TEON KENNEDY PULLS OUT; ERIC HUNTER STEPS IN TO FACE JERRY BELMONTES
Press Release: An injury has forced Teon Kennedy to pull out of the December 8th NBC Sports Network Fight Night co-feature against Jerry Belmontes. However, another Philly fighter jumped at the chance to take his place. West Philly's Eric "Outlaw" Hunter, 16-2 with 9 KOs, has signed to face the rising Belmontes, 17-0 with 5 KOs. Hunter is a fighter with a big reputation in the tough boxing gyms of Philly. He's been touted by many since his amateur days as one of the most talented boxers on the local scene.
In July, Hunter returned from a year and a half layoff with a stoppage of Jason Rorie (6-16-2) in Philadelphia. "This is an incredible opportunity for Eric Hunter," said Hall of Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, matchmaker for the Fight Night series. "Here is a young fighter with a lot of ability but his career was in limbo and all of a sudden he gets a chance to fight on the hottest boxing series on television and it's in his hometown. Most fighters would give their eye teeth for this kind of opportunity and Eric jumped at it. Good for him!"
However, Belmontes has his own plans and high expectations to meet. As an amateur, Belmontes, was a star, and the "Corpus Christi Kid", as he is known, has knocked off every pro fighter put in his path. In his last start, Belmontes made his East Coast debut with an eight-round unanimous decision over Joselito Collado in Newark, NJ.
Peltz sums it up by saying this match up is " a crossroads fight between two very good junior lightweights, the winner of which should be rated in the top 15 when the fight is over."