Khalil Coe was forced to wait more than a month for his second pro fight.
The only success he found was making weight this time around, having to settle for a four-round majority decision draw with Aaron Casper (6-4-2, 4KOs). Coe won 39-37 on one card, overruled by matching scores of 38-38 to produce the draw verdict in the opening bout of the Matchroom Boxing-promoted show Friday evening at SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Coe (1-0-1, 1KO) boxed well early, though quickly found himself at a power disadvantage. Casper looked to assert himself, closing the fight strong in throwing substantive combinations while Coe employed lateral movement in largely playing defense down the stretch. It ultimately cost him a win, though the tactic seemingly necessarily to combat fatigue.
The bout was originally due to take place October 16 in Fresno. Coe ruined plans after missing weight by seven pounds as he was removed from the show. The rescheduled affair comes six months after his pro debut this past May 29 on the undercard of Devin Haney’s 12-round win over Jorge Linares at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas.
Coe-Casper served as the first bout of a four-fight preliminary undercard preceding a four-title fight telecast on DAZN. Headlining the show, Providence’s Demetrius Andrade (30-0, 18KOs) attempts the fifth defense of his WBO middleweight title versus Ireland’s Jason Quigley (19-1, 14KOs).
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox