First the fights, then the commentary…
Edwin Rodriguez (16-0 with 12 kayos) -vs- James McGirt Jr (22-2-1 with 11 kayos), super middleweights, scheduled for ten rounds
Marcus Johnson (19-0 with 14 kayos) -vs- Kevin Engel (18-3 with 15 kayos), super middleweights, scheduled for 8 rounds
Andy Kolle (22-2 with 16 kayos) -vs- Francisco Ruben Osorio (12-7 with 10 kayo), light middleweights, scheduled for 8 rounds
Aaron Pryor Jr (14-2 with 11 kayos) -vs- Dyah Davis (18-1 with 9 kayos), super middleweights, scheduled for 8 rounds
Ishe Smith (21-5 with 9 kayos) -vs- Alexander Pacheco Quiroz (14-8 with 12 kayos), light middleweights, scheduled for 8 rounds
Antwone Smith (18-2-1 with 10 kayos) -vs- Martinus Clay (13-26-4 with 5 kayos), welterweights, scheduled for 8 rounds
Corey Rodriguez (4-1-2 with 3 kayos) -vs- Nick Runningbear (4-3 with 1 kayo), light middleweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
Jamal James (1-0 with 1 kayo) -vs- Wes Ronchi (debut), welterweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
Top of the Card:
Edwin Rodriguez and Marcus Johnson are the TV attractions here. Rodriguez faces his toughest opponent yet in sturdy and experienced James McGirt, while Johnson takes his chances against Kevin Engel, who lost to Rodriguez just last April. Engel is no slouch, but his best wins have come against opponents with records of 6-0 and 7-1. In what has been billed as a third co-featured bout, Andy Kolle returns to his former adopted hometown to take on Colombia’s Francisco Ruben Osorio. Osorio’s best win was a TKO of then-15-9 Steve Walker back in 2004; his record since then is 0-5, but he’s considered a credible-enough opponent for Kolle’s first venture into the 154 lb class.
After consecutive losses, Ishe Smith hopes to make a return to the win column against a man with a deceptively good record. Alexander Quiroz is 12-7, but ten of his twelve wins have come against fighters making their professional debut and he once lost to a man with a record of 0-10. To his credit Quiroz also owns a win against 19-6 Ignacio Solar, but he’s been unable to duplicate the feat of beating an opponent with a winning record for the last six years. Antwone Smith will lay his 18-2 record on the line against 13-26-4 Martinus Clay, but it isn’t a sure thing for Smith. Clay is remembered in Minnesota for outscoring Matt Vanda in an 8-rounder back in 2006. Clay isn’t a great fighter, but history shows that you never know what might happen if a tough guy hangs in there.
And Don’t Miss…
Dyah Davis and Aaron Pryor Jr each bring a sharp looking record into the ring when they meet in another super middleweight bout; the career of the winner will get a nice shot in the arm. (Do careers have arms?) Corey Rodriguez of Minneapolis is a late replacement for Javontae Starks and will face 4-3 Nick Runningbear, the only North Dakotan currently scheduled to appear on this card. Last of all, if you haven’t seen him yet (almost no one has), don’t miss the opportunity to see Jamal James fight. Young James is an unknown who is sure to be a hot prospect within a year, and this is your opportunity to find out why.
The Fistic Mystic says: Buy your tickets today for this show at Scheels Arena (the former UP Center) in Fargo. It’s cheaper than paying for premium cable.