For Immediate Release
Monday, March 26, 2007
America’s Fight Show First
Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Doubleheader Announced
Its Two Battle In The Ballrooms And Orange County Has It!
It will be a first for fight fans in Southern California, whether you are into boxing or mixed martial arts, as promoter Roy Englebrecht announces his first ever Battle In The Ballroom doubleheader, Sunday and Monday nights, April 1st and 2nd, at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. And if that wasn’t enough, it will also be the Orange County debut of Mixed Martial Arts in a modified 24’x24′ boxing ring, not a cage.
“I am excited to offer both boxing and MMA fans a chance to see two great evenings of fight excitement in one great location,” said Englebrecht. “Boxing fans already know the thrill of the Battle In The Ballroom shows at the Irvine Marriott, and now MMA fans can see for themselves why we have sold out the last 13 shows. And to insure a great MMA debut, I have hired top MMA trainer, Colin Oyama who is also one of the founders of No Limits Gym in Irvine, as the show’s matchmaker, and he has a great card lined up. And we are offering the best ticket prices in MMA, $30, $40 and top price $50.”
Headlining the 5pm show on Sunday, April 1st will be Team Oyama’s two time Jiu-Jitsu champion and undefeated 5-0 Givanildo Santana, fighting out of No Limits Gym, and who will face tough Chris Ledwidge from Team Hammerhouse, in a cruiserweight bout. And in the second featured bout, another No Limits star, Bao Quach will square off against tough King of the Cage veteran Shad Smith, also from Team Hammerhouse.
The seven bout card will also feature two good heavyweight bouts, as 6-3, 265 pound David Mejia out of Riverside and trained by Tony Gonzales, takes his 2-0 record into the ring against Tough Man monster Muhannad “The Phoenix” Barazi, 1-1 in MMA and from LA Boxing Aliso Viejo. All Barazi has done is knockout his last six Toughman opponents. In the second heavyweight bout, Anaheim heavyweight Illiums “Ewee” Goglia, who is trained by King of the Cage veteran John DeLao faces Team Camacho’s Carlos Fuentes who is making his pro debut.
Then just 24 hours later, the longest running boxing series in history, the Battle In The Ballroom again will set the ballroom rocking, with a great Main Event featuring top cruiserweight Damian Norris out of Las Vegas vs Long Beach’s JJ McAllister, and the return of Tustin’s Paul Velarde and Hector Serrano, and the pro debut of heavyweight Tony Sanchez.
Last Saturday night McAllister scored a first round KO over Chris Green to run his record to 6-2, and Norris is 9-1 with eight knockouts. Velarde, a top amateur is 1-1, and coming off a Marriott victory last October. Serrano, another top amateur out of Huntington Park is looking to go 2-0, but will be tested by 1-1 Vallejo star Dario Castillo. Sanchez, a former Marine and now an elementary school teacher in the Moreno Valley will face San Diego’s 1-1 Anthony Mooney.
This first ever Battle In The Ballroom doubleheader is also being held in conjunction with the third session of Fight Promoter University. FPU III, also founded by Roy Englebrecht, has been expanded from three days to a full five days, and will give students a chance to set up and work two fight shows, both MMA and Boxing. For more information of FPU III, go to www.fightpromoteruniversity.com.
Tickets for both the Sunday, April 1st Battle In The Ballroom MMA Show, and the Monday, April 2nd Battle In The Ballroom Boxing Show, can be purchased online at www.battleintheballroom.com.