Local Fighters Enter the Octagon for Prospects Fighting Championships


Eight Essex County fighters will be entering the octagon for Prospects Fighting Championships 12.

Windsor's TJ Laramie will face Iraqi War vet Andrew Cruz of Idaho for a title shot in the featherweight division at the St. Denis Centre Friday night.

The 22-year-old is excited to fight in front of family and friends.

"This is like a tailor-made matchup for me and to be able to have this opportunity for a pro title in my home town is a dream," he says.

Laramie expects there to be some extra pressure to lock-down the belt.

"Being in my home town adds that little bit of pressure, but at the same time, it's all part of the job," says Laramie. "One day I plan on fighting in front of millions of people so this shouldn't be too hard."

He expects Cruz's ground game to be tough, but Laramie is confident he'll come out on top.

"He doesn't possess any skills that I'm not better than him at so I just want to capitalize on his mistakes and really expose him where he's weak," he added.

Windsor's Randi Field also fight's Toronto's Melissa Karagianis in the woman's division.

The event gets underway at 7pm.

— with files from AM800's Rob Hindi.