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L to R: Shane Mosley & Jameel McCline
The show will feature a number of fighters at a crossroads positioning their careers and desperate of a victory to remain top contenders in their weight divisions.
In the main event, Antonio Margarito (31-4, 22 KOs) vs. Kermet Cintron (24-0, 22 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight fight. Former world heavyweight title-challenger Jameel McCline (31-4-3, 19 KOs) will battle Calvin Brock (24-0, 20 KOs), plus the return of Sugar Shane Mosley (39-4, 35 KOs) to the welterweight division. The event will be broadcast at a suggested retail of $29.95.
Margarito and Cintron are two of the hottest prospects to enter the welterweight division since the departures of Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, and Ike Quartey more than five years ago.
While fighters such as Vernon Forrest, Andrew Lewis, Ricardo Mayorga, and Cory Spinks have won welterweight championships, Margarito and Cintron have quietly developed their skills and climbed up the ranks.
Margarito, despite four losses, has never been knocked out and has suffered just one loss on the last eight years. The 27 year-old, Tijuana, Mexican native is aggressive and has knockout power in both fists and can fight.
Margarito’s biggest victories, however, have come against badly-faded former world champion Frankie Randall (over 40) and Andrew Lewis.
Margarito has never really been tested by a formidable opponent as Cintron. The 25-year-old Puerto Rican native has knocked out 22 of his 24 opponents. His last 12 victories have come against fighters with winning records.
Both Margarito and Cintron have used HBO Boxing After Dark and Showtime’s ShoBox programs to develop their skills and again exposure. Both fighters are not as popular as Floyd Mayweather or Bernard Hopkins, but Margarito and Cintron represent the future of the 147-pound division.
Margarito and Cintron will battle for the unrecognized WBO welterweight championship. Perhaps the winner of the fight could be a future opponent for the undisputed world welterweight champion, Zab Judah.
The card will also feature a 10-round heavyweight fight between McCline and Brock. At 6’ 7,” 250-pounds, McCline is one of the toughest heavyweights today.
McCline went from journeyman/sparring partner to a top-10 contender overnight on July 21, 2001when he knocked out 6, 7,” 250-pound giant, Michael Grant in the first round.
McCline has had some great victories (Lance Whitaker and Shannon Briggs) and big disappointments (TKO 10 by Wladimir Klitschko). Perhaps the biggest disappointment of his career was his heavyweight title bid against IBF champion, Chris Byrd.
McCline, fighting in the biggest fight of his life for a piece of heavyweight championship at Madison Square Garden, out-weighted the 6’ 2,” 215-pound Byrd by more than 50 pounds. Byrd was knocked down and nearly KO’d in the second round and was trailing behind the scorecards.
But Byrd used his quickness, head movement, and his fast hands to surprise McCline during the second-half of the fight. Byrd won a split decision victory to retain his heavyweight title.
At age 34, McCline hopes to resume his quest toward a second heavyweight title shot by knocking out Brock, an undefeated heavyweight prospect and former representative of the 2000 U.S. Olympic boxing team.
The event will also feature the return of Sugar Shane Mosley to the welterweight division. Mosley, who had two victories against De La Hoya, is a former three-division champion (lightweight, welterweight, and junior welterweight).
He’s been recognized as one of the best fighters in boxing for over eight years. Rapid combinations, quickness and power were Mosley’s biggest assets.
However, Mosley is winless in five of his last six fights despite winning two-thirds of the junior welterweight title from De La Hoya in Sept. 2003.
Mosley needs a victory. He will face David Estrada (18-1, 9 KOs).