NEXT UP FOR FRES OQUENDO: ROBERT HAWKINS
Press Release: Fres Oquendo (34-7, 22 KOs) will face Robert "Big Philly" Hawkins (23-19, 7 KOs) in a stay-busy ten-round main event this Saturday, August 18th at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The 39 year-old Oquendo is coming off a win over Joey Abell last May. [The 42 year-old Hawkins has gone 3-16 over the last six and a half years, but has only been stopped once in that dreadful streak].
Hawkins has scored many big wins in his career, but in recent years has become known for going the distance with a long list of notable heavyweights and should provide Oquendo with some much-needed rounds.
"We're looking to keep Fres active while we wait for another world-rated heavyweight to get in the ring with him," said his promoter, Bobby Hitz. "We offered this fight to several top guys with good money on the table and none of them would step up."
Also on the card, welterweight Abdullai Amidu (19-0, 17 KOs) of Accra, Ghana, will finally make his Horseshoe Casino debut against Chicago's Jermaine "Too Sweet" White (17-5, 9 KOs) in a six-rounder.
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com.
The [nominal] co-feature will be an all-Chicago six-round super middleweight matchup between Mike "Kujo" Kurzeja (5-0-1, 4 KOs) and Gerald Taylor (5-3-2, 2 KOs). The winner of this fight will be awarded with an "Over 40" trophy.
In a rare, early-career battle of undefeated fighters, Chicago's Dimar "Strongman" Ortuz (4-0, 3 KOs) will face Donta Woods (8-0, 7 KOs) from Atlanta, Georgia, in a six-round cruiserweight battle.
Heavyweight power puncher David Martin III (6-0, 5 KOs) of Hobart, Indiana, will face Kentucky's Joshua Clark (1-1, 1 KO) in a six-rounder.
Former world-title challenger Johnny "Bad Boy" Lewus (26-4-1, 21 KOs) of Chicago is scheduled for a six-round welterweight scrap vs. Veracruz, Mexico's Hugo "Guapo" Guarneros (3-10-1, 2 KOs).
After a 12-year layoff, popular Bridgeport native Frankie "Time Bomb" Scalise (3-1, 3 KOs) returns to the ring in a four-round lightweight bout against Randy Ronchi (listed at 0-4) of Wisconsin.
And in a six-round super middleweight bout, popular Paul Littleton (4-0, 4 KOs) of Chicago will take on Lafayette, Indiana's Darnell Wilson (9-1-2, 7 KOs). Littleton will have his work cut out for him. Wilson's only career loss came against current light heavyweight world champion Chad Dawson.
Other scheduled action includes former kickboxer and Golden Gloves boxing champion Simon "The Punisher" Buettner (1-0, 1 KO) of Carpentersville, Illinois, in a light heavyweight four-rounder against Mukwonago, Wisconsin's Mike Reiter (0-2).