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BILOXI, Miss. (August 9, 2009) – Two promising lightweight prospects, Jason “American Boy” Litzau (24-2, 20 KOs) and Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough (21-1-2, 7 KOs), open-up the “Hook City” pay per view this show Saturday night (August 15), headlined by 8-time world boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and 2-time super middleweight world title-holder Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs), in one of four title fights airing live from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.
Litzau and Kimbrough square-off in a 10-round bout for the vacant NABF title in a much-anticipated showdown that has the potential to be the Fight of the Night. Kimbrough is trying to get where Litzau, who has fought for a world title, has been and plans to return.
The “Hook City” pay-per-view show, presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, is being distributed by Square Ring Promotions, Inc. at 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT in the United States on cable and satellite via iNDemand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network for a suggested retail price of $34.95, as well as on Super Channel in Canada.
Litzau, fighting out of St. Paul (MN), has already tasted what it’s like to be in a world title fight having lost to IBF featherweight champion Robert Guerrero 1 ½ years ago. Like Kimbrough, the flashy, 26-year-old Litzau was a standout amateur, winning 125 of 135 matches, including a gold medal in the National Silver Gloves Championship, later earning a spot on the 2001 U.S. National Boxing Team.
“Every fight I’m in is exciting,” Litzau said. “There are always fireworks in a Jason Litzau fight. Every fight is an important fight but a win will get me closer to where I was (world title fight). Kimbrough’s a good, quick boxer. I knew him from the amateurs but he was always bigger (weight class) than me. I’m taller (5’ 10” to 5’ 5”) and will take advantage of that by shooting jabs and moving. When I fight there’s always a buzz because fans know that they’re going to see an exciting fighter — Jason Litzau. Nothing but a great fight is going to happen August 15th.”