CANASTOTA, NY - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced that tickets are on sale now for the 2018 Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend events slated for June 7-10th.
Over 10 fun-filled events are scheduled. Many of the activities are free and require no ticket, including ringside lectures each day on the Museum grounds, the Parade of Champions and the Official Induction Ceremony.
Among ticketed events are Fight Night at Turning Stone (Friday, June 8th), the Golf Tournament of Champions (Saturday, June 9th), Boxing Autograph Card Show (Saturday, June 9th), VIP “Gala” Cocktail Reception (Saturday, June 9th), the Banquet of Champions (Saturday, June 9th) and special seating at the Official Induction Ceremony (Sunday, June 10th).
A celebrity lineup of over 40 boxing greats of yesterday and today is anticipated.
"The Hall of Fame Weekend is boxing’s highlight weekend of the year and fans from around the world attend the festivities to meet the legends of the sport and celebrate the ‘sweet science,’" said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “We are very excited that fans can now register for event tickets and make travel plans to celebrate the 2018 Hall of Fame Weekend.”
All orders placed by December 31st will automatically be entered to win one of ten photos signed by Marco Antonio Barrera, George Chuvalo, Gerry Cooney, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, “Showtime” Shawn Porter, Michael Spinks, James “Lights Out” Toney and “Irish” Micky Ward.
Super bantamweight Isaac Zarate (13-3-2, 2 KOs), fresh off routine sparring sessions with WBA world champion Danny Roman, looks to capitalize on his latest win against recent world title contender Carlos Carlson when he headlines the latest edition of "Path to Glory" this Friday, Oct. 20, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Zarate faces Christian Esquivel (29-12, 22 KOs) in the 8-round main event.
Zarate, fighting out of the Los Angeles port city of San Pedro, Calif., is going up against a big puncher in Esquivel.
"I'm not worried about his power," said Zarate, who turned 26 in September. "I'm a pressure fighter so I won't give him the chance to throw anything big."
The southpaw is only now entering his prime and is peaking at just the right time. His convincing win in July against Carlson and his frequent sparring with top-flight talent such as Roman has him feeling supremely confident heading into Friday night.
"It's the perfect time to start another winning streak," said Zarate, who is trained and managed by Eddie Gonzalez. "I've had some recent setbacks, but I feel as though I've elevated my game in the last five months. I'm ready to put on a show."
To access the "Path to Glory" promotional video, please click here, or on the graphic above.
In the co-feature, junior welterweight Mohammed Rodriguez (10-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico makes his second appearance on a Thompson Boxing card when he fights Colombian Cesar Villarraga (9-3-1, 4 KOs) in a bout set for 8-rounds.
Tickets for "Path to Glory" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900, or visiting ThompsonBoxing.com.
Witness Sports Management (WSM) has come to a managerial agreement with undefeated prospect, Marcus "The Dream Crusher" Bates (7-0-1, 6 KOs). Greg Hannely and Jared Shaw will now be managing the career of Bates, who hails from Washington DC. Bates, who is signed with King's Promotions on the promotional side, will work closely with WSM's Hannely and Shaw, as they jointly look to keep Bates busy, while guiding him toward a world title.
"My team is complete now that I have a management team looking out for my best interest," said Marcus Bates. "I'm very happy with the direction my career is heading. I know if I put in the hard work, everything will be there at the end. Greg and Jared are two guys I trust, and I know they will get the job done managing my career. I'm looking forward to my next fight."
"Greg and I are extremely happy that Marcus Bates is part of our team." Jared Shaw said. "We believe he has the power and speed to be a force in the featherweight division. We have big plans for him and will work harmoniously with Marshall Kauffman's King's Promotions. The sky is the limit for this kid."
"Mr. Bates is a bright young man with astonishing talent." stated Greg Hannely. "He has the punching power to end a fight with one punch, and that type of power is what sells. We are happy that we were able to sign him to our stable of fighters."