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Ticket Alert: Massive 8 Count Productions Pro Boxing Event Set for Friday, November 19th, at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion

by on Oct.13, 2010, under Boxing News, Press Releases


Jaime Herrera, Donatas Bondarevas, Genaro Mendez, David Latoria, Ramiro Carillo, Mike Jimenez and Antonio Canas Featured on Undercard

CHICAGO, IL, October 13, 2010 — Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has announced details of a massive Chicagoland boxing event, WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 13, set for Friday, November 19th at the UIC Pavilion.

Advance tickets, starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster (, the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions’ Office (312-226-5800).

“This card is truly the culmination of a fantastic year in boxing in Chicago. With Popoca and Fonfara in main event bouts and a sensational undercard featuring Chicago’s finest young prospects, we’re thrilled to bring this outstanding event to the local fight fans,” said Pesoli.

Co-headlining WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 13 in separate eight round bouts will be two of Chicago’s most popular young prospects, junior welterweight Ivan Popoca and light heavyweight, ‘The Polish Prince’ Andrzej Fonfara.

A fan favorite in Chicago since turning professional three years ago, the undefeated Mexican native Popoca has built his reputation with his all-action aggressive style.

Sporting a record of 14-0-1 with ten knockouts, Popoca is coming off his finest performance, an outstanding fifth round stoppage of Jose Luis Soto-Karass on May 29th, a bout which was broadcast on Fox Sports Net’s TOP RANK LIVE series from the UIC Pavilion.

Although dropped in the fourth round, Popoca rebounded to drill Soto-Karass to the canvas with a devastating right hand to the jaw, resulting in referee Gerald Scott calling a halt to the action. 

Since a draw in his third pro fight, Popoca has won twelve in a row, eight by knockout.

The 22 year old Fonfara, a native of Warsaw, Poland, now living in Chicago , is undefeated in his last five bouts, including two show-stopping fourth round stoppages this year.

Returning to action with a record of 14-2-0 (5KO’s), Fonfara heads back to the UIC Pavilion following his biggest victory of his four year career, a fantastic four round knockout of Roger Cantrell, featuring a fight ending  left/right combination which caused referee Celestino Ruiz to call a halt to the carnage.

The victory over Cantrell earned Fonfara the World Boxing Council Youth Light Heavyweight Title.

Fonfara will face heavy handed knockout artist, Anthony Doughty, 9-1-0 (8KO’s), of Tuscaloosa, Alabama at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 13. The 29 year old Doughty has won all four of his bouts in 2010, all by knockout.

In a six round welterweight bout, highly regarded 21 year old welterweight prospect Jaime Herrera makes his fifth pro start.

Fighting out of nearby Franklin Park, Illinois, the former amateur standout has made himself at home at the UIC Pavilion, winning all four of his first pro bouts, three by stoppage.

In front of his growing legion of fans, Herrera, 4-0-0 (3KO’s) stopped Joshua Rodriguez in the fourth round on August 6th. With both hands pumping power shots from the opening bell, Herrera dropped the game but outgunned Rodriguez in the fourth round.

Although Rodriguez beat the count, referee John O’Brien stopped the bout shortly thereafter following a barrage of punches from the quick finishing Herrera.

Making a rapid return to battle in a six round bout is junior middleweight Donatas Bondarevas. In front of a huge crowd of supporters, the native of Kaunas, Lithuania, earned a second round stoppage of Michael Davis on September 17th, dropping him three times enroute.

The victory improved the aggressive, all action Bondarevas’ record to 9-1-1 (3KO’s). It was Bondarevas’ second appearance in Chicago , the first being a sensational first round knockout of Keon Johnson on June 19th at the UIC Pavilion.

Featured in a four round heavyweight tilt, Chicago’s David Latoria, 6-0-0 with three knockouts, will see action at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 13.

In Latoria’s last bout at the UIC Pavilion, he stopped Tim Back in the first round on March 26th. Latoria has fought four of his six pro fights at the UIC Pavilion and the powerful heavyweight has thrilled Chicago fight fans with each outing.

Junior welterweight newcomer Genaro Mendez returns to action for his third professional bout. Mendez, 2-0-0 (1KO), has impressed UIC Pavilion fight fans in both of his initial pro bouts, recently stopping Alexander Tousignant in the first round on August 6th. 

Light heavyweight puncher Mike ‘Hollywood’ Jimenez has quickly burst onto the local boxing scene with two brutal knockouts. He will make a quick return to action in a scheduled four rounder following a third round stoppage of Cesar Martinez on September 17th.

Rounding out the card in separate four round junior welterweight bouts will be local newcomers, Ramiro Carrillo, 2-0-0 (1KO) and Antonio Canas, 2-0-0 (2KO’s).

Further information on these bouts will be announced shortly.

Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine , just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway. For further information, please visit their website at The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing events.

8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. 

Fighters currently under the 8 Count Productions banner include: super middleweight contender Donovan ‘DA BOMB’ George, junior welterweight prospect Ivan Popoca, light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara, featherweight Jose Hernandez, welterweight Jaime Herrera and junior middleweight Luciano Perez.

In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia, opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

For more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit and

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