By Kurt Wolfheimer
World welterweight contender “The New” Ray Robinson (23-2, 12 KOs) is set to risk his world title aspirations on Friday night when he faces Columbian gatekeeper Breidis Prescott (30-10, 22KOs) in the ten-round welterweight main event at the Tropicana Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The WBA Fedelatin Featherweight championship will be on the line in the ten-round co-feature of the evening as Luis “Popeye” Lebron (8-0-1, 4 KOs) will face undefeated Dominican Manuel “El Zombie” Botti (22-0-1, 18KOs). The nine-bout card promoted by Hard Hitting Boxing Promotions will feature rising talent in the region.
It will be the biggest test in the comeback of “The New” Ray Robinson when he faces Breidis Prescott. Robinson ranked #10 WBC and #12 IBF knows a victory is imperative if he is to continue his quest for a world title. Robinson has won eleven straight fights and has not lost since 2010. In his last bout March 24th, he scored an impressive seventh stoppage of former Brazilian welterweight champion Claudinei Lacerda. Robinson knows his time is now and he must defeat Prescott to keep those world title aspirations alive. It will not be easy though for the 31 year old southpaw as Prescott has faced some of the world’s best and was the first fighter to defeat Amir Khan.
Hard Hitting Promotions own featherweight Luis “Popeye” Lebron (8-0-1, 4 KOs) will battle it out with dangerous Dominican Manuel “El Zombie” Botti for the vacant WBA Fedelatin championship in the ten round co-feature of the evening. Botti has deadly power in both hands as shown by his eighteen knockouts in his twenty-two victories and will be the biggest challenge of Lebron’s professional career. In his last bout back in April in Puerto Rico, Lebron forced Jonell Nieves to retire in his corner after the fourth round of their scheduled six round contest.
Former national amateur champion and Philly lightweight star Branden Pizarro (5-0, 2 KOs) looks for his sixth straight victory as a professional when he faces Puerto Rico’s Angel Hernandez (2-3, 1 KO) in the first scheduled six-round contest of his career. At just seventeen years old Branden Pizarro is quickly being recognized as one of the most talented prospects in the region. He is also an “A” student in High School and just recently completed his junior year with honors.
Undefeated Philly bantamweight sensation Christian Carto (9-0, 9KOs) will look to keep his perfect knockout streak intact when he swaps punches over six rounds with tough Dominican Juan Guzman (22-7, 12 KOs).
Talented lightweight Sammy “Tsunami” Teah (10-1-1, 4 KOs) will tangle with durable fifteen fight veteran Kenny Alvarez (8-5-2, 3 KOs) in a six-round contest.
New York City’s Jose “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (7-0-1, 2 KOs) will duke it out with Guadalupe Arroyo (2-5) of Toa Baja, Mexico in a six round featherweight contest.
Hard Hitting Promotions exciting lightweight Jeremy Cuevas (3-0, 2 KOs) will also be in action against an opponent to be determined in a four-round contest.
Undefeated Mexican bantamweight Ariel Lopez (6-0, 5 KOs) will duke it out with Charles Clark (1-2-1, 1 KO) of Dallas, Texas in a four-round bout.
Rounding out the card will be a scheduled four round welterweight scrap featuring Philly knockout artist Mark Dawson (3-1, 3 KOs), who will battle it out with Detroit, Michigan’s William Hill (2-3).
Tickets for the contest are priced as follows:
$35 General Admission
Doors open at 7PM
First Bout is at 8PM