Undefeated welterweight prospect Poindexter Knight, Jr. (4-0, 2 KOs) returns to his hometown of Philadelphia when he takes on undefeated Greg Averil Young Tonight at SugarHouse Casino.
"I am staying focused and ready to put on a great show. My zero will stay a zero," said Knight, who was a 2017 National Golden Gloves Champion.
"I have seen a little footage on him, but I am not worried because I trained so hard for this fight, and I am just ready to put on a show for Philadelphia."
"Poindexter is a special talent and will remind everyone of the Philadelphia stars of the past. Everyone who will be at the SugarHouse Casino tonight will be in for a treat," Said David McWater, CEO of Split-T Management.
WBO European champion Luke Keeler is looking to move towards world level ahead of a dream slot on the huge Windsor Park bill on August 18.
‘Cool Hand’ produced a clinical performance to outpoint Irish rival Conrad Cummings last time out and gets his chance on one of the biggest stages in recent sporting times; a show that includes Carl Frampton v Luke Jackson, Tyson Fury v Francesco Pianeta, Cristofer Rosales v Paddy Barnes and more.
While he’s honoured to be part of the history being created, the Dublin middleweight is dreaming of becoming a headline act himself.
Keeler (14-2-1-KO5) said: “This is a huge event. When it’s over, you look back on your career and to be part of a stadium show with Frampton, Fury and all on it, it’s amazing.
“There’s huge interest in this already and it’s not even fight week yet. It’s a massive occasion and I think the viewing figures will be huge. Just to be a part of it is huge for my career.
“After this, I’m hoping to get another big fight in November – perhaps against the winner of Tommy Langford v Jason Welborn – so it’s exciting times for me.
“I’ve improved so much and I’ve been making technical adjustments to improve again for this fight. I’m just getting better and better because I’ve got some rhythm in my career now.
“World level is where I want to be and I certainly have an eye in the direction of the champions like Billy Joe Saunders.
“In two or three fights’ time I plan to be not just capable of challenging champions like Saunders, but winning against them.”
Joining Keeler on a remarkable undercard in Belfast is Cummings, Lewis Crocker, Sam Maxwell, Steven Donnelly, Sean McComb, Marco McCullough and Steven Ward v Steve Collins Jr for the Celtic light-heavyweight title.
As part of the nine-bout card this Friday night at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials champion, Paul Kroll will make his long awaited pro debut in a junior middleweight bout scheduled for four-rounds.
The show is promoted by King's Promotions, and will be headlined by an eight-round junior welterweight bout between Tyrone Crawley Jr. (7-1) of Philadelphia against Ricardo Garcia (14-3, 9 KOs) of Dominican Republic for the WBF title.
Kroll of Philadelphia is set to take on DeAngelo Alcorn of Searcy, Arkansas.
"I am excited. It has been a long time that I have been waiting to turn pro," said Kroll. "Training has been good. It was a perfect camp. I have been on weight since three days before the weigh-in."
He doesn't know much about Alcorn, but Kroll will be ready for whatever Alcorn brings to the ring on Friday night.
"All I know is his name, and he will need some aspirin after I am done with him."
Living up to big expectations is not a problem for Kroll.
"I do not feel any pressure. I have been an underdog my whole life. I just feel with my coach Dirk Gooden with me, I can beat anyone. I have a great support system that helps me through whatever I need."
Kroll wants to just continue fighting on his way to being a contender in the welterweight division.
"I just want to be active, and fight a lot. That will keep me crisp and sharp. After that, I am willing to fight whomever."
In the amateurs, Kroll plied his trade alongside some of the best prospects in the sport, and their success motivates him to be great.
"Myself, Christian Carto, Jaron Ennis and Darmani Rock all came up together. They are my brothers. We competed in all the tournaments together and I want us all to become world champions."
"I just want to say it's "Punsiher" time on Friday. This is a dream come true to make my professional debut in my hometown. I promise my family, friends and everyone who supports me that I will become world champion.
In the eight-round co-feature Christopher Brooker (13-5, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia takes on Eric Moon (7-1, 6 KOs) of Marietta, GA in a super middleweight bout.
High-class super-featherweight Archie Sharp is burning with ambition ahead of his first major title shot.
The Kent starlet (13-0-KO7) challenges another unbeaten British fighter in Leon Woodstock for the WBO European title on the Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies card at Leicester Arena on October 6.
With a flawless record and endless talent, the 23-year-old Sharp isn’t planning on resting on his laurels once he relieves Woodstock of the crown - live on BT Sport.
‘Sharpshooter’ said: “I’m over the moon and absolutely buzzing for this fight. This sort of occasion is what I turned professional to be involved in and I’m so proud to be part of it.
“I’m a great believer in my ability. I know I can be at world level one day and it’s just a matter of time before I get there. Of course I’m not looking past Woodstock though – he’s a good fighter.
“This is my first major title and I’ve got to be on my game on the night. I’m supremely confident I’ll win and after I do, we’ll sit down and work out how we’re going to get to world level as quickly as possible.
“The fans are in for a great fight and everyone’s going to see who Archie Sharp is. It’ll be an exciting one – I’ll make sure it is. I’ll also show what a clever fighter I am.
“There’ll be some proper noise in the place on the night. We’re going to Leicester in big numbers so I’m sure the atmosphere will be something special. I’d like to thank everyone who’s coming and to them and everyone who’ll tune in on TV, enjoy the show.”