DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 ON SATURDAY AT THE SHRINE. FIRST FIGHT AT 6: 30
WELTERWEIGHT (MMA) ALLAN GIBSON 5-1 (SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI) V OWEN EVENGER 7-2 (KANSAS CITY MISSOURI)
MIDDLEWEIGHTS RAMON BARBER 1-0 (PITTSBURG KANSAS) V BRIAN TROUT (SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI)
HEAVYWEIGHTS WES OSBORNE (SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI) v KEITH JACKSON (SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI)
HEAVYWEIGHTS MAURENZO SMITH 8-2 (HOUSTON TX) V CHUCKY DILLARD 5-10 (LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS)
CO MAIN EVENT
IBF ELIMINATOR. WINNER WILL FIGHT FOR THE WORLD TITLE
CORY SPINKIS 38-6 (ST LOUIS MO) V SECHEW POWELL 26-3 (BROOKLYN NEW YORK)
NORTH AMERICAN TITLE DEFENSE
BJ FLORES 26-1 (17KOS) SPRINGFIELD MO V HUGO PINEDA 39-5 (28KOS) BARANQUILLA COLUMBIASPRINGFIELD, MO
Tom Morris and FM promotions is glad to team up with Danger boy events/BJ Flores and Don King Productions for two important fights on January 28th. This event will take place at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield Missouri and is starting to turn into a very entertaining night of fighting. Five professional boxing matches will make this a can’t miss event for the people in Springfield, Missouri. #3 WBO world rated Cruiserweight BJ Flores will headline in the main event and Cory Spinks and Sechew Powell face off in an important IBF Jr. Middleweight eliminator fight. Flores is starting to put Springfield, Missouri on the map as far as boxing goes, and he is building an increasingly large fan base in the Springfield area. Flores sold out the last event at the O’Reily Events Center and looks to do the same thing again at the Shrine Mosque on January 28th.
Five- time world champion Cory “Next Generation” Spinks will take on former title challenger and #4 IBF World rated Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell in a pivotal fight for both fighters in their respective careers. The winner will face Cornelius Bundrage for the IBF world title on the next fight and Don King has ensured that this fight will in fact take place on the BJ Flores card on January 28th. Spinks is hoping to fight for his 6th world title with a win over the very talented Powell.
WBO #3 World rated and NABO and NABA US champion as well as WBC Continental Americas champion BJ Flores, is in heavy training for his North American championship fight on January 28th. Flores will also be fighting for the recently vacated NABF title that was given up by Nigerian World Rated Lateef Kayode in place of facing the Flores. This will be Flores third North American title fight in the last 6 months and is starting to turn some heads with the large crowds that have showed up for his July and October fights. The world rated Flores has kept a very active schedule and his recent signing with iconic promoter Don King has seem to put a bounce in his step.
Flores says, “It is an honor to have two fighters like Cory and Sechew fight on my card on January 28th in Springfield, Missouri. When I got the call from Don yesterday he told me it was a done deal. I have grown up fighting with both of these guys and have followed their careers and this is sure to be a great addition to the card and a very exciting fight for the people in Springfield, Missouri. The fans in Missouri are very energetic and I couldn’t think of a better place to stage this important elimination fight!” Flores goes on to say “I will be fighting for the third time in six months and I’m just doing what I love to do. We have offered this fight to top American contenders Andres Taylor 21-1, Aaron Williams 21-3, James Cermack 17-2, Jeremiah Graziano 15-0 and Ed Perry 18-4. We hope to have an opponent nailed down by the end of the week.”
When asked if Flores was disappointed in Lateef Kayode vacating the NABF title instead of facing him Flores said, “I understand boxing is a business. My attitude has changed. I want to fight often and the best opponents possible. After my loss to Danny Green I immediately wanted to fight a big name guy in the states. I wanted Kayode and he refused to fight me. I won the NABO interim title and instead of facing me he vacated the NABO title and I became full champion. When I moved into the #1 spot by the NABF and President Joe Dwyer informed Team Kayode that he had to face me next they said “we appreciate the opportunity but we will be vacating the title. So, I’m used to it. I’m just glad Mr. King has gotten behind this big event and is helping us promote and make it big!! Don is coming back and so am I!!”
One thing for sure is that the fans of Springfield, Missouri are in for a real treat on January 28th. The fight will be held at the historic Shrine Mosque and tix can be purchased at the Box office or on Metrotix. 1-800-293- 5949 for tickets.