Tony Holden's talented team of boxers will be back in the ring in February.
The Four State Franchise will be duking it out on Friday, February 10. The matches will be televised on ShoBox, Showtime's boxing channel.
"We are going to fight back on Showtime," said Holden. "There are two things they really like and love, they love [Ivan] Baranchyk, but they really like Trey Lippe-Morrison. They also really like this crowd and this venue."
Holden is particularly excited about this event.
"The great thing about this show is that the main event and the co-main event is two Four State Franchise fighters. The main event will be Ivan 'The Beast' Baranchyk," said Holden.
Baranchyk will be pitted against Abel Ramos, a veteran boxer from Arizona. Ramos has a 17-1-2 record, with 12 knockouts. In his only loss, Ramos was knocked out by Regis Prograis during the North American Boxing Federation's junior super lightweight title match.
There is a two inch height difference between the two fighters, Ramos stands at 5-9, while Baranchyk stands at 5-7. Ramos has a 69" reach, while Baranchyk has a 68". Baranchyk has a higher knockout percentage, 77% to Ramos' 60%.
ESPN has ranked Baranchyk as one of the top prospects in the world, but recently they have changed Baranchyk's status to that of a contender for the world title.
"It's amazing to say that our Four State Franchise has just broken the top ten in real rankings. This isn't a backyard belt, it's the [International Boxing Federation]," said Holden.
The co-main event is slated for Trey Lippe-Morrison. Lippe-Morrison was set to fight a boxer who was 19-0-0, but the boxer pulled out less than 24-hours before the press conference.
"We have gone through twenty-some opponents, all undefeated, 15-0 to twenty-something-0, nobody will fight Trey," said Holden. "We do have some guys we're negotiating with now."
Holden is confident that Lippe-Morrison will have an opponent.
"Showtime is bound and determined to have him on, and so are we," said Holden.
Lippe-Morrison was disappointed by the breaking of the match.
"It is kind of annoying, I ain't going to lie, but it's just something that you've got to deal with in this sport, so I'm just trying to deal with it the best I can. Now I've got to get ready to fight anybody," said Lippe-Morrison. "If you want to be top dog, you've got to be prepared to fight anybody and everybody."
Freddie Roach, Lippe-Morrison's trainer, will be in his corner for this fight.
The opening fight will be between Jon Fernandez (10-0-0 with 8 K.O.s) and Ernesto Garza (7-1-0, 7 K.O.s). Fernandez hails from Spain and has great power, while Garza is from Michigan and is an action fighter.
The second fight of the night will be between Lenin Castillo (15-0-1, 10 K.O.s) and Joe Williams (10-0-0, 7 K.O.s). Castillo is a 2008 Olympian, who represented the Dominican Republic. Williams is a three-time New York Golden Gloves Champion and was an alternate for the U.S. Olympic boxing team.
Two Four State Franchise fighters are on the undercard, Kenzie Morrison and Jarrett Rouse. Neither boxer has an opponent yet.
Dillon Cook and Jesse Cook will not be fighting during this show.
"We're just taking a little break, we've been going hard at it for five years now with this pro stuff and everybody needs a break and we felt like it was a good time for it," said Dallas Cook, father and coach to the two Cook brothers. "We don't ever quit training totally, we're just kind of getting away from the boxing so much and working on cardio and hitting the weights. We'll be back in the gym soon though, just giving them a little breather."
The fighters plan to attend a training camp in San Antonio in the middle of February.
"The only way you're going to get better is to spar someone as good or better than you, and that's what we're shooting for," said Cook.
Holden Productions and Buffalo Run Casino have become the hottest combination for boxing the area has ever seen.
"One of the major writers in the country has stated that this arena should be labeled the number one boxing venue in the country, just because of the excitement and energy," said Holden. "We are getting a huge reputation."
Holden says he has had other opportunities to have his fighters on television, possibly with stronger matches and higher pay, but Holden has no intention of changing networks.
"Fortunately we control the situation as promoters and Showtime really loves it here, so here we are," said Holden.
Tickets are $35, $55 or $75 depending on location. Tickets are on sale now through stubwire.com.
Doors open at 7 p.m., fights begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 10, at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami.