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Cosce, Watkins prepare for Redding fights

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By Ray Hamill — Former Hoopa High wrestler and local pro MMA fighter Louis Cosce will be back in action this Saturday night, putting his undefeated run on the line at the Win-River Casino fight night in Redding.

Cosce, who fights out of the Lost Boys gym in Arcata, is 4-0 as a pro and will face off against Bill Smallwood out of Las Vegas in a 175-pound pro fight.

Cosce’s Lost Boys teammate Tyler Watkins will also be in action at the event, fighting Christian Agosto in a 145-pound amateur fight.

And preparations for both fighters have been going well, according to trainer and fight promoter Brian Wilson.

“Right now, Louis is hitting his stride,” Wilson said. “He’s 25 and he’s getting into his peak. The next three years are exciting for him. He’s very impressive right now.”

His 37-year-old opponent, who will fight down from his normal 185 pounds, brings plenty of experience and is 4-8 as a pro.

Cosce, however, has been making quick work of his opponents, ending all four of his pro fights in the opening round.

He is currently ranked No. 37 out of 188 active welterweights in California, according to Tapology.

Cosce is also scheduled to fight on November 9 at the Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, against Angelo Trevino, who is 7-3 as a pro.

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Watkins, meanwhile, has been busy preparing for Agosto. 

“He’s very similar to Tyler,” Wilson said of Agosto. “He’s tall for his weight and he has power in his hands.”

Watkins is 6-4 and will be turning pro soon, according to Wilson.

“He’s at that point where he’s probably getting to the end of his amateur career,” the trainer said. “And he’s never looked better.”

Watkins has prepared himself for the pro ranks with several tough opponents in his recent fights.

“He hasn’t been afraid to challenge himself,” Wilson said.

Former Lost Boys fighter Chris Roman will also be in action at the Redding fights, headlining the event in a 145-pound pro fight against Brandon Crow.

Both of them fight out of Las Vegas.

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