By Kurt Wolfheimer
Another packed house should be in order on Friday night as Nedal Promotions presents fight night at the Cedar Gardens in Hamilton, New Jersey. Headlining the show will be light heavyweight contender Omar Sheika (29-9, 20 KOs), who is scheduled to swap punches with Jim “Steel Chin” Strohl (27-8, 21 KOs). Former Olympian Terrance ”The Heat” Cauthen (34-6, 9 KOs) is also making a sizable comeback of his own as he faces the upset minded Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (10-2-2, 4 KOs).
Sheika, the 2004 ESPN fighter of the year, has returned to the limelight with two consecutive knockouts including a fourth round stoppage of hard hitting Garrett Wilson. Strohl should provide a difficult task for Sheika, having gone the distance with undefeated prospect Marc Tucker in his last bout. Strohl is a out of the mold of the fictional character of Rocky Balboa, who will take punches and just continue to press forward and fire back. Sheika is not accustomed to fighting on the retreat, so we should see a phone booth style war as both fighters look to establish ring supremacy.
Cauthen, a 1996 Olympian bronze medalist will have his hands full as Pendarvis isn’t afraid to pull an upset. Pendarvis handed Hector Sanchez (18-1) his first and only loss on April 2nd in Las Vegas.
Also on the card, Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Osnel “Prince of Darkness” Charles (2-2) looks to go above the 500 mark with a victory over Philly’s own Ramon Ellis (0-5) in a four round lightweight scrap.
Light heavyweight Charles Hayward (3-2, 1KO) will swap punches over four rounds with fellow Philadelphian Reshawn Scott (2-3).
Jordanian light heavyweight, Khalil “Bad Intentions” Farah (6-4, 1KO) is set to tangle with Trenton New Jersey’s Alando Swain (0-1) in a four rounder.
Philly junior welterweight Rami Ibraham looks to rebound from two consecutive losses, when he squares off against Glassboro, New Jersey’s Marcus Smith in an evenly matched four round spat.
A pair of Puerto Rican featherweights look to light up the Cedar Gardens as Francisco Ortiz (1-0) trades fisticuffs with Benjamin Morales in a four rounder.
Opening the show will be a pair of junior welterweights making the professional debuts as Philadelphia’s Jesse Crawford battles it out with Puerto Rico’s Joes Calderon.
Tickets are $80 ringside and $50 for General Admission, which can be purchased by calling 609-396-3005.