Mesquita Fights for NABC and Utah State Welterweight Titles

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Undefeated Brazilan Welterweight megastar Antonio Mesquita (31-0) continues his comeback with a title fight on Saturday, May 13, 2006 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, in Ogden, Utah when he faces the Pride of Provo, Welterweight Geraldo Prieto (6-3-1), for the North American Boxing Council (NABC) Welterweight Title and the Utah State Welterweight title.

I cannot believe that he has the balls to challenge me. I am a world class fighter and way out of his league. Now I have two reasons to beat Prieto. I will punish him to avenge Terrence Jett’s loss. More importantly, I will punish him for his nerve. Prieto will pay dearly. That is all I have to say.

Former WBO Latin America Junior Welterweight Champion, Brazilian Light Welterweight Champion and former WBO Number Two Ranked Welterweight Antonio Mesquita (31-0) continues his comeback with a title fight on Saturday, May 13, 2006 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, in Ogden, Utah. Antonio Mesquita will face the Pride of Provo, Welterweight Geraldo Prieto (6-3-1), for the NABC Welterweight and Utah State Welterweight titles.

Mesquita sports an impressive winning streak for a Welterweight, having won all thirty one of his professional fights to date, twenty five by way of knockout, and is recognized as a top Welterweight contender. After racking up a record thirty wins, Mesquita took a year and half long leave-of-absence from Boxing to tend to a personal family matter in August, 2004. Desiring to finish the job he started, Mesquita is on a comeback trail and is determined to make his dream of becoming World Champion a reality. His first comeback fight took place on February 16, 2006 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center where he KO’ed Luiz Da Silva, a long-time nemesis.

Geraldo “The Pride of Provo” Prieto, of Provo, Utah, after seeing Mesquita’s last fight against Da Silva, feels he has just what it takes to stop Mesquita’s comeback dead in its tracks. Though he has only ten fights under his belt, Prieto is highly confident, feels up to the task of defeating and exudes no pressure at all. Prieto is a scrappy in-your-face fighter who considers Mesquita vulnerable. Says Prieto, “I don’t think Mesquita is as special as his record and thirty one wins suggest. If you look at Mesquita’s record, you will see that it is paper-made and littered with bums. Mesquita has not fought anyone yet and was lucky Da Silva ran out of gas. I saw his last fight with Da Silva and I know exactly how to fight Mesquita. Mesquita certainly has never faced a tough fighter like me. On May 13, Mesquita will be exposed!”

On his part, Mesquita is extra motivated for the fight. Mesquita, who now fights out of St. George, Utah, is insulted that Prieto has openly challenged him for Utah State Welterweight supremacy. Moreover, Prieto manhandled and out-pointed Mesquita’s stable mate and sparring partner Terrence Jett in Prieto’s last outing. Says Mesquita, “I cannot believe that he has the balls to challenge me. I am a world class fighter and way out of his league. Now I have two reasons to beat Prieto. I will punish him to avenge Terrence Jett’s loss. More importantly, I will punish him for his nerve. Prieto will pay dearly. That is all I have to say.” Mesquita plans to do what no one has ever done, knock down or knockout Prieto. Prieto only losses were on points, close decisions to hometown prospects and in their backyards.

In a special feature bout on the undercard will be Ogden Utah’s hottest prospect, Light Heavyweight Prospect, Valente Tinajero (6-0), of Ogden, Utah. Also on the undercard are four heavyweight fights: Ogden, Utah’s own world famous spoiler, Heavyweight Willie Chapman (20-25-3), Malcolm “The Showstopper” Tann (17-2) and “Big Fred” Kassi (6-0), who will have his first fight back after a two year layoff, and Semisi Bloomfield (1-3), all against opponent to be announced.

Tickets are reasonably priced at $40.00 for Ringside, $30 for Reserved Seating and $20 for General Admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, http://www.quicktick.com or http://www.LionHeartBoxingProductions.com

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.

About Antonio Mesquita

Thirty one year old Antonio Mesquita is a native of Guaruja, Brazil. He currently fights out of St. George, Utah and is trained by Luis Tapia, a renowned trainer, and the owner and operator of the Johnny Toccos Boxing Gym in Las Vegas. Mesquita’s highest rank was Number Two, before his leave of absence. Since turning pro in 1997, Mesquita (31-0, 23 KOs) of Guaruja, Brazil, has remained unbeaten and has knocked out more than 80 percent of his opponents, 20 KO’s within the first five rounds. The native Brazilian Mesquita captured his first pro crown, the Brazilian State Light Welterweight championship, after less than one year of campaigning as a professional fighter with a 10-round KO over Valmir Gomes on December 6, 1997. 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 for personal reasons. Mesquita returned February 16, 2006 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center and is back on the hunt for a title.

About the NABC

The North American Boxing Council is a professional boxing sanctioning body with its United States office in Indianapolis, IN. The US operations are managed by NABC President, Ed Hutchison. The NABC has operated in its current incarnation since 1999.

The NABC sanctions State, Regional, National and Intercontinental title contests. The NABC brings together the best up-and-coming fighters and assists in their career development as they progress toward world championships. NABC championship bouts have been televised on HBO Boxing, ESPN2 Friday Night Fights and Fox Sports.

Like all professional boxing sanctioning organizations operating in the United States it is regulated by the Association of Boxing Commissions.

Boxers who have fought for the NABC belt include Evander Holyfield, Félix Trinidad, Larry Donald, Ricardo Mayorga, Stevie Johnston, Joshua Clottey, Ian Gardner, Michael Olajide and Damian Fuller. Promoters who have held NABC contests include Don King, Fred Berns, Lion Heart Boxing Productions and Gary Shaw.

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 email him at cpresnell @ lionheartboxingproductions.com. 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, email him at ebmendy@lionheartboxingproductions.com, 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: http://www.lionheartboxingproductions.com.

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