Biloxi, MS (April 30, 2015) – On Saturday evening when most of the boxing world is glued to the TV watching the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao superfight, those in the Mississippi Gulf will have the chance to not only witness the historic bout but also enjoy top notch talent before their own eyes.
Live at the Hard Rock Hotel in Biloxi, Ritehook Promotions will proudly present “Sweet Science 3”. The event is open to children of all ages but all minors must be accompanied by an adult over 30. With a number of promoters coming and going in the Gulf Coast, Ritehook Promotions CEO William Hunter is committed to boxing’s comeback in the Magnolia State.
Headlining this family friend event will be a showdown between highly touted Radivoje “Hod Rod” Kalajdzic and local spoiler William Johnson. Kalajdzic’s been perfect thus far as a pro, compiling a record of 17-0 but will be tested by a 50-plus fight veteran who has faced many top opponents.
In the semi-main event, Ritehook Promotions prospect Manny “Shake Em’ Up” Woods will try to take another step towards contention when he squares off against granite chinned Aaron Anderson. The fearless Woods has a solid 12-3-1 professional ledger and is eager to fight the best.
Tony Johnson Jr. meets grizzled veteran Marvin Hunt over four rounds in a heavyweight special attraction bout. The Nashville, TN based Johnson is 1-0 as a boxer but is best known as a top MMA fighter in the Bellator organization.
Fans will also get to enjoy separate bouts featuring Mike Bissett, Joey Bryant, Cameron Springer and Tom Howard.
“Boxing’s popularity is on the rise overall and with Mayweather-Pacquiao taking place the same night as our card, the interest on Saturday, May 2 will be at an all-time high,” said Hunter. “Ritehook Promotions is based out of this area and we have a great relationship not only with the community and venue, but the fighters we’re promoting. Those who come out to the Hard Rock Saturday evening will get to see talented fighters in Radivoje Kalajdzic, Manny Woods and Mike Bissett plus the man that I consider the biggest sleeper prospect in boxing Tony Johnson Jr.”
“Tony is a top rated MMA fighter and is 1-0 as a boxer. I truly believe he’s the Bo Jackson of Boxing. The goal is to get him a title fight by the time he’s 10-0 and make him the first dual sport champion. If you haven’t already done so, get your tickets now because we’re almost sold out!”
Tickets start at just $35 and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com, at the Hard Rock Box Office or by calling228-217-5555. All ticketholders are invited to stay at the Hard Rock following the live fights and watch Mayweather-Pacquiao on a 35-foot screen.
For more information, go to Ritehookpromotions.com.
Ticket includes Live Fights plus Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight!
Biloxi, MS (April 24, 2015) – Ritehook Promotions in association with Reved Entertainment and Pier6 Promotions will present a one-of-a-kind evening of boxing featuring live fights and the fight of the century between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao Saturday, May 2 at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, MS.
Tickets for this special evening start at $35 and are available by going to Ticketmaster.com, the Hard Rock Box Office or calling 228-217-5555. All ticketholders are invited to stay at the Hard Rock following the live fights and watch Mayweather-Pacquiao on a 35-foot screen.
In the main event of the evening, highly touted Radivoje “Hod Rod” Kalajdzic risks his perfect record against 52 fight veteran William Johnson in a six round light heavyweight contest.
Born in Bosnia and currently residing in Saint Petersburg, FL, Kalajdzic’s professional ledger is 17-0 with 11 victories coming by knockout. The gifted 23-year-old has impressive wins over well-regarded Lionell Thompson, Donta Woods, Samson Onyango and spoilers Otis Griffin and Larry Pryor.
Hailing from Sardis, MS and having fought four times in Biloxi, Johnson is not only known to locals but has a significant edge in experience. Since turning pro 11 years ago, Johnson’s boxed 226 rounds while facing an impressive list of foes including Sergey Kovalev, Andre Berto, John Duddy, Joe Greene, Donovan George, Andre Dirrell and Medzhid Bektemirov amongst others. In 2007, Johnson scored the biggest win of his career, shutting out then 16-0 Darryl Salmon over six rounds.
In the co-featured bout of the evening, junior middleweight hopeful Manny “Shake Em’ Up” Woods looks to make it three straight when he faces an opponent to be announced. The Saint Petersburg based Woods is 12-3-1 with four knockouts and is a winner in four of his last five bouts.
MMA heavyweight star Tony Johnson Jr. of Nashville, TN will leave the octagon and take a quantum leap inside the squared circle when he meets 48 fight veteran Marvin Hunt over four rounds. Johnson, who is 1-0 as a boxer, won an MMA match two weeks ago as part of a Bellator card.
In undercard action, popular locals Mike Bissett and Tom Howard along with unbeatens Joey Bryant and Cameron Springer will all appear in separate bouts.
“May 2nd will go down as one of the most important dates in boxing history,” said William Hunter of Ritehook Promotions. “We are the only other promoter in America running a card that night. For less than the cost of the pay per view, we’re giving our ticketholders live fights with good prospects plus the Mayweather-Pacquiao match under one roof. There’s no better place to be next Saturday!”
For more information, go to Ritehookpromotions.com.
In his last fight, a bout that was shown on ESPN “Friday Night Fights”, Ahmed showed great power, dropping his opponent Lawrence Blakey three times before the referee stopped fight at the 1:44 mark of round three. Known for having heavy hands, Elbiali is a knockout artist who will look to extend on his KO streak.
“I want to continue to get better with each fight,” said Elbiali. “I’m always throwing hard punches and the knockouts are happening. I don’t want to rely on my power every time I step in the ring. I know if I start head hunting then I’ll be doing myself a disservice. I want to keep improving on my body punching and head movement. If I see my opponent is in trouble, then that’s when I’ll try to end the fight.”
Advised by Al Haymon, Elbiali feels he has what it takes to become something special in the cruiserweight division. With a few more victories, Ahmed sees himself fighting for a regional title.
“I know with Al Haymon steering me in the right direction, I can become a household name in this sport,” Ahmed continued. “If I can have a strong outing in 2015, I know there will be opportunities for me to capture the fans attention. I just want to keep fighting on a regular basis and make some noise in the light-heavyweight division.”