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MICHAEL CARBAJAL & CHIQUITA GONZALEZ TO REUNITE AT
FRIDAY NIGHT FIESTA DURING 2017 HOF WEEKEND



      CANASTOTA, NY - MARCH 9, 2017 - Hall of Famers Michael “Little Hands of Stone” Carbajal and Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez will reunite during the 2017 Hall of Fame Weekend. The Hall of Famers will be featured guests at the Friday Night Fiesta scheduled for Friday, June 9th, at the Rusty Rail Party House in Canastota, NY as part of the 2017 Hall of Fame Weekend, June 8-11th.






















Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and the program, consisting of video highlights, speeches, photograph and autograph opportunities, will get underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $60 each.

Carbajal (49-4, 33 KOs) and Gonzalez (43-3, 30 KOs) met in three legendary WBC / IBF junior flyweight championship bouts. “Little Hands of Stone” won the initial bout (KO 7) in 1993’s “Fight of the Year,” while “Chiquita” won the two subsequent bouts via 12-round decision in 1994. Both champions were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

"It will be great to meet up with Michael Carbajal in Canastota for Hall of Fame Weekend and to celebrate ‘Friday Night Fiesta’ together along with all the Hall of Fame Weekend events. Michael and I had great fights together," said Gonzalez.

“I am looking forward to seeing my former rival ‘Chiquita' Gonzalez and also looking forward to seeing my International Boxing Hall of Fame family, fighters, fans and share in the weekend's festivities,” said Carbajal.

Among the Latino stars attending the event include Hall of Famers Carlos Ortiz, Pipino Cuevas, Ruben “El Puas” Olivares and 2017 honoree Marco Antonio Barrera. More stars will be confirmed in the coming months.

“Boxing history is full of legendary Latino stars who brought so much excitement to fans throughout the world,” said Hall director Edward Brophy. “This will be a great night to recall so many memorable fights and fighters.”

Boxers recognized at the Friday Night Fiesta will also participate in other weekend events.






In addition to the Friday night event, the June 8-11th Hall of Fame Weekend will feature many exciting events including a banquet, golf tournament, parade, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2017.

The Class of 2017 includes Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, Marco Antonio Barrera, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia, Eddie Booker, trainer Johnny Lewis, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr., judge Jerry Roth, journalist / broadcaster Steve Farhood and broadcaster Barry Tompkins.

An impressive list of over 35 boxing greats from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities.

For more information on the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend please call (315) 697-7095 or visit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InternationalBoxingHallofFame and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BoxingHall.
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An evening with Latino boxing stars scheduled for Friday, June 9th