by Monte Cox
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Dan Bobish is after the King of the Cage Super Heavyweight championship and says he’s in the best shape of his career… weighing in at a “trim 335 pounds.”
Standing in Bobish’s way at a title shot with KOTC champion Eric Pele is a little-known puncher named Joey Smith… a guy, who although still new to the game at 2-1, features two brutal first-round knockouts to his resume.
The Bobish-Smith bout is the headliner for Friday’s King of the Cage: Raging Bull event, scheduled at the Agora Theater in Cleveland. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or by calling the Agora at 216-881-6911. For directions, check out www.clevelandagora.com.
Many high-level bouts are featured on the 11-fight card.
 5-time UFC fighter LaVerne Clark (20-13-1) faces unbeaten Jake Ellenberger (7-0) in a welterweight bout. Clark is 4-0-1 in his last five bouts, while Ellenberger has finished his last five opponents in the first round.
 Local favorite Jeff Cox (6-1) faces dangerous Derek Keasley (2-2) in another welterweight battle.
 UFC veteran Terry Martin (10-1) hopes to rebound from his first-ever loss when he faces veteran Ron Fields (10-15) in a light heavyweight bout between sluggers.
 KOTC regular Branden Seguin (9-8-1) takes on heavy-hitting Trevor Garrett (2-7). Don’t let Garrett’s record fool you… he recently beat UFC vet Charles McCarthy in less than a minute and had a 15-minute war with former UFC middleweight champion Dave Menne.
 Former NCAA National Champion Rex Holman (1-0) of Ohio State University will put his wrestling against Matt Masterson, who turns pro after a 3-0 amateur record.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout at 8 p.m.
King of the Cage: Raging Bull
Friday, Dec. 16, 8 pm * Agora Theater, Cleveland, Ohio
Joey Smith vs. Dan Bobish (Super hwt.)
LaVerne Clark vs. Jake Ellenberger (170)
Ron Fields vs. Terry Martin (205)
Derek Keasley vs. Jeff Cox (170)
Brendan Seguin vs. Trevor Garrett (185)
Mike Russo vs. Jimmy Boyd (170)
Matt Masterson vs. Rex Holman (205)
Jerry Spiegel vs. Sean Solman (205)
Dominic Quarazzo vs. Loren Bradley (205)
Leremey Johnson vs. Gerald Pierson (205)
Josh Schockman vs. TBA (Hwt.)