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Wilson Reis and Tara LaRosa to compete at Extreme Challenge event on Jan. 23

The debut of Monte Cox’s Extreme Challenge promotion at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on Friday, Jan. 23 is shaping up to have strong drawing power within the Philadelphia and New Jersey markets.

Already announced as headlining the show against an opponent yet to be determined is top five ranked lightweight Eddie Alvarez, who was raised in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

Additionally, can now confirm that both Tara LaRosa and Wilson Reis are scheduled to compete on the show as well. The news was confirmed via text message with Matt Stansell of North County Fight Club Fight Management, which represents both Reis and LaRosa.

Reis, the current EliteXC bantamweight champion, was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil but has adopted Philadelphia as his own town. The 23-year old black belt has developed a strong local following thanks in large part to his nationally televised bouts on SHOWTIME but also because he serves as an instructor at two of the areas largest schools, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United in Jenkintown, PA and Daddis Fight Camps in South Philadelphia.

LaRosa, the former BodogFIGHT women’s champion, was born in Woodstown, N.J. and currently trains with Alvarez out of the Fight Factory in Philadelphia. She last competed in the Tri-State area on July 14, 2007 while co-headlining a Bodog event in Trenton N.J. Facing EliteXC veteran Kelly Kobold, LaRosa improved to 14-1 following a fourth round armbar submission.

According to Stansell, opponents for Reis and LaRosa have yet to be finalized.

  • steve says:

    damn im definately gonna try and go to this.

  • greg says:

    shouldnt monte cox be worrying about gettin adrenaline running befor he starts another promotion??

  • Joseph says:


    Monte Cox runs SEVERAL promotions.

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Not to mention that Extreme Challenge has been around for YEARS.

  • Matt says:

    Any info on tickets?

  • koolpaw says:

    Tara fought Cody Welchin in Hook n Shoot Nov.2007 after the title bout of bodog Fight.

    The fight was at 125 lbs though, so she is now 15-1.

    anyways, I hope Tara and her manager will call Roxy .

    ROXY vs.Tara II !!! and we Japanese will send Tara Japanese crazy food for after party.


    Editor’s Note: KP, I think you need to re-read. The article states that Tara improved to 14-1 after winning the last time she fought in the Tri-State (in this case, Philadelphia, Jersey, and Delaware) area.

  • HexRei says:

    hahaha, anyone read this headline and think OMG TARA LAROSA IS GONNA FIGHT WILSON REIS?!?!?

  • lyquid says:

    Yeah I honestly did. Definitely going to try and attend this event shouldnt be to hard with AC being 45 minutes away.

  • Matt says:

    Sam, when ticket information is released, can you post it? I’m an hour from AC and want to check out this event.



  • Arlene L Harris says:

    GO TARA!!!!! You know I will be there!!!!!!


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