The stakes have grown for the exciting co-feature bout between Raymond Serrano and undefeated Enver Halili at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.
The ten-round bout will be contested for the WBC Fecarbox Welterweight title.
The card is promoted by Rising Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions, & Winner Take All Productions.
Serrano of Philadelphia has been training at the famed Wildcard Gym, and has had a terrific camp.
"Camp has been very good, I am just dropping the last couple pounds. I have been sparring with Miguel Cotto and some of the top MMA fighters as well. I have one of the top trainer's in the gym Ernie Zavala working my corner," said Serrano.
Serrano has trained in Philadelphia and Puerto Rico all over the world and has noticed a difference working out at one of the most famous gyms world.
"The difference in training at Wild Card is that there are so many good fighters there and everywhere you look there is a top level fighter who si working hard."
In Halili he knows he is in with a fighter who is coming to win and bring the best out of Serrano.
"I really don't know too much about him. I saw some old footage of him, and I can see that he is a boxer. He is undefeated, so he is coming to win and that should make for a good fight."
It was five years ago when Serrano was a prize prospect with an 18-0 record, and he was on the brink of major fights, before a stretch where Serrano was able to go just 5-4, yet Serrano believes that he is just a win or two away from a major fight.
"I feel like with a win, I am just a phone call away from a big fight. Even thought I am not ranked, I know I can compete with the big names of the division. This win should get me the belt and also the rankings. I just want to continue to climb the ladder. People forget that I am just 28 years-old and I am in my prime. Little by little with my manager Mark Cipparone. I just want to let everyone know that this Saturday, November 18th there will be a new WBC Fecarbox champion, and that will be me, Raymond "Tito" Serrano."
In the main event, Thomas LaManna (24-2, 9 KOs) takes on Samuel Amoako (23-16, 17 KOs) in a ten round battle for the LBF Intercontinental title.
Raymond Serrano (23-4, 10 KOs) takes on Enver Halili (10-0, 3 KOs) in a ten round welterweight clash for the WBC Fecarbox Welterweight title.
Adam Lopez (16-1-2, 8 KOs) battles Jorge Diaz (18-5-1, 10 KOs) for the WBC Fecarbox Super bantamweight title in a eight-round bout.
Former Team GB Olympic captain Thomas Stalker is aiming to catch the best up-and-coming boxing talent in Britain and further afield.
A world, European and EU medallist as an amateur at Elite level, Liverpool’s Stalker has decided to utilise his vast ring experience by taking up the roles of MTK Global Scout & Matchmaker and Brand Ambassador to MTK Marbella.
The 33-year-old southpaw, who claimed the WBO European lightweight title last year, is looking forward to taking on a new challenge.
“Having been involved with boxing for most of my life, I am very honoured to work with MTK Global and look forward to my new roles,” said Stalker. “On the one hand, I’ll be helping to take the business to the next level and on the other I’ll be involved in building the future of boxing at MTK.”
As a former British Amateur Boxer of the Year, Stalker competed at the highest level in the Team GB singlet, with ‘The Captain’ memorably skippering the successful London 2012 Olympic squad.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist subsequently turned pro in 2013, going on to claim the WBO European lightweight title last year with a unanimous points victory over Antonio Joao Bento of Portugal last year in between an epic three-fight series with Wales’ Craig Evans.
Now 12-3-3 in the paid ranks, the decorated amateur believes his combination of Team GB and pro experience will help him identify and head-hunt the best prospects in British and European boxing.
“As a fighter and having been around boxing all my life, this is a great role to see the emerging talent from school-boy level to amateur standouts and future Olympians who then want to make the transition to the paid ranks,” said Stalker. “I’m delighted to be working with the best boxing company worldwide, scouting top boxers and putting the best fighters together with the best team.”
MTK International Operations Director Paul Gibson has backed Stalker’s move, insisting the 33-year-old is the ideal man for his new roles.
“Thomas fought at the very highest level as an amateur and he medalled at nearly every major tournament there is. Since then he’s personified the best things about MTK in his professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm around the gym,” said Gibson. “I believe Thomas has all the key attributes required to make a success of his new roles and unearth new talent for MTK Global.”
Following on from a recent Management Buy-In, MTK Global co-founder Matthew Macklin is delighted to add an educated boxing brain to the company’s new team.
“Thomas has a great eye,” said Macklin. “He’s a real team player and a brilliant man to have around the gym in terms of spotting fighters’ strengths and weaknesses and helping them iron things out. Those skills will be put to good use in his new roles and I have every confidence that he will attract even more talented fighters to our stable.”
Undefeated super-lightweight prospect, Blair "The Flair" Cobbs (6-0, 5 KOs), who is managed by Prince Ranch Boxing (PRB), is now scheduled to fight on November 18, 2018 at the Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. Blair, who fights in the southpaw stance, will face Ousmane Sylla (1-2-1, 1 KO) in a 6-round bout. The card titled "Fights at the Fitz", has been going strong for 14-years.
Blair, who just fought in Aguascalientes, Mexico on October 14, 2017, won a 6-round unanimous decision against Hugo Padilla. He's scheduled to fight again on December 2nd in Mexico, but will take this bout on short notice, as he looks to stay busy. Cobbs who is originally from Philly, now lives in Las Vegas.
"The fact that I'm getting another fight in before my bout in Mexico is wonderful," said Blair Cobbs. "This is exactly what I wanted when I signed with Prince Ranch Boxing...too stay busy. I'm in great shape being that I just fought last month, so taking this fight on short notice is no big deal. My trainer Bones Adams and I have been steadily grinding at the Prince Ranch Boxing gym in Las Vegas. Greg Hannely is doing a great job managing my career and I'll be ready to fight on November 18th."
"Blair Cobbs is a very talented fighter and I'm happy that I was able to get him on this card." Greg Hannely, president of Prince Ranch Boxing stated. "He'll be making a quick return right after this fight on December 2nd so I'm happy that we are keeping him busy."
Tickets to "Fights at the Fitz" priced $30 General Admission, $40 Reserved, and $50 Ringside, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Fitz Gift Shop located in the Fitzgerald Casino, at ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.
The Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel is located at 711 Lucky Lane in Robinsonville, MS 38664. Doors open at 6:30 pm. First bout begins at 7:30 p.m.