By David Finger
Z Entertainment returns to professional boxing after a year long layoff with a familiar face, as come backing former super middleweight contender Carlos “Sugar” De Leon Jr. (21-3-2, 14 KO’s) looks to rejuvenate his career on November 8th at the Kingman Academy of Learning in Kingman Arizona. De Leon, the son of former cruiserweight champion Carlos De Leon, is facing Phoenix based brawler Rollin Williams (23-16-2, 8 KO’s), who is best remembered for his fights with Roy Jones and Frankie Liles earlier in his career. For De Leon, this will be his first bout since his heartbreaking loss to Allan Green on Showtime in 2009. Had De Leon emerged victorious, an invitation to Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic would have almost certainly been in the cards.
“Carlos is a good fighter,” Z Entertainment Promoter Zef Ramirez said of the recently resigned De Leon, “and I was impressed when he fought James McGirt Jr. on Showtime. After being knocked down twice, Carlos summoned the courage to get up off the canvas and knock out McGirt.”
For Ramirez, he is hoping that this will be the first of many great shows in the Kingman area.
“I took some much needed time off,” Ramirez said, “Running two companies and boxing (can) wear you out, but the most important of all was missing my family because of the traveling.”
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Kingman Academy Athletic Department, where Ramirez’s children go to school.
“I’ve come up with an idea to do local fights in our hometown of Kingman,” Ramirez added, “where we can build a great fan base and provide the most entertaining events for our community.”
In the co-main event, light-middleweight prospect Jonathan Jackson Hearns, the nephew of the living legend Thomas “The Hit Man” Hearns, will take on Saul Benitez Mesa. Also on the card, middleweight amateur star Ivey Nixen will make his professional debut against an opponent to be named later. Las Vegas based super-middleweight Cromwell “Bullet” Gordon (4-9, 4 KO’s) will take on a TBA in a four rounder, and rounding off the card a pair of debuting middleweights in Jason Ohman and Brahmamby Montgomery will collide in a four rounder.
Tickets are $30 ringside seating and $20 for general admission. Tickets can be obtained by calling 928-530-2886.