Latimore returns to ring!


By Flattop

Steve Smith of Rumble Time Promotions presents “It’s On!” at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, August 22nd. Headlining “It’s On!” is native son Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (19-2, 16 KOs) who makes his return to the ring after his controversial split decision loss for the then-vacant IBF jr middleweight title to hometown hero Cory Spinks in April. “‘It’s On!’ features the best fighters from the St. Louis area,” said Smith. “It will be the most exciting boxing shows the city has seen in some time!”

Latimore – the #7 ranked contender with the IBF – prepares for his next shot at the title as he battles tough veteran Sammy Sparkman (21-19-1, 10 KOs) in a “above the middleweight” bout scheduled for ten rounds.

The co-main event features Rumble Time Promotions’ newest star, Alex “The Technician” Bunema (31-6-2, 17 KOs). Last year, Bunema TKO’ed former jr middleweight champion Roman Karmazin in the tenth round in a come from behind victory that stunned the boxing world. St. Louis fans know Karmazin very well because of his battle with native son Cory Spinks in July 2006 in which he barely lost his world title. Bunema – who is ranked 8th by the WBC – will face Willie Lee (16-5, 11 KOs) for the NABF jr middleweight title.

Also in action is undefeated cruiserweight and native son Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (12-0, 4 KOs) as he endeavors to continue his winning streak. Ryan, who appeared in this year’s The Contender series, wants to win a regional title this year and break into the world rankings.

Rumble Time is also bringing back fan favorite, four-time World champion Hollie “Hot Stuff” Dunaway (21-8-1, 10 KOs) to St. Louis. Dunaway has fought and won titles from strawweight (105 pounds) to flyweight (112). “Hot Stuff” – who has fought half-a-dozen times in the St. Louis area – is appearing in the January 2010 Penthouse magazine.

Hard-hitting light heavyweight Kevin “The Hit Man” Engel (17-2, 14 KOs) – another hometown hero of St. Louis – will also will seek to add to his win total after his sensational stoppage of 88-fight veteran David Robinson last month at Captain Ron’s Bar and Grill in Sunrise, MO.

Also on the card is light heavyweight Shawn Hammack (19-7-2, 14 KOs) from nearby St. Charles, who is looking to bounce back after a recent setback to hardcore veteran Bruce Rumbolz back in June.

And middleweight Ryan “Dangerous” Davis (20-8-2, 8 KOs) returns to St. Louis after a four-year absence. Davis has been busy since his last visit to the “Gateway City” winning the WBE Intercontinental middleweight belt (March 2005) and going 12 rounds with former world champion Zab Judah (November 2007).

Doors open at 6pm and the first bout is at 7pm. Tickets range from $12 to $250 and are available at MetroTix (online or call 314.534.1111) or call Rumble Time Promotions at 314.607.9850.

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