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Upcoming Boxing Event: November 5th Shobox in Fargo ND

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.

Faint Praise

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.


November 5th Shobox Event: News Release

The real guest of honor

The real guest of honor

News Release from Scheels Arena, dated October 12th:

Showtime Network’s ShoBox coming to Scheels Arena Nov. 5

Fargo, N.D. – ShoBox: The New Generation, the critically acclaimed boxing series featured on Showtime Networks, will be live from Scheels Arena on Nov. 5.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. with non-televised fights beginning at 7 p.m.  Tickets, ranging from $20 to $65, will go on sale 11 a.m. Thursday.  Tickets can be purchased at the Scheels Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

ShoBox, which debuted in 2001, is the inaugural event in the Fargo area for Showtime Networks.  The series airs live on select Friday nights beginning at 10 p.m. CST.

We are very excited to see a nationally televised event finally come to Fargo,” said John Kram, general manager of Scheels Arena.  “Having a world-class event such as ShoBox come to our building is a testament to the level of service and professionalism our venue offers to event promoters.”

Boxing fans in the area can expect to see some of the top prospects in the nation face off in the nationally televised event.

“Fans in Fargo will be witness to some of the best young fighters in the world on Nov. 5,” said Lou DiBella, chief executive officer of DiBella Entertainment, the promoter of record.  “This is a unique opportunity to see young world ranked fighters, such as Marcus Johnson and Edwin Rodriguez,  in the biggest fights of their lives in front of Showtime’s cameras.  Scheels Arena will be the epicenter of the boxing world for one night on Nov. 5.”

The televised main event will feature Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (16-0, 12 KOs) against James McGirt Jr (22-2-1 11 KOs), son of famed trainer and former world champion Buddy McGirt, in a Super Middleweight bout.  Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (19-0, 14 KOs) from Houston, Texas, headlines the opening televised bout in the two-part main event beginning at 10 p.m.  Johnson’s adversary in the second Super Middleweight bout is yet to be determined.  Also featured on the card will be current Minnesota Middleweight Champion and former NDSU student Andy “Kaos” Kolle (22-2 16 KOs) from Fergus Falls, MN in an untelevised feature bout.

The Fistic Mystic says: a posting on matchmaking website Makeafight.com lists other potential fighters for this card: Ishe Smith, Antwone Smith, Mickey Bey Jr, and Brian Mihtar.  More participants will soon be named.

News Trickle: November 5th Boxing in Fargo

An article in the Worcester (MA) Telegram indicates and ESPN’s online boxing event schedule confirms rumors that have been swirling on the internet, as Bud Barth reports that a Shobox card will be telecast from Scheels Arena (formerly the UP Center) in Fargo, North Dakota on November 5th.  According to Barth and the Telegram, 16-0 prospect Edwin Rodriguez, a Worcester native, will meet 22-2-1 James McGirt Jr in the main event.

There’s still no confirmation of the companion rumor that Marcus Johnson would appear on the same card with Rodriguez.  Minnesota’s own Andy Kolle has revealed on Facebook that he will also be appearing.

An official announcement is expected soon.