by: Kelvin Hunt
ShoXC is an EliteXC presentation that pits developing fighters in tough match ups and is a springboard for future stars and champions of EliteXC. On Friday, August 15th, ShoXC presents Elite Challenger Series that will air live on SHOWTIME at 11pm ET/PT (delayed on west coast) at Table Mountain Casino at Friant, California.
The main event consists of a re-match between once-beaten light heavyweights, Po’ai Suganuma (9-1) of Hilo, Hawaii, and Jared Hamman (10-1) of San Bernardino, California. Suganuma handed Hamman his lone loss in a controversial fight that lasted all of 15 seconds in the main event last April 5th at the Table Mountain Casino on ShoXC.
Other fights on this August 15th SHOWTIME card include, Fabricio “Morango” Camoes (10-4) of San Diego vs. Sam “The Squeeze” Morgan (19-10) of St. Paul, Minn., at 160 pounds; Muay Thai striking specialist Cyrille “The Snake” Diabate (14-6-1) of France will make his EliteXC debut against ShoXC veteran Jaime Fletcher (9-3) of San Bernardino, California, at 205 pounds; and for the first time ever, EliteXC will showcase a title fight from one of its sister organizations, King of the Cage, when KOTC middleweight champion Keith “KO Kid’’ Berry (7-2) of Las Vegas by way of Murrieta, California, takes on Ray Lizama (5-5) of Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Also on SHOWTIME, EliteXC will introduce a new women’s weight class at 130 pounds, when one of the few true pioneers of women’s mixed martial arts, Debi Purcell (4-1) of Laguna Hills, California, faces Cage Warriors champion Rosi Sexton (8-1) of Manchester, England.
Non-televised bouts: Promising, exciting Melanie LaCroix (1-0) of Los Angeles vs. Katrina Alendale (0-2) of San Francisco at 140 pounds; Ralph Lopez (3-0) of Fresno, Calif., vs. Roberto Vargas (2-0) of San Bernardino at 150 pounds; Josh Rave (8-4) of Fresno vs. Jesse Brock (6-3) of Sacramento at 140 pounds; Mike Moreno (3-2) of Fresno vs. Lucas Gumaza (2-0) of Stockton, California, at 170 pounds; and Marcus Levesser (5-2) of Fresno vs. Josh McDonald (3-3) of San Francisco at 160 pounds.
Tickets, priced at $50 (General Admission), $60 (Reserved), $70 (Gold) and $80 (VIP), are available at the Main Casino Cage at Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California. They also can be purchased online at www.tmcasino.com/tickets.html