JOHNSON CITY, TN- Championship boxing belts will be on the line Saturday night in Johnson City with two Tennessee fighters trying to take home some hardware.
Johnson City’s own, Robert Hall, will battle Dimar Ortuz for the Universal Boxing Federation Intercontinental championship. This is the biggest fight of Hall’s career, who owns a 10-0 record.
Ortuz’s trainer is boxing great “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Mosley’s son, Shane Mosley Jr., will also fight at the Tri-Cities Championship boxing event Saturday.
“I love boxing,” said Mosley. “I love it with all my heart. I believe that I’m one of those trainers that can relay the message of the times of the Sugar Ray Leonards, even back, Archie Moore. It’s been passed down to me.”
“What else can you ask for,” Hall asked. “It’s a huge opportunity. First stepping stone to many more great opportunities.”
Alonzo Butler from Knoxville will face off against Fred Latham Jr. for the vacant heavyweight intercontinental title on Saturday. Butler holds a 32-3 professional record with 25 knockouts.
“All due respect to Fred, he took the fight,” said Butler. “Nobody else would take the fight and he took the fight. I’m just proud to be fighting in Tennessee finally!”
There are ten fights on the Saturday night’s card with the first bell set to ring at the Holiday Inn at 7 p.m.