PROVIDENCE, RI (November 21, 2005) – U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (4-0, 1 KO) steps up in class Wednesday night, Thanksgiving Eve (November 23) against his new opponent, veteran heavyweight Najee Shaheed (21-10-2, 11 KOs) in a six-round bout at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence..
Article posted on 22.11.2005
Brockton (MA)-native Shaheed, who has replaced Jeremy “Superstar” Brooks, is from the same hometown as Rocky Marciano and his showdown against Estrada, of Providence, is a genuine New England showdown. Shaheed has been in against the iron such as Wladimir Klitschko, Kevin McBride, and Henry Akinwande.
“It’s a big step up for me and I’m taking it because I want to prove I’m an up-and-coming heavyweight prospect,” Estrada said. “Shaheed is a big change in opponents. He’s had 33 pro fights and has fought a lot of good guys. Najee is a well known fighter, especially in New England, and I want to fight real opponents.”
Estrada was 261-14 as an U.S. amateur and became the first boxer to win both the U.S. Nationals and U.S. Challenge three years (2001-2003) in a row. Jason captured a gold medal at the 2003 Pan-American Games and he later represented the U.S. in the super heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympics.
As an amateur, Estrada defeated five contemporary professionals sporting a combined record today of 101-6-3, 67 KOs: former IBF world title challenger DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson (22-4, 18 KOs), Malik Scott (22-0, 10 KOs), Malcolm “The Showstopper” Tann (16-2, 8 KOs), WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title-holder Donnell “The Real Touch of Sleep” Holmes (23-0-1, 22 KOs), and USBA & NABF cruiserweight champion Felix “Bad News” Cora, Jr. (17-0-2, 9 KOs).