Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Thomas Williams Jr. faces former WBA titleholder Gabriel Campillo in the 12-round main event of a Friday Night Fights show on August 1 from the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash., Goossen Promotions announced on Tuesday.
Williams-Campillo battle, promoted in association with Sampson Boxing, will be televised live on ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
"Thomas Williams Jr. has been impressive on Friday Night Fights this season and Gabriel Campillo was part of what may have been our best card last year at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, so we are expecting a dogfight," Brian Kweder, ESPN senior director of programming and acquisitions, stated in the press release.
Said Dan Goossen, CEO of Goossen Promotions, "These are the type of fights that make or break a young upcoming fighter like Williams. Three of Campillo's losses have been more than controversial, they have been outright travesties, and with a potential world title opportunity at stake, he knows this is his chance to right all the wrongs. This is why our matchmaker Tom Brown believes this is a terrific matchup for the fans and ESPN viewers and why it will tell us everything we need to know about Williams.
"We've brought some outstanding events to Little Creek Casino Resort and to their supportive fans in Washington State and I believe this one has the makings of being a real war involving world class boxers," continued Goossen.
Williams (17-0, 12 knockouts), of Fort Washington, Md., is currently ranked No. 6 by the WBO, No. 8 IBF and No. 9 WBC. In his first visit to the Little Creek Casino Resort on Jan. 24, Williams had to climb off the canvas, and return the favor in scoring an exciting first-round stoppage of Cornelius White, earning an ESPN Sports Center Top Ten Highlight.
In his next bout from Rancho Mirage, Calif., Williams knocked out former world title challenger Enrique Ornelas in the third round on April 24 in a bout also telecast on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Fighting out of Madrid, Spain, Campillo (23-6-1, 10 KOs), a 12-year veteran, has dropped questionable decisions against former beltholders Beibut Shumenov (who he beat by decision in their previous bout) and Tavoris Cloud. Campillo also holds the distinction of being managed by Sergio Martinez, the former Middleweight World Champion.