Kendrick Bell, Jr. (21-1-3, 12 KOs) is strapping up his gloves for a rumble that’s set to light up Worcester on December 9. That’s right, Bell’s aiming to snag his third title, squaring off against the seasoned Heber Rondon (20-5, 13 KOs) from Venezuela. They’re duking it out in an eight-rounder for the much-coveted USBF Light Heavyweight Championship. T
This bash, aptly named “Pandemonium at the Palladium 2” and served up by Granite Chin Promotions (GCP), isn’t just a fight night; it’s a spectacle, streaming live for the world to see on BXNGTV.com. And because these guys have hearts as big as their fists, they’re joining forces with Project New Hope to lend a hand to veterans and their families.
Now, let’s chat about Bell, the hometown hero. This 31-year-old dynamo is fresh off a dazzling win against Oscar Riojas, where he didn’t just win – he owned the ring. And on December 9th? He’s back at the Palladium for the sixth time. It’s practically his second home, folks. Bell loves the hometown vibes, and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t? Fighting in front of your own people – it’s like a superhero suiting up in his own backyard.
Enter Heber Rondon. This guy’s a lefty with a punch and a past to prove it. He’s danced around the ring with the likes of Fernando Vargas and snagged the WBA Fedelatin Super Welterweight title in 2020. But Bell? He’s not sweating it. He’s been schooling lefties and is prepping hard to turn Rondon’s southpaw stance into just another day at the office.
For Bell, this isn’t just about slinging another belt over his shoulder. Oh no, it’s about cranking up the heat and setting his sights on the big bucks – the kind of fights that make legends and bank accounts happy.
Also lighting up the Palladium will be Worcester’s own Khiary “Too Sharp” Gray (17-6, 13 KOs). After a two-year hiatus, he’s stepping back into the ring against Jimmy “The Quiet Storm” Williams (18-13-2, 6 KOs) in a six-round scrap that could very well steal the show.
Chris Traietti, the big boss at GCP, knows what’s up. Putting Kendrick and Khiary on the card? Genius. It’s all about giving the people of Worcester a night to remember and boy, are they in for a treat. December 9th at the Palladium is where the magic happens – where Kendrick Bell goes for gold, right in front of his home crowd.
And hey, let’s not forget about Steve “The Savage” Sumpter (9-0, 7 KOs) of Pittsfield, MA. He’s also set to bring the heat in the super middleweight category, against an opponent yet to be announced.
So, grab your tickets, mark your calendars, and get ready for a night where fists fly, crowds roar, and Worcester’s finest step into the spotlight. Doors swing open at 6:30 p.m. ET, with the first fight kicking off at 7 p.m. ET.