Friday, February 19, 2010

Tony, Mike Mike, Bauza & Soto: Connecticut Boxers @ Foxwoods March 12



Four Conn. fighters on
‘Brace For Impact’ card

Brown-Grano headlines March 12 show at Foxwoods

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Feb. 19, 2010) – The March 12th “Brace For Impact” pro boxing show will showcase four Connecticut boxers – Tony “TNT” Grano, Mike “Machine Gun” Oliver, David Bauza and Edwin Soto – in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.

The 10-round main event is a rematch on “Brace For Impact,” Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment &Sports, Inc. (CES) show, between heavyweights Grano and the only pro to defeat him, Mark “Oak Tree” Brown. Brown (15-2, 7 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to knock out Grano (16-1-1, 13 KOs), born in Hebron and fighting out of Hartford (CT), in the eighth round of their WBF All-Americas title bout Sept. 27, 2008.

A 2005 U.S. National Championships winner and National Golden Gloves Tournament runner-up, Grano is coming off of a sensational, nationally-televised knockout of previously-undefeated prospect Travis Kaufman (18-0) this past September.

The 8-round co-feature pits Hartford super bantamweight Oliver (22-2, 7 KOs), the reigning New England and EBA champion, against Dominican power-puncher Jonathan Arias (9-6, 8 KOs), now living in Brooklyn, in a non-title fight.

Hartford middleweight David Bauza (3-0, 3 KOs), who trains in New Haven, faces Erix Quinteros (2-3, 1 KO), while New Haven super lightweight Edwin Soto (2-0, 1 KO) meets 19-fight veteran Joey Ortega of Lowell (MA).

Living legend, Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee will be a special guest at the “Brace For Impact” pro boxing show. Dundee, 88, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994, and he is best known as head trainer for Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Also slated to fight in 4-round bouts are Long Island (NY) light heavyweight Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs), a 2008 New York Golden Gloves champion, vs. Dameon Marshall (1-2); Providence welterweight Kali Reis (2-0, 1 KO) in a rematch versus Alexsandra Lopes (1-1, 1 KO), of Marshfield; Brooklyn (NY) welterweight Sadam “World Kid” Ali (5-0, 2 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian; and Marshfield (MA) super middleweight Manuel Antonio Lopes (5-0-1, 1 KO) against opponents to be determined. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets for “Brace For Impact,” priced at $40.00, $60.00 and $100.00, are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254) or Foxwoods (800-200-2882), going online at or, or in person at Foxwood’s box office.

For more information contact CES (401.724.2253/2254/ or Foxwoods Resort Casino ( Doors open at 6:00 PM/ET, first bout at 7:00 PM/ET.

Contact Pat Sullivan ( for information about a special CES KO ticket value package.



Bob Trieger, Full Court Press, 978.664.4482 (office),

Lori A. Potter, Foxwoods, 860.312.4010,

Shannan McNair, Foxwoods, 860.396.6727,

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