Omar Sheika has long been known as one of the most exciting fighters in the world. He is a former four-time world title challenger and has shared the ring with the legendary Roy Jones Jr.
Sheika is always in fan friendly fights and this Friday night it looks to be no exception as he will take on Jim Strohl to headline an eight bout card tonight at Cedar Gardens in Hamilton, New Jersey with all the action being seen live on www.gofightlive.tv
Sheika of nearby Paterson, New Jersey has a record of 29-9 with twenty knockouts.
He has challenged for the world Super Middleweight title four times, coming up short on each occasion. Sheika has long been known as one of the best action fighters around as each of his fights provides excitement, blood and knockdowns.
Since moving full-time to Light Heavyweight, Sheika is 3-1 with all wins coming via knockout with the only loss being to Jones.
Sheika has two consecutive knockouts with his previous fighting being a fourth round stoppage over Garrett Wilson on March 26th.
Strohl has a very respectable record of 27-8 with twenty-one knockouts and like Sheika has faced top competiton. Strohl, of Las Vegas won his first sixteen bouts before dropping a split decision to Calvin Lampkin (16-2).
Srohl went on to win nine straight fights before dropping seven of nine to world class opponents as he has fluctuated between Super Middleweight and Heavyweight.
Those losess have come to Heavyweight contender Cedric Boswell (20-0); former Heavyweight title challenger Calvin Brock (14-0); Rob Calloway (52-6); Currant IBF Light Heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (14-0); Perennial contender Joey Spina (22-1-1) and his most recent effort, Strohl dropped a ten round unanimous decision to undefeated prospect, Mark Tucker (11-0).
The eight round co-feature will pit former U.S. Olympian, Terrance “The Heat” Cauthen taking on upset-minded Cleotis Pendarvis. Cauthen of nearby Trenton, NJ has a very glossy record of 34-6 with nine knockouts.
Like Sheika, Cauthen has been on the brink so many times and at age thirty-four he feels he has one last good run in him. Cauthen is known as a slick boxer and has shown the skills that made him an Olympian in 1996.
He has some solid wins such as a unanimous decision over former world title challenger Ricky Quiles (33-5-3) and former U.S. Olympian Dante Craig (17-4) and then undefeated prospect Alexis Camacho (16-0)
Cauthen has dropped decisions to pound for pound top-10 Paul Williams (25-0); Contenders Sechew Powell (21-1) and undefeated Canadian Antonin Decarie (22-0)
In his last bout, Cauthen took an eight round unanimous decision from Isam Khalil (15-1-2).
Although Pendarvis doesn’t have a long resume, just 10-2-2 with four knockouts, he has proven that at age twenty-three he doesn’t fear any man. In his last two bouts, the native of Los Angeles has took on undefeated foes in Mauricio Herrera (12-0) and Hector Sanchez (18-0).
He narrowly lost a majority decision to Herrera and then stopped Sanchez in five rounds back on April 2nd in Las Vegas.
Those are just two of the eight bout scheduled for Friday; Here is the rest of the card:
Charles Heyward (3-2, 1 KO) vs Reshawn Scott (2-3)—4 Rounds Light Heavyweights
Ramon Ellis (0-5) vs Osnel Charles (2-2)—4 Rounds Lightweights
Marcus Smith (0-2) vs Rami Ibraham (2-8-1)—4 Rounds Jr. Welterweights
Khalil Farah (6-4, 1 KO) vs Alando Swain (0-1) 4 Rounds Light Heavyweights
Francisco Ortiz (1-0) vs Benjamin Morales (PD)—4 rounds Featherweights
Jose Calderon (PD) vs TBA – 4 Rounds Jr. Welterweights
The card is promoted by Nedal Boxing.