Sergiy Dzinziruk has a new opponent for his sixth world title defense
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (May 5, 2010)    
WBO jr. middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk has a new opponent for his sixth world title defense - Daniel Dawson will replace originally scheduled Sherzod Husanov of Russia .

The fight, scheduled for 12 rounds, will headline a sensational event on Friday, May 14, 2010, at the Chumash Casino Resort (3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez, California), co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions.

Due to a delay at the local consulate in Ekaterinburg , Russia , Husanov will not receive his passport in time for the fight.

Dzinziruk, 35-0 with 23 knockouts, is a native of Brovari , Ukraine . He will make his United States debut in this fight - he has been based in Germany for his entire professional career and fought exclusively in Europe . He moved to Los Angeles at the beginning of March. He said through an interpreter, “For a long time, I’ve wanted to come and fight in America , but it never happened for whatever reasons. The minute the opportunity came up, I came here. I’m a fighter. This is work for me, and I’m here to show the American people who I am. All I want to do is win the fight.”

Now 34 years old, Dzinziruk won the WBO title in December, 2005. He was also an international amateur standout – he represented Ukraine in the 1996 Olympics and was the silver medalist at the 1997 World Championships.

Dawson , 34-1 with 24 knockouts, is a native of Australia who is also now based in Los Angeles . Now 32 years old, he was a kickboxing and Muay Thai [Thailand-style kickboxing] champion before switching to boxing. As a boxer, he is a former Australian junior middleweight and middleweight champion. He said, “It’s a dream come true for me to be here, and I’m doing what I love to do with some good quality trainers and sparring partners. I like to consider myself a great ringmaster. The way I move in the ring, the way I attack, my precision punching, everything I do is very precise. And I always come to fight - I always come to bring it.”

In the co-featured bout scheduled for eight rounds, 21 year-old undefeated junior lightweight prospect Archie Ray Marquez, 9-0 with 6 knockouts, of Albuquerque , New Mexico , will face Juan Santiago, 12-3-1 with 7 knockouts, of Denver , Colorado .

More exciting bouts will complete the card. All bouts subject to change without notice.

Doors open at: 5:30 P.M. PT with the first bout beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets priced at $25, $40, $55, $70, and $85 can be purchased at Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Chumash, the Chumash Casino Resort webpage –, and by phone at StarTicketsPlus - 1-800-585-3737.

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