By Gary “Digital” Williams
For the first time in three decades, professional boxing returns to Lynchburg, VA with a seven-bout Major League Boxing card at the Lynchburg City Armory. Headlining the card will be light heavyweight Scott “Cujo” Sigmon of nearby Bedford, VA. Sigmon (5-1, two KO’s) is coming off a second-round stoppage of Frankie Fillipone in Fluvanna, VA on March 7. Fillipone injured his right hand and could not answer the bell for the third round. Sigmon will participate in an eight-round encounter against Toris “The Bull” Brewer of Charleston, SC. Brewer (14-2, six KO’s) has not fought since winning a four-round unanimous decision over Norman Johnson in May of 2008 in Charlotte, NC.
The co-feature bout will highlight undefeated Ivanhoe, NC heavyweight Donnell “The Real Touch of Sleep” Holmes, who will battle in an eight-round contest against Curtis Taylor of Danville, VA. This will be the first action for Holmes (29-0-2, 25 KO’s) since scoring a second-round TKO over Benito Fernandez in June of 2008. Taylor (13-20-1, seven KO’s) will try to break a five-bout losing streak in which he has been knocked out in all five contests. Three of those losses came against rising prospects Chris Arreola, Travis Walker, and Kevin Johnson.
Also on the card will be Waynesboro, VA cruiserweight “El Guerro” Juan Carlos Robles who will participate in a six-round rematch against Portsmouth, VA’s William “The Storm” Bailey. The two men met in Portsmouth on August 16, 2008 with Bailey winning a six-round unanimous decision. Since that bout, Robles (12-2, five KO’s) has won three straight while Bailey (9-16-2, five KO’s) has lost two in a row.
Fluvanna, VA junior middleweight George “Wartime” Rivera returns to action on this card as he faces Michael “The Godfather” Corleone in a six-round encounter. Rivera (10-4, three KO’s) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Ike Ezeji on March 7 in Fluvanna. Corleone (11-23-3, two KO’s) has not fought since April of 2005 and will be trying to break a six-bout losing streak.
In four-round bouts, Roanoke, VA junior welterweight David Hopkins (1-0) will try to build on his pro debut success with a bout against David “Do or Die” Derby of Outer Banks, NC (0-1). Mechanicsville, VA cruiserweight Francois Ambang (1-2) battles the debuting Daryl Johnson of Charleston and Palm Bay, FL middleweight Richard Grant (1-2) will take on Dwayne Davis of Pleasantville, NJ (0-1).
The card will be shown live on the internet over www.youcastr.com beginning at 6 PM ET. This reporter will handle the play-by-play duties with color commentary provided by “The Fight Doctor” Jerome Spears. The internet broadcast will cost $4.99.
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