Spadafora-Egberime on Saturday, 12/1; Funeka-Marali II
Saturday December 1, 2012 at The Harv at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, WV undefeated former IBF World Champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora (46W-0L-1D, 19KO) faces reigning WBO Oriental Champion & former Olympian Solomon Egberime (22W-3L-1D, 11KO). Spadafora, currently world ranked WBA #11, WBC #19, defeated Humberto Toledo in his last bout in August. Egberime, currently world ranked WBO #14, defeated Joel Dela Cruz in his last bout in July. Both fighters need the victory to catapult into world championship positions in 2013.
The event is presented by 8-Time World Champion Roy Jones Jr. in association with TNT Promotions.
The evening also features a rematch of an entertaining back-&-forth battle in July between crowd-pleasing & former #1 world ranked contender Monty Meza-Clay (33W-3L, 21KO) & Emmanuel “El Carnicero” Lucero (26W-12L-1D, 14KO) & Youngstown, OH’s Jake “The Bull” Giuriceo (16W-1L-1D, 3 KO) attempts his next step towards cracking the world rankings vs. former WBO African Title Challenger “Mr.” Peter Oluoch (11W-6L-2D, 6KO).
Other bouts scheduled for the event include: Billy “Hutch” Hutchinson (4W-1L-2D, 2KO) in a tri-state grudge match vs. Jose “The Puerto Rican Prince” Caraballo (5W-4L, 1 KO). Prospect “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (7W-0L, 3KO) in a dangerous matchup with Cameron Allen (4W-11L, 2KO). Allen is coming off of a shocking 2nd round TKO of 14W-2L fringe contender Jimmy Lubash. Debuting Joey “The Hitman” Holt takes on 20 fight veteran Alan Moore.
Tickets start at $25. Call 1-800-804-0468 Ext: 8297 or online at www.Etix.com 1st pro bout 7:30 P.M.
For the world wide audience, the event can be enjoyed via your 24/Seven Combat Connection www.GFL.tv for $12.95.
WBF Fight of the Year to be repeated, Funeka vs. Marali II
In one of the most exciting WBF fights seen in decades, in November 2012, Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka, 31-3-3 (25), won a controversial split decision over former two times world champion Zolani “Invincible” Marali, 21-5 (13) to win the vacant World Boxing Federation World Light Welterweight crown.
The former WBF and IBO world champion Marali was astounded when ring announcer Michael Buffer awarded the split decision to Funeka, and vowed to get even demanding a rematch.
Funeka admitted that he had been rusty and was far from his best, but has promised to punish Marali when the two meet on Siphato Handi’s Mamali Promotions show at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa on 8 December.
Both Funeka and Marali are world class competitors, and the winner will be mandated to defend against the WBF interim champion Antonio Lozada, 29-1 (25), of Mexico.
WBF President Howard Goldberg will be the supervisor in charge, and the officials are: Referee Darryl Ribbink, and judges: Siphiwe Mbini, Lulama Mtya and Andile Matika.