The card for the opening night of the NBC Sport Network Fight Night series will prove to be just what the boxing fans ordered. Truly great fights that match styles - not records. Tune in for a great night of boxing on NBC Sports Network Fight Night!
Matchmaker, Russell Peltz, shares his insight into the undercard bouts:
10 Rounds - Heavyweights
Eddie Chambers vs. Sergei Liakhovich
Philadelphia, PA Scottsdale, Arizona
36-2, 18 KO's 25-4, 16 KO's
10 Rounds - Junior Middleweights
Jesus Soto Karass vs. Gabriel Rosado
Los Mochis, Mexico Philadelphia, PA
24-6-3, 16 KO's 18-5, 10 KO's
Jesus Soto-Karass has a solid chin and only knows one way to fight--straight ahead, throwing punches to the body and head.
Gabriel Rosado, a hometown boy, needs a win and will put it all on the line on January 21st. He's bigger than Soto-Karass and he should use his size and strength in this match.
Both men have fought tough opposition. Karass has fought Mike Jones, Alfonso Gomez, Carson Jones, David Estrada, Vince Phillips, Michel Rosales, Yuri Foreman, and Freddy Hernandez. Rosado has fought Saul Roman, Kassim Ouma, Alfredo Angulo, Derek Ennis, Fernando Guerrero
8 Rounds - Welterweights
Joel Julio vs. Chris Fernandez
Miami, FL Salt Lake City, UT
37-4, 31 KO's 19-14-1, 11 KO's
27 year old Joel Julio, one of the best in the world at 147 to 154 pounds, compiled his record of 37-4, (31 KO's)against some of the best. He has beaten current IBF junior middlweight champ Cornelius Bundrage as well as Ishe Smith, Anges Adjaho and Jamaal Davis. He fought for the WBO world junior middleweight title in 2008, losing a 12-round decision to Serhiy Kzinziruk in Germany. Julio currently is campaigning at welterweight.
Chris Fernandez, 35, of Salt Lake City, UT, has fought the best from coast to coast. His
record (12 KO's) was built against top guys like Devon Alexander, Paul Malignaggi, Danny Garcia and Gabriel Bracero. He has fought 13 men who were undefeated at fight time and never is in a bad fight.
8 Rounds - Welterweights
Doel Carrasquillo vs. Ray Robinson
Frederica, DE Philadelphia, PA
16-18-1, 14 KO's 12-2, 5 KO's
The New Ray Robinson is a talented lefty who will celebrate his 26th on fight night. His record includes close decision losses at 8 and 10 rounds, respectively, to two of the best prospects at welterweight, Brad Solomon and Shawn Porter, both undefeated. After switching promoters in 2011, Robinson ended a 14-month layoff Sept. 30 when he KO'd Manuel Guzman, of Lancaster, PA, in seven rounds in Philadelphia. He is managed by Roger Levitt and trained by Howard Mosley.
Doel Carrasquillo, 38, is capable of beating any welterweight on any given night, despite his deceiving record. In his last fight Oct. 22 in Atlantic City, he shocked lefty Shamone Alavarez by stopping him in five rounds. Earlier in 2011, Carrasquillo knocked out then-unbeaten prospect Denis Douglin in Salisbury, MD. He also KO'd tough Jorge Melendez in 2010 in Puerto Rico.
6 Rounds - Light Heavyweights
Damar Singleton vs. Sullivan Barrera
Toledo, OH Miami, FL
7-0, 3 KO's 8-0, 6 KO's
Someone's 0 must go in this match. Both guys are putting their unblemished records on the line. Sullivan Barrera is in the top 15 in the WBC and WBA after only 8 fights. The light heavyweight Cuban has stopped 6 of his last 8 opponents. He is promoted by Ahmet Oner.
He is managed by Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Damar Singleton has had over 90 amateur fights, competed in the USA men's national tournament, national Silver Gloves tournament, semi-finals of the national PAL tournament, and won his division in the Jr. Olympics 2 years in a row.
6 Rounds - Welterweights
Jose Peralta Alejo vs. TBA
Jersey City, NJ
6-1, 4 KO's
Jose Peralta Alejo, 21, is originally from the Dominican Republic but now lives in Jersey City, NJ. He is managed by Pat Lynch, former manager of Arturo Gatti. Coming to the USA with a 3-1 record in 2010, he was tossed in as an opponent for the highly touted Christian Martinez on Oct. 30, 2010 at Ballys, and shocked everyone by earning a six-round decision. He followed in 2011 with two more wins and was recently signed to a promotional contract by Main Events.
4 Rounds - Junior Welterweights
David Gonzalez vs. Korey Pritchett
Philadelphia, PA Camden, NJ
Pro Debut 1-1
Korey Pritchett, 24, of Camden, NJ, is 1-1 since turning pro Sept. 30 when he beat Korey Sloane, in his hometown of Philadelphia, by decision. In his next fight Oct. 28 at Ballys, he fought the much-bigger Kevin Womack, Jr., of Baltimore, and lst a four-round decision. He is managed by Doc Nowicki and trained by Martin Diaz.
David Gonzalez, 21, of Philadelphia, was set to box Korey Pritchett last Sept. 30 in Philly, but a training injury forced him to back out. This is his pro debut and he is managed by Moz Gonzalez and Eddie Woods.
4 Rounds - Junior Welterweights
Naim Nelson vs. Pedro Andres
Phildelphia, PA Bridgeton, NJ
3-0 Pro Debut
Naim Nelson, 21, of Philly, has won all three of his pro fights by decision, each going four rounds. He turned pro last June at Harrahs Chester (PA), and also fought twice at Ballys Atlantic City. He is managed by Doc Nowicki and trained by Rory Bussey.
He is managed by Doc Nowicki and trained by Rory Bussey.
Pedro Andres, 26, is originally from Mexico but now lives in Bridgeton, NJ. This is his pro debut.
Promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing Promotions and Goossen Tutor, the non-televised undercard fights will begin at 7 p.m. Televised fights will begin at 9 p.m.Tickets are priced at $45 and $65 can be purchased by calling Peltz Boxing, (215) 765-0922 or online at www.peltzboxing.com
NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT SCHEDULE (All Times ET)
Saturday, January 21, 9-11 p.m. - Philadelphia
Saturday, March 24, 10 p.m.-Midnight - Site TBA
Saturday, June 16, 9-11 p.m. - Site TBA
Saturday, December 8, 9-11 p.m. - Site TBATags: Eddie Chambers , Sergei Liakhovich , Joel Julio , Chambers-Liakhovich , Chambers vs Liakhovich , Sullivan Barrera