May 16, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Franciosi
LOCAL FIGHT PROS HELP DRUNK-DRIVING VICTIMS VIA MARTIAL ARTS EVENT
Two local men known for their professional boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) expertise are taking their fight into a new arena: the battle against drunk driving. An MMA fight event June 1 at Jackson Liberty High School not only aims to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, but also seeks to raise medical-relief funds for three area men recently harmed by a drunk driver.
David Franciosi, a Brick-area business owner, and John Rush of Toms River, co-founders of Krush Promotions, agreed to devote a portion of ticket sales to help relieve the stress of bills that these accident victims now face.
Specifically, the Krush fight will benefit Edwin Triana and Brian Unglert, both 28, and Anthony Nieves, 25, injured May 3rd in an accident at the intersection of routes 70 and 88 in Brick.
Dozens of fighters—including a surprise appearance by popular world-class pros—are slated for the June 1 event, during which time attendees also will have a chance to make direct donations.
“The community is showing great interest in the MMA fight, and this is our way of expressing our appreciation,” according to Franciosi.
Franciosi and Rush are widely known throughout and even beyond New Jersey for their intensive involvement in competitive combat sports.
Franciosi, for instance, is a professional boxing referee for the N.J. State Athletic Control Board, and currently is a pro ring official for the North American Boxing Federation. Franciosi, who also owns the boxing-themed Knockout Pizza in Lakewood, is former president of the Howell Township Police Athletic League, where he and Rush have helped nurture countless amateur boxers from the Ocean and Monmouth County area.
Rush currently is vice president and head boxing trainer for the Howell PAL. A former amateur boxer, he has coached three international boxing teams representing New Jersey. Rush has trained several amateur MMA fighters as well a professional MMA fighter who has fought in the UFC and appeared on the Ultimate Fighter television show.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. event are available via krushpromotions.com, or can be purchased at Knockout Pizza, located on Chambers Bridge Rd at the Lakewood/Brick border. General admission is $43. Cage side seats are $58.
For those who would like to donate but cannot make it to the event, visit www.edwinbenefit.com
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