Still basking in the afterglow from Caleb Truax and Mohammed Kayongo’s wins Friday night in Saint Paul, we look forward to the next big boxing event in Minnesota. What to watch for:
- Joey Abell and Raphael Butler, both Minnesota kids whose careers have gone off track, meet for the Minnesota heavyweight title about a year and a half too late. The winner will get a big career boost, while the loser will continue to be an obscure, second-tier pro heavyweight.
- Zach Walters searches for redemption for his recent losses. Some fans had hoped for a revenge bout with Shawn Hammack, but instead of a revenge bout he gets a match with a man (Sharpe) who beat a man (Rumbolz) who beat the man (Hammack) who beat Walters back in August of 2008.
- Travis “Freight Train” Walker takes a bout with the “Russian Giant” – a 6-1 big dude who has yet to win a bout against an opponent with a win. Read that again: not an opponent with a winning record, but an opponent who had ever won a fight at the time of their meeting.
- Ronnie Peterson gets a rematch with the man, Tomi Archambault, who was briefly given credit for beating him, before the result of that bout was nullified and the bout ruled a no-contest. As some have said, Peterson has something to prove – but no less does Archambault, who had to be upset and embarrassed by the erasure of that win.
- Gary Eyer and Levi Cortes meet in a curious match of unbeaten local boys. Anyone who has seen Eyer fight knows that he is fast, strong, and efficient. Has anyone seen Cortes fight? I haven’t.
- Dave Peterson is matched with a serviceable opponent in Silas Ortley. Peterson is coming off a tough, close win against previously undefeated Corey Rodriguez, so he’s earned an easier match. It’s up to “the Prodigy” to make sure that he doesn’t take the night off, because Ortley has proved that he has a good heart and a good chin, despite his lackluster (4-7) record.
- A matchup of young men looking for their first wins: Saverino Garcia, who is pretty good, takes on Allante Davis, who just isn’t that good.
- Tony Lee – a very good amateur – turns pro against dangerous Hector Orozco, whose unimpressive record doesn’t give an accurate idea of his potential.
Joey Abell (25-4 with 24 kayos) -vs- Raphael Butler (35-8 with 28 kayos), heavyweights, scheduled for 10 rounds, for the Minnesota state heavyweight title
Zach Walters (24-4 with 19 kayos) -vs- Larry Sharpe (23-7 with 11 kayos), light heavyweights, scheduled for 8 rounds
Travis Walker (33-3 with 28 kayos) -vs- Yevgeniy Shishporenok (6-1 with 5 kayos), heavyweights, scheduled for 6 rounds
Ronnie Peterson (3-0 with 3 kayos) -vs- Tomi Archambault (0-1), super featherweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
Gary Eyer (6-0-1 with 5 kayos) -vs- Levi Cortes (3-0 with 2 kayos), welterweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
Dave Peterson (11-0 with 6 kayos) -vs- Silas Ortley (4-7 with 3 kayos), light middleweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
Saverino Garcia, (0-0-1) -vs- Allante Davis (0-3), light middleweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
Tony Lee (debut) -vs- Hector Orozco (1-3 with no kayos), weight unknown, scheduled for 4 rounds