MIAMI — Finding an opponent for Four State Franchise fighter Trey Lippe Morrison is becoming a challenge.
Promoter Tony Holden said during a Tuesday press conference to promote a Feb. 10 card at Buffalo Run Casino that he has several possibilities after Lippe Morrison’s would-be opponent backed out Monday night.
Holden said the press conference originally was to have been held about 10 days ago.
“The main reason we pushed this back 10 days is to find Trey Lippe Morrison an opponent,” Holden said. “We have gone through 20-some opponents, all undefeated. Nobody will fight Trey Lippe Morrison.
“We do have some guys we are negotiating with. Trey is going to be the co-feature. Showtime is bound-determined to have him on and so are we.”
Holden anticipates having an opponent lined up later this week.
“I already think I know who it is, but I don’t want to jinx it,” he said.
“ShoBox: The New Generation” will originate from Buffalo Run Casino-Resort for the 11th time on Friday, Feb. 10.
“Keep in mind, there are only eight of these a year,” Holden said. “Our consistency is amazing. There’s two things that they really like and love: they love Baranchyk, but they really like Trey Lippe Morrison and they also really like this crowd and this venue.
“We’ve had opportunities to take this show elsewhere and step it up for the fighters with more pay, but fortunately we control the situation as promoters and Showtime loves it here. So here we are.”
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach will be in Lippe Morrison’s corner for the fight.
Lippe Morrison ran his record to 13-0 with a second-round TKO win here against Ty Cobb on Dec. 10.
This was just the third time an opponent had taken Lippe Morrison into the second round. One of those was in his pro debut against Kris Renty on Feb. 16, 2014.
Nine of his 13 wins have come in the first round.
The longest a fight has gone is the fourth round. Richard Hawkins lasted until the fourth round before falling at 1:55.
This will be the 34th card held at Buffalo Run since it’s opening in 2004.
The only fight on the card that is locked in — for now — finds super lightweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk facing Abel Ramos in a 10-round main event.
Baranchyk, also 13-0, has climbed to seventh in the world according to the IBF and ESPN ranked him as one of the top prospects of 2016 and now he’s moved him up to world title contender status.
“It’s amazing to say that our Four State Franchise just broke the top 10 in a real ranking … this isn’t a backyard belt. This is the IBF,” Holden said.
Baranchyk, who recently moved to Los Angeles for training, scored a unanimous decision against Wilberth Lopez in the 10-round co-main event on the Dec. 10 card.
Baranchyk landed almost a dozen shots to the head of Lopez, a southpaw, who never went down.
However, it was Baranchyk who went down in the third round.
He got up and went to work, dominating the fight the rest of the way.
Ramos has won three straight since a referee technical decision against Regis Prograis on Dec. 11, 2015 in Houston in a fight to decide the vacant NABF junior super welterweight title.
Prograis’ next fight was a knockout win over Aaron Herrera at Buffalo Run.
Unbeaten Jon Fernandez (10-0, 8 KOs) will open the televised portion of the card against Ernesto Garza (7-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight bout.
The second fight finds Lenin Castillo (15-0-1, 10 KOs) vs. Joe Williams (10-0, 7 KOs) in an eight-round cruiserweight battle.
Four State Franchise members Kenzie Morrison and Jarrett Rouse also will be featured on the card.
Brothers Dillon and Jesse Cook who round out the 4SF will not be fighting.
“We’re just kinda taking a little bit of a break. We’ve been going at it hard for about five years now,” said Dallas Cook, who trains his two sons. “Everybody needs a break and we felt now was a good time for it.”
Dallas Cook said his sons would resume training hard in mid-February by going to a camp in San Antonio, Texas.
The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with action starting at 7:30 p.m. The ShoBox telecast begins at 9 p.m.
Tickets go on sale at noon Wednesday at the Buffalo Run box office or at stubwire.com.