Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing has announced the signing of two top national, Philadelphia based prospects, STEVEN ORTIZ and POINDEXTER KNIGHT JR.
Both fighters will return to battle at ‘Real Deal Showcase Series 1’ on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia.
Said Holyfield, “Both of these prospects have the attributes I look for when signing fighters; skill and the willingness to work hard and continue to learn. I’m excited to see them continue to progress and present them with the opportunities to further their careers.”
“We’re thrilled to add Steven and Poindexter to our team of great fighters,” said Vice President of Operations and Development KEVIN O’SULLIVAN. “Each has world class potential and we look forward to working with them to pursue their dreams of becoming a world champion.”
The 24-year-old Ortiz, (7-0, 2 KO’s), born and raised in the Liberty City, has impressed local fights fans with sensational performances over his last four fights, all taking place in Philadelphia.
A stellar amateur with a record of 45-5, Ortiz earned numerous accolades; among them being a Five-Time Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Champion, including a victory over three-time U.S. Olympian Rau’shee Warren. He was also a National Silver Gloves Winner.
Ortiz starting boxing at the age of 11 and truly made the move to further his career in 2013 when he started training with Raul “Chino” Rivas at his Guts and Glory Gym in South Jersey.
Known as a tremendous counter puncher, Ortiz will headline the ‘Real Deal Showcase Series I’ against JOSHUA DAVIS, (11-2-0, 5 KO’s), of Washington, D.C. in an eight round lightweight clash.
The 22-year-old Knight had a show-stopping pro debut on December 1, 2017, with a first round knockout of Samuel Forjoe in Providence, Rhode Island.
Winning the 2017 National Golden Gloves prior to turning professional, Knight is a training partner of noted 2016 Olympians Charles Conwell and Teofimo Lopez, both of whom have excelled in the professional ranks.
Introduced to boxing by his father at a young age, Knight was sparring with perennial contender Hank Lundy by the age of 13.
Knight will face-off against an opponent to be announced in a four-round welterweight feature attraction at ‘Real Deal Showcase Series 1’.
Advance tickets for ‘Real Deal Showcase Series I’, priced at $125, $75 and $50 are NOW ON SALE and may be purchased at www.SugarhouseEntertainment.com Sugarhouse Casino is located at 1001 N. Delaware, Philadelphia, PA 19125. Doors on the night of the event will open at 7:00 p.m. ET.