After more than 100 amateur fights and with a blossoming pro career that has started with 11 wins in 12 bouts, Forestville 126-pounder Eric Aiken gets his biggest opportunity tonight when he faces Al Seeger in a non-title bout on Showtime.
Aiken, 24, meets Seeger (19-1) in an eight-rounder at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. It is the co-featured event on a card headlined by the fight between 175-pounders Rico Hoye and Montell Griffin.
"This is definitely going to get my foot in the door for big TV fights and big-name guys," Aiken said. "I'm going into this fight completely focused on the task at hand, which is knocking the guy out."
Aiken, who attended Bowie High School and later received his graduate equivalency degree, has won 10 straight fights. He has knocked out eight of his opponents, including four in the first round, and his ability to punch with power with both hands has earned him the nickname "Mighty Mouse."
Seeger, from Savannah, Ga., is the most accomplished of the fighters Aiken has faced. Also 24, Seeger won his first 19 fights, 16 by knockout, before losing to Phillip Payne in late May.
"It's a pretty good fighter I'm fighting," said Aiken. "But I'm pretty confident in my skills and ability."
-- Jake Schaller