By Ricardo Ibarra
Featherweight journeyman Rob Diezel (11-7, 4 KOs) will look to continue a recent career resurgence and add his third consecutive win on Saturday night at the Washington Land Yacht Harbor in Lacey, Washington, taking on Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Phillip Adyaka (7-8, 4 KOs) in the main event of Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions’ fourth ‘Brawl at Harmony Hall’ card.
Diezel, of Seattle, Washington, is coming off an assertive fifth round stoppage win over Juan Jaramillo in January, a victory that garnered him a regional title belt and closed out their trilogy at 3-0. In his bout prior to that, Diezel had rebounded from two consecutive losses with a unanimous decision win over Heath Cline last September. The seven-year pro hopes to maintain his newfound momentum with a win over an equally experienced foe.
Originally from Uganda, Adyaka, who turned pro nine years ago going 1-4 in his first five fights, is also on an upswing, winning both of his last two bouts. Last October he broke a two-fight losing streak with a stoppage win over Abdul Noor and, in his most recent fight, he scored a six round decision victory over Samuel Ismael in January.
“I think it’s a great match-up,” said promoter Keith Weir of the headline bout. “Adyaka is a pretty durable guy and he’s coming off two wins. He’s putting in the work and he’s coming to win. He had a 200-plus fight amateur career so he’s got a lot of experience.”
“This is a very important fight for Diezel to win,” Weir continued. “He won that regional title on three weeks’ notice. That was a very good win, a good opportunity, and he went down and took full advantage of it and stopped Jaramillo. Things are looking up for him but he needs to win in order to push his career. I think it’s a great fight for both of them. They both need this win and I think it will make for an exciting match.”
Diezel and Adyaka will meet in a six round bout at 126 lbs. A total of seven bouts will fill out the remainder of the card with a number of young Pacific Northwest prospects looking to showcase their skills.
In the semi-main event, Tacoma’s Marquice Weston (8-1-1, 4 KOs) will face-off with Yakima, Washington’s Carlos Villanueva (2-1) in a cruiserweight fight. Weston, a tall, rangy fighter who also has a good inside game, last fought in January coming back from a December loss to Montez Brown with a fourth round TKO over Utah’s Jesse West. Villanueva, who’s shown himself to be a resilient fighter in his relatively short career, suffered his first loss in his last fight, dropping a four round decision to Alberto Rivas in May. The two will square off in a five round fight.
Promising former amateur stand-out Victor Morales, Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs), of Vancouver, Washington, will look for his sixth professional win, taking on Puyallup, Washington’s Kevin Davila (1-3-2) in a five round lightweight contest. Morales, who as an amateur was a three-time national champion and an international gold medalist for the USA Boxing Junior National Team, has maintained a busy schedule in the paid ranks. He turned pro in August of last year at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on a PBC undercard and went on to score another win one month later in Oregon. This fight will mark the fourth time he’s seen action in 2017 with his most recent fight being a five round unanimous decision win over seasoned journeyman Corben Page in May. Davila, meanwhile, last fought in July, losing by decision to Hector Madera.
Heavy-handed Steven Villalobos (3-0, 3 KOs), of Federal Way, Washington, will look for his fourth consecutive knockout in a welterweight bout, taking on the winless William Fernandez (0-5), of Kelso, Washington. Villalobos, an aggressive fighter with a fan-friendly style, last fought in March, scoring devastating first round knockout of Chris Two Moons in Montana. Fernandez, a rangy fighter who has a better skill-set than his record would suggest, last stepped into the ring fifteen months ago, losing a majority decision to Sean Gee. The two combatants will face-off in a scheduled four round match-up.
Kevin Torres (2-0-1, 2 KOs), of Bellingham, Washington, will look for his second win of the month in a Jr. middleweight contest, squaring off with Patterson, Washington’s Josh Solis (0-3). Torres scored an impressive first round knockout of Jesse Barich on June 3rd in Tacoma. Solis, meanwhile, was stopped by Enrique Gallegos in May in an entertaining one round slugfest. The fight is slated for four rounds.
In other four round bouts, Lacey’s own Johnathan Arias (2-1, 1 KO) will battle Erik Cronkhite (0-2) in a 154 lbs. match-up; Tacoma’s Nicholas Jefferson will make his pro debut against Alex Eastman (0-2) in another Jr. middleweight bout; and in a fight between two guys that have met before, but in an MMA contest, Frankie Orr (1-1) will once again take on Dylan Potter in a cruiserweight fight. Potter, who is making his boxing debut, won their MMA bout by submission.
“It’s going to be an action-packed show,” said Weir of the line-up. “We’ve got an eight fight card with some good fights and some good prospects…I think we’ve got a great card for Northwest fight fans.”
Doors to the family friendly event will open at 5 p.m. with the first bout set to start at 6 p.m. A local restaurant will cater, with drinks and food available at the show. Tickets can be purchased at www.brawlatharmonyhall4.eventbrite.com. The weigh-ins will be open to the public and will take place on Friday at 5 p.m. at Inferno’s Pizza in Lacey. For more info visit the PNW Professional Boxing Promotions Facebook page.
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