Wide Awake Fight Night postponed

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The encroachment of Hurricane Florence into North Carolina has caused Wilson’s first professional boxing card in 19 months to be postponed.

“Wide Awake Fight Night,” a venture of Calvin Barnes’ Hardcore Promotions and Gray’s Hardcore Boxing Gym, was scheduled to take place Saturday at Recreation Park Community Center. However, due to the logistics of getting out-of-town fighters and other parties to the venue safely in the wake of Florence, Leroy Gray, the propreitor of Gray’s Hardcore Gymnasium, said in a telephone interview Monday that the event would be postponed to a date in the near future.

At the time of the postponement, Gray said that there were “eight or nine” fights scheduled for the card. Welterweight Richard “Tiger” Lee Hall (11-26-3), a Gray protege from Rocky Mount and fighting for the first time in 22 months, was scheduled to be part of the co-main event.

Other fighters on the card include cruiserweight Zed Mitchell (9-2), lightweight Desmond Lyons (2-0), super featherweight Jamaal Gregory (4-1), welterweight Maurice Winslow, middleweight Lee Rodriguez, and a super welterweight bout between Abner Guadalupe (1-0-1) and Jason Kelly (2-5-1).

Badien Hasso, a 24-year-old super middleweight born in Iraq but resides in Germany, was also scheduled for the card. Hasso is unbeaten in 16 career contests.

Winslow and Rodriguez have yet to make their respective professional debuts.

If and when the event is rescheduled, it will be the first professional card in Wilson since Top Catz Boxing’s “Wilson Fight Night — Small Town Big Dreams” in January of 2017.