Local pro and amateur Beltway Boxers will be involved in an interesting weekend on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5 in New Jersey.
On Friday, April 4, two undefeated local pros -- Antoine "Action" Douglas" and "The King's Son" Jerry Odom -- will be in action on a card at the Parsippany PAL Arena in Parsippany, NJ. Both men are coming off knockout wins over their opponents at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA on March 15.
Douglas (13-0, eight KO's) will headline the card in his first scheduled 10-round contest as he battles veteran and former world title contender "The Bergamo Bomber" Luca Messi of Bergamo, Italy. Messi (37-9-1, 13 KO's) is coming off a six-round decision over Kristian Camino on February 1 in Bergamo. The win broke a two-bout losing streak. In August of 2005, Messi lost a bid for the WBA Junior Middleweight championship to Alejandro Garcia by unanimous decision in Chicago, IL.
Odom (9-0, nine KO's) will be in a six-round encounter on the card against an opponent to be determined.
Special guest attendees of this card will be a contingent of Potomac Valley Association amateur boxers who will be town in a dual meet against the Elite Heat All-Stars of NJ that will take place on Saturday, April 5 in Newark, NJ. No official word on who will represent the PVA squad.
One week later, on Saturday, April 12, the PVA squad will host the New Jersey team for another card at the Merrick Recreation Center in Southeast, DC. We'll have more on that card in a few days.