Bingo Palace holds another night of boxing

The Palace Indian Gaming Center in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions have announced that on July 21 another exciting installment of world class professional boxing will be televised to a national audience as part of the popular Fox Sports television show "The Best Damn Sports Show Period."

Headlining the star-studded card is IBF number one ranked middleweight Sam Soliman as he lays his ranking on the line in a 10-round bout against undefeated Tarvis Simms of Connecticut. Soliman, a native of Australia owns a professional record of 30 wins and is taking a big risk against the undefeated Simms who has not been bested in 20 professional contests and is ranked third by the North American Boxing Organization. Soliman and Simms will fight a 10 round middleweight bout.

In the co-main event, heavyweights Vasilly Jirov and Orlin Norris will square off in 10-round action. Jirov, the former world cruiserweight champion carries a professional record of 35 wins, against three losses with 30 wins coming by way of knockout. Norris, who held the North American Boxing Federation cruiserweight and heavyweight titles brings 57 wins into his showdown with Jirov in a must win fight for both combatants. Norris suffered most of his defeats against top-flight competition including Vitali Klitschko, Andrew Golota, Henry Akinwande and also fought to a no contest with Mike Tyson in 1999.

Rounding out the nine-bout card are the cream of the crop in Valley boxing, and one native of Canada who makes her home in Las Vegas.

Valley products Jesse Magana, the former NABO featherweight champion, Charles "Showboat" Davis, the current WBE and WBC Latino heavyweight champion, and IBA/NABAW women's world champion, Jessica "Ragin'" Rakoczy will all see action in separate bouts. Tickets priced from $30-$450 are on sale at The Palace Gift Shop as well as all outlets. And the price of admission is well worth it, because the action doesn't stop with the above-mentioned fights.

In an all-Fresno WBE youth middleweight title fight, Frank "Fists of Fury" Mondejar will battle William "Lil' Tyson" Harmon in what should be an action packed fight that should not go to the judges scorecards.

"Frank and William both have heavy hands and can stop anybody if given the opportunity. This is a fight that I know the Valley fans have wanted to see and I'm glad we can make it happen. This fight will end with a bang for sure," stated Christian Printup of The Palace.

And in separate bouts with a September WBE title fight on the line, the two most gifted and respected lightweight boxers in the Valley will look to impress the fans with big victories; and should they both emerge victorious on July 21, Tulare's Hector "The Prodigy" Alatorre and Juan "El Tigre" Hererra will square off in the most anticipated fight in the Valley. Alatorre, undefeated with seven wins, will face an opponent to be announced in a six-round lightweight fight. Hererra, from Orosi, who made his professional debut in November 2002 as a high school senior brings a record of eight wins with two losses and one draw into his six-round lightweight fight against an opponent to be named. With wins, Alatorre and Hererra will face each other Sept. 16 as the next boxing card presented by The Palace and Goossen Tutor promotions.

"It's no secret that Hector and Juan have both talked about this fight.

"It's not a bad blood thing; they've known each other ever since they began boxing when they were little kids. This is about two men who have been compared to each other for a long time wanting to get in there and see who is the top dog.

"They're both great fighters and even better young men and it's not personal, just business. On July 21, though, the collision course is in full swing; and if they both do their jobs, they'll have earned the right to fight each other. And believe me when I say these two will provide a fight unlike anything the Valley has ever seen," said Christian Printup, promoter for Alatorre and Hererra.

Fight Day is July 21: Doors open at 3 p.m. First fight starts at 4 p.m. The Best Damn Sports Show fights are from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. followed by the rest of the card.

The event is in the outdoor event center. Capacity is 2,760 Tickets priced at $30, $40, $50, $100 and $300 go on sale to the public Monday, June 13 at The Palace Gift Shop and all outlets.

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