Undefeated welterweight prospect Poindexter Knight, Jr. (4-0, 2 KOs) returns to his hometown of Philadelphia when he takes on undefeated Greg Averil Young Tonight at SugarHouse Casino.
“I am staying focused and ready to put on a great show. My zero will stay a zero,” said Knight, who was a 2017 National Golden Gloves Champion.
“I have seen a little footage on him, but I am not worried because I trained so hard for this fight, and I am just ready to put on a show for Philadelphia.”
“Poindexter is a special talent and will remind everyone of the Philadelphia stars of the past. Everyone who will be at the SugarHouse Casino tonight will be in for a treat,” Said David McWater, CEO of Split-T Management.
Undefeated Super Featherweight Joshafat Ortiz (4-0, 2 KOs) will take on fellow perfect fighter Javier Oquendo tonight at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia.
Ortiz of Reading, Pa. is very confident as he heads in to what, on paper, looks to be the toughest test in his young career.
“Everything went great. I had a tremendous camp. Everything went good. I am excited, and I am ready to get back in there, and put on another show like I did last time” said Ortiz.
“I am excited to see that Joshafat Ortiz is stepping it up and fighting a fellow undefeated fighter,” said his manager Felipe Gomez. “These types of fights are great learning experiences, and it’s going to make him a better fighter. I want to thank promoter Marshall Kauffman for giving Joshafat Ortiz the opportunity to display his talents and skills in his home state of Pennsylvania”.
Ortiz weighed in at 128.6 lbs while Ortiz was 128.8
Weights for Friday night’s fight card at SugarHouse Casino.
Tyrone Crawley, Jr. 138.5 – Ricardo Garcia 140.7
(WBF Junior Welterweight Title)
Christopher Brooker 169 – Eric Moon 167.9
Poindexter Knight 149.9 – Greg Averil Young 147.4
Joshafat Ortiz 128.6 – Javier Oquendo 128.8
Rasheed Johnson 145.5 – Tony Morris 149.4
Paul Kroll 151.5 – DeAngelo Alcorn 150.8
Rasheen Brown 122.9 – Bryann Perez 127.1
James Martin 151.9 – Jonathan Burrs 150.9
Nicoy Clarke 209.4 – Jose Nunez 216.2
Promoter King’s Promotions
1st Bell: 7 PM
As part of the nine-bout card this Friday night at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials champion, Paul Kroll will make his long awaited pro debut in a junior middleweight bout scheduled for four-rounds.
The show is promoted by King’s Promotions, and will be headlined by an eight-round junior welterweight bout between Tyrone Crawley Jr. (7-1) of Philadelphia against Ricardo Garcia (14-3, 9 KOs) of Dominican Republic for the WBF title.
Kroll of Philadelphia is set to take on DeAngelo Alcorn of Searcy, Arkansas.
“I am excited. It has been a long time that I have been waiting to turn pro,” said Kroll. “Training has been good. It was a perfect camp. I have been on weight since three days before the weigh-in.”
He doesn’t know much about Alcorn, but Kroll will be ready for whatever Alcorn brings to the ring on Friday night.
“All I know is his name, and he will need some aspirin after I am done with him.”
Living up to big expectations is not a problem for Kroll.
“I do not feel any pressure. I have been an underdog my whole life. I just feel with my coach Dirk Gooden with me, I can beat anyone. I have a great support system that helps me through whatever I need.”
Kroll wants to just continue fighting on his way to being a contender in the welterweight division.
“I just want to be active, and fight a lot. That will keep me crisp and sharp. After that, I am willing to fight whomever.”
In the amateurs, Kroll plied his trade alongside some of the best prospects in the sport, and their success motivates him to be great.
“Myself, Christian Carto, Jaron Ennis and Darmani Rock all came up together. They are my brothers. We competed in all the tournaments together and I want us all to become world champions.”
“I just want to say it’s “Punsiher” time on Friday. This is a dream come true to make my professional debut in my hometown. I promise my family, friends and everyone who supports me that I will become world champion.
In the eight-round co-feature Christopher Brooker (13-5, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia takes on Eric Moon (7-1, 6 KOs) of Marietta, GA in a super middleweight bout.
In six-round bouts:
Poindexter Knight (4-0, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia battles Greg Averil Young (4-0, 1 KO) of Hoover, AL in a welterweight clash.
In a battle of undefeated super featherweights, Joshafat Ortiz (4-0, 2 KOs) of Reading, PA fights Javier Oquendo (3-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia.
Rasheed Johnson (3-2, 1 KO) of Philadelphia takes on Tony Morris (4-1-1, 2 KOs) of Jacksonville, FL in a welterweight bout.
In four-round bouts:
Rasheen Brown of Philadelphia makes his pro debut against Bryann Perez (2-10, 1 KOs) of Dallas, TX in a super bantamweight affair.
James Martin (1-0) of Philadelphia battles pro debuting Jonathan Burrs of Hagerstown, Maryland in a super welterweight bout.
Nicoy Clarke (1-1) of Jersey City, NJ squares off with pro debuting Jose Nunez of Reading, PA in a heavyweight bout.