INDIANA CO-FEATURES ANNOUNCED
Press Release: On Friday, February 15th, at the Horseshoe in Hammond, Indiana, Mike "Hollywood" Jimenez and Dimar "Strongman" Ortuz will be featured in separate fights in support of the night's main event, a rematch between Lithuanian middleweight Donatas Bondorovas (16-3-1, 5 KOs) and Indiana's David Thomas (10-3-2, 8 KOs). The 32-year-old cruiserweight Ortuz (7-0, 5 KOs) will go six rounds against Memphis southpaw Grover Young (7-8-1, 4 KOs). Jimenez (9-0, 6 KOs) is a 25-year-old super middleweight who will be taking on local veteran Michael Walker (19-17-3, 12 KOs).
Coming off back-to-back victories at the Horseshoe over then-undefeated opponents Donta Woods and Terry Martin, the relentless Ortuz is looking to stay busy while looking forward to his televised debut later this year.
Prior to demolishing over-matched Jordan Brown in two rounds last Friday, Jimenez stopped Antwun Echols last November at the Horseshoe.
"Both these prospects are headed for high-profile main-event fights," said promoter Bobby Hitz. "This is the year they both will break out into the world scene, so we're very happy to be featuring them in what will prove to be some of their final preliminary fights. Dimar is already a problem for any cruiserweight in the world. He's that tough. Just an old-school pressure fighter with heavy hands that could wear down anyone he's in the ring with. And Mike Jimenez has future star written all over him. He's flashy and powerful and throws bone-breaking combinations. With both of them, it's a chance to say 'I saw them before they became world champions.'"
In other matches already finalized, Hammond, Indiana's own heavyweight powerhouse David Martin III (6-0-1, 5 KOs) is coming back for a six-rounder against Chicago tough guy Felix Abner (3-2, 2 KOs); and 21-year-old Rockford, Illinois, lightweight Anthony Linenfelser (3-3, 3 KOs) will bring face explosive Chicago native Russell "Rocky" Fiore (6-2-1, 6 KOs) in a four-rounder.
Popular locals also featured in four-round fights will be junior welterweight Genaro Mendez (5-1-1, 3 KOs); super flyweight and former National Jr. Olympic Champion Johnny Determan (5-0, 4 KOs) from Nebraska, as well as the other heavily decorated Chicago-based amateur he is on a collision course with: 21-year-old super flyweight Adan Ortiz (5-0, 4 KOs); welterweight "Irish" Jimmy Murphy (1-0, 1 KO) and the second fight of welterweight Nick Ramirez (0-0-1). All opponents not specified will be announced shortly.