As evidenced by today’s heavy turnout at a public/media workout, excitement is building in Chicago for this Friday’s (July 13) "CROSSROADS" boxing event presented by 8 Count and Warriors Boxing at the UIC Pavilion and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

A huge group of reporters and fans packed into Chicago’s 8 Count Gym to watch Glen Johnson, Andrzej Fonfara, Jose Luis Castillo and Ivan Popoca go through light workouts and talk to fans and reporters afterward.

Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) will face "The Polish Prince" Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) in Friday’s 10-round main event and Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KOs) will take on Popoca (15-1-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round welterweight co-main event.

All four fighters were cordial and respectful to fans and media and their opponents. All, however, have predicted war when the bell rings.

“All four guys in the televised fights are enormously popular with fans and you can feel the electricity building for Friday,” admitted Warriors Boxing President Leon Margules. “We’re doing two press conferences tomorrow and both will be packed with media and fans. This event has really captured the attention of Windy City boxing fans. Domenic Pesoli (President, 8 Count) and I are proud to be promoting it.”


Several local and national prospects are scheduled to appear on the CROSSROADS undercard. In a six-round welterweight battle, Jaime Herrera, 7-2-0 (4 KOs) of Franklin Park, Illinois, will face Tyrone Chatman (9-1-2, 6 KOs) of St Louis, Missouri; Bassett, Virginia's Elijah McCall (9-1-1, 8 KOs), son of heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, will appear in a six-round heavyweight scrap against Jason Massie (7-2, 4 KOs), Cleveland, Ohio; popular Chicago super middleweight Paul Littleton (3-0, 3 KOs) will face Ramiro Bueno Jr., (2-2-0, 1 KO) of South Bend, Indiana, in a five-round bout; cruiserweight Junior Wright (3-0, 3 KOs) of Evanston, Illinois, will face Covon Graham (1-2-1, 1 KO) of Detroit in a four-rounder; Chicago super featherweight Juan Bustamante (3-0, 2 KOs) will go against Michah Branch (0-1-0) of Cincinnati, Ohio, in a four-rounder; Miami, Florida's hard-punching Vilier Quinonez (3-0, 2 KOs) will take on Hesperia, Michigan's Rogelio Saldana (1-3, 1 KO) in a light heavyweight four-rounder; and in a heavyweight four-rounder Curtis Tate (4-3, 4 KOs) of Oakland, Tennessee will face Calbert Lewis (0-1) of Gary, Indiana.

Advance tickets for "CROSSROADS", priced at $151, $101, $51 and $31, can be obtained through Ticketmaster (, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices, 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office, 312-413-5740.

The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Harrison, at the corner of Harrison and Racine on the campus of University of Illinois-Chicago.
Doors on the night of the event will open at 7 pm with the first bell at 7:45 pm.