Solomon Egberine, an ex Olympian from Nigeria and former Australian Super Lightweight and Welterweight Champion, will be fighting Gerardo âPipinoâ Cuevas Jr, in the under card of the “Battle of the Belts” scheduled for March 13th, 2015 at the We Ko Pa Resort in Fort McDowell, Scottsdale, Arizona.
The event is presented by RJJ Boxing, which is owned by Keith Veltre and Roy Jones Jr., which was newly licensed by the Arizona Boxing Commission.
The bout Egberime vs Cuevas Jr. is scheduled for 8 rounds in the Welterweight division.
In the Main event: Billy “Bronco” Wright (46-4) will face Gilberto Matheus Domingos (22-2) from Brazil. Wright will defend his WBC Latin America and Fecarbox Belts.
In the Co-Main Event , scheduled for 8 rounds, Milorad Zizic (11-0) from Montenegro, will face Louis Rose (11-2). This will be for the vacant NABF Middleweight Title.
Solomon, 36, was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and represented Nigeria in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sidney, Australia. He turned pro and started his career in South Australia, and has fought there all his career, with the exception of his last outing when he traveled to West Virginia to fight Paul Spadafora in a fight that could have lead to a World Title shot.
In his outing against Spadafora, he lost a 10 round decision but decided to again campaign in the United States in another effort to get a title shot. During his residency in Australia, Egberime has become an icon in the Super Lightweight and Welter weight divisions.
In addition to his long and successful boxing career, he has been involved in several boxing programs for at-risk youth in Australia and is currently one of the most popular boxers in Australia.
With a record of 22-4 (11 KO’s) he will be facing the son of one of Mexico’s most beloved icons, former Welterweight Champion, Jose “Pipino” Cuevas.
As many of the son’s of former Mexican World Champions, Cuevas has faced tough times in the ring.
Hailing from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, but now living in Mexico City, Cuevas first tried his hand as a mixed martial arts fighter, but then turned to boxing at age 25.
He currently has a 17-12 (15KO’s) and two consecutive loses on his record. This may be a career- defining fight for Cuevas, who will be looking for his first win out of Mexican soil.
Like his father, Cuevas (17-12) depends mostly on his power. All but two of Juniorâs 29 fights have been decided inside the distance.
Like his father, his chin is suspect as all of his 12 losses have come by way of stoppage.
In his favor, he has demonstrated his will to fight anyone anywhere. He has again taken a fight against a figher that surely will be going into the ring as a strong favorite.
The complete card -pending Commission’s approval-, now includes:
Main Event 10rds
Billy Wright (46-4) vs Gilberto Domingues (22-2). Billy Wright will defend WBC Latin America & Fecarbox Belts.
Co-Main Event 8rds
Milorad Zizic (11-0) vs Louis Rose (11-2). This will be for the vacant NABF Middleweight Title.
Solomon Egberime (22-4) vs Gerardo “Pipino’ Cuevas (17-12).
Demond Brock (8-3) vs Wilberth Lopez (5-4),
Jeff Tabrizi (debut) vs Carlos Castillo (debut)
Emmanuel Nieves (2-0) vs Percy Peterson (1-6)