Monday, 8 July 2013
TYRONE SPONG VS. ANGEL DEANDA HEADLINES WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 4 ON AUG. 10 AT CALIFORNIA'S CITIZENS BUSINESS BANK ARENA
The previously announced contest, which seems certain to deliver fireworks, headlines a five-fight main card that airs live on NBC Sports Network. Tickets for the event, which start at just $29, are currently on sale at www.axs.com, the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office and charge-by-phone at (888) 929-7849.
The 27-year-old Spong is a veteran of 80 professional kickboxing bouts and recently claimed victory in an eight-man single-night tournament, where he defeated three opponents in a single evening, including two by way of first-round knockout. Born in Suriname but currently residing in Boca Raton, Fla., Spong said he's anxious to make his second MMA appearance and hopes to build on the success of his knockout win over Travis Bartlett at World Series of Fight's debut event.
"I'm excited to make my return to MMA, and I'm honored that World Series of Fighting trusts me to headline the card," Spong said. "Angel is a dangerous striker, but he hasn't fought anyone with my skills. I think fans are going to get to see a spectacular finish."
Meanwhile, California's DeAnda has scored knockout wins in 10 of his 11 career MMA victories. Eight of those opponents didn't make it past the opening frame with the Oakdale MMA product.
"I know Tyrone is a legend in kickboxing, but this is a different sport," DeAnda said. "With four-ounce gloves on, MMA is a whole different game. Tyrone is going to find that out real quick."
In the night's co-feature, red-hot Marlon Moraes (10-4-1) of Jupiter, Fla., battles fellow fast-rising bantamweight Brandon Hempleman (9-1) of Boise, Idaho. The 25-year-old Moraes is coming off his fourth consecutive victory – a stunning first-round knockout of rival star Tyson Nam by way of head kick at March's World Series of Fighting 2 event – while Hempleman is a winner of six consecutive fights.
In other main card action, World Series of Fighting president and six-time world kickboxing champion Ray Sefo (2-1) of Las Vegas will shed his business attire and briefcase and put on his fighting trunks and combat gloves to face heavy-handed knockout artist Dave Huckaba (20-5) of Sacramento, Calif.
Additionally, undefeated phenomenon "Notorious" Nick Newell (9-0) of Springfield, Mass., squares off with fellow lightweight Keon Caldwell (9-1) of Moultrie, Ga. And in the night's first main-card contest, Tyson Griffin (16-6) of Santa Rosa, Calif., meets fellow lightweight star Gesias Cavalcante (17-7-1) of Deerfield Beach, Fla.
"This will be, without a doubt, our finest event to date in terms of the talent lined up from top to bottom," Sefo said. "As a promoter, I am extremely proud of the fight card that our company has assembled for our fourth live event, and as a fighter who still has the burning desire to compete, I am naturally excited to have the opportunity to step in the cage and show what I can do in there against a seasoned opponent."
In World Series of Fighting 4's featured preliminary card bout, welterweight star Jorge Santiago (25-11) of Boca Raton, Fla., faces Gerald Harris (21-5) of Tulsa, Okla. Additional preliminary card bouts will be announced soon.
Doors at Citizens Business Bank Arena open at 4 p.m. PT local time (7 p.m. ET), and the first preliminary card bout will begin at 5 p.m. PT local time (8 p.m. ET).
The live, two-and-a-half-hour NBC Sports Network telecast of the World Series of Fighting 4 main card begins at 7:30 p.m. PT local time (10:30 p.m. ET). The night's preliminary bouts stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.