The Junior Middleweight bout between Paul “The Punisher” Williams and Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara and WBA Super Bantamweight Championship bout between WBA #1-ranked Rico Ramos and Akifumi Shimoda are just 24 hours away and the officials have been announced.
The assigned officials for Williams-Lara are Al Bennett of New Jersey, Hilton Whitaker of New Jersey and Don Givens of New Jersey and the assigned referee is Sam Viruet of New Jersey.
The assigned officials for the Ramos-Shimoda bout are Barbara Perez of New Jersey, George Hill of Pennsylvania, John Stewart of New Jersey and the referee is Benyji Esteves of New Jersey.
Paul “The Punisher” Williams looks to make a statement against unbeaten and world ranked Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in a battle of southpaws. Williams-Lara headlines the HBO telecast in a scheduled 12-round bout, which also features WBA #1-ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) challenging World Champion, Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the Tokyo native’s WBA Super Bantamweight Championship.
The Championship event is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, with the Williams-Lara bout in association with Golden Boy Promotions and the Ramos-Shimoda bout in association with Teiken Promotions and hosted by Caesars Atlantic City. The Williams vs. Lara and Shimoda vs. Ramos bouts will be broadcast on HBO’s Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:15 PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Tickets, priced at $300, $200, $100 and $50, are on sale and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com.