Rubin Williams-Antwun Echols IBA World title fight

LAS VEGAS (January 8, 2007) - Detroit's prodigal son Rubin "Hollywood" Williams returns home to defuse veteran bomber Antwun "Kid Dynamite" Echols in Friday night's 12-round main event for the vacant IBA super middleweight title at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. "Fight Night at The Palace" is co-promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing and Fight Night, Inc., in association with Banner Promotions..

Detroit-native Williams (29-2, 16 KOs), reigning NBA super middleweight champion and former IBF title challenger, currently is rated No. 26 by the World Boxing Council. He has defeated the likes of Tony Menefee (76-16-1), Anthony Stephens (32-15-2), Aaron Norwood (21-4-2), Anton Robinson (26-8-1), Richard Grant (19-12-1), Floyd Williams (30-12-1) and Max Heyman (21-8-4).

Echols (31-6-2, 27 KOs) is a former NABF, NABA, and USBA super middleweight champion. "Kid Dynamite" has beaten former world champion Charles "The Hatchet" Brewer (36-7), world title challengers Ross "The Boss" Thompson (26-8-2) and Kabary "Egyptian Magician" Salem (16-1), and Brian "The Bull" Barbosa (23-3). Echols has also fought the great Bernard Hopkins twice for the IBF crown, extending him 12 rounds in their first meeting.

"I'm not going to let Kid Dynamite detonate," Williams promised. "I'm going to pick him apart; he ain't going off. Echols is a strong, aggressive fighter who always comes to fight. I'm looking forward to it. Fans are going to see the explosiveness of Hollywood. My jab's going to explode, my hook's going to explode, and my body punches are going to explode on him.

"I'm happy to be fighting at home. It's going to be a great fight. My job is to box but we'll be mixing it up a little. I can't look past a dangerous guy like Echols. I'm focused on him 100-percent. After I get past him, though, I'm looking for some big opportunities this year."

Also fighting on the "Fight Night at The Palace" card is Silverhawk Boxing's newest team member, once-beaten heavyweight hopeful Cedric "The Bos" Boswell (22-1, 17 KOs), who is matched in the 10-round co-feature against Robert Kooser (9-6, 8 KOs).

WIBA light middleweight champion Mary Jo Sanders (22-0, 6 KOs), daughter of former Detroit Lions superstar running back Barry Sanders, also is on the card in front of her hometown fans against Gina Nichols (11-5-2, 8 KOs) in a 10-round bout.

Tickets are priced at $50.00 (VIP), $25.00 (reserved) and $15.00 (general admission.
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Article posted on 08.01.2007

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