Rob Brant to face Chris Fitzpatrick on Friday
Middleweight Rob Brant will face Chris Fitzpatrick this Friday night, promoter Greg Cohen announced Monday afternoon.
The 10-round bout will take place at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The fight will headline a four-bout CBS Sports Network broadcast (11 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT).
Brant (20-0, 13 knockouts) is ranked No. 4 by the WBA and No. 7 by the WBO. The Saint Paul, Minnesota resident, who has wins over Louis Rose and Decarlo Perez, knocked out gatekeeper Delray Raines in the first round in a stay-busy bout on April 15.
“Rob Brant will be in against a guy who will take you out if you don’t have the goods,” said Cohen, who promotes Brant.
Fitzpatrick (15-4, 6 KOs), who hails from Cleveland, Ohio, lost a 10-round split decision to Scott Sigmon in his last bout on March 12, a rematch of their July 2011 bout, which Fitzpatrick won. He has lost four of his last five bouts.
In the co-feature bout, hard-hitting junior middleweight Skender Halili squares off against Ben Odamattey (16-14-3, 9 KOs) in a six-round bout.
In his last bout on May 27, Halili (10-1, 10 KOs) survived two knockdowns to knock out Jason Thompson in the second round.
Former amateur standout Cem Kilic (5-0, 2 KOs) will face Jerhad Fenderson in a four-round middleweight bout. Fenderson will be making his pro debut.
Opening the CBS Sports Network broadcast will be a six-round bout between welterweights Malik Hawkins (8-0, 7 KOs) and Sean Gee (3-4).
“This is our first scheduled quadruple-header and we’re excited to be bringing it to a classic boxing venue like the Pechanga,” said Cohen.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.