Popular heavyweight prospect Tony ‘TNT’ Grano ready to explode June 26

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 28, 2010) – Heavyweight prospect Tony “TNT” Grano has his timer set to explode Saturday night, June 26, when he headlines “Pride & Power,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in the 10-round main event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

The WBF All-Americas heavyweight champion, Grano (17-1-1, 13 KOs) – fighting out of Hartford – takes on Horace Ray “The Reeazon” Grant (15-2, 9 KOs) in the “Pride & Power” headliner.

“Grano is probably the most popular boxer in New England,” promoter Jimmy Burchfield said. “He has a growing legion of fans that support him whenever he fights. We’ve loaded this card with some of the best fighters in Connecticut like Mike Oliver, David Bauza and Chad Dawson’s older brother, Rick. Joe Smith, Jr. will be in action looking for his fifth first-round knockout in his fifth pro fight.”

Oliver, the reigning New England and EBA super bantamweight champion, faces former multiple title-holder Mauricio “Indio Boy” Pastrana (35-13-2, 23 KOs) in the co-feature. Oliver, another Hartford fighter, is rated No. 4 by the USBA. Pastrana has been world champion of the IBF, WBA, IBO, and IBA.

Long Island light heavyweight Smith (4-0, 4 KOs), a 2008 New York Gold Gloves Champion; Philadelphia welterweight (6-0, 2 KOs) Frankie Trader; Hartford middleweight Bauza (5-0, 3 KOs) and New Haven middleweight Dawson (1-0, 1 KO) are all slated to fight opponents to be determined in 4-round bouts.

Also on the undercard is Bridgeport (CT) super lightweight Carlos Hernandez (0-1) versus pro-debuting Jonathan Vasquez, of Fall River (MA), while another Springfield fighter, pro-debuting light heavyweight Jose Torres, faces Ahmad Mickens (1-0-1), from Stamford (CT).

Tickets for “Pride & Power,” priced at $40.00, $65.00 and $105.00, are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254), going online at www.cesboxing.com or at the Mohegan Sun Box Office. Ticketmaster customers may log on to www.ticketmaster.com, call Ticketmaster’s national toll-free charge by phone (1.800.745.3000) or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.

For more information contact CES (401.724.2253/2254/www.cesboxing.com) or Mohegan Sun (www.mohegansun.com). Doors open at 6:00 PM/ET, first bout at 7:30 PM/ET.

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