Northern Virginia’s Jimmy Lange (37-4-2, 25 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Union (WBU) junior middleweight title against veteran Ruben Galvan (27-20-4, 10 KOs) of Hammond, Ind., as the Main Event of the February 11, 2012 card at the Patriot Center. Sponsored by Valcourt Building Services, the Jimmy Lange Boxing event will feature three world title fights, with tickets available for purchase at all Ticketmaster outlets.
Lange, a star on season one of The Contender, is riding a six-bout winning streak and has headlined all 13 previous pro boxing events at the George Mason University venue. The popular fighter is known for his trademark toughness, captivating fighting style and the ability to box or brawl equally well. Lange’s headlining shows have consistently drawn an impressive fan base while providing a showcase for rising local prospects and top veterans. In his last bout, he captured the WBU title with a crowd-pleasing six-round TKO over Raul Munoz at the Patriot Center on September 10, 2011. The turning point came in the fifth round with Lange’s solid right to his opponent’s chin. Lange’s left hook in round six took him down, and he finished Munoz by knocking him down two more times en route to his 25th victory by knockout.
Next up for Lange is Galvan, a Chicago-based Mexican American fighter boasting more than 50 pro bouts, who has never shied away from tough competition. Nicknamed the ‘modern day warrior,’ he has faced such notables as Jorge Paez, Paul Spadafora, Dmitriy Salita, Zab Judah, Vernon Paris and current WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. over his career. In his last fight, he lost a 10-round decision to Paul Delgado, in Atlanta on December 12, 2011.
The card also features two additional world title bouts – Mike “No Joke” Stewart against Joe Wyatt for the vacant WBU welterweight belt and WBC middleweight champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson of Ashburn, Va., facing Vashon “Lady V” Living for the vacant WIBA women’s middleweight crown.
The rest of the undercard will feature two dominant local fighters, both undefeated. Chantilly, Va. junior middleweight Zain “Tiger” Shah will face his toughest test to date with highly regarded “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey, while junior welterweight Todd “White Lightning” Wilson of Fairfax, Va., vies for his 12th win opposite Fernando “The Whip” Basora. A heavyweight battle between pro debuting Duane Mobley of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Dennis Benson of Norfolk, Va. is also scheduled.
Doors will open at 6:00 pm, with the first fight scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm. All bouts are subject to change.
Tickets, priced at $35, $50, $75, $125, $200, $300 and $500 (plus applicable service charges), can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets including the Patriot Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com/ and via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT and 410-547-SEAT. Accessible seating is available for patrons with disabilities by calling 703-993-3035.