Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Aaron Quattrocchi will take on Shawn Laughery in a light heavyweight affair that will decide the West Virginia State light heavyweight title Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino Ballroom in New Cumberland, West Virginia.
The card is being promoted by Made Men Promotions and will also feature a six-round rematch between Josh “The Handsome Hitman” Himes and Lamont Capers as the co-feature.
The 26-year-old Quattrocchi (8-0-1, 4ko’s) has won three straight since absorbing a majority draw against Eric Watkins back in 2014, while Laughery (7-2, 3ko’s) comes in having won two in a row after a brief two-game slide. The 24-year-old southpaw from Oak Hill, West Virginia, did not fight in 2015 before defeating Jason Pauley by TKO in his first fight in over a year back in February.
Himes’ is only setback of his career came against Capers in a high contested contest that was decided by a very controversial knockdown/slip counted against Himes in the second round, which ended up being the deciding point in his 38-37 setback.
“That was more or less a wake up, and sometimes people need a little bit of a wakeup to get things in gear,” Himes said.
“I do not want to make any excuses, but I made a very poor decision on taking the fight on one week’s notice, three weeks after I fought, so that was really poor judgement on my part,” Himes said.
Himes (7-1, 4ko’s) , who turned pro when he was 19, knows that Capers is a game boxer and will be a test, especially in a rematch. Something he has not taken lightly this time around.
“I took this more serious this time around, my game plan is to not steal rounds, but I am coming here to fight,” he added.
Himes posted a 34-6 amateur record before turning pro in 2014 and did defeat Capers in the amateur ranks.
Capers, nicknamed “To Smooth, comes into the contest with a 5-7-2 mark with two draws — both coming in his last two fights. The 25-year-old native of Hawley, PA, turned pro back in 2012.
Heavyweight Ed Latimore (11-0, 6ko’s) puts his undefeated record on the line when he tangles against Hassan Lee (5-4, 1 ko), while welterweights Matt Conway (5-0, 3ko’s) and Isaiah Robinson (3-1, 2ko’s) scrap over four rounds.
Boubacar Silva (2-0) meets Darell Jones (3-15-1) in a four-round welterweight contest, while a pair of debuting boxers do battle when Nelson Best squares off against Justin Oaks.
Lightweight Zhimin Wang (5-0) faces off against Christopher Russell (3-16-1) to round out the card.