A 160 pound encounter between Chris Liguori and Jim Bova is the latest fight to be added to the undercard of EliteXC’s first-ever show on CBS scheduled for May 31 in Newark, N.J. at the Prudential Center.
On Tuesday afternoon, a source close to Bova’s camp informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com that the 26-year old fighter has signed a multi-fight contract with EliteXC and that his first fight is slated to be against Liguori.
Bova trains out of the Anthracite Combat Club in Minersville, PA, a fight gym in which fellow pro fighters Jon Murphy, Shane Ott, and Diego Jimenez are all also affiliated with.
After going 7-1 as an amateur, Bova has began his pro career with an undefeated 3-0 record. He made his professional debut at Battle Cage Xtreme 1 on May 12 of last year, defeating Joe Andujar via TKO at 3:22 of round 2. He improved to 2-0 after submitting Steve DeAngelis at 0:36 of round 2 during Extreme Challenge 78 in June.
His most recent fight took place last October for Combat in the Cage, where he won the promotion’s lightweight title after submitting Mark Getto with a rear naked choke at 3:59 of round 1.
For the past seven months, Bova has also been featured in our MMA Prospects section. He was also a finalist for the IFL’s draft tryouts in New York that were conducted last October.