ANTWUN ECHOLS TO TEST HOLYWOOD JIMENEZ
Press Release: Chicago super middleweight Mike "Hollywood" Jimenez (7-0, 4 KOs) has shown the right tools in his first seven pro fights [against lesser competition]. But the The 25-year-old will take a step up in competition on Thanksgiving Eve at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, when he faces Antwun Echols (32-18-4, 28 KOs). "I'm ready. I feel confident," said Jimenez, "I've been working hard in the gym. I understand it's a step up but I'm ready for the challenge. I think I can take this guy out." For a fighter with just seven pro fights, even a shop-worn Antwun Echols is a handful. While Echols has suffered most of his losses in recent years, many were against top-flight opposition and before eventually winning, some found themselves on the floor courtesy of Echols' well-known power.
"I heard the name and got excited. I welcome the opportunity. He's fought top guys like Bernard Hopkins and he used to be number one contender. I talked it over with my trainer/manager Pete George and we think it's the right move. We've been trying to take it the right speed, but I feel like I'm ready for this level of a challenge. He's a big name and he's super experienced and I've definitely seen him fight before. He's real technical and throws hard punches. He's game and he'll be ready to bring it, but I'm going to force my will on him. I'm going to put it all together and show everybody I can do this."
Jimenez claims that while he's been a fan of Echols in the past, on fight night, he will be looking to make a statement. "I'll come in there and pump my jab like I always do at first, feel him out for a bit, then start getting my shots off. I'll have to pick my shots and use my skills to take this guy out."
So what would a victory over Echols mean? "I've been thinking about it a lot and it'd be a huge accomplishment for me to say I beat somebody like that. Definitely something I can talk about for a time to come. Not everybody gets to fight in a fight like this. I'm definitely excited about it."
In the night's eight-round main event, heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (22-2, 18 KOs) will face "Rockin" Rodney Moore (17-6-2, 7 KOs) from Houston, Texas. [Editor's note: the 47 year-old Moore hasn't fought for fifteen years and spent most of his career at lightweight and junior welter, where he lost title shots to Charles Murray and Frankie Randall in 1993 and 1994. He was stopped in four rounds by Trinidad at welterweight in 1996. Putting him in with a young, powerful heavyweight appears to be a homicidal act by the promoter].
In the co-feature, Chicago cruiserweight Dimar "Strongman" Ortuz (5-0, 3 KOs) will be taking on UFC veteran Terry Martin (5-0, 5 KOs) in a heavily hyped local grudge match.
In another notable six-round encounter, Chicago (via Lithuania) middleweight slugger Donatas Bondorovas (15-3-1, 4 KOs) will take on Evansville, Indiana's "King" David Thomas (10-2-2, 8 KOs).
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