Lange ready to hunt “Tiger”

Jr middleweight contender Jimmy Lange (31-3-2, 21 KOs) of Great Falls, VA will continue his climb towards a world title shot as he defends his WBC USNBC title against Chase “The White Tiger” Shields (29-3-1, 14 KOs) of Houston, TX at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on Saturday, March 6th.

“Shields is an extremely-talented boxer with good punching power,” commented Lange.  “This could very well be the toughest fight thus far in my career,” said Lange. “However, I am completely confident that my trainers, Don Turner and Jimmy Glenn, will create the best strategy for me to defeat him. I can’t wait to go ‘tiger’ hunting.”

Voted “Fan Favorite” on the first season of The Contender television series, Lange has headlined eight events at the Patriot Center in front of large, enthusiastic crowds.  On May 2, 2009, he captured his WBC title in a bout against Frank Houghtaling, who retired at the start of the 6th round after absorbing a tremendous amount of punishment including a first-round knockdown. In his most recent fight held last September against former Contender teammate Jonathan Reid, Lange displayed an effective jab and retained his title when Reid failed to show for the 10th round.

Lange is currently rated #10 by the NBAF and #30 by the WBC at 154-pounds.

A tough, powerful puncher with the ability to switch from an orthodox stance to south paw during a fight presents a real challenge for Lange.  Shields stepped up in competition in his last fight held on December 3, 2009, where he faced former world title contender Juan Carlos Candelo.  Shields initially dominated his former sparring partner, winning the first two rounds and knocking the cagey veteran down in the third, but ultimately fell short when Candelo came back to stop Shields with a 7th round TKO.

“I’m very excited about fighting Lange,” said Shield who trains at Houston’s Main Boxing Gym under veteran trainer Bobby Benton.  It’s definitely a step up in competition and will be a good test for me.”

Both fighters hold victories against their one common opponent, veteran Joshua Smith. Lange defeated Smith via 10-round decision in 2003, while Shields earned a pair of six-round decisions against him in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

The Lange vs. Shields card is promoted by ICE Promotions.  Tickets range from $30 to $500 and are available at all Ticketmaster locations (including online) or at the Patriot Center box office (703-993-3030).

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