Crystal City, Virginia (August 18, 2016)–One of the best stories in boxing will have another chapter written this Friday night as Devar Ferhadi takes on Christopher Petty in a four-round bout at the Crystal City Hilton in Crystal City, Virginia.
In the main event, Undefeated Mykal Fox will make his 2nd headlining appearance this Friday night when he takes on Somner Martin in a junior welterweight bout scheduled for eight rounds
Ferhadi, of Frederick, Maryland has a perfect mark of 6-0 with five knockouts, just completed his third year of medical school in his native Kurdistan.
Because he finished up school at the end of June, the 21 year-old started his training camp in Kurdistan, before heading back to the states to spar with the likes of undefeated middleweight Immanuwel Aleem, undefeated junior middleweight Jarrett Hurd and recent light heavyweight world title challenger Thomas Williams.
“This has been a long camp, but I am ready to fight,” said Ferhadi. “I started over there and I came back home to finish camp off.”
Ferhadi, who will pursue General or internal medicine when his fight days are complete, is ready for what the unknown Petty will bring.
” He is a last-minute replacement and a southpaw, But I have prepared hard and I prepared to win.”
There were several opponents that were offered the fight with Ferhadi and due to his amateur pedigree combined with the world class sparring that Ferhadi consistently gets when he is home in Maryland, he is looking to step up the competition.
“We are always looking to fight better opponents and we have no problem stepping up.”
This will be Devar’s first fight since February, where he was home from school long enough to stop Travis Davidson in one round in Roanoke, Virginia. But between training and a heavy school load, Ferhadi is grateful for the time off from the ring.
“The time off actually helps me. It’s tough jumping from one camp right into another one, but I am ready to go and expect me to put on a show.”
Said Ferhadi’s manager, Jason Boyer, “Devar has three more years of medical school and when he is completed that, he will be come a full-time boxer. At that point, he will just be about 24 years-old, so I know the best boxing years have yet to come.”
In a six-round heavyweight co-feature of undefeated heavyweights, Luther Smith(5-0, 4 KO’s) of Bowie, Maryland will take on Mike Balogun (6-0, 5 KO’s) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
In four-round bouts:
Jordan White (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Washington, DC will take on Sergio Aguilar (0-4) of Homestead, Florida in a bantamweight bout.
Marcus Bates (3-0-1, 3 KO’s) of Washington, DC will fight Daniel Hernandez(0-1-1) of Queens, NY in a featherweight bout,
Sam Crossed (3-0, 1 KO) of Greenbelt, Maryland will take on Mike Estus (0-3) of Ames, Iowa.
Colby Madison (2-0, 1 KO) of Owings Mills, Maryland will tangle with an Bryson Haubrick (Pro debut)s) of Lewistown, Pennsylvania, in a heavyweight bout.
Patrick Rivera of Edgewood, Maryland will make his pro debut when he fights Dustin Caplinger (2-8, 1 KO) of Columbus, OH in a junior middleweight bout.
Phillip Hooker of Washington, DC will make his pro debut against David Rohn(0-6-1) of Villa Park, IL in a middleweight bout.