50 CENT PREPS THIS WEEK'S FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
Press Release: Rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's SMS Promotions will present its first solo professional boxing event, this Friday (July 5th) live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights from the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Headlining will be a ten-round clash between light heavyweight Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (12-0, 8 KOs) and Allan "Ghost Dog" Green (32-4, 22 KOs).
Alvarez (12-0-0, 8 KOs), a 2008 Colombian Olympian who lives in Montreal, is on his way to positioning himself for a world title shot but is stepping up in class to face Green (32-4-0, 22 KOs). Green is based in Tulsa (OK) and fought in the Super Six tournament.
The ten-round co-feature showcases former IBF featherweight titlist Billy "The Kid" Dib (35-2, 21 KOs) against Hartford favorite "Machine Gun" Mike Oliver (25-3, 8 KOs). A native of Australia, Dib is coming off a highly-competitive, fan-friendly fight on March 1, also shown on ESPN Friday Night Fights, in which he lost a 12-round split decision and his IBF belt to undefeated Russian Evgeny Gradovich.
Also fighting on the undercard in four rounds bouts are Arizona light welterweight "Magic Man" Luis Olivares (4-0, 3 KOs) vs. Puerto Rican Jonathan Perez (4-0, 2 KOs), Cincinnati native Donte Strayhorn vs. Hartford's Oscar Diaz (0-1), New Haven (CT) featherweight Nate Green (3-0, 1 KO) vs. Micah Branch (1-6-1), of Cincinnati, New Haven super bantamweight Jimmy Williams vs. Saul Almeida (0-1, of Framingham (MA), plus pro-debuting light middleweights David Wilson, of New Haven, and Woburn's (MA) Rodrigo Almeida.
Undefeated Louisiana lightweight prospect Mark "Too Sharp" Davis (16-0, 5 KOs), who captured gold medals at the 2005 and 2006 U.S. National Championships, meets TBA in an eight-round bout.
Tickets are available to purchase at Connecticut Convention Center (860-728-2624) or by calling Mike Criscio (203-627-7472). Doors open at 6 p.m. ET with the first fight scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET.