By Bob Ryder
Friday, July 23 marks the return of boxing action to suburban Detroit’s Royal Oak Music Theatre with Detroit’s “Big Three” of Alexis Hloros, Darryl Cunningham, and Vernon Paris headlining the show. In the eight round main event, “Hurricane” Hloros faces what appears to be his toughest test of late in the person of Ray Darden. Darden always comes to fight and middleweight Hloros will have to be at his best to keep his 12 bout win streak intact.
In a ten round super middleweight contest, Darryl “The People’s Choice” Cunningham faces the experienced Rubin Williams. Although having lost eight fights in a row, Williams has faced the much better opposition including Jeff Lacy for the world title. Williams has stated that he is coming to win this one and it is his experience that he hopes to utilize in stopping Cunningham’s rise. Cunningham has moved his record to (19-2, 9 KOs) having won his last twelve in a row.
In what shapes up to be the possible fight of the night, Vernon “VIP” Paris crosses gloves with Courtney Burton. The age old “veteran versus young gun” match up gives this eight round junior welterweight match up its potential intrigue. Burton, inactive for over three years after losing four straight fights by KO, returned to take a decision over Angel Hernandez in February of this year. Undefeated Paris (21-0, 13 KOs) is coming off his first national TV exposure in winning a split decision over Juan Santiago on Showtime in May. It was not one of young Paris’ best outings and Burton, who holds KO’s over such fighters as Gabriel Ruelas and Angel Manfredy, will be looking to capitalize should Vernon exhibit any repeat mistakes.
Fan favorites Rich Power, Willie Fortune, Jesse Carradine, Walter Burns, and Domonique Dolton all appear in separate under card bouts in what looks to be an entertaining night of professional boxing.
Tickets are available at the Royal Oak Music Theatre Box Office, by phone at 248-399-2980 ext 3, or at www.royaloakmusictheatre.com