Kendall Holt says his back is against the wall on March 16 against Tim Coleman. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Junior welterweights Kendall Holt and Tim Coleman are looking to right the ship and get back into contending waters (deep waters!) when the two meet on ESPN Friday Night Fights on March 16. The fight will be held at the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, Calif.
Gary Shaw, who promotes Holt, said, "This is going to be a great night of boxing. Both Holt and Coleman are looking to get back in the win column and I expect them to come out swinging. A win for either fighter can get them back into title contention."
Holt (27-5, 15 KO) is one of the most inconsistent good fighters in the sport, but looked back on the right track in 2011 following a year of inactivity. Now managed by New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, Holt went 2-1 in 2011, beating Julio Diaz via nasty knockout on Friday Night Fights, and later losing a competitive bout to Danny Garcia on the Hopkins vs Dawson show in October.
The 30-year-old from New Jersey is taking the fight against Coleman as a last chance to stay in the mix at 140 pounds.
"I'm going to take advantage of this opportunity that's been given to me, fighting on ESPN Friday Night Fights," said Holt. "I know Coleman is coming with his A-game, so this will be an entertaining fight for everyone watching. I feel like my back is against the wall and I need to leave everything in the ring. Come fight night I'm going for broke."
Coleman (19-2-1, 5 KO) is coming off of a loss himself, suffered on ESPN airwaves against Vernon Paris last August. The two had an ugly build-up, a tough fight, and then signs of respect after Paris stopped Coleman in the seventh.
The televised co-feature will be an eight-round lightweight fight between prospects Abraham Lopez (16-0, 12 KO) and Gabriel Tolmajyan (12-1-1, 3 KO).