Michael Hunter-Jerry Forrest Headline Triller Card
Triller made official today that highly ranked heavyweight Michael ‘The Bounty’ Hunter II, (20-1-1, 14 KOs), of Las Vegas, NV has been added to this Thursday’s, December 2 ‘Night of heavyweights’ card against heavy-handed southpaw veteran Jerry ‘Slugger’ Forrest, (26-4-1, 20 KOs), of Newport News, VA.
Hunter vs. Forrest is the new ten-round main event at the TrillerVerz IV card at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
World ranked #2 by the World Boxing Association, Hunter returns to New York City after a fifth-round knockout of Mike Wilson on August 3, 2021.
Since turning professional eight years ago, Hunter’s successful career in the professional ranks includes victories over top contenders Sergey Kuzmin, Aleksandr Ustinov, Martin Bakole, Isiah Thomas and Iago Kiladze. He also fought to a draw with former heavyweight world champion Alexander Povetkin in 2019 with his only loss coming in 2017 at cruiserweight to current unified Heavyweight World Champion Oleksandr Usyk.
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A professional for nine years, Forrest hits the ring against Hunter following a majority draw against world-ranked and undefeated Zhilei Zhang on February 27, 2021, in Miami, FL. Forrest has also competed in hard-fought ten-round battles with world-ranked heavyweights Carlos Takam and Jermaine Franklin over the last two years.
The ten-round fight replaces Andrey Fedesov vs. Junior Wright after Fedesov suffered a training injury.
Co-featured at ‘Night of Heavyweights’ in a scheduled ten-rounder of undefeated contenders, ‘Son of a Legend’, knockout artist Trey Lippe-Morrison, (18-0, 17 KOs), of Tulsa, OK faces former NFL Linebacker, Mike Balogun, (17-0, 13 KOs), of Upper Marlboro, MD.
Well-known in the sport as the son of former Heavyweight world champion Tommy Morrison, Lippe-Morrison, popular for his stunning knockouts, has built a huge following since turning professional in 2014. On August 14, 2021, Lippe-Morrison saw his most recent action, a dominant victory over Don Haynesworth. A college football standout for the Oklahoma Sooners before playing for six teams in the NFL, Balogun also turned professional in 2014. In his first start this year, he knocked out Keith Barr on April 10, 2021, in Vero Beach, FL.
In a special attraction ten-round battle also featuring undefeated contenders, Cassius ‘C.O.G.’Chaney, (21-0, 14 KOs), of New London, CT clashes with the Bronx, NY native ‘Gentleman’ George Arias, (16-0, 7 KOs).
A college basketball player at the University of New Haven before turning to professional boxing, Chaney returns to action succeeding a dominant ten-round decision over fellow contender Shawndell Winters on August 14, 2021 in Worcester, MA. On November 27, 2019, Chaney won the vacant World Boxing Council United States title with a third-round stoppage of Nick Jones. A native of the Dominican Republic, Arias hits the ring coming off a unanimous decision win over Joel Caudle on February 17, 2021. Prior to that victory, Arias defeated fellow undefeated prospect, Gabriel Hernandez, on October 24, 2019.
Just added in a six-round heavyweight fight, undefeated prospect Isaac Gutierrez, (12-0-1, 10 KOs), of Mexico City, Mexico faces veteran Joe ‘Louis’ Jones, (12-4, 9 KOs), of Jersey, City, NJ.
The 28-year-old Gutierrez compiled 220 amateur victories prior to turning professional in 2011. Standing 6’2” tall and weighing 230lb., the heavy-handed Gutierrez has knocked out his last six opponents and will be making his highly anticipated United States debut this Thursday. Looking to play the role of spoiler, the 26-year-old Jones returns after a third-round knockout of Dhafir Smith on July 24, 2021. Jones had also faced a number of top contenders over his eight years as a professional including Joey Dawejko, Efetobor Apochi and Richard Rivera.
Rounding out the exciting five-bout card, in a six-round light heavyweight bout, undefeated top prospect Frederic ‘The French Revolution’ Julan, (12-0, 10 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY faces promising prospect Khainell Wheeler, (5-1, 5KO’s), of Bethlehem, PA. Julan hits the ring following a second-round knockout of Fidel Monterrosa Munoz on January 25, 2020. Wheeler enters the battle following a show-stopping first-round knockout of Vincent Baccus on June 5, 2021, in Philadelphia, PA.