Report and photos by Bob Ryder
Famed Kronk trainer Emanuel Steward will put on his promoter hat as he along with Olympia Entertainment will present “Kronk: The New Generation” at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI on Saturday, August 25th. Headlining the card announced at a press conference will be a return match between fast rising Kronk star Tony Harrison and Calvin Odom. Although Harrison won their initial meeting on July 27 by a wide margin on the judges cards, the fight was by far his toughest test as he was forced to go the distance for the first time and was visibly rocked by Odom in one of the later rounds. “He [Calvin Odom] took me to a whole different level” Harrison stated and added that this time though “I’m going to give Detroit a knockout.”
The undercard will feature hometown Kronk favorites Jacob Bonas, Leandre White and William McElroy in separate bouts. Kronk amateur standouts Anthony Barnes and Anthony Gallerani will make their pro debuts against opponents TBD. Undefeated Chris Hazimihalis from Youngstown, OH and Wade Tolle from Monroe, MI will look to keep their records perfect that night and heavyweight Razvan Cojanu makes his first appearance with the Kronk team on the show as well.
Steward commented on his plans for having this event launch a return to the glory days of Kronk boxing in Detroit. “We’re going the old school route. Fighting regularly. Opportunity, rather than looking for big purses.”
Tickets ($20, $35 and $100) go on sale Friday, August 3 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.