Featuring the GRANT vs. MARINACCIO NABA Title Fight and Five Fighters from
Tickets on sale
Iroquois Promotions Inc. in Association with Seneca Niagara Casino &
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- "Big" Michael Grant, former
NABF Champion of Chicago, IL, will attempt to claim the North American Boxing
Association (NABA) US Championship heavyweight title when he takes on Paul
"Italian Hit Man" Marinaccio, one of Western New York's favorite sons, over 12
rounds on Saturday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m., at Seneca Niagara Casino &
Hotel's Seneca Niagara Events Center.
The November 15 card is the second boxing event held at Seneca Niagara
Casino & Hotel and is presented by Iroquois Promotions in conjunction with
X-Cel Worldwide. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and will feature The
Grant-Marinaccio title fight, as well as a six-fight undercard headlined by
the 8 round, super middleweight fight featuring two-time WBA world champion
Byron "Slama from Bama" Mitchell vs. the tough veteran with over sixty fights,
Etienne "E.T." Whitaker. A weigh-in event will take place Friday, November 14
at 4 p.m.
Grant (43-3, 33 KOs) pounded out a unanimous eight-round decision over
streaking Demetrice King in his last outing, while Marinaccio's (24-3-3, 11
Kos) only losses in the past five years have come to former world champion
Chris Byrd and top contender Timur Ibragimov.
Five preliminary fights complete the November 15th card:
-- Adrian "Juanito" Mora (19-1) vs. TBA - 8 rounds, Jr. Welterweights
-- Ross "The Boss" Thompson of Buffalo, NY, vs. Jameel "Black Gold"
of Philadelphia, PA - 6 rounds, Light Heavyweights
-- James Ventry (6-5) of Buffalo, NY vs. Jamar "Sandman" Saunders (1-1) -
4 rounds, Jr. Welterweights
-- Guillermo Sanchez (4-0) of Buffalo, NY vs. Harvey "Chi-Chi" Murray
(2-1) of Rochester, NY - 4 rounds, Lightweights
-- Scott Paul (3-1) vs. TBA - 4 rounds, Lightweights
Seneca Gaming Corporation brought boxing back to Western New York on
August 31, 2007 to a sold-out Seneca Niagara Events Center. The non-televised
fight was the first-ever boxing event held at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.
The event featured the Edwards-Hernandez title fight, as well as a six-fight
undercard headlined by welterweight Mike Jones and Martinus Clay. Boxing
debuted in the Seneca Allegany Events Center on March 28, 2008 as part of the
"ESPN Friday Night Fights" series. The ESPN-2 televised fight featured the
Ouma-Bundrage title fight and a six-fight undercard headlined by Mike Jones
and Gilbert Venegas.
"The history of outstanding boxing in Western New York is well known,"
said Brian Hansberry, President and CEO, Seneca Gaming Corporation. "Seneca
Gaming Corporation started a new chapter in that history when we brought
championship boxing back to this area last year. We know the legion of boxing
fans in the area are excited, and so are we."
"The quality of this boxing card will only add to the reputation Seneca
Niagara Casino & Hotel has built as the premier entertainment venue in the
region," said Robert E. Victoria, Senior Vice President of Marketing. "The
fans in the Seneca Niagara Events Center are going to enjoy intense action
from the sound of the opening bell until the last bout is finished,
particularly with five fighters from Western New York."
"We've got a terrific night of boxing for the fans at the Seneca Niagara
Casino & Hotel on November 15," said revved up promoter Nick Garone. "The main
event is a world-class heavyweight showdown that pits the rejuvenated Michael
Grant against Marinaccio, a very tough kid, in his own backyard. Michael has
shown tremendous improvement from working with Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, but
Marinaccio will be there to win at all costs in front of his hometown."
Tickets for the November 15th card, which is being promoted by Iroquois
Promotions, LLC, and X-Cel Worldwide went on sale WEDNESDAY, October 22 at
NOON and are priced at $30, $55, $90. Tickets can be purchased at all
Ticketmaster outlets and at the Eight Clans Gift Shop at the Seneca Niagara
Casino & Hotel. To charge by phone, call 716-852-5000. From Canada, call
The Seneca Niagara Events Center is located in Seneca Niagara Casino &
Hotel, 310 Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. www.SenecaNiagaraCasino.com
For further information:
For further information: Jillian Fiorella of Seneca Gaming Corporation,
+1-716-501-2324 (office), JFiorella@snfgc.com; or Nick Garone of X-Cel
Worldwide, +1-201-951-0076, Xcel123@aol.com