Revenge. That was the theme of the press conference put on by LB4LB Promotions on Friday afternoon to officially announce their Mar. 16 fight card at the Music Box at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood, California. Heavyweight prospect Damien "Bolo" Wills will seek to rectify the sole blemish on his record in the main event, as he takes on veteran Sedreck Fields in a rematch of their six round draw last June.
"A big embarrasment to me. I gotta go ahead and try to erase it off my record, set the record straight", said the 18-0-1 Wills of the first bout with Fields. Wills stated that he was overconfident going into the first bout, and the fight served as a learning experience for him.
"It showed me that I'm not going to knock everyone out" he said. "It showed me I had to train harder. I didn't train up to the level I was supposed to train. I got complacent people knocking people out (Wills had knocked out 13 of 15 opponents heading into the first bout). He taught me a lesson-everyone's not gonna go out".
This time, the 26 year old Wills plans to try and wear down Fields, who holds an upset win over Shannon Briggs and has gone the distance with the likes of Ray Austin, Larry Donald, and Oliver McCall. If he's successful, Will's level of competition should be stepped up soon. The son of former heavyweight contender Mark Wills, Bolo has honed his craft in recent years by sparring with the likes of Lamon Brewster and Vitali Klitschko. His Dad made it to number nine in the world, and Wills said he would like to "take it further". The bout is scheduled for eight rounds.
LB4LB CEO Terry Claybon announced that eight bouts total are scheduled for Thursday's card, billed as "Hollywood Fight Night XIV- Revenge the Draw". Among those scheduled to box on the undercard is touted prospect Cleotis "Mookie" Pendarvis. Pendarvis is slated to face Richard Galindo in a four round welterweight bout. A quick handed southpaw, Pendarvis went a purported 96-5 as an amateur before turning pro in 2004. He's won his first four pro bouts, and recently began training out of Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym.
Also scheduled to appear is local favorite Daniel "Danny Z" Stanisavljevic. The scrappy Stanisavljevic won a majority decision over previously unbeaten Carl Noons in his last bout, a give and take affair which had many a fan out of their seat and cheering. Prior to beating Noons, he upset former amateur standout Julian Townsend. The charismatic 34 year old resembled a grunge singer more than a fighter Friday, with his backwards baseball cap and long goatee. He had the audience in stitches when he estimated that he had been in "about 175" streetfights when asked.
Other fighters scheduled on the card are unbeaten cruiserweight Deon Elam and 4-1-1 welterweight Vardan Gasparyan. In addition, a female middleweight bout is scheduled between Demi Nguyen and Renee Polusky. Nguyen is advised by famed manager Jackie Kallen, and is looking to rebound from a loss in her pro debut last October. She holds a degree in economics from Cal State Los Angeles, and took up boxing for self defense before being bitten by the competition bug.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (323)525-0120 or logging on to www.lb4lbboxing.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. Doors open at 7pm. The Fonda Theater is located at 6126 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA. The cross streets are Hollywood Blvd and Gower.