LAUGHLIN, NV (July 20, 2012)—Two highly anticipated debuts will take place at The Edgewater Casino Resort as 2012 U.S. Olympic Super Heavyweight Alternate Brett Rather and the nephew of former four-time World Champion, Acelino “Popo” Freitas in Jr. Lightweight Victor Jones Freitas join the pro ranks.
The card which is promoted by Banner Promotion, Thompson Boxing & JEG Boxing will be televised on ESPN 2 (9pm eastern).
In the main event, once-beaten and world ranked former world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos battles undefeated Cesar Vazquez in a ten round Jr. Lightweight bout for Burgos’ WBO Latino title
Rather of Las Vegas was a member of the UNLV Boxing team and is ready to do big things as a professional.
“I am excited and want to thank Banner Promotions and Daren Libonati of JEG Boxing for this opportunity. I put tons of work in the amateur game and I am ready for the next level”, Said Rather.
“I have a lot to live up to and a lot to prove”, said Vitor Jones Freitas
“It’s not only exciting but a dream come true to have my uncle in my corner”
“If Vitor can look what I did then that’s the best bit of advice and guidance I can give my nephew”, said the now Brazilian congressman Acelino Freitas
“I am very excited to have Brett and Vitor on the show”, said Banner Promotions CEO Artie Pelullo.
“Both these kids had great amateur pedigrees. Brett is a big kid with a ton of potential. To be able to promote Vitor is special for me personally because his uncle has meant so much to Banner Promotions for the better part of the last decade and hopefully we can take him to the same heights that we did with Acelino”
VIDEO INTERVIEW OF BRETT RATHER
VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH ACELINO FREITAS & VITOR JONES FREITAS