Lion Heart Boxing Productions Brings 'Rumble by the Lake' to Erie, PA

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On Saturday March 31, 2007 Erie, Pennsylvania will host two champions, former WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Lou Del Valle (35-4) and current NABC Welterweight Champion Antonio Mesquita (33-0), with the return of live professional boxing to Erie and the Tullio Arena in the Erie Civic Center.

On Saturday March 31, 2007 Erie, Pennsylvania will host two champions, former WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Lou Del Valle (35-4) and current NABC Welterweight Champion Antonio Mesquita (33-0), with the return of live professional boxing to Erie and the Tullio Arena in the Erie Civic Center.

Lion Heart Boxing Productions, working in association with legendary Erie promoter Michael Acri, is ready to invade Erie, PA with a classic night of Championship boxing action dubbed "Rumble by the Lake". Headlining this card and in the Main Event is current NABC Welterweight Champion, Former WBO Latin America Junior Welterweight Champion, Brazilian Light Welterweight Champion and former WBO Number Two Ranked Welterweight Antonio Mesquita (33-0) who will defend his NABC Welterweight crown against an opponent to be announced. In the co-main event, former WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Lou Del Valle also will take on an opponent to be announced.

Mesquita sports an impressive winning record having won all thirty-three of his professional fights to date, twenty-seven of them 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 decided to stage a comeback 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. A rejuvenated Mesquita has won all his fights since then by knockout.

Originally from Guaruja, Brazil, Antonio Mesquita now resides in St. George, Utah but trains out of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the world famous Johnny Toccos Gym. Mesquita moved to the United State to step up the level of both his training and competition after a year and a half layoff. In his last outing in the ring, a fight televised nationally on ESPN2, Mesquita steamrolled Santos Pakau in 6 rounds, dropping Pakau several times before the fight was mercifully stopped.

Lou Del Valle is looking to rebound his career from a setback last fall against Cleveland Ohio's Zack Page. Known as "Honey Boy", Lou Del Valle of Miami, Florida was born on July 13, 1968 in Long Island, New York. Del Valle turned pro in 1992 and won his first 22 bouts, setting up a shot against long-time WBA Light Heavyweight Title holder Virgil Hill in 1996. Hill won a close unanimous decision. In 1997 Del Valle won the vacant WBA against Eddy Smulders on Smulders' home turf in Germany. Lou returned home to a lucrative title unification bout with Roy Jones. Despite losing the fight, Del Valle became the first man to knock down Roy Jones, proving his punching power. Following the failed unification attempt, Del Valle came up short in attempting to regain his WBA title, drawing the first time and losing a controversial split decision to Bruno Girard in France. In his last outing, overweight and out of shape Del Valle lost a decision to Zack Page. Del Valle had won four straight before the loss to Page. Del Valle tipped the scales 197 lbs in the Page fight. Now rededicated to the sport, Del Valle is ready to go on a run to recapture his championship. Del Valle had won four straight before the loss to Page.

A special feature bout on the undercard will be one Erie, PA's hottest boxers, Heavyweight Prospect Rocky Mullooy (1-0).

Tickets are reasonably priced at $50.00 for VIP Floor Seats, $40 for Ringside Seats and $30 for General Admission. A $10 discount is given to Children under twelve, Seniors, Students and men in uniform (Police, Firemen, EMT and all military -- Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard, Coast Guard, etc.) with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Tullio Arena, all Ticket Master outlets or at Lion Heart Boxing Productions' website -- http://www.LionHeartBoxingProductions.com

About Lion Heart Boxing Production

Lion Heart Boxing Productions, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, through its operations and affiliates, is a global and integrated Boxing Promotions and Sports Entertainment Company, started in 2001 by New Orleans 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 known as "A Night of the Heavies."

About the NABC

The North American Boxing Council is a professional boxing sanctioning body with its United States office in Indianapolis, IN. NABC President, Ed Hutchison, manages the United States operations of the NABC. 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.

About Antonio Mesquita

Thirty four year old Antonio Mesquita is a native of Guaruja, Brazil. He currently fights out of St. George, Utah and trains at 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 (33-0, 27 KOs) of Guaruja, Brazil, has remained unbeaten and has knocked out more than 80 percent of his opponents, 22 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. All his wins since then have been by way of knockout.

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