Friday Night Fights Returns to Mohegan Sun

Live boxing action in the Arena on Friday, March 6th

Top welterweight contender Delvin Rodriguez (23-2-2,14KOs), ranked #5 in the IBF, will face off against Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (20-1-0,11KOs), ranked #15 in the IBF, in a must-see match-up of two of boxing’s top welterweights on March 6th at 7:00pm at Mohegan Sun. The bout, scheduled for twelve rounds for Rodriguez’s USBA Welterweight Championship, will be shown live as the main event on that evening’s ESPN2′s “Friday Night Fights” telecast.

Tickets are $75.00, $45.00 and $30.00 and are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and through Ticketmaster.  Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. 

Rodriguez who hails from Danbury, CT is coming off a twelve-round draw to Isaac Hlatshwayo on November 17th in Hlatshwayo’s home country of South Africa. The fight was an official IBF eliminator for the #1 spot. Now Rodriguez will defend his USBA Welterweight Championship and look to put himself in the position to challenge for a world championship in 2009 when he collides with Alvarez. Unlike his battle with Hlatshwayo, Rodriguez will have a strong contingent of fans and supporters on-hand at Mohegan Sun.

“March 6th at Mohegan Sun is going to be one exciting night of boxing,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. “This fight matches two of boxing’s top welterweights in the world going toe-to-toe in what promises to be an all-action affair.”

“I’m excited, this is going to be a great fight with Shamone,” said Rodriguez. “Shamone is very skilled and always comes to fight so I know I will have to be at my absolute best come March 6th. I am looking forward to returning to Connecticut and getting a chance to fight in front of all my hometown fans.  It’s going to be a great night of boxing that no one will want to miss.”

Alvarez is a very skilled, crafty southpaw, whose only loss as a professional came in an official IBF title eliminator to current world champion Joshua Clottey. Since that loss, Alvarez has rebounded, winning a decision in his last fight against welterweight contender, and U.S. Olympian Terrance Cauthen.

“Delvin is a heck of a fighter. I know what I am going to be up against when we face off against each other on the 6th,” said Alvarez. “But if I want to be the best I am going to have to beat the best, and I consider Delvin one of the best welterweights in the world. One thing that I do know though is that it’s going to be a great fight. I am going to be bringing my A game and I expect Delvin to do the same, which will only make for a great fight for the fans in attendance and the fans watching at home on ESPN2 to see.”

“Both of these guys are so hungry right now, they are both in the primes of their careers and they know what a win in this fight, which is going to be nationally televised on ESPN2, does for their careers,” said DeGuardia. “I foresee the winner of this fight challenging for a welterweight championship some time later on in the year. Delvin and Shamone are very similar in the sense that they are both very humble men outside of the ring, but once they lace up those gloves, both of these guys hit a switch and turn into warriors. With so much at stake, this is a must-see match-up for any boxing fan.”

An extremely exciting and talent-packed undercard, with Providence, RI native and 2008 Olympian Demetrius Andrade, will soon be announced.

For more information on Friday Night Fights 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.

More Stimulus from Mohegan Sun: Announcing $5 Blackjack Tables 24/7

With President’s Day just a week away, Abraham Lincoln is growing in popularity at Mohegan Sun as the Northeast’s premier entertainment destination will now offer $5.00 minimum bet blackjack 24/7. A new area in Casino of the Earth, located between Seasons Buffet and Sunrise Square, will be designated to the low-limit gaming.

“We are extremely excited to be opening this new low-limit gaming area for our guests,” said Mitchell Etess, President and Chief Executive Officer for Mohegan Sun. “Even in a downed economy, people are looking for ways to enjoy themselves and offering a lower-limit bet helps to do that. It removes the intimidation factor and lets people who might be interested in the game actually have the opportunity to give it a try as most people just starting out are not comfortable placing a high bet.”

From a novice just looking to have a good time to the more advanced player, Mohegan Sun has something for everyone with over 300 table games in a variety of styles and betting dominations.

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.

Wine and Dine Your Valentine at Mohegan Sun

This Valentine’s Day, sweep your loved ones off their feet and let Mohegan Sun’s culinary staff do the cooking with hearty gourmet dishes including Steak Diane, Bourbon Pan-Roasted Lobster Tail, Baked Stuffed Shrimp with Seafood Stuffing and Veal Porterhouse. The romantic evening will conclude with a selection of desserts located throughout the property on February 14th.

Pompeii & Caesar will offer a 16-ounce Veal Porterhouse served with Barolo Sauce, Olive Oil Whipped Potatoes, Chef’s Vegetable and a Modern Banana Split for dessert from 5:00pm to 11:00pm at $44.00 per person. Reservations are recommended.

The Longhouse will serve a Surf & Turf dish consisting of Steak Diane, Bourbon Pan-Roasted Lobster Tail, Potato Gnocchi, Roasted Baby Vegetables and a Modern Banana Split from 5:00pm to 11:00pm at $50.00 per person. Reservations are recommended.

Todd English’s Tuscany will offer a four course meal starting with Oysters with Caviar and Papaya, followed by Swordfish with Tamarind, Broccolini and Sweet Potatoes, then a Rack of Lamb with Madeira Jus, Ratatouille and Potato Purée and a dessert course of Baklava Cheesecake. The special will be offered at $60.00 and will be served from 4:00pm to 11:00pm. Reservations are recommended.

Bamboo Forest will prepare Crispy Steak and Grand Marnier Prawns for two from 5:00pm to 11:00pm at $65.00. Reservations are recommended.

Birches Bar & Grill will feature Soup du Jour or House Salad followed by Baked Stuffed Shrimp with Seafood Stuffing and a Lemon Beurre Blanc Sauce, Baby Carrots, Wild Mushroom Polenta and a Modern Banana Split from 11:30am to 1:30am at $28.00 per person.

Fidelia’s will offer a cup of Soup du Jour or Fidelia’s Side Salad with your choice of Salmon Wellington with Sauce Choron and a Sautéed Vegetable Nest at $22.00 or a 12-ounce Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Garlic Butter and Fried Shrimp along with a Sautéed Vegetable Nest at $25.00. Both are served with Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte and Champagne Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream for dessert.

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.