Rising Star Prichard Colon Faces Former World Champion Vivian Harris




Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Headlined By Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson Taking On Tommy Karpency & Rising Welterweight Star Errol Spence Jr. Facing Chris Van Heerden

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TORONTO (September 8, 2015) – Rising undefeated star Prichard “Digget” Colon (15-0, 12 KOs) takes on former world champion Vivian Harris (32-10-2, 19 KOs) in undercard action on Friday, September 11 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

The September 11 Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike headliningfight features light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (26-1, 21 KOs) as he defends against Tommy “Kryptonite” Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KOs) plus 2012 U.S. Olympian and undefeated rising welterweight star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) battling slick-southpaw Chris “The Heat” van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KOs) in the televised opener at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Also featured are undefeated prospects Immanuwel “The Chosen One” Aleem (13-0, 9 KOs) and Jamontay “Quiet Assassin” Clark (6-0, 3 KOs).

Further undercard action will see welterweight contender Jo Jo Dan (34-3, 18 KOs) stepping into the ring against Jake “The Bull” Giuriceo (17-4-1, 4 KOs), Canadian heavyweight champion Dillon “Big Country” Carman (8-2, 7 KOs) taking on former heavyweight title contender Donovan “Razor” Ruddock (40-5-1, 30 KOs) in a 10-round bout and Tyson “Prince of Ali” Cave (27-3, 10 KOs) battling Nestor Hugo “El Torito” Paniagua (26-8-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout

Rounding out the night of fights is 27-year-old Canadian Olympian Custio Clayton (4-0, 3 KOs) facing 31-year-old Davide Doria(12-0-1, 4 KOs) out of Bayern, Germany in a six-round super welterweight bout, 34-year-old Toronto native Sandy “Lil’ Tyson” Tsagouris against 32-year-old Australian Shannon “Shotgun” O’Connell (11-3, 6 KOs) in a six-round featherweight attraction.

Also entering the ring is Ukranian Oleksandr Teslenko who makes his pro debut against 22-year-old Hungarian Attila Pinter (5-2, 4 KOs) in a four-round heavyweight affair and 24-year-old Michael Affainie (2-0, 2 KOs) out of Ontario, who is set to face 26-year-old Shane Upshaw (1-1-4, 1 KO) of Nova Scotia in a four-round super welterweight bout.

As an amateur, Colon was a five-time Puerto Rican national champion prior to turning pro in 2013. Trained by his father, Colon has been stylistically compared to fellow countryman Felix Trinidad, with all but one of his knockouts coming in five rounds or less. The 22-year-old scored a spectacular knockout in his last fight over tough veteran Michael Finney and will look to keep his momentum going into September 11 when he takes on the 37-year-old former champion Harris who fights out of Brooklyn by way of Guyana.

Born in East Meadow, New Jersey but fighting out of Richmond, Virginia, Aleem was introduced to boxing from a young age by his parents. Since turning pro in 2012 at age 18, the 21-year-old has wiped out all of the competition in front of him. In his last start, he faced his most experienced opponent and was able to deliver a first round stoppage in the bout against David Toribio.

Another talented young fighter to come out of Cincinnati in recent years, Clark cites Aaron Pryor as one of his boxing idols. The slick 20-year-old recently completed his first six-round bout with a unanimous decision over Jonathan Garcia in May. He returns on September 11 looking to make it a perfect seven victories in seven starts to begin his pro career.

An accomplished amateur from Romania, Dan fights out of Montreal and hopes to start his climb towards a second world title opportunity in front of his adopted hometown fans on September 11. The 34-year-old owns two victories over Canadian rival Kevin Bizier plus triumphs over Steve Forbes and Damian Frias. He will be opposed by the 30-year-old Giuriceo out of Youngstown, Ohio who was undefeated in his first 17 pro fights.

Fighting out out of Ontario, the exciting brawler Carman heads into the ring looking to defend the Canadian title that he won with a seventh-round stoppage of Eric Martel Bahoeli in October 2014. He followed that up with another late stoppage victory, this time over Benito Quiroz in March. The 29-year-old faces the highest profile challenge of his career when he steps into the ring with the 51-year-old Ruddock. Fighting out of Ontario by way of Jamaica, Ruddock has won twice in 2015 since coming out of a 14-year retirement. Ruddock has been in the ring with some of the best of all time, twice facing Mike Tyson and also battling Lennox Lewis in their primes.

The 33-year-old Cave has had a successful career fighting out of Nova Scotia, Canada and looks to again impress the fans of his home country. He enters this contest on a three-fight win streak, all in 2015, with two ending by stoppage. He enters the ring against the 36-year-old Paniagua who fights out of Santa Fe, Argentina and is coming off of an August victory over Diego Miguel Ramirez.



-deepwater2 :

Jeez, I though Vivian retired after his last bout a year ago where he was knocked out. PBC -where boxers on the way to retirement come and get one last paycheck.

-StormCentre :

I logged in to say the very same thing; but you beat me to it. Harris was a risky proposition (for some fighters). But that was way back when he
Stormed through Golden Johnson and Hurtado, and was then attempting to make ring appearances at Kostya Tszyu's fights; at the victory ceremony. Such as after Tszyu put a clinic on against (the then undefeated) Oktay Urkal; whom Kostya fought as the preparation match for Zab Judah. By the way, who takes risks like that these days? Imagine a fighter choosing to fight an unbeaten guy like Urkal as his preparation/warm up fight leading into a unification showdown. Don't believe me? Then aside from (how hard it is) trying to find someone that's doing it today; take a look at whom Judah fought (and how much easier he was) before his unification bout with Tyszyu then. After 2004 Harris started to fade off the scene a little bit though. And whilst it's tempting to say it was due to his own ability. That's not the entire story. There's another story here related to Vivian that, perhaps, serves as a good cautionary tale with respect to pi$$ing off your promoters and up-line (whether or not it's theoretically justified); that related to, once again, Oktay Urkal. Harris' management felt that they would better secure a fight with Kostya by defeating someone he had already fought/beaten. Similar to how many other fighters do these days to get the guy in the ring they want; such as Pac with Floyd . . . etc. Problem was, Harris found Urkal a lot tougher than expected, and rightly so as Oktay was not only a real handful with excellent punch resistance and stamina - but he was just as (if not more) determined than most top level boxers. The Harris V1 Urkal fight marked an insurmountable downfall for Harris. One he could not have ever completely envisaged. Not, without a good insight into how the business and politics of boxing really works, and the differences between what it says and does. Rule number 1; keep your mouth shut and never badmouth those you're in contract/agreement with. Harris (originally from Guyana, but then {and possibly still now} residing out of Brooklyn NY) beat Urkal in Germany; April 2004. But in many ways - including the scoring - he was unconvincing in doing so. Wave bye bye to a Kostya Tszyu big money fight then. But, Harris, naturally, still wanted to move onto other opponents and challenges; the ones representing serious USA based fame and money. Even if he hadn't earned a shot at Tszyu. His mouth started to work overtime about Germany based scoring, and as that happened alternative matches/opponents also fell through. As fate (and the business of boxing) would have it nothing meaningful was on the horizon for Vivian, and he started jawing about that too. Remember how Mickey Rourke's career stalled as spectacularly as it took off, for the very same reasons? It happens. It may not be right/fair, but it happens. Then came the only meaningful matchup that the "powers that be" claimed they could arrange for Harris; who by now was desperate to keep the momentum going, and also for another payday. The opponent was Oktay Urkal, and the fight was Harris V2 Urkal. The location; back in Germany again. Well, the simplified story is that Harris smelt a rat, and publicly spoke in that context letting it all go, as much as he could. What Harris said/did in response to fighting Ukal again in Germany, almost made Lara's response to both Golden Boy and the Lara V Alvarez fight look like a perfumed tissue handed to crying child by the hand of Mother Teresa. Everyone was lined up as a target, including promotional and managerial entities. Harris words were so vehemently spiteful, and his attitude so rigid, that a triple overdose of Viagra simply had nothing on what was coming forth from Harris, and his mouth. In fact, even one had consumed the above-mentioned Viagara after an afternoon of white-lines of the Golden Girl's best stocking filtered coke; I think the comments about Harris may still have some merit. He really let go. Eventually - later in 2004 - he sucked it all up, thought of his wallet/family, went back to Germany and beat Urkal by an 11th round TKO. However, on his return - rather than being quiet and as professional as was perhaps expected - he continued to jaw off in a manner where he seemed to be fixated on justifying his previously uncontrolled and abrupt statements made to the public/media; about anything. As you can imagine, it was not well received by the "powers that be". Nothing then happened for Harris until midway through the following year; 2005. By now Harris was absolutely livid and totally convinced he had been put on the sidelines - after being forced to go back to Germany for a second (in his eyes pointless) time. His opponent was Carlos Maussa. Harris met Maussa in New Jersey's Boardwalk Hall (Alantic City) and was KO'd in round 7. From that point on Vivian's career and management seemed to take on a somewhat sporadic and unfulfilling silhouette. And, now - ~10 years later and with almost as many losses as wins since the Muassa fight in 2005 - he fights Pritchard Colon. To remove any doubt; I like Harris, and hope he wins. But he was never going to do much after he found himself at the end of Tyszyu's right hand. Lucky then it is that he didn't. :) :)