If Holyfield feels he can call this one, he is sadly mistaken
Gibraltar (PRWEB) August 18, 2006
When Four-time World Heavyweight Champion, Evander Holyfield (38-8-2) steps into the ring to meet Jeremy Bates (21-11-1), in his quest for a history making fifth heavyweight title, MANSIONPOKER.NET will be there.
MANSIONPOKER.NET’s sponsorship of the fight will mark the on-line free play poker site’s first foray into the action-packed world of boxing. When the 43-year-old pride of Atlanta goes fist to fist up against veteran Bates, the MANSIONPOKER.NET logo will be prominent on all four sides of the canvas and the corner pads behind each of the two prize fighters during their August 18 clash.
“Our continued exploration of sports sponsorships demonstrates our respect for the sporting ideal, and we understand that poker players are by their nature equally fanatical about sports of all sorts,” said Chief Operating Officer for MANSIONPOKER.NET David Kinsman.
“We are proud to be associated with top competitors by sponsoring prestigious events around the globe, and the significant Holyfield first fight back from injury is anticipated to be the ultimate display of dedication, experience, skill and performance,” added Kinsman.
MANSIONPOKER.NET has been quick to recognize the added-value promotional exposure of being associated with the Holyfield v Bates clash, a world class televised sporting spectacular that is guaranteed to generate significant public attention and worldwide media coverage.
The Holyfield vs. Bates ten round non-title bout will headline a seven-bout card which Fox Sports Net will telecast live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Friday, August 18 at 10:30 PM EST/7:30 PM PST with veteran announcer Barry Tompkins and analyst Rich Marotta ringside, and Sean O’Grady providing post-fight interviews.
For Holyfield, the bout with Bates will be his first ring appearance in 21 months, and the first in a series of fights to regain the heavyweight title.
“I’m really excited to finally get back in the ring healthy and ready to fight,” said Holyfield.
“After three disappointing fights with a nagging shoulder injury, I took time to let my body heal and with proper training I am now 100% and ready to go”.
Bates is expected to prove a formidable opponent, and as he prepares for what is shaping up to be the fight of his career, his manager Jerry Thomas is quick to upsell his protégé.
“Jeremy is a much focused fighter and a hard punching journeyman”, said Thomas.
“If Holyfield feels he can call this one, he is sadly mistaken,” added Thomas.
Holyfield has already made boxing history by becoming the only four-time World Heavyweight Champion, defeating 15 World Heavyweight Champions along the way, including Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, George Foreman, Riddick Bowe, and besting the previous record of Muhammad Ali, the only three-time World Heavyweight Champion.
“I’ve had a great career and the book is almost written,” said Holyfield.
“But we have one final chapter where I win the World Heavyweight Championship for the fifth time. And on August 19th in Dallas, the Final Chapter begins.”
Holyfield is the embodiment of heart, courage and the pursuit of success. The free-play online poker site reflects these ideals with the introduction of the innovative MANSIONPOKER.NET Poker Dome, the world’s first interactive poker studio.
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