Many of the most exciting boxers today reside in the sports’ lighter weight divisions and on March 26 in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, six of them will take center stage and battle for titles in “Featherweight Fury!” Yuriorkis Gamboa will defend his WBA featherweight title against interim Super Featherweight Champion Jorge Solis; undefeated NABF & NABO champion Matt ‘Sharp Shooter’ Remillard of Manchester, Conn. will defend his featherweight titles against #1-ranked Mikey Garcia of Oxnard, Calif.; and Teon Kennedy of Philadelphia will defend his USBA Jr Featherweight crown against Jorge “Exit 9” Diaz of New Brunswick, N.J. Also Tommy Zbikowski, former Chicago Gold Gloves finalist, Notre Dame football team captain and All-American, third-round pick of and current Baltimore Ravens safety, keeping busy during the NFL lockout, will fight for the second time in three weeks.
Featherweight Fury! is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Box and Caesars Atlantic City. The Gamboa vs. Solis and Remillard vs. Garcia title fights will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50, are available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com.
“This will be a great, entertaining night of boxing. I am really looking forward to this tripleheader which we are calling Featherweight Fury!,” said Bob Arum, CEO, Top Rank.
Yuriorkis Gamboa (19-0, 15 KOs), the reigning WBA featherweight champion now residing in Miami, Florida was a four-time Cuban National Champion and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist. Gamboa defected from Cuba and turned professional on April 27, 2007, won the WBA interim title on April 17, 2009 (TKO 10) and won the title outright on October 10, 2009 (TKO 4). Gamboa has three successful title defenses. Jorge Solis (40-2-2, 29 KOs) from Guadalajara, Mexico, won the Interim WBA Super Featherweight title on February 6, 2010. Solis was undefeated in his first 35 fights before suffering his first professional loss against Manny Pacquiao on April 17, 2007. He has since lost only one fight over the current four-year span.
Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard (23-0, 13 KOs) the very popular boxer from Manchester, Connecticut, won the NABF featherweight title on September 19, 2009 (TKO 4) and added the NABO title three fights later on May 22, 2010 (TKO 4). The Garcia bout will be only Remillard’s fourth outside of New England, his first under the Top Rank banner and easily his most difficult fight to date. Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (24-0, 20 KOs) from Oxnard, California, is the International Boxing Federation’s (IBF) No. 1 ranked featherweight. Garcia won his first title, the USBA featherweight title, on April 3, 2010 (TKO 1) and won the IBF eliminator on August 14, 2010 (TKO 11) in what turned out to be his first trek past the 8th-round.
Teon “The Technician” Kennedy (16-0, 17 KOs) from Philadelphia, PA won the USBA super bantamweight title and at the same time vaulted to the No. 3 ranking by the IBF in his last bout when Alex Becerra failed to answer the bell for the 11th round (RTD 10) on September 25 at Bally’s. A win over Diaz will be sure to move Kennedy into position for a world title shot. Jorge “Exit 9” Diaz (15-0, 9 KOs) makes his home in New Brunswick, New Jersey, just off Exit 9. Diaz’ aggressive style has made him a huge fan favorite not only in the North Jersey/New York area but Atlantic City also. In his young career he has fought at Boardwalk Hall three times, Madison Square Garden four times, and Yankee Stadium and Bally’s Atlantic City once each.
Zbikowski (2-0, 2 KOs), 25-years-old from Arlington Heights, IL, entered the ring on Saturday, March 12 for the first time since his pro debut on June 10, 2001 – prior to his senior year at Notre Dame – when he knocked out Robert Bell in 49 seconds. His second professional bout lasted a bit longer, 1:49 of round one. Richard Bryant was floored with a vicious body shot and unable to catch his breath after returning to his feet. Minutes after the win it was announced that his next bout will take place on Saturday, March 26 at Boardwalk Hall