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June 20. 2014 11:15PM

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PLAINS TWP. — Armed with a fistful of “Dynamite” and a secret weapon who’s known as “The Gladiator,” the boxing card Mohegan Sun Casino promises to pack a real punch.

And for area fans, the seven-fight card may turn out to be a real knockout.

“We’re going to come out and put on a show for you guys,” Sullivan Barrera of Cuba said through an interpreter.

“We promise you a good show, a great fight,” Nadjib Mohammedi of France said, also through an interpreter. “One of the best.”

It all starts at 5:25 p.m. tonight at Mohegan Sun, where Philadelphia’s Khalib Whitmore kicks off in intriguing night by taking his 5-0 record with four knockouts into a four-round light heavyweight fight.

But that’s just the start of an event sure to captivate area boxing fans throughout a card filled with suspense.

It ends with two co-feature fights that will be televised on NBCSN’s Fight Night, as unbeaten USBA Atlantic Coast Region lightweight champion Karl “Dynamite” Dargan puts his belt on the line against Anthony Flores in a matchup of Philadelphia fighters in a 10-round battle that begins at 8 p.m.

“It’s something surreal,” said Flores, who comes in at 11-4-1 with six knockouts. “I’d like to take advantage of it.”

That may be a tough task against Dargan, who is a former United States Amateur Champion and at 15-0 with seven knockouts has been called the future of boxing’s lightweight division.

“I just had a great camp,” Dargan said. “Flores is a good fighter. I’m ready.”

Then, they’ll get ready to settle the score for the No. 1 contender in the IBF light heavyweight division in a 12-round battle between two streaking fighters from different parts of the world who are trying to grab a chance to become champion of the world.

Promising Ukrainian fighter Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko, who is 18-2 with 12 knockouts, is on a 16-bout winning streak and hasn’t lost since 2008. His opponent also has quite a string of success going, as France’s Mohammedi has rolled off 10 consecutive victories since 2011 and knocked out six of his last seven opponents to raise his record to 35-3 with 20 knockouts.

The winner will earn a mandatory shot at Bernard Hopkins’ IBF title.

“I just want to get in the ring and fight,” Dudchenko said.

The ring should be packed with action long before the end of the night, though.

After Whitmore opens the card, New Jersey’s Hakeem Bryant and Al Johnson square off in a four-round junior middleweight matchup of fighters making their pro debuts, then Reading’s Erik Spring, 1-0, meets up with New Jersey’s Jamil Gadsden, who is looking for his first pro victory, in another four-round junior middleweight contest.

At 6:30 p.m., the action should really pick up with an eight-round battle of unbeaten light heavyweights. Cuba’s Barrera, at 11-0 with six knockouts, will trade punches with North Carolina phenom Lee Campbell, who is 7-0 with three knockouts and has trained with current heavyweight champion Wladimer Klitschko, former heavyweight champ Shannon Briggs and former middleweight champ William Joppy.

A four-round light welterweight fight between New York fighters Wellington Romero (3-0) and Mack Babb (0-2) will precede the co-featured bouts.

“We’re here to win,” Barrera said. “We’re here to take the belt.”

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