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PASADENA, Calif.—Table sponsorships and individual tickets are still available for the gala “A Fighting Chance” Dinner and Celebrity Boxing event on Saturday, April 20 that launches the capital fundraising campaign for expansion and renovation of the City’s Villa-Parke Boxing and Fitness Center.

“A Fighting Chance” will be held at the Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and a special “Celebrity Boxing Exhibition” follows. The event will also honor local boxing champs “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Ricky “Showtime” Quiles and Zack “Attack” Padilla.

“The hunt is on for that $1 million ‘Golden Gloves’ donor. We know they are out there and the City will work with them for naming rights to the new boxing center,” said Barbosa Polverini, co-chair of the “Fighting Chance” special event.

The event committee is teaming up with Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilmember Victor Gordo, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, the Pasadena Community Foundation, and other community leaders and business owners for the special event and the capital campaign to raise more than $1.2 million for the Villa-Parke Boxing and Fitness Center project. The City is already providing about $250,000 in its capital improvement budget for the project.

The project will expand the heavily used facilities that serve a burgeoning boxing program benefitting youths and adults from the greater Pasadena area. The robust boxing program at Villa-Parke Community Center partners with national and international boxing organizations to host regional competitions that help support Olympic-level athletes and professional boxers.

Event sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available by contacting Gabi Barbarena at (562) 696-8196. For information about the $1 million donor opportunity, contact Mercy Santoro, Director, Pasadena Human Services and Recreation Department, (626) 744-3914.

First-quarter stock rose for Acquinity Sports

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (April 4, 2013) – The first-quarter of 2013 closed with Acquinity Sports pitching a perfect game, as its fighters won all four fights they participated in, highlighted by International Boxing Federation (IBF) super featherweight titlist Argenis “The Thunderstorm” Mendez (21-2, 11 KOs) becoming the second-year promotional company’s first world champion.

Mendez, a 2004 Dominican Republic Olympian now living in Miami, dropped defending champion Juan Carlos Salgado in the opening round of their March 9 title fight Costa Mesa, California on HBO Latino, finishing him off in the fourth. Mendez is No. 3 in The Ring Magazine ratings.

Acquinity sports had Juan Manual Lopez or Yuriorkis Gamboa in its sites as Mendez’ next opponent.

Last weekend on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Cuban light heavyweight Umberto “The Don” Savigne (11-1, 8 KOs) added the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino title to his growing display case, pounding previously undefeated Brazilian slugger Jackson Junior (14-0, 13 KOs) until the fight ended in the fourth due to the three-knockdown rule.

Savigne, rated No. 4 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), also dropped Jackson in the second round of their fight at Turning Stone Casino (Verona, NY). The hard-hitting 175-pounder from Cuba, who also lives in Miami, is rated No. 10 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).

Another dangerous Cuban, 2008 Olympic silver medalist Yudel Jhonson (13-1, 8 KOs), kicked-off 2013 for Acquinity Sports, rebounding from his only loss as a professional to register a win by eight-round decision over Dashon Johnson on January 12 in Sunrise, Florida. Jhonson is rated No. 15 by the WBA.

Undefeated Cuban bantamweight Alexei Collado (16-0, 15 KOs), who lives in Cork, Ireland, needed less than one round to stop veteran Juan Jose Beltran on Mar. 15 in Kissimmee, Florida.

“”Our success is a total team effort,” noted Henry Rivalta, Acquinity Sports vice president of boxing operations, “from our CEO, Gary Jonas, to our trainers, Herman Caidedo and Micky Ward, and all our fighters who put in the hard work, day in and day out. I am very happy to see what we’ve done this past quarter. I couldn’t be happier to work with such a good group of individuals.”

The Acquinity Sports beat figures to continue during the next few months as two-division world champion, WBA No. 5 Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (33-1-1, 20 KOs), is scheduled to take on Vincente “El Loco” Mosquera (32-2-1, 17 KOs), on May 30 or 31, likely in the Dominican Republic, for the Interim WBA super lightweight title.

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