This Friday night at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey, Three members of the GH3 Promotions will be in action with two being featured in prominent fights as part of ESPN Friday Night Fight’s televised portion of the 12 bout card.
In the main event. popular Light Heavyweight Elvir Muriqi takes on undefeated Australian Blake Caparello in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds. In the potentially exciting co-feature, Jorge Diaz battles undefeated Luis Rosa in a Featherweight bout scheduled for 8 rounds. Also seeing action will be undefeated undefeated Super Featherweight Wanzell Ellison, who will be making his debut under the GH3 Promotions banner when he fights Esteban Villalba.
Muriqi of New York has a record of 40-5 with 24 knockouts feels a win over Caparello (18-0-1, 6 KO’s) is a must and has been completely focused in making that a reality.
“Training camp was good,” said Muriqi, who was training for a fight with former world champion Zsolt Erdei before Erdei bowed out of the fight. “The only thing that changed with the opponent switch was that I had to have southpaw sparring. That is not a big deal as people saw how i performed against Antonio Tarver a few years back who was not only a southpaw but the best Light Heavyweight in the world at that time.”
Muriqi has been mostly off the radar since the narrow loss to Tarver, knows that this is a spot to get back in the Light Heavyweight mix.
“This is a 2nd chance. A great opportunity to get in the mix. This is great for me to be back on television here in America and I am looking for better things after this. I will have a lot of fans here for me and I am not about to let them down”
Caparello is a virtual unknown here in the United States but Muriqi did as much scouting as he could.
“He is an awkward guy and he is undefeated. I know he will fight hard but this will be new to him to come here and fight on the road.”
Diaz of New Brunswick, New Jersey has a record of 17-2 with 10 knockouts and will be looking to redeem himself after his last appearance when he was stopped in four rounds bu Yenifel Vicente on ESPN Froday Night Fights.
“My training has been pleasing”, said Diaz.
Diaz who makes for action fights is not taking this fight lightly.
“I think me getting this opportunity has to do with our records and I am here because of the opportunity that he is presenting me with.”
Despite Rosa being from nearby Connecticut, Diaz does not know much about the 15-0 fighter.
“This is really the first I have heard of him. I have received feedback that his style is similar to my last opponent and that he likes to come forward.”
Most fighters that are coming off of stoppage defeats usually look for a soft touch to get back in the win column, By taking this fight, Diaz is proving that he is a what the old school pundits would call a “Real Fighter” by getting right back in with an undefeated opponent.
“I took this opportunity. I don’t want to waste anybodies time. I just want to get right back in the mix of things.”
Ellison of Newark, New Jersey will be battling Esteban Villalba in a bout scheduled for six rounds.
“Everything is going good,” Said Ellison. “I have been training for a long time and I am ready.”
“I do not know much about my opponent. It doesn’t matter because it will be the same outcome no matter who it is. It will be a knockout. The time is now. Friday I will show who I am, Venom!!”