Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Southpaw super middleweight Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone steps into the ring for the first time in 2016 when he takes on an opponent to be named later, at the Masonic Temple, Saturday March 5th.
Filippone (19-5-1, 6ko’s) had a strong 2015 campaign, winning all three of his fights, including a brilliant upset win over Aaron Jaco last April when he scored an impressive fourth-round knockout. Filippone pressed the action from the start before flooring Jaco in the fourth to shock the audience in attendance in Florida.
The 35-year-old native of Norfolk, Virginia, turned pro 2008 and did fight for the then interim WBA-NABA lightweight title in 2013 against a talented Kevin Engel. The gritty Filippone scored a 10-round unanimous decision but then dropped his next three out of six to lose that momentum.
However, he rebounded after his loss to Shawn Miller, to score the upset victory over Jaco.
But his biggest win of his career was his last outing, when scored an eighth-round KO over Bruce Rumbotz to win the WBF Championship last November.
Dorin Spivey (44-7, 32ko’s) will square off against Antoine Knight (3-19, 1ko) in a slated eight-round contest. On paper, this appears to be a huge mismatch in favor of the former NABA Lightweight champ, as Knight has dropped 12 bouts in a row.
More details on the full fight card to come…