Here is some great Cleveland boxing news. “ESPN Friday Night Fights” will be broadcasting live, at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University, February 19th. The show is being brought to us locally by Antonio Castro of Warner Promotions.
The broadcast will feature, undefeated junior middleweight prospect and Cleveland’s own, Shawn “Showtime” Porter (12-0, 10 KOs) in a twelve round main event versus Russell Jordan (15-6, 10 KOs) of Rochester, NY. The fight is for the NABO Junior Middleweight Championship. Porter, a 2008 Olympic team member recently seen on ShoBox late last year, has been named one of ESPN’s top twenty prospects in the world today.
In addition, at least two other fights will make the ESPN telecast on February 19th. Excellent junior welterweight prospect Lanard Lane (10-0, 7 KOs) will face Toledo based fighter Martin Tucker (7-4, 3 KOs) in an eight round bout. And one of the top prospects in the world today, middleweight Dominic Wade (5-0, 5 KOs), will face off against Omar Bell (6-1, 4 KOs) in a six round contest. Wade, a hard puncher out of Largo, Maryland, will look to win his sixth straight fight via knockout since turning pro.
The card will also feature a number of fights with some of Cleveland and Ohio’s best boxing prospects. Top Cleveland prospect, and very highly skilled junior middleweight fighter, Dante Moore (6-0, 4 KOs) will take on Marvin Rivera (4-4-2, 1 KO) in a six round bout. Moore is a prospect who must be seen. He is only twenty years old, and at eighteen he was ready to turn professional, foregoing a chance to qualify for the Olympics. In addition to Moore, Cleveland’s top amateur standout Wilkins Santiago will make his professional debut against Troy Nelson of Columbus, in a four round middleweight bout.
Other fights on this excellent card include, Cleveland prospect Julius Leegrand (2-0) facing Eric Ricker of Toledo, in a four round lightweight bout. The best fighters of Youngstown will also be showcased as Jake Giuriceo (5-0-1, 2 KOs) will fight Sam Gibson of Indiana, in a six round bout between junior welterweights. In addition, Youngstown’s Chris Hazimihalis (1-0, 1 KO) will fight against Missouri’s Steven Cox 1-0 (1 KO) in a fight between undefeated lightweights. Lastly, on the card is top featherweight prospect and Shawn Porter’s 2008 Olympic teammate, Gary Russell Jr. (6-0, 3 KOs). The undefeated Russell, from Capitol Heights, Maryland, will compete in a six round bout.
This will be a night of non-stop boxing action and something special for the City of Cleveland. It is not everynight our city can host an “ESPN Friday Night Fights” telecast. It will be great night.
Tickets are already on sale and start at only $25. Tickets can be purchased at the Wolstein Center’s box office, through any Ticketmaster outlet, or the Ticketmaster charge-by-phone option. For more information, please call (216) 687-9292.