LAS VEGAS (March 22, 2006) – Upset minded Roberto Carlos “El Zurdo de Oro” Ortega has replaced injured Luis Ernesto Jose as Stevie “Lil’ But Bad” Johnston’s (38-3-1, 17 KOs) opponent March 31 in the 10-round co-feature at the new Ybor City Multi Fight Complex in Tampa, Florida. Jose suffered a cut over his eye during training camp.
In the 12-round main event, Sherman “The Caribbean Tank” Williams (27-10-2, 15 KOs) fights for the vacant NBA Intercontinental heavyweight title. The Mar. 31 show is being co-promoted by Silverhawk Boxing and Ringsports Boxing Promotions.
Former two-time world lightweight champion Johnston, rated No. 8 by the WBC, is the reigning IBO and NABC light welterweight champion. He has beaten six world champions during his 12-year professional career: Sharmba Mitchell, Jean Baptiste Mendy, Saul Duran, Cesar Bazan, James Page and Angel Manfredy.
Ortega was the first to defeat Henry Bruseles, 16-0 at the time, by third-round TKO in 2002.
All fights and fighters subject to change. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the first bout at 7:30 PM. Tickets, priced at $75.00 (VIP), $40.00 (reserved) and $25.00 (general admission) are available through TicketMaster. For more information call 813.223.7788.
Johnston and Williams are promoted by Silverhawk Boxing, managed by Rider Boxing, and trained by Buddy McGirt. For more information about Johnston, Williams or Silverhawk Boxing go to www.silverhawkboxing.com.