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Top Rank Boxing, Asylum Fight League highlights upcoming casino entertainment [Press of Atlantic City (NJ)]

September 25, 2013

YellowBrix

Top Rank Boxing at Bally's

WHAT IS IT: Top Rank is one of the country's premier boxing promotions company. It is based out of Las Vegas and has been around for more than 50 years promoting more than 9,000 fights in 22 countries around the world. The current roster includes 50 of the top boxers including 12 world champions.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Passaic's own Glen Tapia will square off against Elco "The Animal" Garcia in a junior middleweight bout at Bally's Atlantic City's Grand Ballroom on Saturday night. Tapia who holds a professional record of 19-0 with 11 knockouts is coming off of a huge eighth-round TKO victory over previously undefeated Abie Han. "Glen really showed his 'Jersey Stron'"mentality in that fight with Abie," says Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti in a press release. "The next step is to showcase him as a true headliner in New Jersey, which Sept. 28 will provide." Meanwhile, Garcia (27-8, 13 KOs) has been particularly hot as of late, winning eight of his last nine fights. The event includes an eight-bout card features fighters such as Jesse Hart (9-0, 8 KOs) and Toka Khan Clary (7-0, 5 KOs).

WEBSITE: TopRank.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $57.50 and $84.50, and the event begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, inside Bally's Grand Ballroom

Asylum Fight League at Trump Taj Mahal

WHO ARE THEY: Asylum Fight League is an amateur mixed martial arts league dedicated to nurturing, preparing and showcasing East Coast talent. Several Asylum fighters have gone on to successful professional careers. "The goal has always been that today's Asylum stars are tomorrow's UFC stars," says AFL promoter Carl Mascarenhas. "That's what the Asylum is all about."

WHAT TO EXPECT: Asylum Fight League 42 features a stellar fight card which includes two title bouts. Keith Knudsen and Bill Borawski will square off in a 161-pound title fight, while two Atlantic City fighters -- Travis Spadafora and Kevin Perez -- will battle for the 153-pound crown. "You will have a seat but will only need the edge because these fights are insane," says AFL promoter Carl Mascarenhas in a press release. "This is our 42nd show and it will be a killer. Asylum is No. 1 for a reason: We are insane!" Other matchups on the card include Roger Borsche vs. Keith Holland, Rich Edert vs. Ryan Vernay and a female fight between Bridget McEliece and Clarissa Padua.

WHAT'S NEW: Asylum recently signed a deal with Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort for events to be exclusively held in the casino hotel through 2014.

WEBSITE: AsylumFightLeague.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, $75 and $100, and the show begins 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Trump Taj Mahal's Xanadu Theater.

The Edwards Twins at Resorts

WHO ARE THEY: The Edwards Twins are a duo of identical twin brothers who put on a show filled with celebrity impressions, music and comedy. They have been entertaining audiences for more than 20 years with impressions of stars such as Sonny and Cher, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner and Elvis Presley.

WHAT TO EXPECT: A set of identical twin brothers known as The Edward Twins will make their return to Atlantic City Sunday at Resorts Casino Hotel. The talented duo presents a show filled with amazing celebrity musical impressions that is sure to leave audiences with mouths agape and in fits of laughter. The show combines celebrity impressions, singing and comedy to great effect. The Edwards Twins were a hit the last time they were in town, and Sunday's show is much anticipated.

WEBSITE: TheEdwardsTwins.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at Resorts.

Divas Do AC at

Resorts Casino

WHO ARE THEY: Divas Do AC is a female and celebrity impersonator show which features a rotating cast of characters including Dolly Parton, Prince, Patti Labelle, Liza Minelli, Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. Joan Rivers serves as the show's impersonator host. This is the final weekend for Divas DO AC.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Everywhere you look these days it seems like somebody is doing A.C., and apparently the divas are no exception. The female and celebrity impersonator show Divas Do AC is back at Resorts Casino Hotel with a revamped show that is sure to have concertgoers laughing out loud and singing along. Host Joan Rivers kicks things off and keeps things lively and entertaining as other legendary stars from past and present make their appearances.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begins 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Resorts Casino Hotel's Screening Room.

Earth, Wind and Fire at Borgata

WHO ARE THEY: Earth, Wind and Fire is the brainchild of drummer, bandleader, songwriter and kalimba player Maurice White, who was able to take his vision to the top of the charts during the 1970s. The group became one of the most critically acclaimed and successful funk bands, incorporating elements of jazz, smooth soul, gospel, pop, rock, blues, folk and disco. Some of the group's biggest hits include "Shining Star," "Sing a Song," "Fantasy," "Best of My Love" and "Serpentine Fire." Earth, Wind and Fire racked up eight double-platinum albums, two platinum albums and three gold albums during the course of their illustrious career. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Hitmakers Earth, Wind and Fire return once again to Atlantic City for another highly anticipated performance. Earth, Wind and Fire have been known for their tremendous live shows, which are often laden with special effects to go along with the smooth melodies and sweet harmonies for which the group is famous for. Fans can expect to hear hits such as "Sing a Song," "Got to Get You Into My Life," "Serpentine Fire," "Best of My Love" and "Fantasy" on Friday night at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Concertgoers can also expect to hear some songs from the new album "Now, Then & Forever."

WHAT'S NEW: Earlier this month Earth, Wind and Fire released "Now, Then & Forever," the group's first album in eight years.

WEBSITE:

EarthWindAndFire.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $56, $66 and $76, and the show begins 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Borgata's Event Center.

Joe Holiday's

Family Friendly

Magic Show

at Comedy Stop

WHO IS HE: Joe Holiday, an Atlantic City native, is a magician who takes a family-friendly approach to magic and entertainment.

WEBSITE:

JoeHoliday.com

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Add dinner to your show at 5:30 p.m. for $10 per adult, $5 per child. The show begins 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays at The Comedy Stop Cafe and Cabaret inside Tropicana Casino and Resort.

Burlesque Show

at Borgata

WHAT IS IT: The Burlesque Show is a new production at Borgata that offers a tribute to the burlesque style of the 1940s. The show features entertainers from around the globe in vaudeville skits and provocative dances.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking to transport themselves back in time to the 1940s, when burlesque shows featured beautiful women in rhinestone trimming and tassels, will want to check out "The Burlesque Show" at Borgata's Music Box.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begin 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 29, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.

'Lucy I'm Dead'

at Resorts

WHAT IS IT: "Lucy I'm Dead" is a dinner theater, murder mystery show which is a parody of the famous television comedy "I Love Lucy." The show includes dinner, dessert and a cash bar and is an interactive experience with the audience getting the opportunity to participate in the show. There is also a prize awarded for the most correct answer at the end of the night.

WHAT TO EXPECT: "I Love Lucy" fans won't want to miss the comedic murder mystery dinner theater production "Lucy I'm Dead." The Starlight Room will be transformed into Club Babalu as Ricky's big break appears to be on the horizon with a big-time producer in the audience and an opportunity to make it to Broadway. But in typical "I Love Lucy" fashion, the arguing of Fred and Ethel and the antics and zaniness of Lucy and her half-baked schemes threaten to jeopardize the whole thing. The show is a laugh-a-minute slapstick affair with murderous twist. Showgoers will also enjoy a meal and dessert and will get a chance to be a part of the show if they wish.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $50, and the shows begins 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Resorts' Starlight Room. Tickets include dinner, dessert.

Legends in Concert at Bally's

WHAT TO EXPECT: Fall is here, and with it comes a brand-new Legends in Concert lineup. The current cast includes tributes to Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Justin Timberlake and Elvis Presley. A live orchestra and dancers back the impersonators who are dead ringers for the artists they portray.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $32.50, and the shows begins 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Wednesdays at bally's Legends in Concert Theater.

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