Friday Night Fights: Rated R vs. Pit Bull

By Teron Briggs on March 16, 2012
Friday Night Fights: Rated R vs. Pit Bull
In September 2007, Kendall "Rated R" Holt savagely knocked Ricardo Torres unconscious

On this week’s edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, Kendall “Rated R” Holt faces Tim “Pit Bull” Coleman in a 10-round “loser go home” bout…

On this week’s edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, former WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall “Rated R” Holt (27-5, 15 KOs) faces perennial contender Tim “Pit Bull” Coleman (19-2, 5 KOs) in a 10-round “loser go home” bout. The two evenly matched fighters have fight fans eagerly awaiting tonight’s clash. The co-feature showcases promising featherweight prospect Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs), as he puts his undefeated record on the line against Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan (12-1, 3 KOs).

Holt’s powerful right hand helped him capture his only title belt in September 2007. In one of the best one-round fights in the history of the sport, he savagely knocked Ricardo Torres (31-1, 29 KOs) unconscious after having been dropped twice himself. It was the second time the two had met. The first fight came to a premature halt in the 11th round, with Holt leading on two of the scorecards, when the referee declared Torres the winner, even though Holt was clearly able to continue fighting.

In April of 2009, boxing writers thought so highly of Holt’s ability that many tabbed him to upset the division’s number one ranked fighter at the time, Timothy Bradley (23-0, 11 KOs). The undefeated Bradley was knocked down twice in that fight, getting hit so hard in the first round that he bounced off the canvas, before escaping with a decision victory. 

Although he lost, Holt’s performance was impressive enough that his good friend, NY Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, decided to manage his career.  Things haven’t gone so well for Holt since, going 2-2, with the most disheartening of the losses coming in his last fight against Danny Garcia (21-0, 13 KOs). “It’s going to be him swatting flies all night,” the confident Holt said of his opponent in the build up to their bout in October 2011. Unfortunately for the Paterson, NJ product, it was Holt who was the fly that got swatted that night, losing a one-sided decision in a crossroads bout where he was simply outworked.

Holt, still showing his propensity for smack talk, recently told reporters, “Tim Coleman is a good fighter but he’s not on my level.” Despite that confidence, Holt is bringing in future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. to work his corner in hopes of resurrecting his struggling career. Jones, who doesn’t normally train fighters, is helping out even though he didn’t participate in Holt’s training camp. Holt claims with Jones in his corner, there will certainly be “a lot of eyes on the fight.” Whether Jones can add anything of substance to the 32-fight veteran’s corner is still yet to be determined.

“I’d like to be the one to beat him to death in the ring” the hardly meek Tim Coleman said about his opponent, Vernon Paris (23-0, 14 KOs), prior to his last fight in August 2011. By the end of an exciting slugfest that saw both fighters hit the canvas a total of four times, Tim Coleman was seen paying respect to Paris, who had relentlessly targeted his midsection before stopping him in the seventh round. Coleman’s other loss as a professional came from another undefeated fighter, James De La Rosa (17-0, 12 KOs), in a razor-thin decision in their 10-round bout. Coleman’s biggest win to date came in December 2009, when he was awarded a debatable decision against former top contender Mike Arnaoutis (22-3, 10 KOs). As he had done in his loses, Coleman displayed above-average speed but very little punching power, thus failing to dictate the action in the fight.

Though Holt has faced and beaten a higher level of opposition, Coleman still questions his fortitude. “Kendall’s a good fighter,” he said, “but he’s lacking in heart.” In the end, Holt’s world-class punching power should give him the edge over his spirited but limited opponent.

Gabriel Tolmajyan has been selected to face stud prospect Abraham Lopez because he always comes prepared to fight; yet he’s only managed to record three knockouts in 14 contests. He is entering the bout fresh from an upset decision win over another previously undefeated prospect, Daulis Prescott (23-0, 17 KOs). Lopez, on the other hand, has compiled his 16–0 record by facing a string of unremarkable and barely competent fighters. In fact, only two of the men he’s faced had a winning record, and one of them, Gerardo Espinoza (28-11, 26 KOs), was on a six fight-losing streak. In his most notable win, over Aaron Garcia (10-1-2, 2 KOs), Lopez was forced to grit out a hard eight-round decision in a back-and-forth fight. Tolmajyan, who has never been stopped as a professional, should provide a tough but passable test for the undefeated fighter with title aspirations.

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  1. Teron 08:51am, 03/17/2012

    I’m a fan of Rated R as well and i’m happy to see him get the opportunity to land himself another relevant fight. however, i can’t say how disappointed i am in tim coleman. He obviously didn’t mentally or physically come prepared to fight.  Shame on him for doing a disservice to the fans who paid to see him fight and the network that wrote him a check.

  2. Cheekay Brandon 07:39am, 03/17/2012

    RATED R!!! Find me a better nickname in boxing! LOL

    Jokes aside, he’s one of my favorite fighters….glad he’ll still be relevant

  3. the thresher 06:22pm, 03/16/2012


  4. Teron 12:29pm, 03/16/2012

    That could be possible. Felt like Coleman’s chin has been pretty decent in the pros, though he’s never faced a puncher as big as Holt.

  5. the thresher 10:25am, 03/16/2012

    I predict an early KO by Holt.

  6. the thresher 07:40am, 03/16/2012

    Classic crossroads battle. Don’t blink becayse Holt is a fast starter with lots of pop.

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