Sarasota locals, Heavyweight China Smith and Super Middleweight Aaron Jaco are set to co-headline a World Boxing Federation (WBF) championship doubleheader on Friday April 3 at the Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Florida.
Billed as “Making History”, the show is presented by Marc Anthony Roman and Perfect Energy Sports, with a big crowd expected at the 3500 seat venue.
WBF North American Heavyweight Champion China “The Dragon” Smith, 35-4 (27), will be making his first title-defense in a rematch with the man he won it against, Mike Sheppard, 22-18-1 (9) from Palestine, West Virginia.
Their original encounter last June in Tampa, won by Smith on points, was one of the best Heavyweight bouts in Florida in years, and the second go-around is also expected to be fireworks from start to finish.
“This is a launching pad to bring boxing to Sarasota,” said Smith at a recent press conference held at Sarasota Lamborghini.
“It’s been a dream of mine to have my teammates and local fighters on the same bill. We don’t want to have just one fight, we want to do big things in Sarasota.”
In the second WBF title fight of the show, Aaron “The Jedi” Jaco, 17-3 (6), will be challenging for the vacant North American Super Middleweight title against Norfolk, Virginia´s Frankie Filippone, 16-5-1 (3).
Southpaw Filippone, nicknamed “The Freight-Train”, is coming down in weight after losing a close decision to Shawn Miller for the Light Heavyweight version last August.
Jaco, on the comeback trail after losing to former world champion Kelly Pavlik in 2012, has won two fights since returning from a nineteen month lay-off.
In Filippone he will be stepping up his level of competition, and can expect a tough fight against an opponent who is also looking to resurrect his career with a big victory.
The entire event can be watched worldwide, live and for free, via webstream on www.BillyCBoxing.com.