Tomorrow night on a special edition of ESPN Boxing, Michael King of King Sports presents another great night of fights from Santa Monica, California. Featherweights Miguel Marriago (18-0, 16KO) and Christopher Martin (28-3-3, 9KO) open the telecast, followed by welterweights Frederick Lawson (22-0, 20KO) and Ray Narh (26-5, 21KO). The main event features an IBF middleweight title eliminator between Hassan N’Dam (30-1, 18KO) and Curtis Stevens (27-4, 20KO). Earlier this evening the fighter camps and media gathered for a brief press conference and the official weigh-ins.
Hassan N’Dam vs. Curtis Stevens, middleweights
A great matchup on paper, this eliminator bout is a joint venture between King Sports (who represents N’Dam) and Main Events (who represents Stevens). N’Dam brings a noticeable height advantage into the ring, standing at 5’11” to Stevens’ 5’7”. Tomorrow night marks the Cameroon native’s return to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, where he won a decision over Fulgencio Zuniga back in April. For Stevens, this will be the New Yorker’s first bout in California.
N’Dam talked a little trash before the fighters weighed in. “Every time he’s fought the best, he’s lost”, he said about his opponent. “I’m a man, I make the fight”. When the mic was passed to Stevens for a response, he kept it short and simple. “I’ll do my talking tomorrow in the ring”, he said before immediately handing the microphone back.
Stevens hit the scales first, weighing in at 158.8 pounds. N’Dam followed at 158.2. Both fighters looked focused and in shape. The winner of this match becomes the mandatory for recently crowned IBF middleweight titlist Sam Soliman of Australia.
As stated above, the ESPN2 broadcast will open with undefeated featherweight Miguel Marriaga of Colombia making his US debut against San Diego native Christopher Martin. The American weighed in at 125.8 pounds, while the Colombian was 125.6.
Brooklyn-based Ghanaian Ray Narh weighed in under the welterweight limit at 146.6 pounds, yet his opponent missed the mark. Undefeated Chicago-based Ghanaian Frederick Lawson weighed 147.8 pounds on his first attempt, then dropped his drawers for a second attempt, yet missed again at 147.4. After a brief negotiation, the Narh camp agreed to go ahead with the fight tomorrow.
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