This Saturday night at The Playground in Atlantic City, Heavyweight contender Chazz Witherspoon (33-3, 25 KO’s) will look to further his pursuit at a championship opportunity when he takes on Nicholas Guivas (11-2-2, 9 KO’s) in a 10-round bout that will headline a 12-bout card.
The fight card is promoted by Silver Spoon Promotions in conjunction with the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.
Witherspoon of Paulsboro, New Jersey has been on the cusp of Heavyweight title opportunity knows that a big effort on Saturday will likely place him back in a significant fight that will put him in position to reach that lofty goal.
“Everything is great. I been working hard and had Eddie Chambers in camp. I feel good and healthy. I expect a big night,” said the 33 year-old Witherspoon.
It’s been a busy time for Witherspoon, who not only is the promoter for the event but just welcomed his 6th boy into the world with his wife Jennifer on August 6.
“We named him Lion. The pregnancy cut into my training a little but I am a focused guy and I have a good support team around us that I was able to get the proper training in and am very ready for Saturday.”
In Facing Guivas, Witherspoon is facing an upstart from Topeka, Kansas who has a respectable record of 11-2 and has 4 consecutive knockout victories to his credit.
“I really do not know much on him. He looks to be a strong guy. I saw that he has been boxing a while and has a good amateur pedigree. We have a strategy. I ran into him while taking fighters for medicals. He seems to be a nice guys but those are the guys who make the toughest fights. On Saturday, I know I have to be on my game to put on a great performance.”
Witherspoon is just biding his time until he gets the right call to face a top-10 guy and as he keeps racking up the wins, he knows that time is in the very near future.
“I have been getting those calls already. Obviously I have a good record and name. But so far the money has not been right but I believe we are getting close to taking one of those fights.”
Witherspoon is happy to be promoting and headlining the inaugural fight at the new venue, which is close to his home in Paulsboro, New Jersey.
“It’s always great to fight in Atlantic City. It’s a good venue, there is a large video screen. It has a real entertaining ambiance and it is a great show, so we are looking forward to a great night on Saturday. There will be a lot of boxers and dignitaries in attendance and it will be a great night with the announcement of the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.”
In 6-round bouts:
Keenan Smith (7-0, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia, PA will fight Lavelle Hadley (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Youngstown, OH.
Anthony Young (10-1, 5 KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ will take Jonathan Garcia (4-14, 1 KO) in a Welterweight bout.
Wang Zhimin (3-0, 1 KO) of China will fight Carlos Nieves (0-7-1) of Bronx, NY in a Jr. Welterweight bout.
Zhang Zhilei (4-0, 2 KO’s) of Las Vegas, NV will battle Dennis Benson (2-6-1, 1 KO) of Norfolk, VA in a Heavyweight bout.
John Lennox (13-2, 5 KO’s) of Carteret, NJ will take on Dan Pasciolla (3-1) of Brick, NJ in a Heavyweight fight.
In 4-round bouts:
Scott Kelleher of Philadelphia will make his pro debut against Xzavier Ford (0-1) of Concord, NC in a Jr. Welterweight bout.
Jerome Conquest (2-1) of Philadelphia will battle pro debuting David Perez of Pittsburgh, PA Lightweight bout.
Parris Chisholm (2-0, 1 KO) of Washington, DC will fight Ronnie Jordan (1-5-1) of Cincinatti, Ohio in a Welterweight fight.
Dustin Fleischer (3-0, 3 KO’s) of Monmouth County, NJ will see action in a Welterweight bout against David Ratliff (0-1) of North Carolina.
Kashif Mohamed (0-1) of New York, NY will box Samuel Ellsworth (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Farmersville, LA in a Middleweight bout.
Eric Kitt (5-1, 2 KO’s) of Pensacola, FL will take on Gilbert Alex Sanchez (5-6-1, 2 KO’s) of Camden, NJ in a Middleweight bout.
The Playground is a brand-new, state of the art entertainment complex where the shops at the Pier used to be. The facility is 500,000 square feet.The Playground is located at One Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Tickets for this great night of boxing will range from $75, $100 and $150 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com