Underwood Promotions is back with a banger of a show that will feature 10 fights and is headlined by two title fights.
In the main event of the night, Raul “El Tigre” Casarez will be traveling up north to take on one of Underwood’s top prospects, Kurtis “OohWee” Colvin, in a clash for the vacant World Boxing Board Middleweight title. Colvin is riding a four-fight win streak that extends back to 2016 and will also have home-field advantage when he steps inside the squared circle. The last time Mr. OohWee lost was in 2013 but that was by split decision against Aaron Pryor Jr. in Pryor’s hometown of Cincinnati so there could’ve been some hometown cooking served that night. After that loss, Colvin took a three-year break from boxing and returned back to the ring against Rich Graham with a unanimous decision. The Austin native will be celebrating his 32nd birthday when he steps through the ropes on Saturday night and a nice gold strap could make it his most memorable birthday yet.
One of the most notable names in the Rio Grande Valley boxing scene is Raul Casarez. The 31-year-old has been fighting professionally since 2003 so boxing has been the man’s life since he was a teenager. Casarez made a name for himself with his flashy attire and personality, “El Tigre” but also by picking up a batch of wins as a youngster. As time progressed, Casarez continued to rack up the W’s until he got an opportunity to fight one of the boxing’s most exciting and dangerous brawlers, Alfredo Angulo. This fight didn’t last long as Angulo finished Casarez in under a minute. Casarez took some serious damage in the fight and I don’t think he ever fully recovered from the damage that was inflicted on him that night. He then took on Raymond Gatica who ended Casarez’s night with a body shot. Casarez got back in the win column with a defeat over an enhancement opponent then fell into a three-fight losing streak against guys with less than five fights each. “El Tigre” then took a two-year hiatus to open a gym and cleanse himself of his personal demons. During that two year absence, Casarez also had issues getting cleared because there was concern that his recent fights had caused some head trauma. Casarez made his comeback in 2017 picking two wins- one by TKO and another by decision in 2018.
On paper, it would seem that Colvin would have the advantage in this fight. He hasn’t taken that much punishment compared to Casarez, has a 53% finishing rate and will be fighting in his hometown in front of support from friends and family. Casarez, on the other hand, has faced tougher competition which could either help him in his attack or hurt him as the fight goes the distance. Saturday night we will find out if he still has the heart of the tiger.
In other action, Kenton Sippio Cook will look to extend his win streak to six with a victory over another Rio Grande Valley native Randy Fuentes. In a bout for the vacant NABF Junior Cruiserweight title, undefeated Ali Baloyev will take on Richard Urquizo. I wouldn’t expect this fight to go to cards as Baloyev has picked up all but one victory by TKO against more seasoned opponents. One other notable name on the card is 21-year-old Iskander Kharsan. This will be his second time fighting under the Underwoods Promotions banner and if this fight is anything like his last outing at SXSW Slugfest then it should be another impressive victory for the youngblood.
The rest of the card can be viewed below and tickets can be ordered by click here. I would highly advise you to get your tickets sooner than later. Underwood Promotions has been one of the best-attended promotions since their inception because of the experience they give their fans. The cards are filled with action in the ring but the fan atmosphere of an Underwood event is something that must be experienced first hand.
Kurtiss Colvin (13-2) vs Raul Casarez (22-7) – Vacant World Boxing Board Middleweight Title
Kenton Sippio Cook (11-3) vs Randy Fuentes (6-5-1)
Ali Baloyev (5-0) vs Richard Urquizo (3-4-2)
Raymond Guzman (3-1) vs Raphael Igbokwe (10-0)
Corey Barlow (0-4) vs Ronald Baca (9-3-3)
Iskander Kharsan (3-0) vs Manuel Rubalcava (4-27)
David Alfaro (1-1) vs Abraham Flores (2-0)
Rick Graham (4-20-3) vs Zachary Briones (1-4)
Giovanni Loya (3-0) vs Edward Ortiz (5-0-2)
Michael Coronado (1-1-1) vs Askhat Zhantursynov (debut)
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