. He isn’t shy about taking it to an opponent. He makes up for a limited amateur with a very aggressive style and attitude. Couser has been featured in fights on HBO and Fox Sports Net, his most impressive win was over Jorge Luis Gonzalez defeating the former Cuban amateur champion in three rounds.

In the co-main event, Brazilian Light Welterweight Champion, former WBO Latin America Junior Welterweight Champion and former WBC number two ranked Junior Welterweight Antonio Mesquita, now fighting out of St. George, Utah, will seek to continue his comeback against an opponent to be announced. Undefeated in thirty-one professional wins, twenty five by way of knockout, Mesquita is a top Welterweight contender and was ranked as high as number two previous to a short delay in his career. After a year and half layoff, Mesquita is eager to finish the job he started. He returned February 16, 2006 in Ogden, Utah and stopped Luiz Caetano DaSilva in the ninth round for his thirty first win. Mesquita plans to fight often until he gets a world title shot. Mesquita’s next stop after Salt Lake City is an eliminator with New Zealander Santos Pakau (27-1).

Titled A Night of the Heavies, the show will feature three exciting heavyweight fights including two heavyweight debutantes. Ogden, Utah’s own renowned spoiler, Willie Chapman (20-25-3), takes on Bryan McIntyre (7-12), Eric Hodges (Debut) of Sacramento, California takes on gigantic Danny McGarry (3-5) of Los Angeles, California while Alexo Dardiasdilli (Debut) of New York, NY fights Semisi Bloomfield (1-3) of Salt Lake City. Also, local favorites Light Heavyweight Valente Tinajero (6-0), Light Middleweight and Geraldo Prieto (5-3) look to continue their winning ways against James Holmes (1-0) and Darryl Innis (0-2), while David Foley (1-4) takes on James Jefferson (0-1). A total of eight fights and over forty rounds of live boxing are scheduled for A Night of the Heavies.

In an effort to break yet another Utah state professional boxing attendance record, Lion Heart Boxing Productions offers very reasonable pricing: $60.00 for VIP Ringside (Heavyweights), $40 for Ringside & Floor seats (Middleweights) and $20 for Lower Bowl (Lightweights). Tickets are discounted by $10.00 for seniors, students, children under 12, men in uniform (firemen, police officers, military and EMT). Further, tickets purchased in advance, by March 23, 2006, get a $5.00 discount.

About Thursday Night Fights at the Delta Center

Thursday Night Fights at the Delta Center is a quarterly event promoted by Lion Heart Boxing Productions in association with its affiliate Thursday Night Fights, Inc. The events take place on the last Thursday of the quarter and are held at the Delta Center, Utah’s premier venue and the home of the Utah Jazz. Though it has been a labor of love, a slow and challenging process, Thursday Night Fights is finally starting to take off in Utah. Thursday Night Fights at the Delta Center is the Utah version and a segment of the Thursday Night Fights series.

Lion Heart Boxing Productions, believes that producing consistently good shows on a regularly basis is what is needed to convert Salt Lake City, already a huge sports market, into an equally big fight town. Lion Heart Boxing Productions and the Delta Center currently hold the record for the highest verifiable attendance at a live professional boxing event in the state of Utah. Twenty five hundred people were in attendance at Lion Heart Boxing Productions’ last show at the Delta Center.

About Lion Heart Boxing Productions

Lion Heart Boxing Productions, of New Orleans, Louisiana, through its operations and affiliates, is a global and integrated Boxing Promotions and Sports Entertainment Company, started in 2001 by 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. Lion Heart Boxing Productions is the promoter of the Thursday Night Fights series as well as the heavyweight series A Night of the Heavies.

Contact Information & Pictures Information

For more information about Lion Heart Boxing Productions, Ltd., or the Thursday Night Fights series, please call Event Coordinator, Charles Presnell at (775) 223-9102. For print stories, JPEG photos of the fighters and events are available upon request. To contact Edward Mendy, Chief Financial Officer, call 917-605-0250, or write to him c/o of Lion Heart Boxing Productions, Ltd at 415 Argyle Road, Suite 5M, Brooklyn, NY 11218. You may also visit our website:

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