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Natu Visinia to face Joey Dawejko on Friday’s ShoBox card

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Steve Cunningham (R) and Natu Visinia weigh in for their Oct. 18 heavyweight bout in Philadelphia. Photo by Rich Graessle - Main Events.

Natu Visinia (L) and Steve Cunningham before their Oct. 18 heavyweight bout in Philadelphia. Photo by Rich Graessle – Main Events.

Natu Visinia will face Joey Dawejko as part of a heavyweight-laden edition of “ShoBox: The New Generation” Friday night in Las Vegas, according to a press release from GH3 Promotions.

The card will feature five heavyweight bouts, headlined by Trevor Bryan in a 10-rounder against Derric Rossy. The only match-up involving “little” men will be a super middleweight fight between Juan Cabrera and Decarlo Perez, also scheduled for 10 rounds.

Visinia (11-1, 9 knockouts) will be familiar to audiences due to his only loss, a seventh-round TKO at the hands of Steve Cunningham aired on NBC Sports Network in Oct. 2014. Cunningham commented afterward about the strength of Visinia’s punches but easily handled the inexperienced Samoan who, at 6-foot-2, weighed in at 278 pounds. Visinia partially attributes his performance to unfortunate circumstances.

“There was a lot going on around the [Cunningham] fight,” said Visinia in the release. “It is well known that my trainer, Charles Bereal, suddenly passed away from a heart attack just eight days before the fight.”

In retrospect, he wonders if he should’ve been in the ring at all.

“At the point of the Cunningham fight, I had no business in the fight,” said Visinia. “That being said, I did learn a lot in that fight. I saw that I missed a lot of shots and my hands were low. I also knew I had to cut off the ring better. But I have had a lot of top-notch sparring and I know I have corrected all that.

“I will definitely have a reach advantage and I plan to utilize it. [I have] power and he is a tough little scrapper; it should make for a fun fight to watch.”

Since the loss to Cunningham, Visinia has shaken out the cobwebs with a fourth-round knockout of a guy named Joshua Clark in May. This eight-round fight against Dawejko (15-4-2, 8 KOs), though, comes with its own complications.

“I have become good friends with Joey,” said the 30-year-old Visinia. “We met a couple years ago as we were both in a Wladimir Klitschko camp. We continue to communicate on social media but, going into the fight, it is normal business.”