Ouma v Cuevas
Atlantic City, New Jersey
FORMER IBF junior middleweight champion Kassim â€œThe Dreamâ€ Ouma must win tonight if he is to earn much more lucrative fights in the future.
Ouma has got a vote of confidence from the undefeated middleweight world champion, Bernard Hopkins, who will be ringside to watch the fight.
â€œDefeats make champions,â€ the 40-year-old said of Oumaâ€™s shock loss.
â€œTrue champions come back, and that is what Iâ€™ve shown in my own career. Thatâ€™s what a potential great fighter like Kassim needs to do. Coming back builds character and helps create a legacy.â€
His new trainer Ronnie Shields is also confident.
â€œI called Washington (years back) for a sparring partner for Zab Judah and they brought Kassim Ouma down,â€ said Ronnie.
â€œThey said heâ€™d just come over from Africa. The first day I saw him with Judah I couldnâ€™t believe what I saw. From that point on I believed Kassim Ouma could be champion of the world.
Ouma had not lost a fight in six years before losing his IBF crown to Russian Roman â€œMade in Hellâ€ Karmazin in July.
Meanwhile, Abdu â€œThe Cobraâ€ Tebazalwa takes a shot at the vacant featherweight IBF continental title when he faces Peter â€œSniperâ€ Pambeni of Zimbabwe at Little Flowers on Saturday.
Ready to rumble