Historic Unification Bout Takes Place at Casino Rama



    IBF and WBA Champions battle for Unification Title at Rumble at Rama VI

    MNJIKANING (RAMA), ON, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - History will be made on 
November 21st when Casino Rama hosts the first boxing title unification to
ever take place on Canadian soil. In one corner, IBF Junior Featherweight
champion, "The Canadian Kid" Steve Molitor (28-0, 11 KO's), looks to defend
his belt and make history as the first Canadian to hold a unified title. In
the other corner, WBA champion Celestino Caballero (30-2, 21 KO's) looks to
end Molitor's winning streak and take both belts for himself.
    "This is the biggest fight our country has seen since Roberto Duran
fought Sugar Ray Leonard in Montreal more than 25 years ago," said 
Allan Tremblay, President of Orion Sports Management. "A unification fight has
never taken place here before, and based on those odds, it's unlikely to ever
happen again in our lifetime."
    Molitor has become a beloved national figure in Canada, making all five
of his title defenses at Casino Rama, mere hours away from his hometown of
Sarnia. His combination of otherworldly technical skills and fierce fighting
fury has made him one of the top practitioners of the "sweet science" the
world over.
    While Molitor is an A-list sports celebrity in Canada, Caballero is
equally revered in his native Panama, combining his relentless attacking style
and unique 5' 11" build into one of the most complex physical puzzles in the
sport.
    "I've always said that the true fighter in me comes out when I'm really
challenged or my back is to the wall," said Molitor. "The tougher the
competition, the fiercer I become in the ring. I welcome this opportunity to
show Caballero exactly what I'm made of."
    Both fighters will be making their sixth defense of their respective
crowns, with Molitor fresh off a 10th round TKO of Argentina's Ceferino Dario
Labarda at Rumble at Rama V in August. Caballero is still riding the momentum
of a devastating first round knock out over Elvis Meija last month in Panama
City.
    Both fighters also share a similar path to their respective titles, with
each having traveled into hostile territory and capturing their slice of
boxing glory.
    In November of 2006, Molitor went to Hartlepool, England to battle local
hero Michael Hunter for the vacant IBF belt and returned home with the belt
around his waist courtesy of a fifth round TKO.
    A little over one month prior to Molitor claiming the IBF crown,
Caballero found himself in Wat Ban Rai, Thailand opposite then WBA champ
Somsak Sithchatchawal, who was making the first defense of his crown.
Caballero made sure there wouldn't be a second, battering Sithchatchawal about
the ring early and often, earning a third round TKO win, and the WBA's Super
Bantamweight (122 Lbs) bragging rights.
    In addition to the main event, Rumble at Rama VI will feature a loaded
undercard that brings back a number of fan favourites.
    "The Rumble at Rama series has been an unprecedented success that has
provided a whole new level of live entertainment for our guests," says 
Jeff Craik, Vice President, Marketing for Casino Rama. "The collaboration
between Casino Rama and Orion Sports has not only changed the face of boxing
in Ontario, it has made our venue the site of sports history in the making."
    The fight will be televised live in the United States on SHOWTIME's
popular ShoBox series and across Canada on TSN commencing at 11:00 P.M. ET.
    "This promises to be one of the most-anticipated matches in Canadian
boxing history," said Phil King, President, TSN. "We are thrilled to join
Casino Rama and Orion Sports Management to bring this momentous unification
bout to Canadians."
    "It took a combination of intense negotiating, timing, and creative
thinking to make this possible," said Allan Tremblay. "In particular, I want
to credit the extraordinary efforts put forth by Leon Margules, Executive
Director of Warriors' Boxing, and super agent Sampson Lewkowicz in making this
dream a reality."
    Tickets for Rumble at Rama VI are $50/$75/$125/$175. Advanced ticket
purchase for Players Passport(TM) Club Members begins Wednesday, October 15th
at 12 noon, in-person only at the Casino Rama Box Office. Tickets go on-sale
to the general public on Friday, October 17th at 12 noon, and will be
available in-person at the Casino Rama Box Office, at all TicketMaster
locations, by calling (416) 870-8000 and online at www.casinorama.com. Ticket
prices do not include applicable taxes or service charges.

    Orion Sports Management is an Ontario based promotional company known for
staging first-class boxing events. Run by former Canadian Airline executive
Allan Tremblay, Orion is the force behind Ontario's biggest match ups, from
their launch event at The Air Canada Centre ("The Night Of The Hurricane") to
a series of televised events in the Niagara region featuring "Baby Joe" Mesi,
Razor Ruddock, Egerton Marcus, and Steve Molitor.

    Operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week since July 31, 1996, Casino
Rama is Ontario's only First Nations commercial casino. The Casino offers a
complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110
gaming tables, ten unique restaurants, a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment
Centre and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health
club facilities. Casino Rama is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.





For further information:

For further information: For media requiring more information, please
contact: Allan Tremblay, President, Orion Sports Management: (905) 454-0899;
Lesley Robinson, Casino Rama Media Relations Manager: (705) 329-517; Jason
Abelson, Communications Coordinator, Orion Sports Management: (416) 778-9280

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