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03/14/2009 Archived Entry: "Chicago's 8 Count Productions Moves into New Home!"

Chicago's 8 Count Productions Moves into New Home!
UIC Pavillion to Host 2009 professional boxing season
Windy City Fight Night premiers Friday, March 27th

Press Release
Photos (unless otherwise specified) courtesy of
8 Count Productions and photographer Tom Barnes

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Left to right: Luciano Perez, Dominic Pesoli, Miguel Hernandez

CHICAGO -- Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions held an open house for fan’s and media on Thursday night at their new home, the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago.

Starting their 12th year as the “HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING”, Pesoli was thrilled to announce the long term agreement with the UIC Pavilion to present “world class boxing in a world class venue in a world class city”.

Fans and media were treated to a viewing of the outstanding preview video for the main event, a terrific middleweight Chicago showdown between “MACHO” Miguel Hernandez and Luciano “EL MICHOACANO” Perez.

Along with the main eventers, undercard fighters Rita Figueroa, Henry Coyle and Andrzej Fonfara were also present.

Quotes from the press conference:

Dominic Pesoli: "We’re thrilled to welcome everyone to our new home. The entire team here at the UIC Pavilion has been very supportive and we’re looking forward to a long and very successful partnership.”

“Miguel and Luciano have wanted to fight each other for years and fans should be treated to an excellent battle.”

Kevin O’Finn, UIC Pavilion GM:

"Dominic and I have talked about doing this for a while and we’re very happy to work with 8 Count and welcome them to the UIC Pavilion as their new home.”

Miguel Hernandez: "This is the fight everyone has wanted to see. I’m in great shape and will make weight without a problem. Nothing personal against Luciano but on March 27th, I plan on a convincing victory.”

Luciano Perez: "I’ve fought in many big fights against terrific fighters. On March 27th, I’m confident that whatever he brings to the ring I will be able to deal with and beat him.”

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Rita Figueroa (left) with her trainer, Sam Colonna, and another female boxer at a recent white collar boxing event (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

Rita Figueroa: "I’ve been off for a bit but I’m thrilled to be fighting on this card at this terrific venue.”

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Henry Coyle at the lectern

Henry Coyle: "I’m looking forward to fighting in the new arena and Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone.”

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Andrzej Fonfara (right) with promoter Dominic Pesoli

Andrzej Fonfara: "This is a great venue and I’m sure there will a large crowd of Chicago fight fans here on March 27th.

Two of Chicago’s proudest warriors, “MACHO” Miguel Hernandez and Luciano “EL GALLO MICHOACANO” Perez will battle in the main event at the inaugural “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT” on Friday, March 27th at the UIC Pavilion, presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING.

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Advance tickets, starting at $30, for “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT” are now on sale through the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and through Ticketmaster (

The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine, at the corner of Harrison and Racine in the West Loop area of Chicago. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm.

Further details, including directions to the UIC Pavilion, can be obtained through their website at

8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. 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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