The Contender Finale
By Barbara Pinnella
This time tomorrow we will know who will be the Contender
Champion for season four. It has been an interesting series this
time. We have been privy to the different sides and interests of
these Cruiserweights: the sometimes quick temper of Alfredo
Escalera, Jr.; the soft-spoken ways of Felix Cora, Jr.; Mike
Alexander’s goal to go to culinary art school after his boxing
career comes to an end; the weight problems that plagued Darnell
Wilson; the second chance that was given to Joell Godfrey; and
Deon Elam, who was supposed to fight on the undercard, but had
to pull out due to an injured shoulder.
Tomorrow night, in a scheduled 10 round battle, it will be
either Troy Ross or Ehinomen “Hino” Ehikhamenor who will have
his arm raised in victory. We have the quiet yet confident Ross
against the somewhat cocky “Hollywood Hino”. With both men
having a lot of talent, this should be a very good fight.
The two men who lost to these two, allowing them to advance into
the finale will face each other in an eight-round dance. Rico
Hoye will face Akinyemi “A.K. 47” Laleye. Both these men gave a
good account of themselves in the semi-finals, and I expect
nothing less here.
The three other undercard fights are all six rounds. We will see
Cora, the man who lost everything at the hands of Hurricane Ike,
then also learned he lost his job, going against the elder
statesman, Tim Flamos. There could not be a better example of
good guy versus good guy here, and this should play out to be
quite an interesting fight.
Young gun Ryan Coyne will face Richard Gingras. Coyne had to
leave the tournament (after winning his fight with Flamos) due
to a severe cut over his left eye, but now will get another
chance. Gingras gave a good showing in his fight against Elam.
Richard told me that he had was learning more to add to his
arsenal, and he will get the chance to show that here.
Finally, Escalera will take on Erick Vega. These two are not
best friends to say the least, and this will be the most
emotional fight of the night, I predict. Will those feelings
fuel the fighters, or will they cause one fighter to crumble?
So, will it be Troy or Hino that will be Contender Champion? It
won’t be long now before we find out. Enjoy the fights on
VERSUS. Check you local listings for the time.
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,