The main event of the evening is an ALL PHILLY showdown between 2 tough & rugged local fighters. Anthony Ferrante (12-4) is set to do battle with Anthony Caputo Smith over the course of 10 rounds for the USA Pennsylvania state Cruiserweight Title.
Ferrante is making his return to the ring after a year absence that was plagued with controversy. After winning the biggest fight of his career against Isa Akberayev, a post fight drug test came back positive. Ferrante then was in the toughest fight of his career against the NYSAC, spending his own money to appeal, which he lost and was forced to serve a year suspension. Ferrante argued any wrong doing and plans to get his career back on track when he takes on Caputo Smith. A win here could start the rebuilding phase of his career in which he hopes will lead to a title shot.
Caputo Smith is coming off a loss to top rated Light Heavyweight prospect Sean Monoghan (18-0) which took place on the Timothy Bradley - Juan Manuel Marquez undercard. Caputo Smith was proving to be Monoghan's toughest test yet before being stopped in the 3rd round in a barn burner. After being sent back to the drawing board, Caputo Smith plans to get his career back on track when he faces Ferrante. A win here LIVE in front of the WORLD on GFL.tv could re position Caputo Smith into another big fight.
Both men are seeking REDEMPTION in the ring this Friday night so fans can expect an all out war where both men will leave it all in the ring!
Also on the card highly touted undefeated prospect Derrick "Take it to the Bank" Webster (14-0) will take on veteran spoiler Yasin Rasid (7-5) in a showcase bout. Webster, who is mentored by Roy Jones Jr, was recently in camp with former WBC Light Heavyweight Champ Jean Pascal while he was preparing for his HBO showdown with Lucien Bute. Webster was more than ready when he got the call so he can kick off 2014 in style. With a victory here, Webster will turn his attetion to former Jr Middleweight Champ Kasim Ouma, in hopes of taking that step up to get in line for a title. In his last bout, Webster defeated the only man to defeat Light Heavyweight Kingpin Adonis Stevenson, Darnell Boone. Many insiders believe Webster has the goods but he has to take care of business on Friday night before he can get those big fights.
Webster's opponent Rashid is very durable and has only lost to some of the top prospects in the World. Rashid is no stranger to being the underdog and on Friday night LIVE in front of the World on GFL.tv, he plans to shock the WORLD! A victory over Webster could lead to a rebuilding phase in his career but a loss will leave him in the position of gatekeeper to the boxing world.
Another undefeated prospect Naim Nelson (10-0) looks to keep his winning streak alive when he faces veteran spoiler Christian Steele (4-7-2). Nelson who is a skillful boxer is expecting 2014 to be his breakthrough year but for that to happen he has to breakthrough Steele's armor. Nelson, who has yet to taste defeat as a pro, has made a name for himself as one of the top prospects Philadelphia has to offer while Steele has been known to upset highly touted prospects. Steele upset undefeated Lonnie Jackson Jr in his last fight and knows he needs to upset Nelson in order keep getting quality payday while Nelson knows a victory could lead to a very busy and fruitful 2014. Regardless expect a war because, though different things, both men have a lot to lose.
2011 Middleweight World Amateur Champion, Ievgen Khytrov steps in the ring for the 2nd time in his young pro career. Khytrov, who many expect to be the next "GGG", will face off with Romon Barber (4-6) in a 6 round featured bout. Many insiders have high hopes for Khytrov who is a well rounded fighter that hits like a mule. Fans can surely expect a highlight reel KO so whether your in attendance or watching LIVE around the WORLD on GFL.tv make sure you do not blink!
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