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“The Canadian Kid” Takes on No. 1 Ranked Contender from Mexico in Toughest Challenge to Date

by NationTalk on February 13, 20081383 Views

Steve Molitor to defend his I.B.F. World Junior Featherweight Title in Rumble at Rama IV

MNJIKANING (RAMA), ON, Feb. 13 – Orion Sports Management and Casino Rama are pleased to present the Rumble at Rama IV on Saturday, April 5th, 2008 in which the undefeated champion “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor will make the second mandatory defense of his I.B.F. World Junior Featherweight Title.

In the Title Match of the night, reigning champion Molitor, whose record improved to an impressive 26-0, 10 kos during the Rumble at Rama III, will put his title on the line against Mexico’s fierce Fernando Beltran Jr. (30-2-1, 17 kos) the no. 1 ranked I.B.F. contender and his most daunting challenger to date. Molitor claimed the I.B.F. Junior Featherweight Title in 2006 from the previously unbeaten Michael Hunter in Hartlepool, England. He mounted his first successful mandatory defense of the title, here at home during the Rumble at Rama I against South Africa’s Takalani Ndlovu in a crushing 9-round victory. His second successful defense came against Thailand’s Fashung “3K Battery” in a grueling 12-round decision during the Rumble at Rama II. His most recent battle against Mexico’s Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo came this past January during the Rumble III, in a fierce 12-round unanimous decision that saw the bloodied champ battle back against the fading and desperate Mexican fighter.

In addition to the Title Match, the Rumble at Rama IV will also feature a number of undercard bouts, including a Heavyweight fight featuring former Polish amateur star, Greg Kielsa and the return of the fighting Irishman Martin Lindsay the I.B.F. World Featherweight Youth champion, who won his last match during the Rumble III in a staggering knockout at 1:45 of the first round. Martin will be defending his current I.B.F. World Title, won during the Rumble II, against a soon to be announced contender.

Held in Casino Rama’s state-of-the-art 5,200 seat Entertainment Centre, this match is the fourth of many such planned boxing events and has firmly established the Casino as the premier venue in which to see the Big Time Excitement of a world-class fight in Ontario.

The Rumble at Rama IV taking place on Saturday, April 5th, 2008 will begin at 7:00pm with the undercard bouts; the main Title Match taking place at 10pm and broadcast live on TSN and TSN HD coast to coast.

Tickets for this event will be $125, $75, $50 and $25. Tickets for the Rumble at Rama IV go on-sale Saturday, February 16th at 12 noon, and will be available in-person at the Casino Rama Box Office, all TicketMaster locations, by calling (416) 870-8000 and online at www.casinorama.com. Ticket prices do not include applicable taxes or service charges.

Orion Sports Management is an Ontario based Promotional company that was incorporated in 1999. From a launch event at The Air Canada Centre (“The Night Of The Hurricane”) they have successfully staged a series of televised events in the Niagara region featuring “Baby Joe” Mesi, Razor Ruddock, Egerton Marcus, Chad Brisson, and the new IBF World Junior Featherweight Champion, Steve Molitor. Headed up by former Canadian Airline executive, Allan Tremblay, they are back on the Ontario boxing scene after a 3 year absence due to an illness to Tremblay. “Rumble At Rama” is first of a series of events planned for Southern Ontario and Western N.Y. to stimulate the industry and pick up where they left off.

Operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week since July 31, 1996, Casino Rama is Ontario’s only First Nation’s commercial casino. The Casino offers a complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110 gaming tables, nine unique restaurants; a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment Centre and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health club facilities. Casino Rama is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.

For media who wish to cover the fight, please contact Jenna Hunter (hunterj@casinorama.com) to receive the Media Accreditation Form. It must be returned on or before March 27th for your outlet to be considered.

(*)Join the free Casino Rama Players Passport(TM) Club in-person at Casino Rama anytime. Please note you must be 19 years of age or older with valid government issued photo ID to join.

For further information: For media requiring more information, please contact: Allan Tremblay, President, Orion Sports Management, (905) 454-0899, allan_tremblay@hotmail.com; Jenna Hunter, Media Relations Manager, Casino Rama, 5899 Rama Road, Rama, ON, L0K 1T0, (705) 329-5179 direct, (705) 323-0092 cell

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