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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (January 17, 2005) - Duva Boxing LLC, in association with CSI Sports present Championship Boxing at Tropicana Casino and Resort on Friday, January 28, 2005 at 7:30 pm. The evening’s main event features undefeated cruiserweight prospect, Shaun George (9-0, 5 ko's) and NABO Champion, Jermell Barnes (17-7, 4ko's) for the IBC America’s Cruiserweight Title. Tickets, which are priced at $75, $50 and $30, can be purchased at the Tropicana Box Office or by calling Duva Boxing at (973) 237-0999.  

A native of Brooklyn, NY, George is a two-time New York Golden-Glove Champion, US (under 19) National Champion, and the US Jr. Olympic Champion which later earned him a scholarship from the US Olympic Education Center to attend Northern Michigan University.  Most recently, George spent the summer working as an assistant trainer on the boxing reality series "The Next Great Champ" before returning home to resume a full-time training schedule.


Both George’s trainer, Hall-of-Famer Tommy Brooks, and his manager, legendary boxing great, Lou Duva, agree that they see something special in George.  "Not only does Shaun have the determination to become a champion, but with his talent inside and outside the ring the sky's the limit as to what he can achieve."

Having fought almost three times the amount of fights as George, Rochester, NY native Jermell Barnes will try and capitalize on his ring experience by up-ending the undefeated cruiserweight prospect.  Barnes, who earned his B.A. in criminal justice from Shaw University, works as an elementary school teacher in his hometown.  He has made several appearances on ESPN and has a walk-in puncher style that promises to provide an exciting, action-packed bout.

Atlantic City, NJ native and welterweight stand-out Shamone Alvarez, who scored a terrific one round knock-out during a ShoBox telecast in November, heads up the undercard bout against light heavyweight Alfred Kinsey.  Rounding out the undercard are Philadelphia fighters Ramaz Gazashvilli (4-0 featherweight) and Jr. Middleweight Avtandil Khurtsidze (4-0-2).

Tropicana Casino and Resort encompasses 14 acres and has ocean beach frontage of 220-yards along the famed Boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ.  In November of 2004, Tropicana unveiled The Quarter, a $280 million non-gaming expansion, the first of its kind in Atlantic City's history.  Featuring 200,000-square feet of dining, entertainment, shopping and spa amenities, The Quarter also features an additional 502-guest rooms and 2,400 parking spaces, making it the largest hotel in New Jersey.





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January 18, 2005   |   3:44 p.m.