By Bob Ryder
In addition to rooting on Flint’s Andre Dirrell, Detroiters will have many of the areas best boxers to cheer for as well when promoters Gary Shaw and Wilfried Sauerland present the Arthur Abraham-Andre Dirrell Super Six Stage 2 bout at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night. Local promoter Ron Remus and site organizer Carlos Llinas have helped to fill a scheduled ten bout under card with Motor City favorites including Vernon Paris, Darryl Cunningham and Ronald Hearns.
Undefeated Vernon Paris will be looking to remain so when he takes on former world title challenger Oscar Leon of Columbia. Brian Mihtar clashes with Robert Kamya originally from Uganda, now fighting out of West Palm, Beach, Florida in a scheduled eight round contest. Darryl Cunningham, riding an eleven bout win streak and hoping to work his way into the super middleweight title mix, will go up against veteran Pat Coleman. Unbeaten heavyweights Rich Power and Ray Lopez will meet to decide whose “0 will go”. Ronald Hearns, son of legendary Thomas Hearns, is also on the card versus an opponent TBD. With a host of international and national press as well as Showtime Network present to cover the main event, Motown’s favorites are geared up to perform at their best.
Andre Dirrell’s 2004 US Olympic boxing teamates Devin Vargas and Ron Siler are also on the show against foes TBD. Grandville, Michigan’s Purnell Gates who will face Chris Overbey of Sidney, Ohio.
In keeping with the international flavor of the event, Germany’s undefeated middleweight Dominik Britsch is in a ten round contest with an opponent yet to be named and Nigeria’s cruiserweight Lateef Kayode will seek to protect his perfect record against Chris Thomas of Chicago in a scheduled eight rounder.
Something for everyone in what is without a doubt the biggest, most important, and exciting fight night in Detroit in many years. Tickets for Saturday’s March 27 show are available at the Joe Louis Arena and Fox Theater Box Offices and all ticketmaster locations as well as at www.olympiaentertainment.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets by phone can be purchased at 800-745-3000.