2-Time Heavy Champ Rahman Invades the DCC!
MEMPHIS, TN – Prize Fight and Greg Cohen Promotions are proud to introduce TNT at the DCC on June 11th from the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, MS. TNT is a six bout card featuring former 2-Time Heavyweight Champion of the World Hasim “The Rock” Rahman 49-7-2 (40 KO’s). Rahman will unleash his world renown power on Willie Herring of Orlando, FL in a ten round clash of goliaths.
Rahman, the current #5 ranked heavyweight in the World, is aiming towards one last shot at the coveted Heavyweight Championship of the World. Rahman catapulted to boxing prominence with a stunning and brutal fifth round knockout of reigning heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in South Africa. After knocking out Lewis, Rahman went on to fight the best names in the boxing world such as Evander Holyfield, David Tua and many others. Consequently, Rahman was dethroned by boxing’s elite on his path to greatness but was able to recapture the heavyweight championship of the World for a second time with a dominating performance against Monte Barrett in Chicago. Rahman had his chance to become a 3-Time Champion three years ago in Germany but succumbed to a seventh round stoppage of reigning heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko. Since the Klitschko fight, Rahman has rolled off four knockout victories in order to put himself in line for the title shot again. Standing in Rahman’s way though is the formidable Willie Herring. Herring, 32, views this shot against Rahman as his opportunity to throw his name in the mix for more big fights and opportunities. Herring is an all action boxer that is sure to make for a crowd pleasing fight for the Mid-South fans in attendance at the DeSoto Civic Center.
The star studded undercard features some of the top prospects in the world as well as some of the most notable boxers in the Mid-South. Dominic Wade 11-0 (8 KO’s), one of ESPN’s “Super 25″ prospects, will be showcased in an eight round bout against Juan Astorga 15-6-1 (10 KO’s) from Chihuahua, Mexico. Wade known for his flair for dramatic knockouts will being taking a big step up in class as he looks to remain undefeated against the physical Astorga who has faced many of the top middleweights in boxing today. Further, amateur sensation and recent Prize Fight signee Dusty Harrison will make his pro debut against Troy White of St. Louis, MO. Harrison will turn just 17 years old on May 21 and will become the youngest professional boxer in the United States as he takes to the ring on June 11th against White. Harrison, from Waldorf, MD, was considered one of the top amateur fighters in the world but decided to forego a shot at the 2012 United States Olympic Boxing Team and turn professional. Also on the undercard is local favorite Curtis Tate 3-1 (3 KO’s) from Olive Branch, MS. Tate is well know to Mid-South boxing fans for his tremendous power and exciting style in the ring. Tate will be fighting a 4 round heavyweight match up. Finally, Dedrick Bell from Memphis, TN looks to avenge a heartbreaking loss early in his career against Rohan Wilson of Atlanta. The first match up between Bell and Wilson was a spirited back and forth fight at the Fitz Casino in Tunica, MS. The two combatants look to pick up where they left off and give the crowd an entertaining six rounds of action.
Tickets for TNT at the DCC go on sale Friday, May 13th at 10 AM and can be purchased at the DeSoto Civic Center Box Office, by calling ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or by visiting ticketmaster on line at http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced very affordable beginning at just $25. Doors for the event open at 7:00 PM and the first bout is slated to begin at 7:30 PM. TNT at the DCC will be broadcast via tape delay on Fox’s Sportsouth network throughout the southeastern United States on Comcast and nationally on DirectTV and DISH Network reaching nearly ninety million homes.