"ROCKBOX" Debuts San Diego Sports Arena - Danny Bonaduce headlines the boxing attraction
Guts Fighting Incorporated’s RockBox will feature an exciting night of exhibition boxing between celebrity boxer Danny Bonaduce (Adam Corolla Show FreeFM Mornings) and Lee Honish (Fight_Net Radio FreeFM Weekends), as well as MMA/K1 superstar Bob “The Beast” Sapp (“The Longest Yard”) and a surprise celebrity athlete TBD. In addition, a special concert San Diego’s own six-time Grammy nominated P.O.D. will perform immediately following the boxing matches.
The feud between Danny “Boom Boom” Bonaduce and “Lightning” Lee Honish began months ago during a Fight_Net radio broadcast in which Honish asked Bonaduce’s wife out and made some unflattering comments about their divorce. Even though Bonaduce is out weighed by nearly 75 pounds, he promises a crazy fight.
The second celebrity bout will feature Bob Sapp, a star of both MMA and K1, and recognizable actor (recently was featured in “The Longest Yard”; “Elektra”, and has three upcoming films including “Remarkable Power”, “Player 150”, and “Big Stan.”) will fight a surprise celebrity athlete TBD (name to be confirmed at May 8th press conference.)
Finally, a concert featuring the pride of San Diego, mulit-platinum selling rock group POD will close the RockBox event. POD’s new album hits stores this summer.
On Tuesday May 8, 2007 at 2:00 p.m., RockBox will conduct their press conference and contract signing. Attending will be Danny Bonaduce, Lee Honish, and Sonny Sandoval (lead singer for P.O.D.) The press conference will take place on the main floor in the shadow of the “Rocky” statue and there will be light catering. We encourage all press to not miss this event as surprises are in store and the event will be newsworthy.
Guts Fighting Incorporated, the event owner and promoter is comprised of veteran boxing executives and stars such as Bruce Bellocchi, Jackie Kallen, and Tommy Gallagher.
Bruce Bellocchi - CEO
Former heavyweight prospect is a veteran of more then twenty professional boxing matches. He has fought for the IBC Heavyweight title and has competed in twenty six amateur matches. He has fought on HBO, ESPN and BET. He has also trained under legends Tommy Gallagher, Angelo Dundee, Victor Valle, sr. Jesse Reid and Al Gavin. He has fought for or been under contract with Don King, Main Events and Dennis Rappaport to name a few. He has learned the boxing game from the ground up and has spent more then twenty years in or outside the ropes.
Jackie Kallen - Vice President
After 26 years in the boxing world as publicist and then manager, Kallen has been dubbed The First Lady of Boxing. Having managed four champions, she was twice nominated as Manager of the Year. Her life story inspired the Paramount film Against the Ropes starring Meg Ryan. Kallen was Associate Producer of the film and made a cameo appearance. A former journalist, TV host and radio personality in her native Detroit, Kallen is a successful motivational speaker who travels the country addressing conventions, women's health groups and college audiences. Now living in Los Angeles, she is very active in ch arities like PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) and battered women's shelters. She is the author of Hit Me With Your Best Shot. She was the Den Mother on the first season of The Contender on NBC with Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard.
Tommy Gallagher (ESPN's The Contender) - VP Fighter Development
Tommy was born in Brooklyn in 1941. He has been involved in boxing since the age of 10. At 18, he was a Golden Gloves welterweight champion. The night of his championship fight, former heavyweight champions James J. Braddock, Rocky Marciano, heavyweight contender Roland LaStarza and former middleweight champion Mickey Walker all sat in Gallagher's locker room, before he entered the ring at Madison Square Garden before 15,000. Tommy has over fifty years in the boxing business. He has trained, managed or promoted more then seventeen world champions. He also owned one of New York’s most successful boxing gyms "Gallaghers Gym" in Queens, New York for more then twenty years. He has been developing talent since the 1950's.
Before the RockBox event, there will be a pre-party outside the San Diego Sports Arena featuring bands performing, booths, vendors, and food. Admission to the pre-party is free of charge (costs will apply for food and merchandise.) Tickets for RockBox go on sale this Wednesday May 9, 2007 and are available at Ticketmaster.com and Sandiegoarena.com. Ticket prices start at $19 and range up to $59.