Let’s Not Forget Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City’s Undercard Saturday
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (June 3, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Howard Schatz)
Harrah’s in Chester, PA
With all the hype pertaining to Froch and Johnson for Showtime’s coverage Saturday night it seems the undercard has all but gone unnoticed. It will be the return to the US for Zolt “Firebird” Erdei, 32-0 (17), of Fot, Hungary. The former WBO light heavyweight champion had 11 defenses before capturing the WBC Cruiserweight title in November of 2009. He was somewhere between inactive and retired for a year before returning to the US for the third time starting in 2001 and then 2002. He was put in with a “sleeper” in Samson Onyango though winning almost every round. His opponent is former WBA Super Middleweight champion Byron Mitchell, 27-7-1 (21), of Dothan, AL. Both boxers are 37 and at the crossroads of their careers. Erdei showed great skills but inactivity can be his greatest problem.

Also, on the undercard was to feature Edison Miranda, 33-5 (29) and Allan Green, 29-3 (20), in separate bouts. While Miranda was awaiting an opponent Green was pulling out of his fight with Philly’s Dhafir Smith, a recent conqueror of former champion Jeff Lacy. Smith was offered Miranda but it seems their camp were looking for something easier so they took Rayco Saunders, 20-13-2 (8), whom Smith beat in 2009. This left Smith out in the cold which lately is nothing unusual for him.

When your record is 24-20-7 (4), some boxer’s feel they are in with a tough but misguided boxer for the most part who has a jab that will match-up with anyone in the super middleweight division. He was willing to step up to light heavyweight which is nothing unusual in order to get a fight but instead he will be getting fellow Philadelphian Yusaf Mack ready for his June 25th title bout with Tavoris Cloud’s IBF light heavyweight title fight in camp in the Pocono Mountains of PA.

There are three prospects on the card worth looking at. Two are light heavyweights in Sweden’s Badou Jack, 5-0 (4), now living in Las Vegas, who will step up to his first 6 rounder against Haijro Sujak, 6-1 (2), out of the Bronx, NY. Another is Ukraine’s Ivan Redkach, 6-0 (5), now out of Los Angeles, who has fought all his fights in CA, except one in Las Vegas. He will be matched with Alberto Amaro, 6-5 (2), out of Puerto Rico who has fought all unbeaten boxers in his last three fights. In his last match he defeated Alberto Cruz, 6-0, though that was back in October of 2009.

In the lone 4 rounder on the card J’Leon Love, 6-0 (5), of Dearborn Heights, MI, will be in with tough Lamar Harris, 6-7-3 (4), of St. Louis, MO, who in his only other NJ fight had then Denis Douglin on the floor before losing by one point. This should be an interesting undercard with a great main event put on by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing!

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