Story and photos by Bob Ryder
SectionLive and Two Fists Promotions present a night of professional boxing at the DeltaPlex Arena in downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 26. “Slugtoberfest” features three USBO ten round title fights involving Grand Rapids area pugilists. In the main event, former National Golden Gloves champion and current undefeated pro cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell faces his biggest test to date as he takes on Galen Brown of St. Joseph, MO. Brown the current ranked #5 US cruiser according to boxrec.com has been in with top names, is a veteran of 68 pro fights, and is currently on a three bout win streak. Shimmell, the #7 cruiser per boxrec looks to build on his perfect 11-0 mark.
In a second title fight, Johnny Garcia of Holland, MI is matched up against Shreveport’s Blake Griffin for the vacant strap at 140 pounds. Garcia has been on several premium cable tv fight cards and always provides action for his many area fans.
The third USBO title fight has Purnell Gates of Grandville, MI and Angel Hernandez of Fort Wayne, IN contesting for the light middleweight belt. Hernandez broke a 3 year winless streak with a victory this past July while Gates has won his last 7 in a row.
A six round junior middleweight bout with Lane Staal vs Alex DeLeon heads up the undercard. Also scheduled in four round contests:
Vince Jennings vs Anthony Molson, lightweights
Antonio Urista vs Robert Nathan Mills, jr middleweights
Germaine McKinney vs Chris Franks, jr middleweights
Caleb Grummet vs Karinn Davis, cruisers
Raeese Aleem vs TBD, featherweights
Nick Givhan vs TBD, jr welters
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets prices are $20.00, $30.00, $50.00 and are available at The DeltaPlex box office during regular business hours or online at www.deltaplex.com. VIP tables are also available.