NABC Welterweight Title Undercard Finalized

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Malcolm “The Showstopper” Tann (17-2), Ogden Utah’s hottest prospect, Light Heavyweight Valente Tinajero (6-0), Ogden Utah’s own world famous spoiler, Heavyweight Willie Chapman and Debutante Louis Ortiz serve as supporting caste to Anthonio Mesquita (31-1).

Lion Heart Boxing Productions, Ltd is pleased to announce that it has finalized the undercard of the NABC Welterweight title fight it has scheduled for Friday, May 26, 2006 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, in Ogden, Utah.

Topping the undercard is Malcolm “The Showstopper” Tann (17-2) in an eight round rematch with Shaun Ross. Also on the undercard are Ogden Utah’s hottest Prospect, Light Heavyweight Valente Tinajero (6-0), who will take on cross town rival and pace horse Joel Rodriguez, and Ogden Utah’s own world famous spoiler, Heavyweight Willie Chapman, who will face James Brock. Rounding out the undercard, Shelden Brown (1-0) takes on Ivian Guillory (1-2); Louis Ortiz (Debut) faces the son of trainer Leroy Caldwell, Caleb Caldwell (0-1-1); Gene Valdez (2-1) faces Jason Stintson (0-1) while Rodney Tappin (5-5) and Mike Lyubarsky (2-5) fight each other for redemption.

The main event will feature undefeated Brazilian Welterweight Contender Antonio Mesquita (31-0, 25 KO’s), who will face Anthony Ivy (7-9). Anthony Ivy accepted the fight as a late substitute when Mesquita’s original opponent, Gerardo Prieto, effectively pulled out of the fight by taking what he thought was safe preliminary fight and lost.

Of Prieto’s defection and subsequent fight, Lion Heart Boxing Productions’ Edward Mendy was livid and pulled no punches, “This is definitely one of the things we have to change to improve Boxing. We identified Prieto as the best local welterweight to fight Mesquita for both the NABC and Utah State Welterweight titles. We spent a lot of money to promote the non-entity and unknown Prieto and make him a known entity and also hyped the fight. Days before our fight, however, unscrupulous and greedy matchmakers, Brad Goodman and Javier Molina, booked Prieto for a fight on a rival Promoter’s card, Dibellla Entertainment’s May 17, 2006 show. We contacted Goodman, Molina and DiBella but they ignored our request and persisted in using Prieto. I don’t buy their story that they did not know Prieto was supposed to fight for Lion Heart when they booked him. One would have to be living under rock or not involved with Boxing to not know that Prieto was scheduled to fight Mesquita. While I blame Preito for not keeping his word, the real culprits here are the people who enticed and enabled him. Many in this business have no problem with unfair competition and will sell their own mother for a buck. Lion Heart Boxing Productions, however, strives to be a different company. We are committed to ethical and fair competition at all cost. I told Prieto it was a dumb move to take the Andre Berto fight. He did not want to listen and he has learnt the hard way. Prieto gambled that he would have been able to do both fights, a real shame.”

This will be the first North American Boxing Council title fight in Ogden, Utah. There are a total of eight fights scheduled.

The official weigh-in for the fight is open to the Media and the general public and will be held at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 6:00 P.M.

Tickets are $50.00 for VIP Ringside, $30 for Contender 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. Lion Heart Boxing Productions’ sole purpose is to serve as an ambassador to and help promote the Sport of Boxing.

Lion Heart Boxing Productions, Ltd promotes boxing events at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center on a quarterly basis.

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 Charles Presnell, Vice President-Media Relations, at (866) 878-2090 or (775) 223-9102 or 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 (866) 878-2090 or 917-605-0250 (cell), 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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