By Bob Ryder
Junior welterweight prospect Vernon Paris (16-0, 11 KOs) makes his long awaited return to action in the main event on promoters Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions show on November 13 at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. Undefeated Paris, having had his last two wins changed to no contests by the state commission due to post fight drug testing issues, is scheduled to come off a long suspension in time for his bout against an opponent TBD. Paris appears before the state’s Unarmed Combat Commission on this Friday at which time it is expected he will be re-licensed to compete. Before being suspended after his last bout nearly 18 months ago, “Ice Man” Paris was progressing well, working his way towards a national ranking. His Motown fans are hoping he can pick up where he left off.
Also appearing on the scheduled 9 bout card in the semi main event is Brian Mihtar taking on tough vet Raynard Darden. Mihtar has been inactive as well having last fought in June of 2008 and this contest should provide a good test. Detroit local favorites Frank O’Neal, Chris Hancock, Willie Fortune, James Lester and Demetrius Robinson are slated to perform in separate bouts.
The Masonic Temple venue is a different one for fight fans here and marks the first time promoters Carlos Llinas and Ron Remus will be working in cooperation with Olympia Entertainment, the large organization which books and operates Comerica Park (home of Detroit Tigers) and Joe Louis Arena (home of Detroit Red Wings). Tickets for the Friday the 13th show are available at ticketmaster.com (800-745-3000) and the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena Box Offices. Doors open at 7 PM with first bell at 8 PM.