Light heavyweights Thomas Williams and former titleholder Gabriel Campillo weighed 175 pounds, and, 174.8, respectively, in advance of Friday’s bout at the Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Wash.
Williams is 17-0 with 12 knockouts and Campillo is 23-6-1 with 10 stoppage victories, having lost three of his past five fights.
Dirrell is ending an 18-month ring absence, having last been in action for a unanimous decision over Michael Gbenga in February 2013, while Biosse is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Callum Smith on July 12.
ARE DANNY GARCIA, LAMONT PETERSON, DANNY JACOBS PRIMED FOR THE UPSET?
RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, IBF 140-pound beltholder Lamont Peterson and middleweight standout Danny Jacobs are all favored against underdogs Rod Salka, Edgar Santana and Jarrod Fletcher, respectively, heading into their bouts on Aug. 9 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Garcia (28-0, 16 knockouts) is coming off a disputed majority decision victory over Mauricio Herrera on March 15 and will face Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) in a 10-round, non-title affair. Peterson will defend his IBF 140-pound title against Santana and Jacobs will be after his eighth consecutive stoppage win against Fletcher.
In advance of their bouts, Showtime’s Steve Farhood came up with a list of his top 10 underdogs in boxing who emerged with upsets.
1. Buster Douglas KO 10 Mike Tyson, February 11, 1990, Tokyo (Wins WBA, WBC, IBF heavyweight titles) – Tyson is 37-0, Douglas is a 42-1 underdog in at least one Las Vegas sports book; not even Nostradamus saw this coming.
2. Evander Holyfield KO 11 Mike Tyson, November 9, 1996, Las Vegas (Wins WBA heavyweight title) – Tyson opens as 24-1 favorite; not first or last time “Real Deal” is overlooked.
3. Randy Turpin W 15 Sugar Ray Robinson, July 10, 1951, London (Wins world middleweight title) – Robinson went in with a ridiculous record of 128-1-2 and hasn’t lost since 1943.
4. Frankie Randall W 12 Julio Cesar Chavez, January 29, 1994, Las Vegas (Wins WBC junior welterweight title) – “J.C. Superstar,” 89-0-1, suffers first knockdown and first loss in same bout.
5. Hasim Rahman KO 5 Lennox Lewis, April 22, 2001, Gauteng, South Africa (Wins WBC and IBF heavyweight titles) – Rahman does it with one legendary punch vs. ill-prepared Lewis.
6. Billy Backus KO 4 Jose Napoles, December 3, 1970, Syracuse, NY (Wins world welterweight title) – New York Times lists local challenger, who has 10 losses, as 9-1 underdog; aging Napoles stopped on cuts.
7. Leon Spinks W 15 Muhammad Ali, February 15, 1978, Las Vegas (Wins world heavyweight title) – Almost beyond belief: In only ninth pro bout, Olympic gold medalist Spinks shocks “The Greatest.”
8. Corrie Sanders KO 2 Wladimir Klitschko, March 8, 2003, Niedersachsen, Germany (Wins WBO heavyweight title) – Southpaw from South Africa crushes Wlad with huge left hands.
9. (tie) Cassius Clay KO 7 Sonny Liston, February 25, 1964, Miami (Wins world heavyweight title)
Muhammad Ali KO 8 George Foreman, October 30, 1974, Kinshasa, Zaire (Regains world heavyweight title) – Ali is at least 7-1 underdog in both bouts; his handlers, in fear of his fate vs. Big George, had reportedly mapped out route from stadium to hospital.
10. Kirkland Laing W 10 Roberto Duran, September 4, 1982, Detroit (junior middleweight bout) – A 7-1 underdog, the UK’s Laing surprises Duran, 74-3 at the time.
SADAM ALI, ANTHONY PETERSON, MARCUS BROWNE ON GARCIA-SALKA CARD
Welterweight Sadam Ali will face Jeremy Bryan, light heavyweight Marcus Browne will be in against Paul Vasquez and Lamont Peterson’s younger brother, Anthony Peterson will fight a lightweight rival to be determined.
In other match-ups, super middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard meets Barry Trotter, junior welterweight prospect Zachary Ochoa takes on Luis Cervantes, and junior middleweight Prichard Colon faces Lenwood Dozier.
SERGIO THOMPSON FACES ADONES AGUELO IN WBC ELIMINATOR BOUT
Mexican junior lightweight Sergio Thompson will pursue his third consecutive win against Adones Aguelo of the Philippines on Saturday in an eliminator for the right to face WBC titleholder Takashi Miura, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Thursday.
Thompson-Aguelo will air live on Televisa and FOX Deportes from Estadio Nachan Kaan in Chetumal, Mexico.
Thompson, 30, was last in action in March, when he rose to the lightweight division for a unanimous decision over Ricardo Alvarez, the older brother of junior middleweight Saul Alvarez.
Aguelo, 26, is coming off an eighth-round technical knockout of Hirohito Fukuhara in April.
The co-main event matches Mexican welterweights Silverio Ortiz and Fernando Castaneda.
SUGAR RAY LEONARD TO ATTEND NEVADA HALL OF FAME CEREMONY ON AUG. 9
Sugar Ray Leonard will attend the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on August 9 at the Cohiba Ballroom in The New Tropicana, Las Vegas, NVBHOF President Rich Marotta announced on Friday.
A 2013 inductee into the NVBHOF’s inaugural event, will not only attend the induction of former champion Roberto Duran, but join him on stage. The evening will also include a reunion of former rivals Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson.
Duran, who is going in under the “Non-Nevada Residents,” category for the 2014 Class, won the first of three bouts against Leonard. Their final bout of the trilogy marked the opening event for Steve Wynn’s Mirage Hotel and was refereed by Richard Steele, each of whom are also being inducted into the NVBHOF.
In addition, Tyson will make the presentation to Holyfield, to whom he lost twice.
UNBEATEN MANUEL AVILA TAKES ON SERGIO FRIAS ON AUG. 22
Heavyweights Gerald Washington and Nagy Aguilera will square off in the main event and featherweights Guy Robb and Jonathan Arrellano will compete in a third televised bout.
“Few moments in boxing are more exciting for fans than when a young, hungry prospect fights in front of his hometown. Manuel Avila seems to have all the tools,” said Oscar De La Hoya, president and founder of Golden Boy Promotions.
“But how he performs against a tough fighter like Sergio Frias in a pressure-packed situation will determine a great deal about ‘Tino’s’ future. Gerald Washington is an impressive athlete who has picked up boxing very well in a short period of time and if he beats a veteran like Aguilera, he could be on his way to the next level of the heavyweight division.”