Lateef Kayode returns on CBS Sports Network
Lateef Kayode’s run as a heavyweight did not meet his expectations of winning a world title belt. He is now campaigning in a weight class in which he is familiar and has had success.
Kayode will fight Nick Kisner on Friday night at the W.C. Handy Pavilion in Memphis, Tenn. The 10-round bout will headline a Greg Cohen Promotions card and will be televised live on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT.
The last time boxing fans saw Kayode (20-0, 16 knockouts) in a ring was on Sept. 11, when he was stopped in the first round at the hands of Luis Ortiz. The outcome was changed to a no-contest four months later after Ortiz failed a post-fight drug test.
Both fighters were vying for a vacant interim heavyweight title belt.
Rather than continue to fight as a heavyweight, Kayode will now once again campaign as a cruiserweight.
In his last bout on March 28, Kisner (14-1, 5 KOs) won a one-sided, six-round decision over Marlon Hayes. He has won his last two bouts since suffering his only defeat as a pro against Junior Wright in Aug. of 2013.
Kisner’s bout against Kayode will be his first scheduled 10-round bout of his career.
In the other televised bout, lightweight Josh King will fight Rogelio Casarez over 10 scheduled rounds.
King will make his United States debut after fighting most of his bouts in his native Australia and Thailand. In his last bout on March 23, King stopped Phompetch Twins Gym in the fifth round.
He has won his last seven bouts in a row.
Casarez is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Ronald Rivas on March 14. It was his first win of his pro career over a fighter with a winning record.
Casarez’s most notable fight was a second round, technical knockout loss to unbeaten Jamel Herring in May of last year.
Also, junior lightweight Amanda Serrano will fight Fatuma Zarika in a six-round bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since Oct. of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.