By Bob Ryder
Boxing returns to Detroit’s MotorCity Casino-Hotel as the casino hosts “Night of Knockouts IV” on Thursday, October 17. Promoter Greg Ahrens and matchmaker Carlos Llinas have lined up a scheduled 9 bout card featuring many of the city’s local talent. In what promises to be an entertaining and action filled 8 rounder, Detroit’s Willie Fortune “500” takes on Angel Rios of the Bronx, NY. In his previous two Michigan appearances, Rios gave Johnny Garcia and Lanardo Tyner all they could handle, extending both the distance and knocking down iron chinned Tyner. Fortune likes to throw punches in bunches and can take a solid shot as well so this one should be fun.
In other bouts, heavyweight Damon McCreary is back looking to rebound after his sole loss to contender Deontay Wilder last year as he takes on Todd Welcome over 10 rounds. Detroit crowd favorite Darryl “Peoples Choice” Cunningham crosses gloves with Cameron Allen in a scheduled 8. Veteran campaigner and former world title challenger Rubin Williams looks to test the unbeaten streak of Canadian heavyweight Ali Mansour in another 8 round contest.
Also on the card scheduled for 4 rounds each:
Leandre White vs Neftali Gonzalez, Dorrell VanHorn, Jr vs Delvery Wofford, Wade Tolle, Jr vs Charles Fischer, William Hill vs Anthony Kelly, James Ballard vs Rick Pressley.
Tickets ($20-$100) available at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000 or at MotorCity Casino-Hotel’s Sound Board ticket office. Doors open at 7 PM, first bell at 7:30.