Damian Frias Ready for War on Garcia-Lopez Undercard vs Mikael Zewski

MIAMI (June 13, 2013) – Cuban-born welterweight Damian “Devo” Frias (19-7-1, 10 KOs) will be back in his customary role as a potential spoiler Saturday night in Dallas as he takes on undefeated welterweight prospect Mikael Zewski (19-0, 15 KOs) in an eight-round bout at American Airlines Center. Zewski-Frias is on the Mikey Garcia-Juan Manuel Lopez undercard.

Frias already has one major upset on his resume having defeated 21-1-1 Henry Crawford (TKO9) in 2011. In his last three fights, after his upset of Crawford, Frias went the distance in losses to, in order, Ionut Dan Ion (30-2), Vitaliy Demyenanko (25-0) and Carlos Molina (19-5-2).

“After beating Crawford,” Frias said, “my career didn’t take off like I had expected. Maybe that will happen after this fight? My last three fights have been against top fighters. I wasn’t prepared for the Molina fight but the other two fights I thought I should have won. I felt I beat the Russian fighter in Seattle. I lost to Ion by two points. I dropped him but they called it a slip. I don’t have a promoter to protect me like these guys.”

Zewski, a Canadian, is promoted by Top Rank, which is also promoting the show. “I fight for me and that’s the way it’s been,” Frias added. “My manager, Si Stern, gets me fights, and I don’t care who it’s against or where. I just deal with it. I’m not intimidated by anybody and don’t mind fighting in front of my opponent’s fans.

“I don’t know too much about Zewski and don’t really care about him or what he brings into the ring. I’ve heard that he’s supposed to be a strong fighter. We’ll see. He’s in for a big surprise if he’s taking me lightly. I’m ready to go to war.”

“Damian is as tough as they come, no fear, and he’s a very dangerous opponent for any welterweight,” Stern commented. “He should really have a few more wins than he does but he’s fought a lot of good guys on the road. Nobody’s ever stopped Damian.”

“Friday Night Fights” Season Finale

By: Brandon Stubbs

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Friday Night Fight’s season closer went out with a fizzle. After Adonis Stevenson had to withdraw earlier this week, the fight card had to do a little shuffling. The co feature ended up being Donovan “Da Bomb” George who was to fight Stevenson in a title eliminator, instead got five day replacement Dionisio Miranda. Moved up to the main event was hard knock life fighter Carlos Molina against Damian Frias.

The co-feature lacked early fireworks. Rounds one and two turned out to a feeling out process for Donovan “Da Bomb” George and Dionisio Miranda. As the third round came on George started to apply the pressure and wear down the late replacement. By the 6th round, “Da Bomb” was lit and started to unload on Miranda. At the end of the 6th round the ref went over to Miranda’s corner and put a stop to the bout seeing that he just didn’t have it tonight. Donovan George wins via TKO in the 6th round and is now resetting the match up with Adonis Stevenson for sometime in October.

In the night’s main event, the tough lucked Carlos Molina looked to get back on track after his lost to James Kirkland earlier this year. Damian Frias had won three straight via TKO coming in to this bout, so the consensus was there was going to be some back and fourth action. We were wrong.

From opening bell Molina set the tone for the night, starting with body work to the first two rounds. For the rest of the fight he got in and out, never letting Frias get any sort of rhythm going. It went the full ten rounds with Molina pitching a complete shut out on all three judges score cards of 100-90 for the win. Carlos has the kind of style that you just can’t overlook, so it will be interesting to see if any name fighters take a chance and a fight with him any time soon.