FIRELAKE CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: FIGHT CARD & PREVIEW

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On Saturday, Oct. 1, HD Boxing returns to FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma. This is a can’t miss event that features a much anticipated rematch between Bo Gibbs and Abel Perry.

Also featured on the card is Lydell Rhodes, a top-ranked fighter who’s been featured on national television.

The card also features Oklahoma’s jr. middleweight champ Dennis Knifechief, Elijah Pierce, Travon Sargent, Maurice Williams and the return of “The Vanilla Gorilla” Wayne Heath.

All the fighters are primed and ready to put on a show for the fans.

Main Event - Bo Gibbs (17-0, 8 KOs) vs. Abel Perry (18-9, 9 KOs) - 165 lbs. Catchweight (8 Rounds)

Oklahoma State Middleweight Champion, Bo “Hands of War” Gibbs defends his title against Abel “Truth Serum” Perry. The two met in May and Gibbs escaped with a majority decision victory.

“I’m feeling stronger and smarter than I’ve ever felt in my life,” Gibbs said.

For Perry, the fight with Gibbs was his first fight since 2014. Look for Perry to be motivated and ready to bring the belt home with him to Arkansas.

“I’m feeling ten times better than the last fight,” Perry said. “This time I’m not kicking off two years of rust. This is going to be a good fight.”

Co-Main Event - Lydell Rhodes (23-2-1, 11 KOs) vs. Lenwood Dozier (9-12-2, 4 KOs) - Welterweight (6 Rounds)

After suffering two consecutive losses, Lydell Rhodes returns home to Oklahoma looking to get back on track. In his last fight, many contest that he was robbed of a victory. Even in those losses, Rhodes has shown an improved skill set. Look for Rhodes to make a statement in this fight.

“I’m feeling strong,” Rhodes said. “I went back to my original style of sitting down on my shots and knocking guys out. I’ve been hurting a lot of guys I’ve been sparring with. I’m ready to put my new entertaining style on display this weekend.”

On Sept. 24, Dozier got back in the win column for the first time since 2013 with a first round knockout of Clifford McPherson (2-31-1). Throughout his career, Dozier has been in the ring with top-level competition such as Yuri Foreman, Patrick Day and Prichard Colon.

Dennis Knifechief (5-5-1, 1 KO) vs. Edwin Williams (2-1, 1 KO) - Oklahoma State Jr. Middleweight Title (5 Rounds)

Knifechief looks to defend his state title for the first time since he defeated Juan Parra for the title back in May. This will be Knifechief’s fifth consecutive fight at FireLake Arena. In the four previous fights, he has compiled a record of 3-1.

“I’m feeling strong and very focused on looking fluid the whole fight,” Knifechief said. “I’ve been sparring three times a week for the last month and a half.”

Williams hasn’t been in the ring since a second round knockout loss to Martin Morales back in June of 2014.

Elijah Pierce (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Tony Cruz (debut) - Jr. Welterweight (4 Rounds)

Pierce, one of Oklahoma’s top prospects looks to earn his second pro victory against a fighter who has an extensive amatuer background.  

In his pro debut, Pierce went out and dominated a seven fight veteran in Deartie Tucker. This fight should end in a similar fashion as Pierce proves he’s on the way to becoming a world champion.

“I’m feeling locked and loaded and ready to put on a show for the fans,” Pierce said. “This is going to be a work of art.”

Travon Sargent (3-0, 3 KOs) vs. Huey Lynn Jr. (debut) - Cruiserweight (4 Rounds)

Through the first three fights of Sargent’s career he has dominated his opponents from the opening bell until the referee stops the fight. This will be Sargent’s first fight away from Remington Park, but that shouldn’t matter as he’s put in substantial work leading up to this fight.

“I feel great,” Sargent said. “I feel confident in my defense and ability to maintain my strength on my venture to 175 [pounds]. My sparring leading up to the fight has been very sufficient and has me sharp. Lord willing, and the sun shines, I will hopefully get the win.

Not looking beyond the fight on Saturday, Sargent hopes to get a state title shot in the near future.

“I’m looking for a shot at the 175 belt in November if Bobby Dobbs will allow me the opportunity,” Sargent said. “I know it’s all based on performance and I’m going to put all my hard work together in the ring.”  

Wayne Heath (7-0-1, 6 KOs) vs. Marvin Babe (1-6, 1 KO) - Heavyweight (4 Rounds)

Fan favorite Wayne Heath returns to the ring after a brief retirement. After his last fight, a first round dismantling of Tim Bronson, it’s time for Heath to take a step-up in competition.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and the challenge of fighting a difficult southpaw style that Marvin brings to the table,” Heath said. “He is coming off a big second round knockout win at the last Remington Park event over an undefeated heavyweight so I’m sure he is confident and he has every right to be. I have much respect for him. I believe this will be a fan pleasing fight.”

Speaking of Babe’s last fight, he got revenge against Rob Ivins. With a possible trilogy with Ivins in the future, Babe should have the momentum necessary to give Heath one of his toughest fights to date.

Maurice Williams (1-0) vs. Terrence Hogans (0-3) - Super Middleweight (4 Rounds)

Williams is fresh off a 4-round unanimous decision victory over Steven Crowfield. Williams has very little experience in the ring, but with his hard work and dedication to the sport he looks like a fighter who’s been in the fight game for years.   

“I’m feeling ready,” Williams said. I trained hard and pushed myself every step of the way. I put in the work, now I’m just ready to see what I can do.”

Hogans has been in the ring with a couple very good fighters. He’s fought a very tough mma fighter in Braden Smith and a hard-hitting fighter out of Houston, Texas in Miguel Martinez (4-1, 3 KOs). Depsite not picking up a win, Hogans remains dedicated and focused on getting a win this weekend.

“I feel confident,” Hogans said. “I’m ready to do whatever it takes to win; it’s my turn.”

For more information on this fight, or to purchase tickets visit http://hdboxing.net.