Angelee Gardner of Syndicate Promotions will present three IBS title fights Saturday, July 28th at the Columbus, Civic Center in Columbus GA. Headlining is a battle for the women’s IBS world lightweight title contest featuring Melissa “HurricanShark” Hernandez (16-3-3) from Puerto Rico but now fighting out of Miami Beach, FL against “Notorious” Nicole Woods (11-9-2, 3 KOs) of Stone Mountain, GA.
Hernandez, the former WIBA world super featherweight title holder, owns wins over former WIBF super featherweight champion Melissa Fiorentino and Canadian world champion Jelena Mrdjenovich. Hernandez has great hand-speed, slick movement and deceptive power which makes her a fan favorite wherever she fights!
Woods knows what a win over the world renowned Hernandez would do for her career and is anxious to take down the “HurricanShark” in her backyard.
In the co-feature, the IBS national super lightweight title will be on the line as Tevin Farmer (6-3-1,1 KO) of Philadelphia, PA squares off against fourteen fight veteran Rasool Shakoor out of Jackson, MS in an eight round contest.
Farmer has been in with many of the best up and coming prospects his division has to offer. He is willing to fight anybody which has led to a couple of setbacks early in his career. Tevin has great hand speed plus he can box or slug. He will have a tough test in Shakoor, who has gone the distance with rising prospect Angel Luis Ocasio. The combined records of his last five opponents (at the time he faced them) was an incredible 30-2-2, which has led to his deceptive 3-10-1 record.
Another Philly warrior Tim Witherspoon Jr. (7-2-1, 2 KOs) is also ready for his chance to win the IBS super lightweight championship as he takes on Gerald Fisher (1-3) of Atlanta, GA over eight rounds. Witherspoon Jr. is the son of two time heavyweight champion of the world “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon.
Light heavyweight Eddie Morris of nearby Douglasville is ready to excite the crowd as he makes his professional debut against Cleo Rice III (0-5) of Gulfport, MS in a four round contest. Morris, a former 2010 Georgia Golden Glove champion, proclaims that he is a fast puncher with deceptive power and that he will impress his local supporters.
Former seven-time all Army and Armed Forces champion John “Fashanz” Franklin (2-0, 1 KO) of Colorado Springs, CO takes on the always formidable “opponent to be announced” in a four round super flyweight contest. Franklin has amassed a fantastic amateur record of 120-15. “This is a fighter you want to keep an eye on,” said manager Mike Quintana of Quintana Boxing. “We believe he has all the skills and knowledge to become a world champion.”
Rounding out the card will be a crossroads four round heavyweight scrap as Kevin Howard (2-7-1) of Montgomery, AL squares off against North Carolinian Lewis Cotuna (0-2). Both fighters know a victory is imperative if they are to attempt to make a career out of boxing.
There are also three amateur MMA contests set for the card.
The doors open at 6p and the first bout is at 7p. Tickets are $100, $50, $30 or $15 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online.