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Top American Heavyweight Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon came off his longest lay off and struggled through the first six rounds of his scheduled ten round bout with Livin Castillo only to come out for round seven and score a thrilling knockout that headlined a great night a great night of boxing that was promoted by Mike Brestle’s Spartan Fight Promotions at the Trump Taj Mahal Grand Ballroom.

After a pretty even first round, Castillo began to land numerous long left hands to bot the body and head and it looked like Witherspoon was a bit befuddled.

Witherspoon came out in round seven and went for broke and succeeded as he landed a barrage of punches that sent Castillo to the Canvas. Castillo rose to his feet only to be battered all over the ring by an unrelenting flurry by Witherspoon and finally referee Earl Brown stopped the fight at 2:21 of round seven.

It was later found out that Castillo was leading 58-56; 58-56 and 59-55 on all three judges score cards

“It felt good to be back”, said Witherspoon, who was making his first ring appearance after an almost nine month layoff since a stoppage loss to world ranked Tony Thompson at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

“My plan was to box and get the ring rust off and then I took him out when my coach (trainer Wade Hinnant) told me it was time to get him out of there.

Witherspoon is now 27-2 with nineteen knockouts.

The co-feature saw Farah Ennis remain undefeated as he used a vicious body assault to take out late replacement Reggie Pena in round three of a scheduled eight round Super Middleweight bout.

In a battle of veterans, former world title challenger Walter Estrada scored a six round split decision over Jose Reyes.

Three local favorites remained undefeated as Isiah Seldon scored his first knockout when he took out Jason Johns in round one of a scheduled four round Super Middleweight bout.

Atlantic City Light Heavyweight Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell dropped eighteen year old Nathan Bedwell three times en route to a four round unanimous decision.

Eugene Soto recovered from two first round knockdowns to gain a controversial majority decision over Maurice Williams in a four round Super Middleweight bout

Spartan Fight Promotions will be back this fall with another great night of boxing. Details




Press Release: August 2, 2010

On Saturday night, August 28th, Spartan Fight Promotions will present Battle I at the beautiful Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City with a terrific main event that will pit Heavyweight contender Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon battling rough veteran Livin Castillo in a tough heavyweight bout scheduled for ten rounds.

Witherpsoon has a record of 26-2 with eighteen knockouts and is regarded as one of the top American Heavyweights.

When asked about fighting Castillo, Witherspoon responded “I am excited about getting back in the ring. It’s going to be an entertaining action packed affair because I know he comes to fight and I know I am coming to fight and I look forward to fighting back in Atlantic City.”

Witherspoon, twenty-eight years old of Philadelphia, PA, won his first twenty-three bouts with fifteen knockouts as he defeated the likes of Michael Alexander (11-0); Talmadge Giffis (24-6-3); Jonathan Haggler (18-1); which set up a big showdown with fellow undefeated and rising star Chris Arreola (23-0)

On June 21, 2008 Arreola scored a third round disqualification win in a fight that Witherspoon boxed well but decided “To bring out the Philly in him” and slug with the heavy handed Arreola.

Witherspoon went on to win three consecutive starts which included an eighth round stoppage over Adam “Swamp Donkey” Richards (21-1) on the undercard of the Jermain Taylor – Jeff Lacy battle in Memphis, Tennessee.

In his last bout, Witherspoon engaged in a slugfest with former world title challenger Tony Thompson on the Paul Williams – Sergio Martinez undercard on December 5th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

It was an entertaining bout as both got in good shots until Witherspoon was stopped in round nine of the scheduled ten round affair.

Witherspoon is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and has a degree in Pharmaceutical Sales and he is very involved in the community as he is a mentor in many youth groups in the tri-state area.

Castillo of Borbon, Ecudor is known as a crafty veteran who will take on all comers.

Castillo has a record of 16-8 with ten knockouts.

Castillo won his first seven bouts with five coming by knockout. In just his eighth bout, Castillo was stopped by future undisputed Cruiserweight champion, Jean Marc-Mormeck who had twenty-two pro bouts.

After five wins, once again Castillo fought a world champion with world’s more experience than he had. This time it was 135 fight Jorge Castro (122-10-3) who stopped Castillo.

Castillo scored a six round unanimous decision over veteran Robert Hawkins (18-2) before being stopped in three by future WBC Heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev.

Castillo scored a victory over Osborne Machimana (10-2) then lost to currant IBF #1 ranked contender Alexander Povetkin in Hanover, Germany.

After a victory, the murder’s row of opponents continued as Castillo lost three in a row to former WBA Heavyweight champion, Bruce Seldon (37-6); former World title challenger Eddie Chambers (31-1) and rising prospect Travis Kauffman (16-0).

In his last bout, the thirty-four year old southpaw scored an eight round unanimous decision over Jamie Quinonez in Quito, Ecuador on October 16th, 2009.

An exciting undercard is being put together that will feature Lightweight contender Jose Reyes (23-7, 8 KO’s) of Vineland, NJ; Super Middleweight Joel De La Paz (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Atlantic City; Light Heavyweight Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell (5-0, 2 KO’s) of Atlantic City ; Bantamweight Qa’id “Kid Dynamite” Muhammad (5-0, 5 KO’s); Super Middleweight Eugene Soto (2-0, 1 KO) of Atlantic City .

“This is going to be an action packed evening of boxing”, said Mike Brestle, President & CEO of Spartan Fight Promotions.

“When you have a well rounded card that features one of the best American heavyweights in Chazz Witherspoon plus a guy like Jose Reyes who is looking to get back in the mix at lightweight and then add a handful of undefeated prospects we are proud to present what will surely be a great night of boxing. As we said in our mission statement, we are looking to bring back boxing to Atlantic City much like it was in the golden era down here some years ago , I think this card is a good start. We are showcasing a combination of world class contenders and bright prospects. The action is sure to explosive!”

Ticket Prices for this great night of boxing are priced at $90 / $65 / $40 and are available at the Trump Taj Mahal Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster 1-800-736-1420 or GNP Fitness 609-348-4999 VIP Tables are also available, for more information call 609-348-4999.