Emily Kinney Hosts An Exclusive Signings & Sightings Event

Emily Kinney of The Walking Dead stops by The Shops at Mohegan Sun following her performance inside the Wolf Den for a special Signings & Sightings event.

Thursday, February 26th
Immediately following her Wolf Den performance
The Shops at Mohegan Sun

You’ve seen her as Beth Greene on the hit AMC series The Walking Dead. Now Emily Kinney is stepping out from behind the screen onto the stage during a special Signings & Sightings appearance. Join the soulful songstress for an exclusive autograph session immediately following her performance in the Wolf Den on Thursday, February 26th.

Emily Kinney captured viewers with her impeccable acting abilities as series regular, Beth Greene of The Walking Dead. Off screen, Kinney is a talented and successful singer/songwriter. In 2013, Kinney released her second EP Expired Love, which features seven original songs written by Kinney. She maintains regular performances on both the east and west coast, and has recently been featured in Rolling Stone. To learn more about Emily Kinney, please visit her website.

*Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to time restrictions, Emily Kinney will only be signing the headshots given out at event in addition to 1 personal item per guest.  There will be no personal photos. This event is bracelet-only. A limited number of bracelets will be distributed starting at 6:30pm at the signing stage in The Shops concourse. Participants must have a bracelet in order to gain entry into the signing line.

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2015 Boxcino Tournament Kicks Off on Friday, February 13th Live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights From Mohegan Sun Arena

Tickets on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Mohegan Sun Box Office

UNCASVILLE, CT (January 28, 2015) — The popular boxing elimination tournament, Boxcino 2015, will make its season debut, Friday, February 13, 2015, featuring four quarterfinal bouts in the junior middleweight division at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. The entire Boxicino 2015 series will be televised live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

Promoted by Banner Promotions and Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports (CES), tickets to the February 13th edition of Boxcino 2015, priced at $120.00, $60.00, $35.00 and $28.00, are on sale now.  Tickets can be purchased via ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1.800.745.3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or in person at the Mohegan Sun Box Office.

The four quarterfinal fights in the Jr. Middleweight division are as follows:

1.    Cleotis Pendarvis (17-4-2, 6 KO’s) will fight Ricardo Pinnell (10-1-1, 6 KO’s)
2.    Stanyslav Skorokhod (8-0, 6 KO’s) will fight Michael Moore (13-0, 6 KO’s)
3.    Brandon Adams (15-1, 10 KO’s) will take on Alex Perez (18-1, 10 KO’s)
4.    Vito Gasparyan (14-3-5, 8 KO’s) will square off with Simeon Hardy (13-0, 10 KO’s).

The winner of bout 1 will fight the winner of bout 2 while the winners of bouts 3 and 4 will fight on April 3rd in the semifinals.

The Boxcino 2014 tournament spawned breakout stars Willie Monroe and Petr Petrov. Both are now world-rated #3 along with future stars Brandon AdamsFernando Carcamo.

The Boxcino 2015 season debut will feature four quarterfinal bouts with the winners moving on to semifinals which will take place on April 3rd & April 10th.

“We are excited to be coming to Mohegan Sun to kick off Boxcino 2015,” said Banner Promotions CEO Artie Pelullo.  ”I have been friends with Tom Cantone for over 15 years and I look forward to working with him and his staff on this great event.  Last year’s tournament was very successful and we look forward to having the first round of junior middleweights at Mohegan Sun.  There have been many classic fights at Mohegan Sun and on February 13th we plan on adding to the great tradition.”

“We are excited and honored to collaborate with Artie Pelullo and Banner Promotions,” said Jimmy Burchfield, President of CES Boxing. “Artie is a dear friend of mine and one of the true gentlemen in the sport of boxing. Few promoters work harder or go to such great lengths to nurture and develop talent from all over the world. In an era where the entertainment dollar is stretched thin and fighters are ducking challenges left and right, Artie remains old school, building his foundation through hard-fought, competitive fights that give the ticket-buyer tremendous value for every dollar they spend. What he has done in such tumultuous times for our sport is remarkable and it’s an incredible thrill to be working alongside him on what will be an epic event February 13th. You will see the best of both worlds — boxing’s marquee talent along with the rising stars of the Northeast. No one knows this market better than Banner Promotions and CES Boxing. This will be a must-see event.”

“We love any time we have a boxing event here as they always account for tremendous energy and buzz in the Casino,” said Tom Cantone, Senior Vice President of Sports & Entertainment for MTGA.

Local prospects slated to appear on the undercard include:

David Bauza, Hartford, CT:  light-heavyweight (6-0, 3 KOs);

“Prince” Ray Oliveira, New Bedford, MA: light-middleweight (2-0, 1 KO), son of former jr. welterweight contender “Sucra” Ray Oliveira

Khiary Gray-Pitts, Worcester, MA: middleweight (3-0, 1 KO)

Nick DeLomba, Providence, RI: welterweight (6-0, 0 KOs)

Below are the contacts for Media credentials for the Boxcino 2015 tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena:

Marc Abrams at marc@banner-promotions and 856 287 7611 or
Michael Parente at michael@cesboxing.com and 401 263 4990

Visit www.banner-promotions.com for more information.

Mohegan Sun Arena is ranked 3rd in the U.S. and 5th in the world by Billboard Magazine and was the 2008 and 2010 recipient of a Country Music Award for “Casino of The Year.” Venues Today also ranked Mohegan Sun Arena #3 in the Nation and #3 in the World for top stops in 2013 and also ranked the Arena in the top six of “Top Stops of The Decade” in 2012. For more information on concerts and other great events at Mohegan Sun, visit mohegansun.com. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.

Bellator’s British Invasion Has A New King

“King Mo” Lawal vs. Cheick Kongo replaces Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson and Andre Santos steps in for Douglas Lima to battle Paul Daley at “Bellator: The British Invasion”

UNCASVILLE, CT (January 23, 2015) — Injury has forced the delay of a heavily anticipated matchup between Bobby Lashley (12-2) and James Thompson (20-14) but Bellator MMA officials have announced a blockbuster fight to replace it in Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (14-4) vs. Cheick Kongo (22-9-2).  Also Andre Santos (37-9) has stepped in for the injured welterweight champion Douglas Lima (26-5), and will now face the always-dangerous Paul Daley (35-13).

The new contest is scheduled for the televised portion of “Bellator: British Invasion,” which takes place on Friday, February 27th, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The night’s main card airs live on Spike TV, while preliminary bouts stream on Spike.com.

Tickets for “Bellator: British Invasion,” which start at just $25.00, are already on sale at Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com. Additional bouts are expected to be announced shortly.

“We’re disappointed we had to delay these fights between Bobby Lashley and James Thompson, and Douglas Lima and Paul Daley, but I have no doubt that these matchups will be fantastic once they eventually come to fruition,” Bellator MMA CEO Scott Coker said. “Fortunately, we’re able to replace the bouts with equally entertaining contests for our fans.”

“King Mo” Lawal fights for the 10th time for Bellator MMA and has established himself as one of the most recognizable superstars in the sport. A standout wrestler who normally competes at light heavyweight, the former NCAA Division I All-American and Pan American gold medallist has earned 11 of his 14 career MMA wins by knockout, including recent striking stoppages of Joe Vedepo and Dustin Jacoby. The former Bellator MMA tournament winner and Strikeforce light heavyweight world champion now moves up to heavyweight for the first time since 2009 to challenge himself against Kongo.

Kongo, a 6-foot-4 Frenchman, is a former professional kickboxer who boasts black belts in both Karate and Kendo.  A multiple-time world champion in kickboxing, Kongo now focuses solely on MMA and has built a 4-1 record under the Bellator MMA banner. Training at Wolfslair MMA Academy in London, Kongo most recently flashed his well-rounded game by scoring a first-round submission over fellow striker Lavar Johnson in a September matchup. Kongo’s lone Bellator loss came in a five-round contest for the Bellator MMA Heavyweight World Championship, in which he went five full rounds with Vitaly Minakov but came up short in a decision result.

Paul Daley is a highly feared and respected veteran with dynamite in both fists, which earned him the nickname “Semtex.” The 31-year-old from Nottingham, England has won an impressive 74% of his 35 victories by way of knockout. Having fought for Scott Coker under the Strikeforce banner, rejoining him at Bellator was a no brainer.  Daley took to the Internet to share his feelings on the injury to Lima, stating: “Nervous, Scared??…..I understand, preparing to fight me…. I would be. It’s ok…. guess you get to have a few more photo shoots with the belt…. My focus has shifted, same date, new opponent…. British Invasion at Bellator 134.”

The new opponent his focus has shifted to is Andre “Chatuba” Santos. A veteran of the sport in his own right, the Rio De Janeiro fighter has two more wins than Daley in four less fights.  Santos defeated James Terry at Bellator 129, in what was his first fight on American soil.  He now has his sights set on Daley, with hopes to win his seventh straight fight.

About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

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Mohegan Sun Arena is ranked 3rd in the U.S. and 5th in the world by Billboard Magazine and was the 2008 and 2010 recipient of a Country Music Award for “Casino of The Year.” Venues Today also ranked Mohegan Sun Arena #3 in the Nation and #3 in the World for top stops in 2013 and also ranked the Arena in the top six of “Top Stops of The Decade” in 2012. For more information on concerts and other great events at Mohegan Sun, visit mohegansun.com. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.