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03/20/2009 Entry: "Jakubowski Steps Back Into Ring For 'Big' Ty On 'Date With Destiny!'"

Jakubowski Steps Back Into Ring For 'Big' Ty On 'Date With Destiny!'

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Iraq . I have spoken with his parents and with their permission I want to show respect for him and his family and honor his memory."

"When I told my dad that I wanted to (turn professional), he asked me what Octavius thought first," said Ortiz.

"I was blown away that Richard (Ortiz) left the decision up to me and at the same time I was honored," said James. "It's scary because this is one place I can't go for Ty, once he steps into the ring against another heavyweight he is on his own, but we will support him in anything he chooses to do." James said.

Ortiz's father Richard has trained the likes of The Contenders Joey Gilbert, MMA star Diego Sanchez and any many more, but now his son becomes his next top prospect. "For me it's wonderful to see him (boxing) and it's an honor to wrap his hands and be in his corner on fight night," said Richard Ortiz. "My son is a very cerebral fighter and very bright, those are the toughest types of fighters."

After Ortiz, who has sparred with former world champion Andrew Golota and former MMA champion Rico Rodriguez as a teenager decided he was turning professional; he called upon the help of people starting with his father Richard, former world class fighter Marty Jakubowski, trainer Carlos Jones & Octavius James. "To have my dad, Team One In A Million, Carlos &Marty behind me, definitely makes me feel confident going into this fight," Ortiz said.

Tickets for "Date with Destiny" can be purchased at VIP $100, VIP ringside $75, ringside $50, and general admission $30 and they are available from any Ticket Master location at (219) 791-1234, (312) 559-1212, (866) 438-7372 or and at the Hammond Civic Center Box Office.

The Hammond Civic Center , 5825 Sohl Ave. just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago , will open doors at 6 p.m. with the first bout at 8 p.m.

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