Featherweight prospect Carlos Rivera 15-3-2 (5 KOs) will risk his seven fight unbeaten streak against rugged Ghanaian Alex “Ali” Baba 26-14-1 (19 KOs) May 8 at the A la Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. Rivera is coming off a career best victory in February, as he defeated Johnnie Edwards via unanimous decision. A former world title challenger, Baba is known for his impressive durability, having only been stopped twice during his solid career. The Rivera-Baba bout will serve as the main event and is scheduled for eight rounds.
Unbeaten prospect Ahsandi “Mr. Brixx” Gibbs 10-0 (4 KO’s) of St. Petersburg, FL will take a step up in competition as he will battle tough veteran Marcus Upshaw 9-3-1 (3 KO’s) of Jacksonville, FL over eight rounds for the vacant Florida State Middleweight crown. Gibbs, who scored a highlight reel KO over Mark Sanders in his last fight, will have to be at his best to defeat Upshaw.
An often overlooked fighter, Upshaw’s losses have come against solid opposition. Upshaw also battled renowned prospect Buddy McGirt Jr. to a draw last November in a fight many thought he deserved the nod in.
Tampa’s Jenna Shiver 8-4-1 (2 KO’s) will look to keep the momentum going after earning a highly entertaining victory against Christina Leadbeater in March. Shiver will battle the ever famous TBA in a four or six round Featherweight contest.
Jose “Hands of Steel” Duran 6-3-2 (3 KO’s) of Sarasota, FL will battle Ocean Springs, MS’ Laquel Fleming 1-2-2 in a four rounder at a catch weight of 144 lbs.
More local talent is expected to be added to the card shortly.
Tickets can be ordered by going to Ticketmaster.com. The A La Carte Event Pavilion is located at 4050 Dana Shores Drive in Tampa, Florida. The card is being promoted by Starfight Productions.
Starfight Productions is based out of Tampa, Florida and is operated by Aaron Jacobs, Shea Bailey, Pete Fernandez, Mike Asmer, and Randy Feldman.