“The New York Badass” Phil Baroni is slated to return to the ring for ICON Sport promotion on Aug. 2 when he competes during the promotion’s “Hard Times” card in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Blaisdell Arena.
Baroni will be fighting Ron Verdadero on the card in a 175 pound bout. For Baroni, it will be a quick turnaround, as he fought on July 12 in England at Cage Rage 27. Making his debut at welterweight, Baroni needed just 3:18 into round 1 to knockout Scott Jansen.
ICON, which is a subsidiary of ProElite, Inc., will also be promoting featured fights between Bao Quach and Mark Oshiro for the North American 140 pound title as well as ICON Sport middleweight champion Kala Kolohe vs. Rolando Dominique in a non-title fight contested at 180 pounds.
For Hose, this will be the second consecutive non-title fight he’s been involved in. He won the then-vacant title from Baroni in March via fifth round TKO, but then lost his next fight on June 14 against Bubba McDaniel in a non-televised bout during EliteXC’s “Return of the King” event. Kolohe was submitted just 0:41 into round 1 during the non-title affair.
The 140 pound title fight between Quach and Oshiro is extremely intriguing. The winner of the bout could find themselves on a collision course against the winner of Saturday’s 140 pound fight between Wilson Reis and Brian Caraway that is scheduled to air on SHOWTIME an hour before Saturday Night Fights airs on CBS.
As of now, a national television partner has not been announced.
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