Weigh-in results for Friday’s CBS Championship Boxing Event at Pechanga

August 4, 2016 No Comments
Thursday weigh-in results for the Friday, August 5, 2016 CBS Championship Boxing Show

Today, weigh-ins were completed for Friday’s Boxing Show at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula. The Main Event features Rob Brant (l) going up against Chris Fitzpatrick (r).

Note well: At the show on Friday evening, undefeated light heavyweight contender Mike Lee will be joining the regular broadcast team as a color analyst. He’ll be joined by blow-by-blow man Alan Massengale and color analysts Steve Kim and Patrick Ortiz live at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET/ when Greg Cohen Promotions and Ringside Ticket Inc. (in association with David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions) presents this nationally televised event, headlined by the WBA #4- and WBO #7-rated middleweight and current WBO NABO and WBA NABA Middleweight Champion, Rob “Bravo” Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) of Saint Paul, Minnesota, in his 10-round battle against Cleveland’s Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick (15-4, 6 KOs).

Here are some quotes from our headliners:

Rob Brant: “I’ve been in the position where I’m supposed to win, especially in the amateurs, and that’s where things always go wrong for me. I’d be fighting against a country I’ve never heard of, knowing I’d be fighting Germany the next day and I would be totally looking past the guy I’m facing. Next thing you know, I’d lose. I’ve stopped looking past guys.


 

“With a record of 15-4, Chris Fitzpatrick is a good fighter. Good, not phenomenal fighter. If you’re sleeping though and just thinking you’re going to automatically beat this guy down, he’ll beat you. He’s not a huge puncher, but he throws volume. He’ll want to be on the inside and throw combinations. I need to take him seriously. I know I’m on a short list to face Billy Joe Saunders, (the WBO Middleweight Champion) but this is boxing. So until both names are on a contract, it’s too good to be true. I’ll be ready to take that challenge when it comes. I’m definitely looking for a big fight in the near future. I need to start taking on upper-level competition. I’ve been preparing all my life and now is the time to make it happen.”

Chris Fitzpatrick: “I’m going to win. I’m going to go in there and fight my heart out and hopefully come out with the W. I know Brant is explosive and he’s turning his punches over a lot more. I’m going to try to move around him and make it a physical fight. That’s my kind of fight. My training went very well. Every camp has its rough moments, but for the most part, it went well. A victory over Brant would be great for my career, to revive it. After being off for three years, I lost my last fight. But this win will put me right back on track.”

In an interview with Joe O’Neill of Irish-Boxing.com, the Irish Ghost explained his recent three-year layoff from boxing. It was due to family reasons, and he explained “the layoff was necessary after our son was diagnosed with Autism. Due to the severity of his case, my wife and I were unable to maintain that type of consistency in our lives. The constant back and forth from home to training camp became extremely stressful for our little boy. I felt the need to put boxing aside for the time being, until we were all ready to make this happen. We knew the only way would be to train from home and that we were on our own. After awhile my wife and I were able to make the adjustments and start training ourselves. At present, I have a great support system that believes in me and I’m more motivated than ever to prove them right and prove the doubters wrong.”

(photo left) Rob Brant (r) and his opponent on Friday night, Chris Fitzpatrick

(photo left) After their official weigh-ins on Thursday afternoon, Rob Brant (r) and his opponent Chris Fitzpatrick (l) turn to face the media. The two gentleman will be battling it out in the evening’s Main Event.

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After his weigh-in for bout #7 versus Ben Odamattey, Skender Halili gets a bit carried away with his posing for the press. All photos: Jim Wyatt

After his weigh-in for bout #7 versus Ben Odamattey, Skender Halili gets a bit carried away with his posturing for the press. All photos: Jim Wyatt

In the six-round super welterweight co-featured bout, Fort Worth, Texas, slugger Skender Halili (10-1, 10 KOs) will look to keep his perfect knockout record intact against the more experienced Ghanian veteran (now living in Silver Springs, Maryland) Ben Odamattey (16-14-3, 9 KOs).

(photo, bottom right) In the six-round super welterweight co-featured bout, Bout #7, Fort Worth, Texas, slugger Skender Halili (10-1, 10 KOs, right) is hoping to keep his perfect knockout record intact against the more experienced Ghanian veteran (now living in Silver Springs, Maryland) Ben Odamattey (16-14-3, 9 KOs).

n another televised four-rounder, undefeated former amateur world champion Cem Killic (5-0, 2 KOs) of Sherman Oaks, California, via Frankfurt, Germany, will take on pro-debuting middleweight Jerhed Fenderson of Las Vegas.

Whoa! What’s with that look? In another of the televised four-rounders, Bout #6, undefeated former amateur world champion Cem Kilic (top right, 5-0, 2 KOs) of Sherman Oaks, California, via Frankfurt, Germany, will be taking on pro-debuting middleweight Jerhed Fenderson of Las Vegas. From the intense, threatening look on Mr. Fenderson’s face, it appears Kilic is going to have his hands full. In the photo below, Fenderson (left) still has both hands clinched.

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in the night’s opening televised bout, red-hot prospect Malik Hawkins (8-0, 7 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland, will look to keep his march to the top of the welterweight division alive against Portland, Oregon’s Sean Gee (3-4).

In the evening’s opening televised bout, red-hot prospect Malik Hawkins (8-0, 7 KOs, bottom, right) of Baltimore, Maryland, will be looking to keep his march to the top of the welterweight/super welterweight division alive against Portland, Oregon’s Sean Gee (3-4). With the catch weight of 147 pounds being established for this fight, Hawkins (amazingly) lost 18 pounds, while Gee had to come up in weight from 135 lbs. It will be interesting to see how much of that weight the famished Hawkins can regain before entering the ring on Friday night.

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In Bout #4 they have Temecula, California’s undefeated Robert Meza (2-0-0, 1 KO) in a four-round featherweight duel with Baja California, Mexico’s Jose Fabian Naranjo (3-2-1, 1 KO).

In Bout #4 they have Temecula, California’s undefeated Robert Meza (2-0-0, 1 KO, left) in a four-round featherweight duel with Baja California, Mexico’s Jose Fabian Naranjo (3-2-1, 1 KO, right).

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(bottom, left to right) Robert Meza Sr., Roberto Meza and Meza’s manager Jack Ballo from the Bomber Squad Boxing Academy, El Cajon, Calif.

Making his anticipated professional debut will be Temecula, California’s Danny Andujo in a super flyweight four-rounder against San Jose’s Israel Hernandez (1-2-1, 1 KO).

Making his much anticipated professional debut will be Temecula, California’s Danny Andujo in a super flyweight four-rounder against San Jose’s Israel Hernandez (1-2-1, 1 KO). Andujo was quite successful in the Amateur ranks.

(photos, top right and bottom) have Danny Andujo posing first with his coaches and then below with his proud father.

(photos, top right, and bottom right) have Danny Andujo posing for a photo first with his coaches and then below with his proud father.

A dual-pro-debut lightweight four-rounder will pit Las Vegas’ Erick Fowler against Sacramento’s Will Davis.

Bout #2 features a dual pro-debut of lightweights in a four rounder. Las Vegas’ Erick Fowler (right) will be going up against Sacramento’s Will Davis (left) who will certainly have a height and reach advantage.

Also in action will be Detroit-based bantamweight Jarico O’Quinn (2-0, 2 KOs) taking on the more experienced Jonathon Quiroz (6-3, 1 KO) from Oceanside, California.

In what is expected to be an all-action thriller, they have Detroit-based bantamweight Ja’Rico O’Quinn (2-0, 2 KOs) taking on the more experienced Jonathon Quiroz (6-3, 1 KO) from Oceanside, California. Prediction: you will be amazed when you see these two warriors going nonstop.

Detroit-based bantamweight Jarico O’Quinn

The Detroit-based super flyweight Jarico O’Quinn has benefitted big time from the tutelage of the two gents shown here. Paul Soucy (right) maybe 77 years of age but he still runs and hits the bag every day. According to Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, in 2012, at the age of 73, Soucy, a boxing grandpa became a four-time 165 lb. Ringside World Champion, an incredible feat considering he has undergone heart bypass surgery, has metal plates in his ankle and neck and is diabetic. He had previously won the title in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

The promoter of this show, Greg Cohen Promotions, is well-respected for staging world-class pro boxing events and promoting elite fighters throughout the world. Founder and CEO Greg Cohen has been involved in boxing in various capacities since the late 1980s, honing his craft and establishing himself as a shrewd international businessman. Distinguished for his ability to spot and develop raw talent, Cohen first made promotional headlines for his guidance of former WBA Junior Middleweight Champ Austin Trout, who Cohen helped go from an unknown New Mexico prospect to an elite pay-per-view superstar.

The Pechanga Resort & Casino is located at 45000 Pechanga Parkway in Temecula, Calif. On fight night, doors open at 6 p.m. and the action starts at 7 p.m. All bouts subject to change. Tickets for CBS Sports Network Championship Boxing are priced at $85, $65 and $50 and are available at www.pechanga.com or by calling the Pechanga Box Office: (877) 711-2946.

 

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