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James Smith Backs Out of “Fight Night at the Horseshoe: The Black Wednesday Battle” Bout with Johnny “Wite Boi” Determan

by on Nov.25, 2013, under Boxing News, Press Releases

Despite boisterous claims that he was at weight, ready to fight and would put Determan “to sleep” Detroit loud mouth backs out of fight because he could not make contracted weight

CHICAGO, IL, November 25, 2013–On Sunday, November 24, Detroit super flyweight “Machine Gun” James Smith (7-0, 5 KOs) informed Hitz Boxing that he would not be able to make his contracted weight of 117 lbs for his fight with knockout artist Johnny “Wite Boi” Determan (7-0, 6 KOs) of Omaha, NE. This battle, between two fighters with perfect records, was to be a part of Bobby Hitz’s talent rich “Fight Night at the Horseshoe: The Black Wednesday Battle” on Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00 PM in Hammond, IN.

“Well I’m disappointed that it came to this. I was more than ready to shut his mouth, He’s a bum and unprofessional. I don’t want to share the same ring with him because he don’t deserve it,” said Determan. “I hope he enjoys his Thanksgiving and is thankful that he didn’t get in ring with me.”

In a November 14 conference call promoting their Smith claimed he was at weight and ready to go.

“I am in tip top shape. I’m ready to go, we can fight tomorrow,” said Smith. “I’ll make weight and everything.”

This is the second time that Smith has withdrawn from a fight with Determan, who has had 15 opponents back out of fights they had agreed to. In September of this year he backed out of a bout between the two unblemished fighters citing a leg injury.

“James Smith’s word and signature are worthless. I am shocked by his unprofessionalism,” said Bobby Hitz. “Last week I praised him for taking this fight, but he has to realize that he has to follow through and live up to the commitment he made. He disrespected the sport of boxing with this second withdrawal. He should be ashamed of himself and reconsider if he has what it takes to be a boxer.”

After Smith’s manager informed Hitz Boxing that 122 lbs was the lowest he could get, Determan agreed to fight him at that weight only to see Smith decline the heavier weight.

During the call Smith bragged about being Detroit and representing Kronk Gym, which was led by the late legendary boxing trainer Emanuel Steward.

“Smith needs to understand the legacy he claims to represent when brags about being from Kronk as he did in the conference call,” said Mike Cericola, Hitz Boxing’s director of boxing. “Emanuel Steward represented the best of boxing, Smith represents the worst of boxing.”

Team Determan worked hard to get Johnny in shape for this fight and they shared their frustration following Smith’s withdrawal.

“I am sick that Johnny has trained so hard for this wanna be fighter. Not once but twice he has pulled out on us,” said John Determan. “Everything happens for a resin and I believe God was protecting him from being hurt. Johnny would have hit him so much he would have thought he was surrounded.”

Determan’s trainer, JB Hurd, is ready to move past Smith and move on to the next challenger.

“I’m only disappointed for Johnny. He doesn’t just claim to be a boxer he is a true boxer. He was ready for this and will be ready for the next one,” said Hurd. “For the other one, who’s name I won’t mention because he ain’t worth it, he’s not a pro boxer, he’s not even a real man, and he’s not worth anymore of Team Determan’s time.”

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Since its debut in 1991, Hitz Boxing has been the midwest’s leading boxing promoter. Led by Bobby Hitz, who boasted a 21-4 record with 18 KO’s as a boxer, Hitz Boxing is the longest running boxing promoter in the Chicago area dating back to the bi-monthly boxing series the “Ramada Rumble,” held at the former Rosemont Ramada Inn. The organization currently promotes the wildly popular “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN and is the subject of the actuality show “Hitz Boxing,” a web series which has amassed over 5 million internet views. Over the year’s the organization has produced matches that have included some of the top names in boxing such as James Toney, Antonio Tarver, Montell Griffin, Iran Barkley, Andrew Golota and “Fast Fres Oquendo.

The $500 million Horseshoe Casino, a Caesars Entertainment Corporation property, just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago is the premier entertainment and gambling destination in Chicagoland. Where legendary gaming lives on, Horseshoe boasts more than 350,000 square feet with over 3,000 slot machines, over 100 table games, one of the largest poker rooms in the Midwest, and more. The Venue at Horseshoe Casino is proud to offer the ultimate concert and entertainment destination and premier experience in a flexible space that can hold up to 3,300 guests. Dining elegance is not overlooked and guests can choose from a variety of dining options including; Jack Binion’s Steak House which overlooks Lake Michigan and winner of the 2009, 2010, 2011 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and the May 2012 OpenTable Diners’ Choice award, around-the-globe variety at the Village Square Buffet, and a taste of Chicago at Benny’s Pub and Eatery.

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