by Damon Gonzalez
TAMPA, Fla. – Thunder at the Forum: Round 2, presented by Corona Extra, is set for Friday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum following today’s weigh-in at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Bouts begin Friday at 7:45 p.m. The card features seven local fighters from the Tampa Bay area, Sarasota or Orlando. The Times Forum and Panda Five Star Boxing also announced the event’s final fight card.
Coming off her thrilling win at Thunder at the Forum, presented by Corona Extra, in June, Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback (Plant City, FL) will take on Victoria “La Reina de Guerra” Cisneros (Albuquerque, NM) in a 10-round bout for the WBF Female Welterweight World Title. Both weighed in at 147 lbs. This match will be the finale of Thunder at the Forum: Round 2, presented by Corona Extra. The pair have fought once before, with Hallback scoring a victory by split decision in 2010.
In the other co-main event, DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (Washington, D.C.) weighed in at 140 pounds and will take on Dedrick Bell (Memphis, TN) for the men’s WBF North American Jr. Welterweight Title. Bell was a late change and was not present at the weigh-in. Corley is coming off matches against the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Miguel Cotto, Devon Alexander and Zab Judah. He has previously held the USBA Light Welterweight Title and the WBO Light Welterweight World Title. Corely currently holds the NABF Light Welterweight Title.
Local fighters who also weighed in were Jose Resendiz (Sarasota, FL, 125.8 lbs.), Justin Pauldo (Orlando, FL, 132.4 lbs.), Josh Medina (St. Petersburg, FL, 145 lbs.), Lee Dawson (Tampa, FL, 140.4 lbs.), Manny Woods (St. Petersburg, FL, 154.4 lbs.) and Martin Lagunas Jr. (Ruskin, FL, 139.4 lbs.).
Resendiz and Pauldo will both be making their second appearance at the Times Forum after both winning their respective matches at the first Thunder at the Forum. Resendiz scored a 51-second knockout of Kherani Kessoon while Pauldo made his boxing debut and defeated Coleman Johnson by decision.