Lawrence (left) has won seven of his last eight bouts (Photo by Sara Rivest).
Heavyweight Stopped Jason Estrada this Past Saturday
This past Saturday capped off a very good weekend for heavyweight Franklin Lawrence (14-2-2, 9 KOs), who claimed the interim WBC Caribbean Heavyweight Championship after stopping former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada (16-4, 4 KOs) at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in New York. In addition to leaving the ring with a new strap on his shoulder, Lawrence revealed after the fight that he had inked a promotional contract with Fisticuffs Productions.
“We came to an agreement hours before the fight”, said Dave Escalet of Fisticuffs Productions. “We had got some great feedback about Franklin through our matchmaker Nick Tiberi, and I give him a lot of credit for seeing the talent in Franklin and giving us a heads up about him.”
Now a winner in seven of his last eight bouts, Lawrence outclassed Estrada on Saturday and nearly put him away in just the third round. Unbeknownst to everyone in attendance, the deal with Fisticuffs Productions was already signed before he ever threw his first punch of the night.
“The fighter showed character, and he and his manager Robert Chambers signed a long term agreement,” Escalet continued. “Some fighters would have just waited to see what would happen during the fight, but he believes in our team with Fisticuffs.”
The TKO victory over Estrada was the second consecutive stoppage win for Lawrence, with the Indianapolis native previously scoring a seventh round knockout over Lance Whitaker in September.
“He (Lawrence) has two quality knockouts in a row, and that should be put him in a significant fight, and we look forward to helping secure that opportunity for him,” Escalet concluded. “He also has a great outgoing personality that is a breath of fresh air for the heavyweight division. He is willing to fight his way to the top, and we will look to get him the best possible opportunities to make that happen.”
Last Saturday marked the first time that Estrada had been stopped in 20 professional bouts, and it marked the third loss for the Rhode Island native in his last four matches.