U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (4-0, 1 KO) steps up in class Wednesday night, Thanksgiving Eve (November 23) against his new opponent, veteran heavyweight Najee Shaheed (21-10-2, 11 KOs), in a six-round fight at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Brockton, Mass native Shaheed, who has replaced Jeremy “Superstar” Brooks, is from the same hometown as Rocky Marciano and his showdown against Estrada, of Providence, is a genuine New England showdown. Shaheed has been in against the iron such as Wladimir Klitschko, Kevin McBride, and Henry Akinwande.
“It’s a big step up for me and I’m taking it because I want to prove I’m an up-and-coming heavyweight prospect,” Estrada said. “Shaheed is a big change in opponents. He’s had 33 pro fights and has fought a lot of good guys. Najee is a well known fighter, especially in New England, and I want to fight real opponents.”
Estrada was 261-14 as an U.S. amateur and became the first boxer to win both the U.S. Nationals and U.S. Challenge three years (2001-2003) in a row. Jason captured a gold medal at the 2003 Pan-American Games and he later represented the U.S. in the super heavyweight division at the 2004
As an amateur, Estrada defeated five contemporary professionals sporting a combined record today of 101-6-3, 67 KOs: former IBF world title challenger DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson (22-4, 18 KOs), Malik Scott (22-0, 10 KOs), Malcolm “The Showstopper” Tann (16-2, 8 KOs), WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title-holder Donnell “The Real Touch of Sleep” Holmes (23-0-1, 22 KOs), and USBA & NABF cruiserweight champion Felix “Bad News” Cora, Jr. (17-0-2, 9 KOs).