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Finest Promotions Scores with Inaugural ‘Chicago Slugfest’

by on Dec.05, 2009, under Boxing News

Derek “Chitown’s Finest” Zugic’s TKO Victory One of Highlights in Action Packed Evening

Team Zugic

Team Zugic

by Kerstin Broockmann

Photos by Scott Dray

Finest Promotions staged its first event last night at the Cicero Stadium, with a six-bout card that showcased some fine boxing and plenty of heart. Zugic family pride was in evidence at the door, in the crowd, and in the ring.  Many members of Chicago’s boxing community, fans and fighters alike, came out to support the event. In the midst of a generally celebratory tone, the memory of Francisco “Paco” Rodriguez, whose penultimate fight before his death as a result of injuries suffered in the ring after a November 20th fight in Philadelphia had taken place last December at Cicero Stadium, was evoked. Half of all t-shirt sale proceeds from the event will be donated to a fund to help Rodriguez’s widow and five-month-old daughter, and donations were also collected.  An 11-bell salute before the final bout paid tribute to a fallen boxer who was loved by many in the ring and the crowd. Finest Promotions shows great promise for the future in putting together this exciting premiere.

Juan Carlos Fernandez Pursues Daboe Thomas

Juan Carlos Fernandez Pursues Daboe Thomas

In the first bout, super bantamweights Juan Carlos Fernandez (122 lbs., 1-0-0) and Daboe “Bad Boy” Thomas (123 lbs., 1-2-0) fought to a majority draw in a back and forth war that showcased the skills of both boxers as they tirelessly put together sharp combinations to the body and head. (continue reading…)

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