Ennis-Lares and Witherspoon-Sheppard on 11/19
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY (OCTOBER 22, 2010)—On Friday night November 19th, Spartan Fight Promotions presents a night of championship boxing that is dubbed BATTLE II that will take place from the Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City.
Article posted on 22.10.2010
In the main event, undefeated Super Middleweight, Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis will look to capture his first title as he will take on rugged Victor Lares for the NABF Super Middleweight title that will be scheduled for twelve rounds.
In the co-feature, top American Heavyweight, Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon will take on Mike Sheppard in a fight scheduled for eight rounds.
Ennis has a record of 16-0 with ten knockouts and is coming off a third round stoppage over Reggie Pena on August 28th in Atlantic City as part of SPARTAN FIGHT PROMOTIONS: BATTLE I and is quickly becoming a force in the loaded Super Middleweight division.
He has been one of the most active fighters around as this will be his sixth fight in 2010 and he has stepped the competition with each bout. His previous five bouts have produced knockout victories for Ennis.
The twenty-seven year old has a very diverse style as he has won fights by displaying his terrific boxing ability while in other bouts he has shown awesome knockout power like the aforementioned bouts.
In those bouts, Ennis has stopped Emanuel Gonzalez (9-6) in three rounds, Frankie Santos (17-8-4) in two rounds, Steve Walker (24-24) in one round and Ennis stopped grizzled veteran Demetrius Davis (20-23-5) in three rounds on July 30th in Philadelphia.
The twenty-seven year old Ennis turned pro in February of 2006 by scoring a second round stoppage over Sylvester Golding in Philadelphia.
This will be the first title opportunity for Ennis.
Lares of Corpus Christi, Texas has an impressive mark of 15-4 with four knockouts and is former two time Texas State champion.
Lares went 8-1 in his first nine bouts before winning the Texas state Middleweight championship with a seventh round stoppage over Eddie O’Neal on November 18th, 2004.
After going 2-1 in his next three fights, Lares won the Texas State Super Middleweight championship with an eight round unanimous decision over Fernando Vela on August 10, 2007.
Lares will be looking to redeem himself after faling short in his two biggest fights to date as he lost a close unanimous decision to David Medina (17-2) on April 5, 2008 and Lares was stopped in two rounds two to future world title challenger Daniel Jacobs (12-0) on December 6, 2008 as part of the mega Oscar De La Hoya – Manny Pacquiao undercard in Las Vegas.
In Lares last bout, he scored a second round stoppage over Julio Perez on May 15, 2010 in Kingsville, Texas.
Witherpsoon has a record of 27-2 with nineteen knockouts and is regarded as one of the top American Heavyweights.
Witherspoon, twenty-eight years old of Philadelphia, PA, won his first twenty-three bouts with fifteen knockouts as he defeated the likes of Michael Alexander (11-0); Talmadge Giffis (24-6-3); Jonathan Haggler (18-1); which set up a big showdown with fellow undefeated and rising star Chris Arreola (23-0)
On June 21, 2008 Arreola scored a third round disqualification win in a fight that Witherspoon boxed well but decided “To bring out the Philly in him” and slug with the heavy handed Arreola.
Witherspoon went on to win three consecutive starts which included an eighth round stoppage over Adam “Swamp Donkey” Richards (21-1) on the undercard of the Jermain Taylor – Jeff Lacy battle in Memphis, Tennessee.
In his last bout, Witherspoon took out perennial contender Livin Castillo (16-8) in seven rounds as part of SPARTAN FIGHT PROMOTIONS: BATTLE I on August 28th at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
Witherspoon is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and has a degree in Pharmaceutical Sales and he is very involved in the community as he is a mentor in many youth groups in the tri-state area
Sheppard of Palestine, West Virginia has a record of 15-11-1 with eight knockouts.
He has shared the ring with contenders Clifford Etienne and Joey Abell.
Sheppard won the West Virginia Heavyweight title with a ten round unanimous decision over Clarence Moore on November 21st, 2008.
Sheppard will be looking to break a two fight losing streak as those two fights where contested for titles.
On March 19th, Sheppard dropped a ten round unanimous decision to Chauncey Welliver for the WBC Continental Americas title.
In his last bout, Sheppard lost a debatable majority decision to Nicolai Firtha on August 20th in a bout for the NABA USA title.
Some of the best prospects in the region will be featured on the undercard such as undefeated Light Heavyweight Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell
Harvell of Atlantic City has a record of 6-0 with two knockouts and will see action in a scheduled six round bout.
Joel De La Paz of Atlantic City will risk his undefeated mark which reads 5-0 with four stoppages will take part in a Super Middleweight bout scheduled for four rounds.
The son of the former Heavyweight champion of the world, Isiah Seldon (2-0, 1 KO) will be fight a middleweight bout scheduled for four rounds.
Undefeated Jr. Middleweight Ismael Garcia (1-0) will fight an scheduled four round bout.
Joey Tiberi (1-0, 1 KO) will fight a four round Super Featherweight bout.
Rounding out the card will be undefeated Heavyweight William Miranda (1-0) of Allentown, PA in a four round bout.
Harvell, De La Paz, Seldon, Garcia, Tiberi and Miarnda’s opponent will be names shortly.
Tickets for this great evening of boxing are priced at $125; $90; $60; $40 and be purchased through Ticketmaster (1 800 736 1420); The Harrahs Box Office or GNP Fitness (609 348 4999)
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