31.05.05 – The formidable Duva Boxing stable of fighters continued its steamroll through the ranks of professional boxing on Friday, as two of its promising young contenders scored impressive victories. At Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, Florida, electrifying junior welterweight sharpshooter Kendall “Rated R” Holt, 19-1 (12), took the WBO Intercontinental Championship with 12-round decision victory over former world title challenger Jaime Rangel, 30-8-1(26).
Holt overcame some early adversity to put on a boxing clinic for the fans in attendance and the nationwide viewers watching ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. The New Jersey phenomenon flashed his brilliant combinations and dazzling speed as he dominated more and more with every passing round, nearly knocking Rangel out several times.
“Kendall Holt always had talent and ability to beat anyone else in his division and now he’s maturing into a true warrior with tremendous desire and conditioning,” said promoter Dino Duva. “We’re happy to have been given these opportunities to show the boxing world what an exciting and explosive fighter he is. I assure you, Kendall will be back soon with another
devastating performance, maybe even in a world title shot. We know he’s ready.”
With a sensational victory over formerly undefeated prospect David Diaz and now, his first professional title and a win over former IBF title challenger Rangel, Holt is quickly moving into position for his dream of a major world championship.
Meanwhile, on the very same night at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida, Duva Boxing heavyweight prodigy Michael Marrone moved his undefeated record to 9-0 (8), with a pulverizing first-round knockout over experienced veteran Cliff Nellon.
At just 19 years of age, Marrone is already being labeled as a future heavyweight force. The 6′ 2″ and 210-pound Floridian is tearing through his early opposition on his way to the top of the big man’s division.
“Michael was virtually born in a boxing gym, so we’re not surprised at all at the way he is smashing his way through his opponents,” said legendary manager Lou Duva. “He’s just a baby for a heavyweight and he’s got a great amateur boxing pedigree. He’s smart and charismatic. Michael is a fighter that everyone should watch every chance they get while he’s on his way up the ladder because he’s a future champion. Watch him once and you’ll know it too.”
Catch Michael Marrone in action on July 2 on the undercard of the sensational Samuel Peter vs. Taurus Sykes Triple Title fight at the brand-new Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.