Heavyweight Jermaine Franklin
Returns On Friday The 13th
Fast-rising prospects JERMAINE FRANKLIN and WINFRED "Hot
Boy" HARRIS will be risking their undefeated records while
taking giant career steps when they headline "Night of
Knockouts XIII," next Friday, July 13, at MotorCity Casino
Hotel in Detroit. Franklin (16-0, 13 KOs), from Saginaw, MI,
will be taking on the unstoppable Craig Lewis (14-2-1, 8
KOs), of Detroit, in a 10-round heavyweight rumble. In the
co-main event, Harris (17-0, 9 KOs) and Dorell Van Horn, Jr.
(9-1, 6 KOs) will go mano a mano in a 10-round all-Detroit
super welterweight battle. The four gladiators boast a
combined record of 56-3-1, 36 KOs -- a winning percentage of
93% with nearly 2/3 of those victories coming by way of
Promoted by Carlos Llinas, remaining tickets to "Night of
Knockouts XIII" are priced from $40 to $130, excluding fees
and taxes, and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com. Doors
open at 6:30 with the first bout beginning at 7:00 p.m..
"I am so happy to be fighting in my home state. It's been a
long time," said Franklin. "It has been a very hard training
camp. Craig Lewis is a tough fighter and I know he is going
to be ready to bring the heat on July 13."
"I love fighting in Detroit in front of my hometown fans. It
brings out the best in me," said Harris. "Van Horn and I are
going to settle this cross town rivalry toe to toe."
Franklin, 24, who won the 2014 Golden Gloves National
Championship in the super heavyweight division, won all six
of his fights in 2017, with four of them coming by way of
knockout. In his most recent fight, on March 3, he stopped
Ed Fountain, 29, in the eighth round of their 10-round bout.
Franklin will have his hands full against Lewis, 33, who has
won eight of his last 10 bouts, with five of those victims
falling inside the distance.
Harris, 22, who has become a strong gate attraction in the
Detroit area, will be stepping up for his first 10-round
fight. In his most recent bout, on April 13, Harris pitched
a shutout winning an eight-round unanimous decision over
Aaron Garcia. All three judges scored it 80-72 in favor of
Harris. Van Horn will be looking to return to the winner's
circle after being sidetracked in his last fight, an upset
unanimous decision loss to Henry Beckford.