Local Boxers Highlight Salisbury Slugfest

SALISBURY- Professional boxing returns to the Lower Shore this weekend when Jake the Snake Promotions brings an exciting card featuring a couple of notable local fighters to the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center tonight.

In what is being billed as the “Salisbury Slugfest,” Jake the Snake Promotions and namesake Jake “The Snake” Smith will bring his latest significant event to the local area tonight with an exciting line-up of fights featuring Delmar’s Alexis Guerrero in the feature bout. Guerrero, 8-0 in his young professional career including five knockouts, is the brother of middleweight contender Fernando Guerrero, who will fight for the WBO world championship on April 27 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Alexis Guerrero’s feature bout tonight will be his fifth fight in his hometown and his fourth at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center. In a late change to the card this week, Guerrero will now face Terrance Smith after his original opponent Elvin Sanchez of Atlantic City backed out late. Jake Smith said this week Terrance Smith might present one of the hardest challenges yet for Guerrero.

“This will probably be the toughest opponent yet for Guerrero,” he said. “He’s a tough, journeyman fighter and already he’s talking how he is going to knock Guerrero out. It’s going to be a heck of a fight, but it’s only one of several on the card for Friday.”

For his part, Guerrero said he is ready for the challenge posed by Terrance Smith and is looking forward to fighting in front of his home crowd again.

“I’m so excited about fighting here at home again,” he said. “It’s not something you get to do often and I appreciate the opportunity to help bring good entertainment to my hometown. They will understand what I mean when they watch me in the ring.”

Friday’s event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center is the latest in a series of recent boxing events produced in and around the Lower Shore by Jake Smith and his Baltimore Boxing Club. Smith and the Baltimore Boxing Club have also produced several events in Ocean City in the past.

“We just continue to figure out ways to get down here with great fight events and continue to make it work,” he said. “I want to bring more events to Ocean City in the future.

While the main bout tonight in Salisbury features Guerrero against the journeyman Terrance Smith, there are other significant bouts on the undercard including another local boxer, Demont Giddins of Salisbury, who is 0-1 professionally and will fight Kerry Brewster out of Baltimore. Other fights on the undercard include Delaware’s A.J. Williams in his pro debut against Issa Coulibaly out of Washington, D.C.; Duane Mobley against Lonnie Kornegay; Remondo Elliott versus Terron Grant and Nuwan Jacoby versus Hugh Hines.

Individual tickets are on sale and range from $20 to $20, and tables of 10 are also available for $500. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the opening bill is set for 8 p.m. For more information, contact the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center at (410) 548-4911.

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