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Nebraska history will be made on Feb. 26 in Grand Island. with the first world boxing championship title fight in the history of the state. Never in the 144-year proud history of Nebraska has this occurred and aired to a worldwide cable television audience.

GI Family Radio Entertainment/Legacy Communications CEO Alan Usher announced successful negotiations have culminated in making announcement of the first world boxing championship title fight in the history of the state.

This event will take place with the WBC World Lightweight Title Fight between contenders Antonio DeMarco and Reyes Sanchez Saturday, Feb. 26 in the Heartland Events Center and viewed nationally and internationally in seven other countries on Showtime’s worldwide cable network.

Usher said The DeMarco vs Sanchez WBC title bout is set to be a 12-round clash featuring two of the top ranked lightweight fighters in the world and will follow seven other fights in the Eihusen Arena.

The “Rumble in the Heartland” will feature a new first for the arena including a personalized boxing canvas and television lighting necessary for a cabletelecast.

Ring side reserved seating–all to provide a special fan experience and uniquely showcase Grand Island, the Heartland Events Center and the new home of the Nebraska State Fair on a world wide stage during live nation wide coverage on Showtime.

The eight match boxing card will be a part of the opening weekend of Fonner Park’s 58th year of live thoroughbred pari-mutual horse racing in Grand Island.

Parking is free and reserved seating will be on sale beginning Tuesday Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. CST.

Tickets to enjoy the eight match boxing event, including the DeMarco vs Sanchez WBC Lightweight Title Fight, may be purchased at the Heartland Events Center box office or Fonner Park General offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or at or by telephone at 1-800-745-3000.

Usher said, “While GI Family Radio Entertainment has successfully recruited countless concert entertainers to the Heartland Events Center, we felt a departure like this was an opportunity to affordably have many enjoy an event–and the first ever in Nebraska–with a glimpse of something you might otherwise pay top dollar to enjoy in Caesar Palace in Las Vegas or the Madison Square Garden in New York.

“Our family also thought it would showcase what events could be possible in Central and Western Nebraska and uniquely showcase the community of Grand Island and its state fair convention facilities.

“We also acknowledge the special cooperation of the Heartland Events Center, Fonner Park and its management and the Bosselman Family/ Danger Indoor Football to facilitate today’s announcement and coordinating this event. “We all hope this is an event that many can enjoy, not only the sport of horse racing but the sport of boxing and the WBC Lightweight Title Fight and a night full of boxing entertainment after attending the opening Saturday of live horse racing at Fonner Park.”

For more information on the weigh in and the event pricing contact: Alan Usher CEO, GI Family Entertainment, 308-379-5144.