By Sam DiTusa
With the recent news that Showtime will sponsor a super middleweight tournament, the rest of the talent rich 168-pound division will have to wait until the smoke clears to see who’s left standing. In the meantime, the remaining contenders will have to stay busy. On August 29th at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington two of the divisions notables will meet. Kingsley Ikeke, (25-3, 14 KOs ) will battle Mark Woolnough, ( 21-5, 8 KOs) in the ten round main event of what promoter Brian Halquist believes will be a standing room only crowd. Ikeke is coming off of a fourth round dismantling of Tacoma native Emmitt Linton just two months ago. Woolnough, who hails from nearby Qualicum Beach, BC, is the former 168lb Canadian champion and current CAM titleholder. He has run off five wins in a row.
It will be a classic show down of youth against experience, boxer versus puncher, southpaw against the conventional orthodox fighter. The fact that each camp jumped on the fight immediately proved two things. One is that with the log jam created in the super middleweight division, the “best of the rest” will have to wait until the dust clears to get a crack, and two, that in a struggling economy, free agent pugilists will be more willing to take on tougher fights.
“This fight took all of two minutes to make,” stated matchmaker Bill Hunt. “Both fighters were excited and chomping at the bit.” Promoter Brian Halquist added, ”It’s an exciting fight. Ikeke has beaten two of the Northwest’s favorite fighters and he feels very comfortable at the Emerald Queen. On the same note however, Mark has fought here several times and has always been a big favorite. We are expecting a sold out show.”
Tickets for the show will be on sale at the casino box office and Ticketmaster. See you at the fights.