Chicago’s WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Champion and WBA #14 rated “Fast” Fres Oquendo (34-7, 22 KOs) will face Philadelphia veteran Robert “Big Philly” Hawkins (23-19, 7 KOs) in a stay-busy 10-round main event of Hitz Boxing’s latest “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” installment scheduled for this Saturday, August 18 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. “We’re looking to keep Fres active while we wait for another world-rated heavyweight to get in the ring with him,” said his promoter, Bobby Hitz. “We offered this fight to several top guys with good money on the table and none of them would step up.”
The main supporting bout will feature an all-Chicago six-round super middleweight matchup between Mike “Kujo” Kurzeja (5-0-1, 4 KOs) and Gerald Taylor (5-3-2, 2 KOs). The winner of this fight will be awarded with the inaugural WSBC “Over 40” trophy.
Welterweight KO artist Abdullai Amidu (19-0, 17 KOs) of Accra, Ghana, will finally make his Horseshoe Casino debut against Chicago’s Jermaine “Too Sweet” White (17-5, 9 KOs) in a six-rounder.
In a rare, early-career battle of undefeated, promising fighters, Chicago’s Dimar “Strongman” Ortuz (4-0, 3 KOs) will face Donta Woods (8-0, 7 KOs) from Atlanta, Georgia, in a six-round cruiserweight battle.
Undefeated heavyweight power puncher David Martin III (6-0, 5 KOs) of Hobart, Indiana, will face Kentucky’s Joshua Clark (1-1, 1 KO) in a six-rounder.
Former world-title challenger Johnny “Bad Boy” Lewus (26-4-1, 21 KOs) of Chicago is scheduled for a six-round welterweight scrap vs. Veracruz, Mexico’s Hugo “Guapo” Guarneros (3-10-1, 2 KOs).
After a 12-year layoff, wildly popular Bridgeport native Frankie “Time Bomb” Scalise (3-1, 3 KOs) returns to the ring in a four-round lightweight bout against rugged veteran Randy Ronchi of Wisconsin.
And in a surprisingly tough six-round super middleweight bout, popular crowd-pleaser Paul Littleton (4-0, 4 KOs) of Chicago will take on Lafayette, Indiana’s Darnell Wilson (9-1-2, 7 KOs). Littleton will have his work cut out for him. Wilson’s only career loss came against current light heavyweight world champion Chad Dawson.
Other scheduled action includes former world kickboxing and Golden Gloves boxing champion Simon “The Punisher” Buettner (1-0, 1 KO) of Carpentersville, Illinois, in a light heavyweight four-rounder against Mukwonago, Wisconsin’s Mike Reiter (0-2).
Tickets are priced at $90 Ringside & $40 Orchestra and available at all Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com.
All bouts are subject to change.