BY: Richard Quiñones, Journeymen Boxing (Boxing Preview)
U.S. Heavyweight contender Chazz Witherspoon will headline his own card as the main event Saturday night at the GPG Event Center in Pennsauken, New Jersey when he takes on Cory Phelps in a slated 10-round affair.
But, it will be the rest of the card that will be center stage as young prospects and fighters will be stepping into the ring.
Nick Valliere (3-0, 2 KOs) of Forked River, NJ will take on Francisco Cruz of Philadelphia in a Welterweight bout. This will be Cruz’ debut, while Valliere enters the bout on a three-fight winning streak. The southpaw is coming off an impressive win against David Navaarro back in November when he dominated their four-round affair.
Eric Spring (4-0, 1ko) will also pit his young undefeated record on the line when he battles tough and gritty Travis McClaren in a middleweight contest. McClearn might have a lop-sided record mark of 1-5, but the native of Virginia can go the distance does display some sound talent in the ring. His only issue is that at times he will not let his hands go, something the 22-year-old has worked on.
In other action, Malik Hawkins (1-0, 1 KO) of Baltimore will take on rugged veteran Josue Rivera in a welterweight bout. Rivera (2-6, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA, always let’s his hands go and his fights typically end in a stoppage. He has been knocked out the last four times he has stepped into the ring, but will take fights on short notice and also is a crowd favorite.
Rounding out the card will be Courtney Blocker (3-0, 3 KOs) of Pensacola, FL. Blocker will battle against Bridgton, New Jersey native Domonic Goode (0-3) in a junior welterweight bout, while Vidal Rivera of Camden, NJ will make his pro debut in a super bantamweight bout against Jose Garcia (0-2) of Philadelphia.
As for the main event, Witherspoon (31-3, 23ko’s) will look to make it two in a row since his comeback in the ring when he takes on hard-charging Phelps (16-7-1, 8ko’s).
“I know this guy will come to fight, so I am just looking to get him out of there and take care of business and get some more fights,” said Witherspoon, who is a native of Paulsboro, New Jersey.