MIAMI — Tony Holden hinted after last week’s “ShoBox” fight card at Buffalo Run Casino and Resort like any sports team, there could be some shuffling of the Four State Franchise roster.
“I am recruiting like an NFL team looking to the future and keeping this thing going,” he said.
Charter members of the 4SF were heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison, Dillon and Jesse Cook, Jarrett Rouse and Kenzie Morrison.
Holden expanded the team with the addition of Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk in March, then former Olympian Charles Conwell came aboard in May.
Lippe Morrison expects to return to action in September or October after recovering from a hand injury.
Baranchyk bounced back after a five-month injury layoff by scoring a unanimous decision over Keenan Smith in the main event of last week’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” show.
Conwell, a member of the Rio Olympics boxing team, continues to impress, taking out Rick Graham in the second round of their four-round super welterweight fight.
Rouse, 10-0-1 with four knockouts, also has been idled by injury, hasn’t seen action since Dec. 10, 2016.
“We are on our way,” Holden said. “We are still not losing fights. The boys are all winning.”
Kenzie Morrison, 11-0-2 with 10 knockouts, has seen action twice in 2017. He originally had been included in last week’s show, but also suffered an injury.
The Cook brothers have taken a hiatus from boxing.
Jesse, 17-1-1 with 12 knockouts, hasn’t been in the ring since stopping Bulmari Solis in the third round of their eight-round welterweight fight.
Dillon Cook, 10-1 with seven KOs, was a winner in his last action, an eight-round unanimous decision against Juan Jesus Rivera on the December card
“I am going to try to give everybody a shot. It’s up to them,” Holden said. “We’ve got three guys standing out big time. We all know who they are. One of them, Mr. Morrison, if he gets into the top 10, what he would do for this are is insane. That is my goal.”
Holden said Baranchyk still has some things to work on.
“Ivan’s fight was exciting, but we’ve got to get this trainer situation straightened out. I’ve always said his style will make him look bad. He’s got to learn to settle down and set up combinations,” Holden said. “He’s telegraphing. Guys see the punches coming, so they brace for it.
“He’s got all the talent in the world, we just need to make some adjustments.”