Three thousand miles from the warm sandy beaches of San Diego, in a scene reminiscent of Marvin Hagler’s “going to war” training camps, world ranked super middleweight Jesse Brinkley has returned to Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket, Rhode Island to prepare for “CIVIL WAR”, his long awaited grudge match with Joey Gilbert at the Reno Events Center on Saturday, February 14th.
“It’s really become a ritual for me, leave my family behind, fly cross country to Rhode Island and bunker down here”, said Brinkley who spent Christmas in Yerington, Nevada with his family and friends.
“Training with Peter Manfredo Sr. works perfectly here, it’s a little cold but that doesn’t bother me, the sparring is terrific and I can totally focus on the task at hand, which is beating Gilbert” continued Brinkley when asked specifically about the training for the bout with Joey Gilbert who has set up camp in the San Diego area.
Brinkley, 32-5-0 (22KO’s), returned to the ring after a six month layoff with a third round knockout of James Johnson on December 20th in Washington , D.C.
“I’d been in training for about three months prior to the Johnson fight and wanted to get a little rust off, it felt great to get the stoppage and now its full speed ahead to Gilbert. Like a train coming down the tracks with only one stop ahead of me and that’s in Reno on February 14th” said Brinkley. “This is the fight everyone in Reno and Yerington has been talking about for three years; I don’t think they’re going to be disappointed.”
Tickets for “CIVIL WAR”, priced at $253.25, $153.25, $78.25 and 43.25 are on sale now at the Reno Events Center box office and through Ticketmaster.. A five dollar discount is available on tickets priced at $43.25 for students, active military, and police and fire department personnel with valid ID. Doors will open the night of the event at 6pm, with the first bell at 7pm.
“CIVIL WAR” is presented by Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions and Reno ’s “Let’s Get It On” Promotions.
Formed in early 2008, Chet Koerner’s Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions stable includes; super middleweight Joey Gilbert, middleweights Bastie "THE BEAST" Samir and James Countryman, junior middleweight Anthony Thompson, lightweights Rolando Reyes, Raul Tovar and Terrance Crawford, the sister team of Katy and Emily Klinefelter, featherweight Carney Bowman and super bantamweight Rafael Valenzuela.
Further information on TKO Boxing Promotions can be viewed at www.tkoboxingpromotions.com
Reno, Nevada based “Let’s Get It On” Promotions was founded in 2000 by legendary boxing referee Mills Lane . In early 2005 he was joined by sons Terry and Tommy in the operations of the company. Along with Jesse Brinkley, “Let’s Get It On” Promotions also promote undefeated lightweight Bayan Jargal as well as highly regarded brothers Tyler and Derek Hinkey. They have consistently promoted world class boxing events in northern Nevada .