The real fear of having a near-empty Pontiac Silverdome for the first major fight of 2011 has sent promoters Gary Shaw and Don King scrambling for pieces to plug up the gaps in the Timothy Bradley-Devon Alexander undercard this Saturday.
As previously announced, veteran showman and winner of Friday Night Fights’ Most Memorable Boxer poll, Emanuel Augustus (38-33-6, 20 KOs) will fill in for the injured Tim Coleman against local area prospect, Vernon Paris (23-0, 14 KOs) as the chief support to the main event.
Also, as scheduled all along, former jr.welterweight titlist, Kendall Holt (25-4, 13 KOs), makes his first appearance since dropping an IBF title eliminator to Kaiser Mabuza in February of last year. He’s set to take on veteran journeyman, loser of his last seven, Lenin Arroyo (20-14-1, 4 KOs).
Recently added to the undercard, is an interesting encounter between undefeated welterweight prospect, James De la Rosa (20-0, 12 KOs) and veteran fringe contender, Germaine Sanders (27-8, 17 KO’s). De la Rosa, once considered a top prospect at 147, has been inactive for about 15 months while Sanders, despite dropping his last 5, has been competitive in those bouts against a high level of opposition (Randall Bailey, Eromosele Albert, Mike Jones, Jesus Soto Karass, Shamone Alvarez).
Also booked on the card is former lightweight champ and current jr. welterweight contender, Julio Diaz (37-6, 26 KOs) against no-hoper, Pavel Miranda (16-6-1, 8 KOs).
Light heavyweight prospect, Marcus Olveira (20-0-1, 16 KOs), is also scheduled against club fighter, Demetrius Jenkins (21-17-1, 16 KOs)
Rounding out the card, and just added recently, is a battle of two marginal heavyweight prospects as Canada’s Bermane Stiverne (19-1-1, 18 KOs) takes on undefeated Kertson Manswell (20-0, 15 KOs) from Trinidad And Tobago.
The Timothy Bradley-Devon Alexander main event will be televised by HBO on Saturday, January 29th at 10 pm Eastern Time.