Mike Oliver Headlines "Freedom Fighters" Event On Nov 8
Cappiello Promotions President Rich Cappiello has announced an 11-bout Pro-Am boxing event to be held Thursday, November 8th at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. "This is not only going to be a great night of boxing, but a tremendous event in itself," stated Rich Cappiello..
"The November 8 card is going to present fight fans with the opportunity to see over 50 rounds of action-packed boxing, in a great venue in the Mohegan Sun Arena, and with a very patriotic atmosphere. I am truly honored to be promoting such a fabulous event!"
The exciting night of boxing, which is aptly being billed as "Freedom Fighters" will be headlined by a 12-round IBO Super Bantamweight title fight between Hartford, Connecticut's Mike "Machine Gun" Oliver (20-0, 7 KO's) and Savannah, Georgia's Al Seeger (27-2, 21 KO's).
In the co-feature bout of the evening, Hebron, Connecticut Heavyweight prospect, and 2005 United States National Heavyweight Champion, Tony "TNT" Grano (11-0-1, 10 KO's) returns to Mohegan Sun Arena for the sixth time since turning to the professional ranks to take on Akron, Ohio journeyman David Polk (10-6-1) in a Heavyweight affair slated for eight rounds.
A four-round heavyweight bout between Providence, Rhode Island's Philip Miller (1-0) and Worcester, Massachusetts' Angel Cruz (Pro Debut) will round out the professional portion of the card.
The second event of the evening will feature the USMC Boxing Team returning to southeastern Connecticut. Eight members of the United States Marine Corp Boxing team, stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, will make their fourth annual return to the southeast Connecticut region, where they will take on a select team of boxers in what promises to be an excellent night of amateur boxing. The Marine Corp Boxing Team is under the guidance and tutelage of USMC boxing coach Ronald Sims. The weekend will commemorate the 232nd anniversary of the Marine Corp.
Upon completion of each amateur bout, honorary guests Dr. Wilbert "Skeeter" McClure, the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team Captain, and "Irish" Micky Ward, the first ever non-marine to ever be presented the Corps prestigious "Globe and Anchor Award," will honor veterans in the ring.
Also being honored that evening will be three of the five living "Code Talkers", Navajo-American Indians who played an intricate role in World War II by utilizing their Navajo language to transmit secret tactical messages that could not be deciphered by Japanese code breakers. The code talkers were specifically recruited by the Marine Corp to serve in their standard communications units in the Pacific Theater. "This is a tremendously patriotic event," states event coordinator Al Valenti. "There's a navy band, all branches of the armed forces will be honored and recognized, and the festivities run all weekend long, right up through Veterans day."
HW: Andrei Arlovski, Cain Velazquez
LHW: Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin, Rampage, Ryan Bader
MW: Rich Franklin, Gegard Mousasi, Jorge Santiago
WW: GSP, Carlos Condit
LW: Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk, Nate Diaz