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www.wmfd.com - Mansfield's own Marc Salser will put his 15-0 record on the line August 16. }}" />

   
 
 
IBA Champ Salser To Defend Title

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  Original Published: 7/10/2013It's been over 50 years since the city of Chicago has held a professional boxing show in a major league park and nearly a year since undefeated champion Marc Salser has been in the ring, but both things will take place on August 16. The home of the Chicago White Sox, US Cellular Field, will host the season finale of ESPN's Friday Night Fights and 15-0 Salser will be on display in the first fight of the evening. The "Ring Shark" will face Chicago native Adrian Granados, a Mexican-American fighter with an 11-2-2 record, including 7 K.O.'s. Granados, who will turn 24-years-old the week of the fight is coming off a draw with former IBF welterweight champ Kermit Cintron, in a 10-round bout many feel Granados had won. Salser himself is coming off a split decision win over Chris Howard last August, which drew controversial criticism from some in attendance. But the IBA Continental Super Lightweight Champion Salser isn't worried about the past, he's looking towards the future and feels a win over Granados is exactly what he needs to take the next step.  "Fighting on national TV is just a blessing in itsself." Salser says. "I'm just excited to have this opportunity to do this because it's my shot." Salser also understands that he's no spring chicken in the fight game and that now is the time to make a move. "I feel like I'm 31-years-old and my window of opportunity is slightly closing, but my window of opportunity is there." Salser says. "We're just trying to fly right through it. "We" would be Salser and trainer/manager Mickey Scodova, who has trained Marc his entire professional career. Neither Salser nor Scodova are worried about fighting Granados in his home town and actually embrace fighting on the road, where Scodova says Salser tends to fight better. "For some reason he seems to fight better on the road" Scodova says. "I don't know if he's more relaxed or what." "I look to destroy whoever I fight." Says Salser. "Whether it's in their hometown or not." The pair have traveled for fights in Texas, Arizona, California, New Mexico, South Carolina and Michigan, where they have walked away victorious each time. Which is why Scodova says, "Going on the road for us isn't really a big deal." But Mickey understands the magnitude of Salser's next fight and says he's enthusiastic about the opportunity.  "It's a big stage and fighting in Chicago outdoors, they've expecting a big crowd there so it should be exciting." Scodova says. "I'm looking forward to it."    
   
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