What to watch for: The headliners come from radically different situations: Marcus Rhode would love to win because it would springboard him back to respectability after losing five straight fights, all by kayo or TKO. Raphael Butler must win to safeguard a planned November showdown with fellow Minnesotan Joey Abell with a state heavyweight championship on the line.
A secondary match is generating much more heat and light within the Minnesota boxing community: unbeaten prospects and legacies Corey Rodriguez (4-0 with 3 kayos) and Dave Peterson (10-0 with 6 kayos) meet at a contracted weight of 154#. Both young men will have family in their corners on Saturday night – Rodriguez will be seconded by his dad and brother (John Sr and John Jr) and by his uncle Bobby. Meanwhile, Peterson will have dad Ron in his corner, along with Dan O’Connor and Saverino Garcia.
One of the fascinating aspects of this fight is the difference in size, and much has been said about whether the weight (junior middle) plays to the advantage of the taller and thinner Peterson or the shorter and more solidly-built Rodriguez. Ron Peterson declined to predict an outcome, except to observe that in his opinion, “Mechanics-wise, sizewise, and powerwise, Dave should have all the advantages.” It should be mentioned at this point that Corey Rodriguez doesn’t lack for an outstanding boxing pedigree himself, with uncles Rafael, Rudy, and Bobby all having been very good prizefighters in their day.
Other bouts include the comeback of Scott Ball, inactive now for nearly two years, against thrilling brawler Mike Davis from North Dakota, Mike Howell and Ray Walker in a cruiserweight bout, and young Ronnie Peterson in a lightweight bout with an as-yet undisclosed opponent.
- Raphael Butler (34-8 with 27 kayos) -vs- Marcus Rhode (34-38 with 29 kayos), heavyweights, scheduled for 8 rounds
- Corey Rodriguez (4-0 with 3 kayos) -vs- Dave Peterson (10-0 with 6 kayos), light middleweights, scheduled for 6 rounds
- Scott Ball (9-6 with 7 kayos)-vs- Mike Davis (3-5 with 3 kayos), light middleweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
- Mike Howell (1-2 with 1 kayo) -vs- Ray Walker (1-6 with no kayos), cruiserweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
- Ronnie Peterson (2-0 with 2 kayos) -vs- TBA, lightweights, scheduled for 4 rounds