Floridian Petruzelli will face Atlanta’s Dave Mewborn in the main event of the show, which takes place at UCF Arena on the campus of Orlando’s University of Central Florida. Meanwhile, 47-year-old Shamrock will see his 46th professional bout when he meets French knockout artist Antony Rea. Both matchups will be contested at 205 pounds.
A representative from WEF on Monday informed Sherdog.com of the contests, noting that the fight card is still awaiting approval from the Florida State Boxing Commission.
Featured on the event’s undercard is a heavyweight tilt pitting once-beaten “Beast Boy” Chris Barnett against Walt Harris, as well as a 155-pound bout between 4-0 Armory prospect R.J. Goodridge and American Top Team Orlando fighter Gert Kocani.
Best known for his October 2008 knockout of Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, Petruzelli was released by the UFC for the second time last November following losses to Ricardo Romero and Karlos Vemola. The 31-year-old “Silverback” holds a career mark of 12-6, including 10 knockouts, one submission and a lone decision win against MMA pioneer Dan Severn in 2004.
Mewborn also looks to rebound from back-to-back defeats, having dropped bouts to current Bellator signees Anthony Lapsley and Richard Hale in 2010.
Shamrock has won only two of his last nine fights, with all seven defeats coming via first-round knockout. The onetime King of Pancrase went 1-2 in 2010, a decision win over Johnathan Ivey sandwiched between losses to Pedro Rizzo and Mike Bourke.
Rea, 34, has won three in a row, including first-round stoppages of Kazuo Takahashi and Juan Miranda in 2010. The well-traveled “Wild Thing” has seen the judges’ scorecards only twice in 33 bouts.
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