Lineup set for IT Fight Series 78 with six pro bouts


IT Fight Series 78

IT Fight Series 78

A grudge match between featherweights Frank Caraballo (14-9) and Antonio Castillo Jr. (9-7) will headline this weekend’s IT Fight Series 78 event in North Olmsted, Ohio. A total of six pro bouts highlight the fight card, as well as an amateur title bout.

The two have never been fans of each other, and have already squared off once. That bout was won by Caraballo, as he submitted Castillo in the first round of the main event at NAAFS: Fight Nite in the Flats VIII in 2012.

Caraballo competes for the first time in a  year and a half, as he looks to shake a two-fight losing streak. He lost back-to-back bouts to Bellator veterans Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra and Keith Richardson before taking a break from fighting. His last win was a victory over Cody Stevens at NAAFS: Rock N Rumble 8 in October 2014.

Castillo returns after suffering a gruesome leg injury in his bout against Mark Cherico at Pinnacle FC 15 last December. He’s dropped three straight bouts, and his last win was a victory over Steve Smith at IT Fight Series in September 2015.

In the co-main event, Jose Martinez (3-0) will square off against Elijah Harris (2-0) at a catchweight of 165 pounds.

The Northeast Ohio native Martinez has been impressive since turning pro late last year, with wins over James Pfeiffer, LA Hampton, and Brian Akins. He’s ranked as the No. 6 pro welterweight in Ohio by Tapology. Harris comes in from Pennsylvania with a pair of submission wins in his first two pro bouts this year.

Also, Strong Style Fight Team product Aleksa Camur (1-0) will look for his second pro win, as he faces David White (0-0) in a light heavyweight bout.

Camur was successful in his pro debut, needing just 20 seconds to knock out Randy Tran at IT 76 in September. White comes in from Maryland and makes his pro debut after a 5-0 amateur run.

In a welterweight bout, AJ Dobson (2-0) will look to remain unbeaten when he faces Montrel James (2-0) at welterweight.

Dobson has posted a pair of first round stoppage wins thus far, with a TKO victory over JT Miller and a submission over Willie Whitehead earlier this year. He’s ranked as the No. 8 pro welterweight in Ohio. James comes in from St. Louis also with a pair of stoppage wins.

Tobiaus Taylor (0-2) looks for his first pro win, as he faces New Yorker Quentin Gaskins (1-3) at a catchweight of 140 pounds. Taylor posted an impressive 6-1 amateur record but has yet to get in the win column as a pro with a pair of losses via decision. Gaskins fights for the first time in over a year as he looks to snap a three-fight losing streak.

The final pro bout pits Ohio natives Chad Kelly (1-2) and Tony Dipiero (0-2) at middleweight. Kelly competes for the first time since picking up his first pro win over Jon Cook in March 2016. Dipiero looks for his first pro win as he competes for the first time since June 2016, when he dropped a decision against Frankie Festa.

On the amateur side of the card, the featherweight title will be on the line, as Ty Mees (7-1) takes on Alex Johnston (5-1).

IT Fight Series 78 takes place at the Soccer Sportsplex in North Olmsted, Ohio on Saturday night. The event streams live via iPPV for $24.99 on the promotion’s official website. Check out the full lineup below.


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