Richie Parrillo Jr. has released further details regarding “Double Down,” an evening of championship boxing including three titles up for grabs on Friday, November 21 at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond. Special guest, boxing legend Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, will be ringside as Parrillo presents the10-bout card with a portion of the event ticket sales benefiting the area Boys & Girls Clubs.
In addition to Eric Mitchell, 22-4-1 (11), vs. Danny Perez, 33-5 (17), for the USBA and NABO junior middleweight titles and Aaron Mitchell, 26-1-1 (21), vs. Delray Raines, 14-4 (9), for the NABO middleweight strap, “Double Down” features an action packed undercard of undefeated contenders and rising prospects including Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez, 13-0 (6), an undefeated junior middleweight prospect from Miami.
Possessing talent, good looks and an enviable lifestyle, 24-year-old Joey Hernandez Jr. has a tremendous fan following among the young and beautiful in south Florida. He also has a lot of “haters.” The son of one of south Florida’s most successful contractors, Hernandez grew up in a privileged household.
“Since I didn't grow up poor in the ghetto, a lot of people think I can’t possibly have that hunger to win,” Hernandez said. "I'm going to prove to all the ‘haters’ who want to see me get knocked out that I have just as much desire to be a champion as anyone else.”
“ My dad is the American Dream,” Joey continued. “He came here from Cuba with absolutely nothing and built a big, successful business. I have my own dreams and they include a world championship.”
In 2002, after beating Rock Allen at a national amateur tournament, Joey seemed to have an immediate future as a professional boxer. Instead, he became distracted and began running the streets and getting in trouble.
It seems that rich boys rebel too.
In 2006, he grew up, got it together and made his professional debut before a huge crowd of fans at Miccosukee Resort in Miami.
Since then, he's built a perfect record of 13-0 with 6 knock outs and has grown a south Florida fan base to
rival many young athletes in Miami. Popular with the area’s young media and welcomed as a VIP in the hottest clubs on South Beach, Joey just might be the boxer you love to hate.
Hernandez faces Jessie Davis (10-11, 7 KOs) over 8 rounds.
Just two weeks ago, Elie Augustam, a 2008 Olympian from Haiti, won his professional debut by knock out. Living and training in Miami, Augustam recently got the educational opportunity of a lifetime when he served as a sparring partner for living legend Bernard Hopkins as The Executioner was preparing for his recent spectacular drubbing of Kelly Pavlik.
Elie faces Tyrone Dowdy (4-16, 3 KOs) in a 4-round middleweight bout.
Don King promoted heavyweight Carl “ Iron Fist” Davis (12-2, 9) of Chicago aims to impress his hometown crowd on November 21. On September 13, Davis scored a sixth round knock out on King’s card in Biloxi.
At 6’ 4” and 235 pounds of solid muscle, Davis, a former Canadian Football League (CFL) player, possesses the kind of big punching knock out power that fight fans love. With a victory on November 21, Davis should have enough wins on record to break into the heavyweight rankings, thus leading to bigger opportunities.
One of Chicagoland’s hottest prospects, Cedric “23” Agnew, faces Chris Ray (7-2, 7 KOs) in a 6-round light heavyweight bout. After an extensive amateur career that included winning the Junior Olympic World Championship at the age of 17 and two Chicago Golden Gloves titles, Agnew scored a spectacular second round knock out in his pro debut in January of 2007.
Still just 21-years-old, Agnew hopes to be a champion by the time he is 23. He counts Chicago’s great “23s”, Michael Jordan and Devin Hester, among his heroes.
Two European prospects from Avezzano, Italy, make their American debuts at Horseshoe Casino. Don King promoted, Ivan Fiorletta (22-4-2, 7) faces Donnell Logan (10-17-2, 5 KOs) in a 6-round lightweight bout. Fiorletta’s countryman, Gianapiero Contestable (11-0, 6), a sensation in Italy, puts his perfect record on the line in a 6-round featherweight bout.
Rounding out the card, welterweight Chris Rudd (5-0, 3 KOs), lightweight Ira Terry (20-1, 11 KOs), and junior middleweight Johnny Suarez (2-1-2, 1 KO) all see action in separate bouts.
Tickets are available for $200 VIP Ringside, $150 Ringside, $80 Main Floor and $40 Mezzanine from any Ticket Master location or from The Venue’s box office at 219/473-6060.
Horseshoe Casino Hammond is conveniently located just 20 minutes from Chicago. From the Skyway, simply exit at Indianapolis Blvd.