“I’ve been a huge boxing fan my entire life, some of my best friends are boxers and fighters, so when the opportunity came up to get involved, I jumped right in,” K-Beech CEO Kevin Beechum said. “To have the first event I participate in held at the world famous Playboy Mansion, and broadcast on ESPN2 is incredible.”
The headlining fight will be match former lightweight world champion Julio “Kidd” Diaz (34-4, 25 KOs) against unbeaten David “El Torrito” Torres (20-0, 13 KOs) in 10 rounds.
Julio Diaz, who returns to the ring after losing in a 9-round TKO to Juan Diaz in October, hopes to reestablish his status as a championship contender by dominating the undefeated Torres.
“It’s all about looking and feeling good,” Diaz said. “I need to settle into my comfort zone early and build momentum from there. I expect to dominate the fight from start to finish.”
On the undercard, middleweight Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan (16-1, 11 KOs) will meet Brian Norman (16-7, 4 KOs) in 8 rounds.
Buchanan, who is also the uncle of San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawn Merriman, said, “Fighting on national TV is a big step up for me. There is more pressure to perform well when you’re on ESPN. Fans at home can pick apart your game and give opinions. I want to be able to leave a good impression on the viewers and the fans in attendance.”
Also on the undercard — a bout featuring Jason “JP” Peterson and an as-yet-unnamed opponent.
Peterson is a life-long friend of Beechum, as well as a self-professed member of the Hell’s Angel motorcycle gang. After 5 years as an amateur boxer, he recently made his professional debut.
In his corner on fight night, Peterson will be assisted by Liddell, another close friend of Beechum.
“When I asked Chuck for some help, he offered to come to the fight and work his corner. I was floored to be honest with you,” Beechum said.
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