Upcoming Boxing Event: St Paul Armory on January 17, 2009

What to watch for:  John Schmidt headlines a show for the first time, against tough Josh Rodriguez of Davenport, IA.  Joey Abell looks for a win against journeyman Derek Amos, who has shown some power but not much chin.  A couple of MMA bouts then muddy the pristine waters of pure pugilism – let’s pretend that didn’t happen.  Promising newcomer Jeremy McLaurin looks to stay unbeaten versus a guy with a funny name.  Charles Meier and former Mexican amateur titlist Marvin Rodriguez make their pro debuts in the same bout.  Felix Martinez tries to rebound from a loss to Jeremy McLaurin against an opponent to be announced – this fight would have been featured Willshaun Boxley, but Boxley had to drop out because the Mille Lacs boxing commission wouldn’t have permitted him to fight Torrence Daniels on January 24 at Grand Casino Hinckley.  As of Thursday Graziano and Chasing Bear wasn’t finalized, but they may appear on this card if we’re lucky.

Co-Main Event: John Schmidt (6-1 with x kayos) -vs- Josh Rodriguez (4-5 with 3 kayos), super middleweights, 8 rounds

Co-Main Event: Joey Abell (20-4 with 19 kayos) -vs- Derek Amos (15-26 with 9 kayos), heavyweights, 6 rounds

Marcus Levasseur -vs- R.T. Hicks (MMA)

Kerry Vanier -vs- Sam Keigley (MMA)

Jeremy McLaurin (1-0 with 1 kayo) -vs- Josh Jugyham (?-?), lightweights, 4 rounds

Charles Meier (debut) -vs- Marvin Rodriguez (debut), super middleweights, 4 rounds

Felix Martinez (0-1) -vs- TBA, lightweights, 4 rounds

Rocky Graziano Jr (3-2 with 2 kayos) -vs- Emerson Chasing Bear (4-0 with 3 kayos), heavyweights, 4 rounds (tentative, pending approval by the commission)

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