"COMMOTION AT THE OCEAN" DEC 4. AS
CHINOOK WINDS CASINO HOSTS
VARGAS-WRIGHT AND CORRALES-BROWN;
HBO TO BROADCAST CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER

Undefeated junior middleweight champion Fernando Vargas, boxing’s hottest young superstar, will headline the "Commotion at the Ocean" on December 4 when he defends his crown against the IBF’s #1 mandatory challenger Ronald "Winky" Wright at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, OR, it was announced today by Chinook Winds Casino General Manager Gordon Dickie and by Main Events COO Gary Shaw. In the co-feature bout, undefeated IBF junior lightweight champion Diego Corrales will make his first title defense when he challenges bruising contender John Brown. The electrifying championship doubleheader will be broadcast live on HBO’s "Boxing After Dark" series beginning at 7:00 p.m. PT.

Vargas (17-0, 17 KO’s) has steamrolled through the junior middleweight division, stopping 10 of his opponents in two rounds. On December 12, 1998, Vargas became the youngest junior middleweight champion in boxing history—21 years and 5 days old—when he pounded IBF champion "Yory Boy" Campas for seven rounds, forcing the veteran of over 70 bouts to retire on his stool prior to round eight (TKO 8). In his last bout on July 17, 1999, the 21-year-old Oxnard, CA, native successfully defended his crown for the second time, battering former IBF champion Raul Marquez to force an 11th round stoppage (TKO 11). On October 16, the World Boxing Hall of Fame named Vargas their 1999 "Fighter of the Year." Vargas’ consecutive knockout string of 17 bouts ties the record set by Roy Jones, Jr. for the "Most Consecutive Knockout Wins to Begin a Champion’s Career."

"No one in the junior middleweight division comes close to Fernando Vargas," said Shaw. "He’s not a future star. He’s a star right now."

Wright (39-2, 24 KO’s) has won 14 of his last 15 bouts. The 28-year-old St. Petersburg, FL, native is the former NABF and WBO junior middleweight champion. On February 4, 1995, Wright dominated Tony Marshall to capture the NABF crown (W 12). Wright successfully defended the title twice before surrendering it to challenge for the WBO championship. On May 17, 1996, Wright decisioned Bronco McKart to seize the WBO title (W 12). Wright successfully defended the crown three times before losing a close decision to Harry Simon on August 22, 1998 (L 12). In his last bout on March 27, 1999, the slick southpaw Wright annihilated Derrick Graham (KO 3).

Corrales (29-0, 24 KO’s) seized the IBF title in his last bout on October 23, 1999, blasting reigning champion Robero Garcia in seven rounds (TKO 7). The 22-year-old Columbia, SC resident twice floored Garcia in the sixth round before dropping him for the third and final time 48 seconds into round seven. Corrales has stopped 14 opponents within three rounds. He has knocked out six of his last seven opponents.

Brown (20-6, 10 KO’s) is recognized as one of professional boxing’s toughest and most relentless fighters. The 31-year-old Atlantic City, NJ native is the former USBA junior lightweight champion. On October 24, 1998, despite accepting the bout on only two weeks notice, Brown pummeled former junior lightweight world champion Gabriel Ruelas, hurting Ruelas repeatedly during the bout and flooring him in round six. Brown’s relentless body attack wilted the former champion and forced the referee to halt the bout at 1:09 of round eight. In his last bout on August 13, 1999, Brown won a 10 round decision over Francisco Cruz (W 10).

Main Events and Ringside Tickets, Inc. are promoting the evening of boxing.

Tickets, which range from $75 (general admission) to $750 (ringside) can be purchased by calling 1-888/MainAct or any Fastixx Outlet (1-800-992-TIXX), or by calling the Chinook Winds Casino at 1-888-CHINOOK.

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