Skender Halili vs. Jonathan Batista Headlines March 23 At
Skylands ECC In Randolph, NJ
On Thursday, March 23, 2017, Greg Cohen Promotions will
proudly present SUPER BRAWL® III, a night of world-class
professional boxing at the Skylands Event & Conference
Center (ECC) in Randolph, New Jersey.
Presented in association with David Schuster's Winner Take
All Productions, Rising Promotions and GH3 Promotions, SUPER
BRAWL® III will feature power-punching super-welterweight
action hero Skender Halili (13-1, 13 KOs) of The Bronx, New
York, taking on the Dominican Republic's tough veteran
Jonathan Batista (16-10, 9 KOs) in the eight-round main
"Training is going great," said Halili. "I'm feeling sharp.
I've haven't taken any breaks since my last fight. After
every fight, I take two days off and I'm back in the gym."
Halili, who recently won THE RING Magazine's "Round of the
Year 2016" for the second round of his super welterweight
war against Jason Thompson last May 27, says he's ready for
his first career main event, against Batista.
"It feels good to be fighting in the main event. I'm
prepared to go in and take care of business. I've got a full
house coming, including my Albanian fans. There should be a
couple hundred of them there. They yell and scream and go
crazy at my fights. I love it."
With every fight, 26-year-old Halili is building a
reputation as one of boxing's most exciting new fighters, a
reputation he says he doesn't chase deliberately. "It's just
natural," he explained. "You can't try to be an exciting
fighter. That's not it. I'm a power puncher and if I feel
like I'm losing, I go off and do something crazy and things
seem to fall into place; like they were meant to happen."
Halili says he's aware that Batista has a reputation of his
"I know he's a very dirty fighter. Every fight I watch of
him, he's low blowing somebody four or five times a fight.
But boxing is a rough sport and I can learn a lot from him
before I get him out of there. I'm prepared to go the
distance, but I think I can knock him out. I just have to
stay focused and not let him get in my head. If he hits me
low I can't lose my focus. That's what he wants."
After about 30 amateur fights with mixed success, Halili
says he decided to listen to the people telling him his
style was more for the pros... a decision he's now glad he
"Soon as I turned pro, I started doing better. People were
telling me I'd make a great pro because I set up my
opponents. At first, I turned pro just to give it a try But
then when I started doing good, my confidence skyrocketed
and I began to believe I can really do this."
Also featured at SUPER BRAWL® III will be Halili's promising
brother, super welterweight Enver Halili (8-0, 2 KOs), in a
six-round appearance, as well as the long-awaited
professional debut of Hasim Rahman Jr., son of former
undisputed and two-time Heavyweight World Champion Hasim
Rahman Sr., in a four-round heavyweight bout.
On the exciting undercard will be Baltimore welterweight
Malik Hawkins (10-0, 7 KOs) and Baltimore super
featherweight Glenn Dezurn (8-0, 6 KOs) in separate bouts.
All un-named opponents are TBA.