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‘Wilson Fight Night’ set for Saturday

Public weigh-in set for Friday at 7 p.m. at Bill Ellis Convention Center

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With a pair of Wilson fighters serving as bookends of a co-main event, Top Catz Boxing will launch its first-ever show, “Wilson Fight Night,” Saturday from Bill Ellis Convention Center with a 10-bout card scheduled.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with boxing set to begin at 7. A weigh-in session, which is open to the public, will take place Friday at 7, also at Bill Ellis Convention Center.

Among the participants in the co-main event will be cruiserweight Austin “Babyface Assassin” Bryant, a Hunt High product looking to win his third professional fight in as many tries by knockout. Bryant, trained by Leroy Gray of Gray’s Hardcore Boxing, will oppose Akeen Brown (0-1) of Concord in a four-round bout.

Bryant opened his pro career on May 13, 2016, recording a TKO of Sam Boylan inside Raleigh’s Dorton Arena. He followed that up just over two months later, overcoming a lighting fiasco inside Durham Convention Center to stop previously undefeated Zed Mitchell in the first round.

Bryant, the youngest fighter in the Top Catz stable at 19, was supposed to fight in Wilson back in September, but the card did not materalize.

In the other half of the main attraction, Wilson’s Jamar “Da Truth” Freeman (14-5-2) will seek to remain unbeaten in his hometown when he faces replacement opponent Miguel Queliz (6-3-1) in a six-round middleweight encounter. Queliz, of Puerto Rico, took the bout on short notice after original opponent Pablo Velez Jr. was forced to withdraw after cracking a rib durng a sparring session roughly two weeks ago.

Seven of Freeman’s 14 victories have come by way of knockout.

Freeman has not fought since April of 2016, when he scored a unanimous decision over Corey McCants in Fayetteville.

The undercard includes a six-round heavyweight showdown between Jo-El Caudle (5-0) and journeyman Dennis McKinney (28-58-1).

Another six-round fight on the card involves Justin Noel Cantres and King Damon Antoine (4-0) squaring off in a super featherweight contest.

Seven of the 10 bouts are scheduled for four rounds. Among them are Damien Archer vs. Donnie Marshall (junior middleweights), Anthony Sonnier vs. Tavares Owens (welterweights), Jonathan Baxter vs. Terrance Moore (welterweights), Marko Bailey vs. Deandre Walker (lightweights), Malcolm Speight vs. Dylan Price (welterweights) and Colby Madison vs. Lemarco Ellis (heavyweights).

Both Price and Cantres will be making their respective professional debuts.

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